Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Favorite Parkhotel 0817

Hotel Review: Favorite Parkhotel, Mainz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany - August 2017.

In August 2017 I had a five day break in Germany, travelling from Stuttgart to Düsseldorf. During this journey I stayed one night in Mainz at the Favorite Parkhotel.

The hotel is located outside the centre of Mainz approximately 2 kms south of the hauptbahnhof. It is adjacent to the Südbrucke rail / pedestrian bridge over the River Rhine and is a 15 minute walk from Mainz Römisches Theater railway station, which is the closest station and a lovely walk through the Stadtpark, which is directly behind the hotel.

The hotel is built into a hill, which slopes outside, and this means that internally, that there are quite a few stairs to get from one end of the building to the other. The hotel has a modern airy feel, is bright internally and decorated to a high quality specification.

The reception has a bright lobby area for sitting and a very novel aquarium built into one of the walls. The reception staff were friendly and spoke excellent English. I asked for a room on a high floor with a good view, and I was given a room on the 5th floor (out of 6) with a road view. At the time of entering the room I was none the wiser that this was an inferior view, so was happy upon arrival at the room (read on for the full story).

To get to the room via lift / elevator you need to use your key card, this is a good security measure. The lift had a glass side, which was nice and novel for a view of the outside.

The fifth floor corridor was decorated with football memorabilia of FSV Mainz 05. The room I was allocated - 547, was next to the lift shaft. Upon entering I didn't realise what a problem this would be. The lift was noisy and I could constantly hear it during my stay, this is one reason that I would never stay in that particular room again.

The room cost €89.10 booked with room only. It was nicely decorated, with a good king-sized bed, it had good air-conditioning, nice decor (reminiscent of a Park Inn by Radisson), luggage storage area, mirrors, wardrobe, safe, mini-bar, storage cupboards, flat screen Phillips TV, plenty of plug sockets, a table computer, desk, chair, lamps, comfy chair, clock radio, and Juliette balcony. As I had booked a single room, I was given a single duvet, one large pillow and on small pillow. I found this a little on the mean side.

The bathroom had a window to it from the bedroom, and I never worked out if the glass would go opaque or not, it's really quite voyeuristic if not! The bathroom was nice and airy and clean, the shower was unfortunately over a bath.

The toilet was in a separate room, but unfortunately there was no sink in this room, meaning that all toilet users have to use the door handle without washing their hands, I find this quite disgusting. It is very unhygienic and leads to germ transference.

Apart from that I found the room to be very nice, I liked it a lot and was quite satisfied with it.

I decided to go for a swim, I took advice from reception as to how to get to the pool from my room, unfortunately the pool was a LONG walk away, down LOTS OF STEPS. Top tip, if you are staying at this hotel in the 'upper block', ignore the instructions from reception, go to the 5th floor, walk through the gym (getting a free bottle of water en-route), outside across the deck past the spa bath (be careful if the deck is wet), enter the other door, and take that lift down to the pool. It will save you a 5 minute walk down about 10 flights of stairs.

The pool was very nice, not huge, but it had fully functioning hydro pumps and a bubble spa area. It was very nice to swim in, and I had a very enjoyable swim in there. The poolside shower was also very good.

The hotel has a biergarten, which was very nice, as was the bar. The beer prices (€4.50 for half a litre of pilsner) were quite reasonable for a hotel.

The breakfast buffet cost extra (€15.00), but was a little treat to myself, and it was very nice with an excellent selection. The restaurant was comfortable, and I had a good view of the trains crossing the Südbrucke.

Upon checking out of the hotel, I walked through the Stadtpark to Mainz Römisches Theater railway station, and it was on this side of the hotel, that I realised that I had been given an inferior room, as the rooms on the park side of the hotel have full balconies and a nice view. Furthermore, they are away from the noisy lift. If I were to stay at this hotel again, I would INSIST on having a room on a high floor, with a park view, well away from the elevator.

In summary, this is an excellent hotel, and I did very much enjoy my stay here. I would certainly stay here again if I was visiting Mainz in future, but I would make a more informed room choice at the time of booking, and I would take the quick route to the swimming pool!

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This film features views of the hotel exterior, recpetion, lobby, aquarium, lift, corridors, room 547, stairs, swimming pool, gym, bar, restaurant, biergarten, breakfast buffet and Stadtpark as well as Südbrucke and some passing trains.

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