When we visited the charming city of Lubeck in Northern Germany earlier this year, we stayed at Hotel Baltic, a budget and family-friendly hotel located just one minute away from the Lubeck Central Station and the bus station and only a few minutes from the heart of the city. As we arrived by train, the location of this hotel was ideal, as there was no need to use public transport to get to the hotel, nor to carry our luggage for long.
The room was basic but comfortable, with a small flat screen, carpet-covered floors, and free Wi-fi. We really liked how comfortable the beds were, which provided us with a very good night's sleep, especially since the double-glazed windows were protecting us from any unwanted noise from outside. Even though the bus station was just in front of our window, there didn't seem to be very many (if any at all) buses running during the night. The only real inconvenience was that the hotel has no elevator, and we had to struggle with the luggage for three floors.
But we were really smitten by the views from our window, and the way the afternoon sun was entering our room was simply surreal.
The bathroom was newly renovated, spacious, and very well organized. Everything one needed, from towels to shampoo and soap was provided, and everything sparkled.
The buffet breakfast was delicious, with cereals, cold meats and cheeses, fruits, and pretty much everything else that makes for a complete and healthy start to the day.
We simply loved the setting in which the breakfast was served, with all kinds of interesting little details in the sailing theme and the fact that there was a lit candle on each table. I think this was the first time ever we had breakfast by candlelight and we were thrilled. I mean, what a great idea! We should totally do this at home too. It really adds a festive mood to what is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.
The guys at Baltic Hotel are currently working to fit the very green inner courtyard for breakfast purposes as well, so I can only imagine just how even more wonderful having breakfast here would be in the near future.
During the day there's always somebody who speaks perfect English in the reception and one can hang out there or get guidance and advice regarding the places of interest and the best restaurants in town. However, the reception closes during the night, and we were given an extra key for the front door, so we had no inconvenience coming back from town a bit later.
For its location and value for money, Baltic Hotel from Lubeck is the ideal place to spend the night when visiting the town, be it for business or tourist purposes. Especially for budget-conscious guests traveling by train, either using an Interrail or Eurail pass or not, this hotel is a God-sent.