Our favorite establishment is not in Trier proper, but about seven kilometers to the south in Trier-Pfalzel (30 minutes by boat). On the west bank of the Mosel sits Klosterschenke, an 800 year-old monastery that was turned into a guest house in 1824. Here, the friendly Betz family has impressively melded the old with the new in the monastery's eleven individually decorated rooms. Twelve foot high ceilings, well-preserved hardwood floors, and tasteful floral wallpaper give the rooms an airy, garden feel.

Despite recent renovations, the owners have managed to preserve the original style of the building by highlighting exposed beams and ornate moldings. The bathrooms are small, but bright, clean, and modern. Room Number 16 has a larger bathroom and also a large window with a beautiful view of the river below. Number 27 is the only one with a bathtub, all others have showers.

Guests (and non-guests) can enjoy breakfast or lunch on the outdoor terrace shaded by linden trees, gaze at the river and the vine-covered hills beyond, and watch cyclists peddle leisurely along the Moselfahrradweg. Dinner guests are treated to a menu of regional specialties, including lamb cutlets from the Ruwer Valley roasted and served with pine nuts, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil. For special occasions, small groups can reserve the table in the Petri Capelle, which was built in 1511. A drawback is that none of the rooms is designated nonsmoking.

Street Address: Klosterstraße 10
City: 54293 Trier-Pfalzel
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 651 9 68 440
Fax: 011 49 651 9 68 4430
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Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel