A little too cute but there's no argument that this is a tremendous small hotel. Guestrooms are extraordinary and service is five-star. Though it seemed to us a bit contrived, Der Kleine Prinz offers its patrons loads of charm and 33 beautifully decorated guestrooms in a 100-year old, five-story Baroque building. This is a hotel built around a theme of a French children's tale, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Carrying the motif are what we assume to be reproductions of colorful illustrations from the Saint-Exupéry book. The redheaded, black-booted Little Prince in his blue and red cloak is everywhere. To steal a Jacques Brel lyric, "Cute, cute, cute, in a stupid a _ _ way."

Even to those of us who think the whole thing is somewhat overdone, guestrooms are extraordinary. Pick any one: the penthouse suite with its fireplace, slanting ceilings, heavy beams, large living and dining area, hand-painted porcelain bathrooms fixtures and a giant, retractable skylight; or perhaps the Turmzimmer (Tower Room) with wicker furniture, exposed beams and dormer windows. At that price, you might try one of the Laura Ashley rooms or Number 34, Mille Fleurs (a thousand flowers).

The hotel has a lovely but pricey little restaurant. Each afternoon, guests are served tea and cakes compliments of the house. The Little Prince is the creation of Edeltraud Rademacher and her husband, Norbert, who worked in catering for 22 years at New York's Waldorf Astoria. Its uniformed staff is very professional and guests are well cared for. For those who cotton to super-chic little hotels and whose travel budget can stand it this is a fine choice but for only a few dollars more one can be at a true heavyweight of a hotel, the Brenner's Park.

Street Address: Lichtentaler Strasse 36
City: Baden-Baden
Country: Germany
Phone: +49(0)7221-34 66 00
Fax: +49(0)7221-34 66 0-59
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