Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hotel Review: Motel One Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof

Lounge at Hotel One Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof


Travel plans can change, occasionally at the last minute.


So, I arrived at the new Motel One Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof on a rainy Thursday night with a Saturday reservation. After a short explanation, the friendly staff had me on my way to one of their 231 rooms. 


Motel One is a small chain that bills itself as a "Low Budget Design Hotel" and that’s exactly what it delivers. The rooms have a fresh and functional design, with comfortable beds and a clean, spacious shower - not always easy to come by in the older European hotels. But, don't think of it as an IKEA hotel. It's far more stylish - and the bed doesn't fall apart because you've assembled it wrong. 


The Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof location (there's another at Stuttgart-Feuerbach) is a excellent spot for both checking out the city and using it as base to visit other nearby towns such as Heidelberg or Mannheim, or explore the castles and wine of the Neckar Valley. You can even day trip to France in as little as an hour and seventeen minutes with a direct line to Strasbourg. Free WiFi is available in the lobby, but unfortunately not in the rooms. Perhaps that's a blessing as some of us may be inclined to spend too much time online instead of experiencing the city. 


(Yes, I forgot to take photos inside the room.)