My First Taste of Germany Pt 2

By dancingintheraine

August 9, 2010

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The hotels are quaint and small. The Germans don’t plan on spending much time in the room. Internet is not standard, nor is “continental” breakfasts. Our stay was 14 days at Motel 1. You could pay €5.00 a day for Internet (which, at the moment that I’m writing this, it would be $6.59). But then, you could pay €6.95 ($9.16) per person and get the breakfast for each person and the Internet as complimentary. You know me, I need my Internet!! How in the world will I continue to rant and rave about Obama if I don’t have the Internet? A “double bed” is actually two twin sizes pushed together. Each has its own bedding, which I really really like! For me, sleeping between him and the Center of the Multiverse under one large comforter and sheet set usually leaves me very hot in the night, especially if I am having an intense dream. Each side had its own sheets and its own comforter. I stuck my leg out to regulate my temperature under the comforter and didn’t disturb anyone! I liked it! I think it falls along the same lines as the dual mattress beds, like Sleep Number, where one side can be firm and the other softer, or whatever. You get the idea. Many rooms do not have keys or cards for entry, but rather use a code on a key pad to get in. I kind of like that idea.

There are different sorts of accommodations, depending on what your desires of luxury, privacy, and financial payout are. Schlosshotel (pronounced “shlosshottel”) is a castle converted into a hotel and mostly located in the countryside. A hotel garni will be a comfortable accommodation that will serve only breakfast, and usually will have beverages and snacks available as well. Remember that you will usually pay for that breakfast and snacks. A Gasthaus / Gasthof (pronounced “gasthowss” / “gasthoaf”) is an inn that provides food and drink in addition to lodging. A Pension / Fremdenheim (pronounced “penzioan” / “fremdenhiem”) is small family-style hotel with full and half board. The meals are typically only served to houseguests only. Sometimes you will drive around the country and see a sign that says “Zimmer frei” (pronounced “tsimmer frie”). This means there is a room vacant, or literally “room free”, and it will be like a bed and breakfast. A Jugendherberge (pronounced “yoogent hehrbehrgeh”) is a youth hostel. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland they hold a very high standard. I cannot say for the rest of Europe. A slight variation would be the Youth Guest House which usually has a late closing time. A Rasthof (pronounced “rasthoaf”) is a roadside lodge or motel that is mainly located just off an expressway or Autobahn, etc. A Ferienwohnung (pronounced “fayreeenvoanung”) is a furnished apartment in holiday resorts. These usually will require a reservation in advanced, or arrangements can be made through local tourist offices. These are sort of like the cabins in Gatlinburg, beach houses along the resort beach towns, and lodges in the mountains of Colorado. So you have a variety of choices of how you want to stay.

This is the hayfield that runs between the paths and the River Main. Taken in July.

We stayed in Motel 1, a “hotel garni”, in the area that they call “Industrial”. It was right next to the River Main (pronounced “mine” in German). A nice paved path, a fine-gravel path, and a hayfield following along the river. Basically the farmer bailed the grass and vegetation between the paths and the river. Calling it a hay field is perhaps an overstatement, since it wasn’t the quality of hay that I would feed horses. It would have been great for sheep, goats, or cows. Brutus relished taking long 2 mile walks along the river, “nuffing” everything, off leash. There was a gas station and Burger King within walking distance, but the Burger King is a completely different entry.

Image taken from the web.

Very nice hotel, even for the money, very little to no air conditioning, at least in comparison with American hotels. I recall Frau Hesse describing her first stay in a hotel in New York. She said it was so huge and so large! The owners of Motel 1 had a cat running around inside the hotel, which I found interesting, and Brutus REALLY found interesting. The cat kept a wary eye out, but I also used a collar that had a distinctive metallic sound that alerted the cat long before he was in eyesight of the Monster. Once or twice Brutus would spot the cat and would ALWAYS remember where it was last seen. After those times, I would go back and find the cat and pet it, making up with it. The pet fees are hard to figure out. It’s almost like they charge a heavy fee for the pets until they figure out if you are a good pet owner, or not, because our pet fee was waived after a while.

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