Der Zauberlehrling, Stuttgart, Germany – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 14 November 2011
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The magic of the Zauberlehrling hotel in Stuttgart became apparent to me when I first e-mailed about a possible reservation.  The e-mail reply closed with the phrase “Mit Zaubergrüßen” (With Magical Greetings“).

I had grown up with the tale of the Zauberlehrling or Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Goethe both in terms of the story itself as well as its prominent appearance in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.  As a result, as we drove up to the hotel, I heard the music of Paul Dukas’ symphonic poem (used in the movie) in my head.

Upon arrival, I was not to be disappointed.  “Let us spoil you with magic” is the closing line in the welcome letter each guest receives, chock full of information about the hotel and what it has to offer.  I looked around, expecting to see brooms sweeping by themselves.

THE ROOM

My room was the Media Suite, which consisted of a bedroom and a living room with a day bed that was turned into a bed for my travel partner, our European Editor Christian Stampfer.  Above the quite comfortable bed in the master bedroom was a projector and an illy Francis Francis espresso maker was conveniently placed on a shelf.

The living room had a flatscreen TV, Xbox 360, music server, iPod connection, and fax machine.

The generously-sized bathroom, with separate bath and shower, had its own magic, namely the electronically-controlled faucets that uses LED lighting to make hot water red and cold water blue.  However,the room’s designer must have assumed that guests had magic powers to hold up shampoo bottles and soap, as there were no shelves on which to place these items.

Each room offers a different theme, such as the Chalet Suite (think mountainside in Switzerland) or the Paddington Suite (think Victorian).  Some rooms have been designed in part to accommodate guests with allergies, such as the Titanic room with its waterbed.  Non-allergenic pillows are available upon request as well.

Many rooms (including mine) have a fireplace that burns organic fuel (available for €9 and lasting 2.5 hours). The hotel wisely tells guests it is not liable in the event of any damage or injury resulting from the use of the fireplace.

Turndown service included a delicious homemade (more accurately, hotel-made) praline with Valrhona chocolate

The hotel is pet friendly although the information sheet advises that the establishment “cannot accommodate camels or crocodiles,” apparently based on a bad experience with a guest travelling with such a menagerie.

ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT

A table in the corner of the room served as the writing desk and it was more than sufficient for my ThinkPad, iPad , and other odds and ends, as well as for sitting and doing work.  The clear acrylic desk chair was surprisingly comfortable.

Fast wireless Internet is available for €5.95 for 24 hours. Parking is a very reasonable €15 per night.

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