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Hilton Nuremberg / Nürnberg

The Hilton Nuremberg is located in a suburb of Nuremberg and not in the city centre, close by are the soccer stadium of the local soccer club and the rally grounds. The city could be reached by bus in 15 minutes. The bus stop is located right in front of the hotel and the service is at least every 30 minutes. An S-Bahn station is also close to the hotel. The fees for a taxi to the main station are approximately 12 EUR.

The airport could be reached by bus to the main station, where one has to change to the underground.

Close to the hotel is not so much to do in the evening, only one fast food restaurant but no shops or restaurants. On the other hand, the bus is running also close to midnight and the taxi is not that expensive.

The hotel - a former Holiday Inn Hotel - is shaped like a U and has four floors.

The lobby is big and covering two floors and therefore spacious and airy, a bit atrium style. It looks modern despite showing its age in terms of furniture for the check in desks, design and decoration: typical style of the 80ies. However, it is bright and certainly not ugly.

Opposite the entrance are the check-in desks. There are three places to check in guests, but usually the desk is staffed with one or two agents. On the left side are the entrance to fitness area, pool and sauna. The gym is really big and the equipment is okay, no state of the art machines, but good and well maintained. Available are treadmills, bikes, steppers, cardiovascular equipment and machines for body training.
The gym is also used by people from the nearby training grounds of 1 FC Nuremberg and therefore sometimes quite full. But I have never experienced any problems in the morning or evening, but during the day on a weekend or weekday.

The pool is spacious and with a size of approximately 7 x 15 m big enough for lap swimming. A jetstream is also available. A few lounge chairs and chairs are placed around the pool. In the summer a meadow / garden is accessible for a sunbath. The sauna is huge and large enough to host a soccer team. There is only one sauna available, so not much of choice. The ambiance is not nice, a bit like in a modern gym or sanatorium, not so much of a nice wellness area. Treatments are available.

Towels for sauna and pool are given by the check in desk. From my impression they are a bit stingy giving only one towel if you are using the sauna and a second one only if you ask for it.

On the right side of the check in desk are located the bar and restaurant, an office of the Nuremberg soccer club and conference rooms.

The hotel bar is nice and the selection of drinks and beverages not bad. Snacks are served as well and the staff is attentive and the prices are okay.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a terrace, which is open in the summer.

Breakfast is served in buffet style with the usual selection of cold and warm dishes. Available are sausages, roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushroom and bacon. Omelette and French toast are prepared on special request without additional charge. If you prefer cold dishes, one can choose among salmon, cheese, a selection of marmalade and jam, cereals, cornflakes, yoghurt and fruit salad. Rolls, bread and pastries are available as well. Different types of tea are available from a samovar while coffee is brought by the staff in cans.

The offerings for lunch and dinner are regional specialties but international dishes are served as well.

Stays: June 12, 2009

direct link to hotel: Hilton Nuremberg

Arrival Date: June 12, 2009
Departure Date: June 14, 2010
Room type booked: Standard (got Deluxe)
Rate Plan: January Sale
Room Number: 349
Room Rate: 49.00 EUR

Status of Guest Program: Gold

We arrived at the hotel around 18:00. Check in was fast and efficient and all necessary information were prefilled, so I only had to sign the form. We got a short introduction of the amenities of the hotel but hat to ask for details like opening times of pool and gym and the times breakfast would be served. This could have been better, but at least the hotel mentioned them, we only had to ask for details.

The room was shaped like a standard hotel room with a small hallway with the entrance to the bathroom and closet with iron, ironing board and in room safe.

The bathroom was rather small. Nevertheless it had a bath, sink and toilet. Showerhead and curtain were in good condition. Towels were provided for two persons and small, middle and large towels were placed on the racks. Towels were changed daily. Two bathrobes and slippers were provided as well. Bathroom amenities were by Crabtree & Evelyne. A vanity mirror was located next to the big mirror. Both became foggy after taking a shower.

The small hallway leads into the room. On the one side were two beds with the bedside table between them. The Hilton alarm clock, one of the two telephones and a lamp were placed on it. In front of the window was a armchair next to a small glass table.
A desk was also in front of the window, large enough to work on it. A desk lamp was placed there as well as the second phone. Next to the desk was a sideboard with the TV, the minibar and tea and coffee facilities.

The room was contemporary designed with dark carpet and white walls and had typical hotel furniture. Unfortunately not the light brown ones often found in Hilton Hotels but dark brown furniture. I am not sure, but it looks like this furniture was already in the hotel as this time was a Holiday Inn. The furniture was in good shape and had only a few scratches. However the mattress of the bed was a bit too soft.

The hotel offers a nice welcome amenity, some local sausages, rolls and the complimentary bottle of mineral water.

We contacted the staff a few times during our stay and they were helpful and attentive and most important the information provided by the staff was correct.

The staff in the restaurant during breakfast on the other hand was not as attentive and friendly as they should be. Used dished were not cleared and we were ignored several times and other people were served earlier. However, the quality of the offered items on the buffet was quite good. I have no idea why this was the case, but it was like this on both morning we had breakfast in the restaurant.

It was a nice stay. The advantage of the hotel is the free parking and the big pool. The rooms are nice, though the design is contemporary and getting a bit out of style. Staff is friendly with the exception of those serving breakfast. I will definitively choose this hotel if I have a meeting in the city centre of Nuremberg.