Half way up the steep cobbled street leading to the castle, the appropriately named Hotel Am Schloss turned out to be a treasure. Our first impressions of it as a lively, friendly, open place began as soon as our cab pulled up to the front door. Big tubs of imaginatively combined flowers flanked the recessed entrance and equally pretty window boxes covered the façade.

The lobby is something of a nonevent—being small and doing double duty as a reception area for the restaurant (more about this later)—but the welcome received is genuinely warm and hospitable. And our jewel of a room now ranks high on our list of all time favorites. Number 20 is two-and-a-half flights up (there's no elevator) and the hotel's flagship room. Someone with originality, a fine color sense and good taste has been at work here. Basic colors are a heraldic combination of rust red and deep bright blue. Above the sofa is a matted reproduction of an illuminated manuscript. And from the bed you look out French doors at a fabulous view of the Altstadt. But the most incredible aspect of the room is a limed-oak armoire whose doors are entirely covered by a whimsical representation of a medieval prince and princess gazing wistfully into the distance as the prince dips a toe into the moat. The princess appears to be holding a sprig of tarragon.

The bathroom of Number 20 is also a marvel with Corian-style counters, double sinks, a big tub, power shower, heated towel bars and an excellent hairdryer. The only fault; thin towels. There are 18 rooms in the main portion of the hotel and another 16 divided between two nearby buildings. A few are without ensuite bathroom facilities. The standard rooms are simple and fresh with white walls and Scandinavian-style wood furniture. The excellent bathrooms are fully equipped.

Street Address: Burgsteige 18
City: Tübingen (Tubingen/Tuebingen)
Country: Germany
Phone: +49 (0)7071 92940
Fax: +49 (0)7071 929410
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 5 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel