During my visit to Rothenburg I was fortunate enough to stay at the The Glocke Weingut und Hotel.
It’s a traditional hotel with a restaurant on the ground level and it’s located right in the heart of the city, only steps away from the square and plenty of other main attractions.
Rothenburg is one of the more popular cities to visit along the Romantic Road in Germany and many people also visit it either for a day-trip or during a Christmas Market tour.
Regardless of your reasoning for visiting this beautiful medieval city I would recommend spending at least one night so you’re able to truly experience and appreciate everything that it has to offer.
If that’s something you’re interested in then you’re going to need a place to spend the night – and that’s where the Glocke Weingut und Hotel comes in.
The Glocke Weingut und Hotel
The building that the hotel is located in was first mentioned in 1227 and at the time it was used at the hospital.
Throughout the years it took on many different uses and finally in 1898 it was turned into a hotel for visitors to the city.
The same family has run the hotel for an extended period of time and it’s clear to see that a lot of their time and effort has gone into making it a comfortable place to stay and an enjoyable place to eat.
With just 24 rooms there is a lot more personality that can be enjoyed and there’s also a restaurant on-site that serves traditional German food in a classic setting.
Although there are plenty of hotels in Rothenburg you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that offers a more familiar feeling service.
The location, spacious rooms and all of the friendly people working at the hotel make it a great place to stay when you’re visiting the city.
With some of the introductory details out of the way let’s take a look at my review and experience staying at this hotel.
My Glocke Weingut und Hotel Review
Check-In and Interior
After parking my car I made my way through the hotel towards the lobby so that I could check in and start exploring the city before I got too late.
It was a bit difficult finding the reception desk and I was confused at first since there is a second reception desk that you’ll see before you reach the main area of the hotel if you’re coming from the underground parking.
Once I found it there wasn’t any problems that I experienced while checking in and after getting some details about the surrounding area I was given directions on how to get to my room.
Before I went to my room I looked around a bit so that I could get a better idea of what the interior of the hotel looked like.
There was definitely a more traditional and classical design vibe and I found that decided to the overall historical experience that I was looking to have while visiting Rothenburg.
Sometimes traditional means outdated or poor-quality but I didn’t find this to be the case and everything was clean, organized and very well put together.
I took a quick glance at the restaurant and although I didn’t eat there it looked very cozy, inviting and the menu options were quite good and reasonably priced.
There wasn’t an elevator available so I took the stairs up to my room and noticed that there were plenty of windows throughout the hotel interior which made everything bright and seemingly even more spacious.
To be completely upfront, the interior and overall traditional vibe make this hotel seem better suited for older guests or families looking for a classic style interior but with a few changes and upgrades the hotel could definitely cater to a wider range of guests.
As soon as I opened the door to my room I noticed right away all of the windows that overlooked the city centre down below.
I quickly ran to the one window that looked like it was facing the main square and I was very pleased with the view I had down the street of all of the older medieval buildings of Rothenburg.
When I stuck my head out I could even see one of the main city gates and overall I was very happy with the location and view.
After admiring the view for a while I looked around the rest of the room to see where I was going to spend the night.
At first I noticed that it was quite spacious and again, thanks to the many windows, it was very bright throughout the entire day.
The room itself was a decent size and there was definitely enough room for two people to move comfortably around as well as having enough storage space for luggage and other travel items.
There was a small desk in one corner and a large wardrobe that added even more storage space to the room.
In no way was anything updated or modern but everything in the room, including the bed, was obviously high quality, comfortable and suitable enough for regular use.
One thing that I think should be included would be a more comfortable chair or even a small couch that could be used for relaxing after a long day of walking around and exploring.
One thing that I’ve noticed with more of the traditionally designed hotels is that the bed never seems to be comfortable but thankfully this wasn’t the case at the Glocke Weingut und Hotel.
The bed was firm and there weren’t too many weirdly shaped or useless pillows laying on top that have to be tossed aside when it’s time to sleep.
Rather than just one large double bed the set-up had two single beds pushed together and I actually prefer this when traveling since you don’t have to disturb the other person when you’re rolling around or getting into/out of bed.
When I was laying down I could also see out the window and at night it was quite peaceful being able to stare up at the stars while I fell asleep.
