Wolff's Art Hotel & Restaurant
Stunning interior design—a 90s version of Bauhaus/Art Nouveau—and a fantastic collection of Polish and Czech poster art combine to make this hotel a visual delight.
Two extraordinary guestrooms are numbers 13 and 14. We give a slight nod to the former but both are huge with massive white wood beams, dormer windows, lofty ceilings and large, well-furnished separate sitting areas. They are the best rooms we found in Weimar.
Most guestrooms, like Number 2, a light, airy corner double, have tiled floors (not to worry, there is radiant heating under all floors), high ceilings and windows, modern halogen lighting and spacious, sparkling, fully-tiled bathrooms.
The 35-room Wolff is actually four buildings located in a residential area about 10 minutes' walk from the center.
Beer enthusiasts should note that the hotel's restaurant is the only place in Weimar which serves Singer beer, made by a brewery "museum" in a nearby town.
Wolff's is the creation of an East German engineer, Dr. Christian Wolff, who purchased the property from descendants of a Jewish family, most of whom died in nearby Buchenwald. As a memorial to the family, Dr. Wolff has erected a tiled monolith that is a striking focal point of an outdoor conversation pit.
Factoring in the warm welcome with extraordinary decor and amenities, we rank Wollf's as Weimar's best hotel.
Daily Rates: Singles E110 to E150, doubles E135 to E175
Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 13/20
Christliches Hotel Amalienhof
The centrally-located Amalienhof is traditional, old world, the Wolff's equal in warmth of welcome, and not far behind in comfort.
There is no restaurant or elevator but our room, Number 203, had a high ceiling, good furniture and good reading lights. There were two windows, a comfortable sofa, desk, table and two hard chairs. Overhead lighting was only adequate and the bathroom—a one person affair—had no toiletries or washcloths and for soap only a dispenser of the liquid variety
The basic buffet breakfast, in a small but pleasant room, offered a limited selection, but the items served, notably the cheese and the diced fresh fruit, were first-rate.
Daily Rates: Singles E70 to E85, doubles E95 to E105
Rating: Quality 13/20, Value 15/20