Trier hotels generally offer good value with most double rooms falling well under €100 a night. Some of the best choices are in Olewig, a former wine village now within Trier's city limits. The setting is park-like with hilltop villas and vintners' homes overlooking the town. It's a 15- to 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride to the city center's pedestrian zone.
Hotel Blesius Garten
Built as a country estate in 1789 in Olewig, the Blesius Garten provides a charming retreat surrounded by vineyards, parks and woodlands. The Kraft family bought the inn in 1979, and their passion shows in every detail. With individually selected furniture and accessories, the hotel's 63 rooms feel like private bedrooms or parlors- only larger. Some even have plush recliners. The hotel has three restaurants and, since 1998, its own popular microbrewery.
Even-numbered rooms open to the beer garden, which can stay boisterous past some travelers' bedtimes. Room 103, a large double with a small parlor and closet, looks out to quiet vineyards.
Daily Rates: Singles €54-75, double €82-116. Parking garage €6
Contact: Hotel Blesius Garten Olewiger Str. 135, D-54295 Trier, tel +49/651/3606/0, fax 3606/33.
Rating: QUALITY 17/20 VALUE 17/20
Another Olewig option is this 42-bed, family-run hotel, restaurant and winery. While the building is 20th century and lacks the character of some of its neighbor villa hotels, the rooms are spacious and the rates reasonable. When Wolfgang Becker isn't working wonders in the kitchen, he joins wife Christine making guests feel welcome. The neighborhood is quiet with a rural atmosphere, and guests can quickly escape any semblance of city life with a stroll through the family vineyards (the Beckers also give informative tours). Ask for one of the many rooms with balcony.
Daily Rates: Single €40-50, double €75-85
Rating: QUALITY 15/20 VALUE 16/20
Hotel Villa Hügel
This 1914 Jugendstil villa is pure charm- and a good value. The wooded, hilltop setting overlooks the Cathedral, the Palace Gardens and the Imperial Baths, with a backdrop of the Mosel hills. The high-ceilinged rooms are so spacious that some doubles could almost pass as junior suites. Furnishings are plush. A modern addition blends well with the original villa.
Views are to the town or the villa's pleasant gardens. Outdoors, guests lounge in the gardens, on split-level terraces or stroll the property. Inside, are a pool and sauna.
Rooms have city names instead of numbers. Wien, a "smaller" room in the new wing, has a balcony overlooking the garden. The larger Oslo, with a couch and sitting area, looks to the hills. Köln, on the top floor is a huge double, almost a penthouse. Hamburg is the prize room, located in the villa with a panoramic balcony. Although standard rooms are more than adequate, we advise spending an extra €15-20 per night for an oversized deluxe room with terrace or balcony.
Dinner, for hotel guests only, features light, regional cuisine.
Daily Rates: Singles €69-88, doubles €97-136
Rating: QUALITY 16/20, VALUE 16/20
Not to be confused with a youth hostel, the privately owned Evergreen Hostel is a superb choice for budget-conscious travelers of all ages. Rates are low- €32 for a double- and the communal kitchen and laundry facilities also help keep costs down. Admittedly, there are no frills, but the hostel is modern, clean and friendly with private rooms and bathroom facilities. The bunk beds may even appeal to kids and bring back memories for adults. The hostel is just a few blocks from the main rail station.
Daily Rates: Singles €27, doubles €32, quad "family" €48. No breakfast. Key deposit €6
Rating: QUALITY 11/20 VALUE 16/20
Hotel Deutscher Hof
Despite its 102 rooms, the modern, family-run Deutscher Hof feels intimate and personal. Because of the hotel's group trade, all guests can benefit from the availability of handicapped-accessible rooms, rooms for families, special-diet meals (for example: vegetarian, high-fiber or low-fat), an extensive wellness area with massage and cosmetics, a huge buffet and even a bowling alley. One recent guest inquired about an ironing board and had perfectly pressed clothes the next morning- at no charge. The hotel is across the street from the start of the pedestrian zone.
Daily Rates: Singles €60-80, doubles €90-110. Free parking.
Rating: QUALITY 16/20 VALUE 16/20
Dorint Hotel Porta Nigra
This boxy, cookie-cutter, late 60s structure looks out of place across the street from the ancient Porta Nigra. Inside, however, is a perfectly fine four-star hotel in a central location. Request an upper-floor, even-numbered room (such as 414) facing the Porta Nigra. Double-glazed windows eliminate most street noise.
Daily Rates: Singles €109-122, doubles €124-137
Contact: Mercure Hotel Trier Porta-Nigra-Platz 1, D-54292 Trier, tel. +49/651/27010, fax. 2701170
Rating: QUALITY 16/20 VALUE 15/20
One of the better in-town values, the Hotel-Café Astoria is typical of Trier's "urban villas" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its white façade is offset by stone trim and a steep slate roof. The 14 rooms are modern, spacious and bright with large windows and tasteful, if somewhat plain, decor. Bathrooms have small, Plexiglas "cell showers" but are otherwise okay. It's just a few minutes' walk from the Porta Nigra.
Daily Rates: Singles €50-60, doubles €70-82
Rating: QUALITY 14/20 VALUE 16/20
Hotel Zum Christophel
About 100 years old and operated by the fourth generation of the Keufen family, Zum Christophel is literally in the shadow of the Porta Nigra. It offers 11 rooms, most of them spacious and all spotless and modern, if a bit stark. Room 23 is a large double overlooking the Porta Nigra. Room 33, used often by families, has a fold-out couch but no view. Although the two rooms on the top floor have the most character- slanting ceilings, skylights, gabled windows- number 41 is the larger.
For center-city value, it's a toss-up between this hotel and the Astoria.
Daily Rates: Single €55, double €85, family quad €125
Rating: QUALITY 14/20 VALUE 16/20
During World War II, the German army established an anti-aircraft battery on a hillside overlooking Trier. Near that gun emplacement was a small hotel operated by the Pantenberg family. In exchange for wine, the soldiers helped the family dig a cave shelter in the hillside above the hotel. From the mouth of their cave two young boys watched the terrifying, for-real fireworks show in which their city was destroyed by Allied bombers.
The Pantenberg family survived and their Hotel Petrisberg survived undamaged. It is still there today, on that hill above the town hidden away among trees and vineyards. Its owners and managers are the brothers who watched the bombing of Trier from their hillside shelter 58 years ago, Helmut and Wolfgang Pantenberg.
A longtime "Editor's Choice" and always at or near the top of our list of value hotels, the Petrisberg offers always-spotless rooms, a quiet location with fine views, beautiful grounds, and among the warmest welcomes Gemütlichkeit has ever experienced. Highly recommended.
Daily Rates: Singles €55 to 65, doubles €85 to 95, suites €125 to 140. Breakfast rooms and all guestrooms are non-smoking.