In regards to the bed, the one I had in my room was very comfortable and I was able to sleep well throughout the night.
The wireless internet available at the hotel wasn’t fast at all but I was able to maintain a reliable connection so even without quick speeds I could upload photos and videos without worrying about losing signal.
For general web browsing and some light social media use the wifi provided is definitely suitable enough but for anything more you might run into some issues with the slow speeds.
Again, I would say that this hotel is geared towards older travelers or people with families that likely aren’t going to be using the internet as much as a travel blogger like me.
It could have been my location at the far end of the building that had an impact on the internet speed but I think that this is an area where the hotel could definitely improve.
With the rest of the room being designed in a more traditional style I didn’t expect the bathroom to be any different.
Surprisingly, it was much more modern and overall very clean, bright and spacious.
Figuring out the lighting was a bit tricky since the placement of the switches didn’t make too much sense at first but thankfully there was a huge window that let in plenty of fresh air and natural lighting.
There was a stand-up shower, which was very much welcomed after spending a few days in hotels that only had bathtubs, and a variety of different amenities were provided such as soap, shampoo and other use bathroom items.
Above the sink was a large flat shelf and this was great for keeping any additional accessories like a toothbrush or hair straightener.
Overall, I didn’t have any issues with the bathroom and it was one of the more modern aspects of the room itself.
I checked the price for a double room for random dates in October and if you’re planning on staying at this hotel you can expect to pay about $100 USD total per night for a double room.
This price includes breakfast and considering the location I would say that this is quite a good value for such a comfortable hotel.
As always, be sure to book as far in advance as possible, especially if you’re traveling during Christmas or the summer, so you can secure the best rate and not have to worry about availability.
One of the best aspects of this hotel was it’s incredible and ideal location for exploring the surrounding city of Rothenburg.
It’s located just a few minutes walk from the main square and it’s possible to reach all of the main tourist sites in less than 20 minutes walking.
Right outdoors is one of the popular city gates and you can even walk along the city gate system nearly around the entire city just steps away from outside the lobby door.
there are also a wide range of different restaurants, small shops, cafes and other interesting things to check out nearby so you never have to walk very far at all to find something interesting to do.
Should you be driving into the city the hotel is quite easily accessible by road so you don’t have to go searching through all the side streets to find its location.
The available breakfast options are about what you would expect at a budget-friendly/mid-range hotel in Germany.
The selection wasn’t that big but there were some options including yogurt, cereal, sliced cheese and meats and a small assortment of bread and pastries as well.
One drawback that I noticed in regards to the breakfast set up is that the table where everything is laid out is not positioned in an ideal way and it gets quite cramped when there’s more than one or two people looking to add more food to their plates.
This could be easily alleviated by simply setting everything up so that it’s in a straight line rather than awkwardly positioned in the corner.
On the other hand, I very much enjoyed the layout of the restaurant where breakfast was served and there was plenty of seating that was quite comfortable as well.
Parking and Accessibility
There is on-site parking available at the hotel and I liked it because it was underground and very secure.
Finding the entryway to the underground garage wasn’t a problem at all and there were plenty of spaces available.
Parking is quite reasonably priced, especially compared to what you would have to pay if you were to park in the city center somewhere, and it’s a great feature that not many hotels in the city even offer.
As for accessibility, there is a surprising lack of public transportation options throughout the city centre but it’s very walkable so if you’re arriving at the train station or by bus you can very easily walk to the hotel in a short period of time.
Alternatively, thanks to the easy-to-follow layout of the city streets it’s also very possible to simply take a taxi for a small fee depending on where you’re arriving from.
I would definitely recommend checking out the Glocke Weingut und Hotel if you are planning on visiting Rothenburg and you’re looking for somewhere affordable and comfortable to stay that has an amazing location in the city centre.
Apart from an ideal location for exploring the surrounding area it also offers spacious, bright rooms along with a high standard of quality service.
For anyone driving the on-site parking is safe and the perfect place to park your car overnight without having to worry about it.
I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel and with a few small improvements it could definitely be turned into a more suitable place to stay for a wider demographic of people.
Anyone heading to Rothenburg should definitely consider staying at the Glocke Weingut und Hotel and I hope that this review has helped you out with any information you’re looking for regarding this hotel.