Augsburg's hotels seem to run to extremes, either very luxurious or somewhat Spartan. In two hotels we only recommend some of the rooms.
One thing to keep in mind; prices at all of them rise during Oktoberfest, but not as much as hotels in Munich, so they are good options to consider for those attending the famous beer festival. Augsburg is only a 30-minute train ride away from the tents, and it's a lot quieter at night.
This unique family run hotel housed in the former brewery of an adjacent Benedictine Kloster is, on weekends, anyway, Augsburg's best deal. Okay, it's not really in Augsburg, rather 25 kilometers north, but you'll soon see why on weekends at least it's worth the drive.
The 17th century building has been painstakingly renovated by the Riss family over a period of five years. They've retained the wood floors and wonderful vaulted ceilings while straightening out lines and adding modern furniture.
Guestrooms are stylishly furnished and all have showers. There's one wheelchair-accessible single, and a lift in the new wing but not the old. The former also has a sauna and solarium.
The restaurant features an impressive wine list and traditional Swabian and Bavarian food, but is not worth a special trip. You'll have a nice traditional meal but Augsburg's offerings are superior.
- Daily Rates: Singles $86, Doubles $128,
- Rating: Quality 13/20 Value 16/20
Steigenberger Drei Mohren
Augsburg's leading hotel, Drei Mohren is five-star with excellent service and comfortable, spotlessly clean guestrooms, all of which face posh Maximilianstrasse. And on weekends the prices come down significantly.
Downstairs are two restaurants, the signature Maximilians and the Bistro, a comfortable spot for coffee or a light snack.
Request a renovated room, they're much nicer than the older ones. The hotel's four suites are recently renovated and, though on the small side, are well appointed and very comfortable. On weekends they're even a good value.
- Daily Rates: Singles ~ $128 to $156, Doubles~ $190 to $216
- Contact: Steigenberger Drei Mohren Augsburg, Maximillianstrasse 40, 86150 Augsburg tel. +49/821/503 60 fax: 49/821/157864, web: steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/germany/augsburg/steigenberger-drei-mohren
- Rating: Quality 14/20 Value 11/20
Dom Hotel Augsburg
In the shadow of the great cathedral sits the Dom Hotel Augsburg, a pleasant family-run place once you get past the YMCA-styled lobby.
Staff is helpful and friendly, and the rooms clean and adequate, though those at the top of the hotel, with the views of the Dom and a terrace, are the best value. The less expensive rooms are not altogether recommendable. The lift doesn't serve the hotels small indoor swimming pool; to get to that you'll have to navigate a narrow spiral staircase. The pool and sauna are available to guests at no charge.
- Daily Rates: Singles: $93 to $148, Doubles: $106 to $168
- Rating: Quality 14/20 Value 14/20
Romantik Hotel Augsburger Hof
What to do about this place? Here's a family-operated hotel in a nice location, minutes walk from the Dom and with one of the city's best restaurants (see below), and yet we only recommend a certain type of room, the Romantikzimmer
After the cozy, warm lobby, and the helpful staff, it's a surprise to discover that many of the rooms are just not up to snuff. Standard singles and doubles are cramped, and many furnishings are in need of replacement. The carpeting is drab and in the hallways room numbers have been spray painted with a stencil. Many rooms facing the street are noisy.
The Romantikzimmers, on the other hand, are truly that: well lit, attractively furnished and with comfortable, spacious bathrooms; precisely what one would expect given the hotels reputation.
- Daily Rates: Singles: $114 to $141, Romantikzimmer Single: $155; Doubles: $121 to $133, Romantikzimmer Double: $188.
- Rating: Quality 10/20 Value 9/20
Top City Hotel Ost am Kö
The buildings not pretty, but downright excellent service makes up for it. The location, on the edge of the old town, is perfect.
This is a typical business-class hotel, very clean and with reasonably new furniture. Guestrooms are comfortable without being extraordinary. The roomy Anna Suite is colorfully furnished and, like most of the rest of the rooms, offers good value.
- Daily Rates: Weekdays: singles $93 to $147, doubles $118 to $215. Weekend Special: rates upon request.
- Rating: Quality 12/20 Value 13/20
Another value hotel geared more to business travelers but still offering good service and pleasant amenities is the nicely renovated 32-room Ulrich, with modern, clean, comfortable rooms. There are no suites and few frills, but it's very friendly.
- Daily Rates: Singles: $80 to $100 Doubles: $121 to $148.
- Contact: Altstadthotel Augsburg Kapuzinergasse 6, 86150 Augsburg, tel. +49 0821/34 61 0, +49 0821/346 1346
- Rating: Quality 15/20 Value 14/20