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Room 303 was on the street side of a light-filled gray corridor. However, the combination of no air conditioning, no shade, and black cotton curtains created an unbearable oven on what had to be the hottest weekend of the summer. I would recommend getting a room overlooking the back yard. There is a rooftop sauna with a terrace, but the sauna in our room was more than sufficient.

Clean and otherwise comfortable, the stark black-and-white, vaguely Art-Deco-ish décor was quite masculine. There was a double twin bed, and two small black leather chairs. The bathroom, equipped with a tub, shower, sink, and hair dryer, was also done in contemporary black tile with florescent tube lighting and mirrors. A mini bar, built-in clock radio and wall desk, TV, dial-up Internet, and ironing board rounded out the equipment.

The breakfast buffet, which was included in our rate, was served in the dining room, done with basic white walls, blue carpet, and black and gray upholstered chairs. The nicest part of the hotel was its small homey back yard, with a child's swing set and a few toys under the trees. Apparently, the hotel sometimes arranges backyard barbecues there. Had it not been for the exceptional Grand Prix prices, the hotel would have been a reasonable value.

Contact: Hotel Mondial, Schwetzingerstrasse 123, 69168 Weisloch, tel. +49 /622/2 57 60, fax +49 /622/2 57 63 33, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mondial-wiesloch.de
Daily Rates: Standard singles from €90-120, standard double twin from €110-140. Weekend rates generally about 20 percent lower, unless it is racing weekend, in which case it is €177. Rates include breakfast.
Rating: Quality 11/20, Value 13/20