Sorat Hotels has transformed a run-down, 60-year-old grain silo at an old port into a modern, comfortable, peaceful hotel. Located directly on the Ziegelsee, the Speicher is about a 15-minute walk or five-minute drive from downtown, giving a sense of distance, but not isolation. Inside, it has retained much of the wood and brick features of the original structure. Off the lobby, an open fireplace adds a cozy touch.

The hotel opened in 1998 and the entire facility is spotless. In guestrooms, angled walls lend themselves to large windows and lots of sunlight. Decor is in warm tones using such natural elements as leather, rattan and cotton. For a 20 DM/$9.13 difference per night, it's worth it to get a lake view. From the waterfront, guests can board one of the boats of the Weisse Flotte for a lake excursion. The Speicher offers a "Wellness" area with steambath and Finnish sauna, as well as its Restaurant Aurum, specializing in regional cuisine. Though the immediate area is somewhat run-down, it's safe and on the way up.

Street Address: Speicherstrasse 11
City: Schwerin
Country: Germany
Phone: +49(0)385-5003-0
Fax: +49(0)385-5003-111
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel