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Mosel River Valley Hotels

Hotel Winzerhof

Ernst and Gabi Schanz make pleasant accommodations an even greater delight in their winery hotel. Service is enthusiastic and sincere, and guests are treated like family. Rooms are spacious with upbeat decor and interesting prints. Some have balconies, although there's a small terrace for all guests to enjoy. For late risers, breakfast is served until noon in a cheery room brightened by a large bay window. The room is also used for wine tastings and, on request, dinner for guests.

While a small group recently enjoyed a wine-tasting in the dining area, a newsletter writer savored a dinner platter with two imposing slivers of forearm-wide sausage so fresh the other pigs were probably still in mourning. Add to that Westphalian ham, local cheese, Schmaltz and some dense, moist bread all complemented by a glass of half-dry Riesling from the family vineyard and life doesn't get much better.

The hotel offers good-quality rental bikes and will transport guests and bikes up to 25 miles away, with route suggestions and map, for a pleasant ride home along the river.

Daily Rates: Single €50, double €76-82. Parking is €5
Rating: Quality 14/20, Value 15/20

Contact: Hotel Winzerhof, Bahnhofstrasse 8, D-54498 Piesport/Mosel, tel +49/6507/92520, fax 925252. Proprietors: Ernst and Gabi Schanz

Daily rates: Single €85-130, double v120-150, suite €200-350. Free parking.
Rating: Quality 17/20 Value 18/20

Hotel-Restaurant Doctor-Weinstube

Daily rates: Single €74-106, double €112-170
Rating: Quality 14/20 Value 13/20 Daily Rates: Single €28, double €55, discounts for multiple nights and off-season. Free parking.
Rating: Quality 13/20 Value 16/20
Daily Rates: Single €74-106, double €112-170. Free parking. Bike rental €6. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport shuttle is €10
Rating: Quality 16/20 Value 16/20
Directly on the river nestled in the vineyards north of Neumagen-Dhron, this our favorite Mosel hotel. There are 18 guest rooms, lovely grounds, a tennis court, and a uniquely-styled indoor pool. The intimate little restaurant is considered one of the best in the region and in fine weather one can dine on a terrace overlooking the river. Ten minutes walk from the hotel is a small pier where day-trip riverboats stop for passengers. This is a fine small hotel, with style and charm, and a tremendous value. Daily Rates: Singles €66, doubles €85 to 99

Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 18/20