Reute 20, 87561 Oberstdorf, Germany
| +49 8322 940770
A warm welcome in the German AlpsI was hosted at this hotel as part of a press trip put on by the German National Tourist Board and the Bavarian Tourist Board. I stayed for two nights and had a lovely time. Of course, they wanted to make sure we journalists had a lovely time, but I got the impression the other guests were enjoying themselves, too. The best part about the check-in process were the giant hats suspended over the reception desks. Made it feel like you were in a surrealist hotel. My room was clean and comfortable. Blond wood everywhere--the floors, the bed, the desk, the closet--gave it a warm feeling. The window in the slanted ceiling (they make steep roofs in Bavaria) looked out on the Alps in the distance. The bathroom had two sinks and a rain shower and a cute little window between the mirrors that opened onto the main room. I had a double bed, which, as elsewhere in Europe, meant two beds next to each other, each topped with a comfy duvet.
The lounge was a large open space with lots of couches and a bar, all warmed by a fireplace. A reading nook was stocked with books and magazines, all in German until I snuck a copy of AFAR onto one of the shelves. On my first night, someone, I believe it might have been one of the guests, was playing tunes on the piano. All very mellow.
The breakfast spread was impressive. An omelette station, fresh pretzels, cereal, yogurt, bacon, sausage, and at least six kinds of bread, all baked in their own oven, which also heats one of the saunas downstairs. Check out the giant cowbells. Another surreal-seeming touch, but they actually are that big. Ask one of the staff to explain why. At dinner, sample the local beer and wine. We had a nice sparkling white wine, and some delicious beer.
And definitely check out the sauna. Prepare for coed nakedness. That's how it's done. There are three sauna rooms inside (hot, hotter, and hottest), plus one in a hut outside by the pool that's even hotter. My favorite was the middle, "hotter" one, which had pine boughs on the floor that made it smell like Christmas. You can keep your towel on, if you want, but I recommend embracing the local custom and letting the heat get...everywhere.