Opened five years ago in a building that once was the local blacksmith's shop, this small hotel has eight modern, spacious guestrooms, some with a balcony. The breakfast buffet is served in the pretty little restaurant on the ground floor, which is decorated with some of the old blacksmithing tools. The restaurant offers good food at reasonable prices, and features regional, seasonal specialties and wines from the proprietor's own winery. For a more traditional, old-Franconian-style restaurant with wood-paneled dining rooms and stained-glass windows, go to the Altfränkischer Gasthof Grüner Baum (Falterstrasse 2), which is run by the same family and is known for its good cuisine and fine local wines.

This Gasthof also has 16 modern rooms, priced at €42 for singles and €68-76 for doubles.

Contact: Hotel Alte Schmiede Am Bach 5-7, 97337 Dettelbach, tel. +49/9324-98110, fax 981120, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daily Rates: Singles €44, doubles €72-80

Rating: Quality 14/20, Value 15/20