The setting: You are a few hundred meters (5min) walking distance from the main entrance of the Solemar. The hotel has free parking around and to the back of the property, marked on small placards which are easily missed if arriving at night. The lobby was large space with a reception desk. There was complimentary fruit flavored water in the lobby, and a restaurant above the lobby space. After checking in, we were given discount cards for entrance to the Solemar, but ended up being of no use to us as we went after 7pm, for the discount admission; you can’t combine discounts there. Our first room was a disappointing little room at the far end of the first floor. We needed a double bed, not two singles, so the front desk reassigned to a large room on the third floor, unfortunately, it also had two twins and not a double, which I made sure to select as the option when I booked the room. The décor in the lobby, the rooms and the restaurant was badly dated, replete with popcorn ceilings and walls, and odd animal print carpeting. It felt like we walked into an 80s era East German sanitarium.
The room: Our second room on the third floor was large and spacious. It lacked a temperature control panel and a safe, but had a flat panel TV with limited channels. Wifi did not work in the room at all, and worked sporadically in the lobby and restaurant. The twin beds pushed together always came apart during the night. The balcony off the room was a nice touch. The bathroom was small without amenities and the shower had decent water pressure. There was a complimentary tea/coffee maker in the room. I needed to ask the front desk a question, yet every time I dialed the front desk extension, the call went to an announcement saying the front desk is busy, even though there were multiple employees working at the front desk.
The food: The complimentary breakfast buffet was basic but satisfying. There was an egg and sausage station, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurts, fruit, pastries, juices and coffee/tea. The restaurant is not open in the evenings, but the small bar area is. If you are hungry for a snack, there are some soups and pizzas on offer.
All in all, I didn’t like this hotel at all, but for a cheap overnight it serves its purpose. Lack of wifi in a western hotel chain, in Germany is unacceptable! less