Each of my mother and father are from neighboring small cities in Germany (Haiger and Fronhausen, to be actual, not that this implies something to 99.9999999% of individuals) about an hour from Frankfurt. So for the journey to Germany with my mother and father, our first cease was to go to kin, together with my aunt, cousins, and so forth.
Whereas my mother and her associate stayed along with her sister, my dad and I stayed on the nearest resort, which is Resort Bartmanns Haus, situated in Dillenburg. No, this isn’t some aspirational factors resort that I count on many OMAAT readers will flock to, however I nonetheless had a pleasing keep, and needed to report again.
How I booked Resort Bartmanns Haus
The 26-room Resort Bartmanns Haus is kind of a giant resort for the realm. For instance, throughout my final go to to household, I stayed on the five-room Resort Fiester Hannes Burbach-Holzhausen, although that wasn’t fairly as conveniently situated for my functions.
Anyway, I booked us two rooms at Resort Bartmanns Haus immediately with the resort, and the speed was €97.50 per room per night time, together with breakfast (actually the speed was €89, plus €8.50 per individual for breakfast).
It’s attention-grabbing to notice that the resort has the identical costs year-round, and the one distinction is whether or not you’re staying on a weekday or weekend (we have been staying on a weekday, when costs are a bit larger, for the reason that resort is generally focused at native enterprise vacationers).
On-line journey businesses take big commissions from small motels like this (as a result of they will), so I all the time do what I can to e-book direct.
Resort Bartmanns Haus location & parking
Resort Bartmanns Haus is situated proper within the middle Dillenburg, so the great factor is you can stroll out of the resort and be within the middle of the city. The resort has free parking, although the catch is that there are solely eight spots out entrance, and so they’re out there on a primary come, first served foundation.
I had no points getting a spot till the final night, once we returned from dinner and the parking zone was full. Nonetheless, parking on the town wasn’t a problem, as you’ll be able to park in a single day without cost on the road, and we have been leaving the next morning anyway.
Resort Bartmanns Haus foyer & check-in
You’ve gotta love how trusting small motels are in Germany. After I checked in I used to be simply instantly given my key, without having to supply a bank card till check-out. It was defined to me that I used to be assigned room 103, and that breakfast can be served from 6:30AM till 10AM within the breakfast room.
The resort doesn’t have every other facilities to concentrate on — there’s no different restaurant, no health club, and so forth. The foyer space is kind of small, so with a key in hand I simply headed down the corridor and to my room, situated on the primary flooring (one flooring up from the foyer — the resort has another flooring above that).
Resort Bartmanns Haus visitor room
On the primary flooring, my room was situated about midway down the corridor and on the left.
I used to be pleasantly shocked by how fashionable the room felt. It was properly appointed, and spotlessly clear, although not essentially the most charming lodging on earth. The room had a double mattress, a chair within the nook of the room, a desk with a chair, and a wall-mounted TV.
As you’d count on for Germany, the mattress was fairly agency, and I preferred how a sweet was positioned on the pillow, virtually like what you may count on with turndown service.
The desk had a few bottles of complimentary water (nonetheless and glowing), although faucet water is after all drinkable in Germany.
There was an indication on the desk with the Wi-Fi code, a “make a inexperienced selection” slip to say no each day housekeeping (which is in any other case supplied mechanically), and a suggestion to save lots of vitality and never use the thermostat a lot. Talking of the thermostat, whereas the resort in idea has air-con, it’s clearly not fairly as much as American requirements. Fortuitously it was a bit cool at night time throughout our keep, in order that wasn’t a problem, however it did get a bit stuffy throughout the day.
Within the closet by the doorway was a kettle with tea and instantaneous espresso.
The toilet was additionally again by the doorway, and had a (very small) walk-in bathe, a bathroom, and a sink.
There was physique wash in a wall-mounted container.
The room had a peaceable view of the road simply outdoors the resort, which didn’t trigger any type of noise points.
All-in-all, I discovered the room to be fairly purposeful and cozy, and it was excellent for my wants. The one different factor I discovered noteworthy in regards to the room was the way you not solely wanted a key to enter the room, but additionally wanted the identical key to lock the door from inside, as there was no different method to lock it. I don’t assume I’ve ever seen that earlier than in a resort.
So far as different options go, within the hallway there was a mini-fridge with beer and soda. It was basically an honor bar, and you possibly can assist your self to a drink for €2-3. You would pay both by leaving cash on the desk, or by paying at reception.
There have been additionally some books on a desk, which you possibly can take with you in the event that they you. You have been additionally inspired to go away any books you completed studying.
Resort Bartmanns Haus breakfast
As talked about above, breakfast is served each day from 6:30AM till 10AM within the breakfast room, simply off the foyer. The room has roughly a dozen tables, so ought to all the time have loads of capability, given that folks eat at totally different instances.
One of many resort staff would periodically come from the kitchen to supply espresso, and the filtered espresso was wonderful.
The breakfast buffet was roughly what you’d count on from a continental unfold in Germany, with juice, pastries, bread rolls, croissants, cereal, yogurt, veggies, cheese, chilly cuts, and extra. I discovered the standard to be fairly good.
A visit down reminiscence lane…
Rising up, each summer time I spent a major period of time with household on this a part of Germany, so it’s all the time enjoyable and a bit surreal to return right here. Like I mentioned, my mother and father each grew up on this space, and I all the time think about how totally different life can be if they’d simply stayed right here (not essentially in a great or dangerous manner, however simply otherwise).
My dad hadn’t visited this a part of Germany in over a decade, since his mother handed away. So he liked having the ability to stroll round and see how issues have modified. My dad is from Fronhausen, which is frankly… not very charming. There’s one predominant highway that leads via city with homes on all sides, and there are fairly a couple of buses and vans that cross via right here, so it’s fairly congested.
He loved going by the home he grew up in…
Haiger, the place my mother is from, is a little more charming, and is a principally cute city. Like I mentioned, my dad hadn’t visited in a very long time, so it was humorous to stroll down the road with him, and have him run into two acquaintances from many years in the past simply 30 seconds aside.
I liked attending to see my kin, and we had a stunning dinner at an awesome steakhouse in Herborn, one other small city within the space (by far my favourite city within the space).
What a deal with it was to return to the Dillenburg space with each of my mother and father, and to see a few of our kin. For our functions, Resort Bartmanns Haus was the best base, and I’d keep once more in a heartbeat. The resort is clear, has a stable breakfast, and represents a great worth. I additionally respect how one can stroll proper out of the resort and be within the city of Dillenburg. Don’t count on a lot in the way in which of facilities, however that is pretty much as good because it will get within the space.