Oberlinden 12, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
"This hotel is classy. The rooms are beautiful, but not large - it is an old structure after all. But the interior is all new and sparkling clean. I slept very well in the quiet room in the firm but cozy bed. The receptionist was efficient and very friendly. The buffet breakfast is superb - try not to overeat! Parking is a bit tricky, though. You can enter the pedestrian zone through the Schwabentor (a gate of the old city defenses) and stop to get your luggage to the hotel. But to park your car you need to get out of the pedestrian zone onto the busy Schlossbergstrasse (this is a bit complicated, so ask the hotel reception) and then you need to drive to the Schlossberggarage (the lower bridge once you enter the garage exit on your right; a bridge leads over the Schlossbergstrasse into the garage house). From there it is about a 5 minute walk back to the hotel. The walk is through a beautiful old street. Highly recommended!"
"(+) Hotel Zum Roten Bären is situated in the heart of Freiburg. The hotel itself is very old and traditional. It is claimed that the hotel is the oldest guest house in Germany and entire Europe! It was founded almost 9 centuries ago... The floors are covered with carpets. The hotel grounds are very nice decorated. A bottle of water is free of charge as a gift for guests. Breakfast is amazing! A few types of cheese, different ham and sausages, pastry, yoghurt, freshly brewed coffee, various teas, fruit salad, omelette, beacon, tasty bread, salmon, etc. There is also a restaurant at hotel grounds. (-) Bear in mind that check in is between 3 and 7 p.m. If you come between 7 and 10 you have to check in at the restaurant. And you may have a problem, if you arrive after 10 p.m. Surprisingly there was no wi fi in room 11. Double bed is not as most of the people expect to have but 2 single beds put together."
"Zum roten Bären is an historic hotel which has had an excellent reputation for the 40 plus years that I have lived or later often visited Freiburg. Our latest stay was quite disappointing. On the day of our arrival, there was no hot water anywhere in the hotel, including the kitchen. Three hours later, a mechanic had come and adjusted a valve. Everyone had water then, except our and the neighboring room. That take another two hours. After a day's travel, we had cold showers in the meantime. -- At the same time, two members of the wait staff covered both the reception and the drink, coffee, afternoon cake orders of people in the outside sitting area. The next day a single waiter covered both the reception (checking guess in and out) while also doing the bar tending till 6 p.m. -- In the reception area, as well as on he stairs, the carpeting is frayed. -- Renovation, on a grand scale, seems scheduled for sometime in the fall. Until that time, management doesn't seem willing to invest additional resources (especially an adequate staff). At the moment, then, the hotel is trading on past glory."