Smaller, quieter and cheaper, with an unbeatable view of the Fortress Marienberg just across the river, is the Walfisch Hotel. A lot has been done to modernize the mechanics of the place since our last stay here six years ago but the big bowl of fresh fruit is still on the reception desk and the staff is as friendly as ever. Most of the double rooms overlook the fortress; none are particularly large but all have the basic elements of comfort: TV, phone, minibar, etc.

Our favorite is the round-window room on the top floor for 200 DM ($124); it's not very big and the twin beds are perpendicular to each other but the photographic opportunities are outstanding! The excellent restaurant has a complete menu with main dishes in the 22.50-34.00 DM ($14-22) range. One nice touch: just by the elevator is a special display of children's books about whales, making a happy connection with the hotel name which translates to what else but 'whale.'

Street Address: Am Pleidentrum 5
City: Würzburg (Wurzburg/Wuerzburg)
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 931 3 52 00
Fax: 011 49 931 35 20 500
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$$-
Type: Hotel