In a 17th-century building within the city walls, the Blaue Traube is a small, completely modern, family-run hotel. Each of its 12 large rooms (nine doubles, three singles) was renovated last year with contemporary furnishings and en suite toilet and shower.

Room Number 31 is one of two extra-large doubles, with exposed wooden beams, a comfortable sitting area, and a small balcony overlooking the tiled roofs of the Old Town. Some special “non-allergenic rooms” have parquet floors instead of carpeting and no goose down in the pillows and bed coverings.

If you plan to base in this area for at least six days, consider the comfortable Ferienwohnung (vacation apartment) in the modern annex behind the hotel. It features a large, attractively furnished, pine-paneled living room, full kitchen, and two bedrooms which can accommodate a family of four or two couples.

The small breakfast buffet is served in a sunny, modern room, and the hotel’s restaurant is definitely recommended (see restaurant reviews). Limited free parking with advance reservations. Very friendly staff.

Daily Rates: Singles e52-75, standard doubles €80-98, extra-large doubles €110, vacation apartment €58 for two people (€13 extra for additional persons)

Contact: Hotel Blaue Traube Zunfthausgasse 10, 88239 Wangen im Allgäu, tel. +49/7522-6627, fax 6620, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: QUALITY 14/20, VALUE 12/20