Our first choice in Würzburg. We've seldom had a more gracious reception. Fifteen rooms on three floors over a restaurant on a busy thoroughfare. Very simple, very plain but absolutely loaded with genuine hospitality and charm. The gasthof, which has been making travelers happy since 1430, attracts passersby with its pretty rococo façade.

The rooms were all redone three years ago with white walls, flowered drapes, deep blue carpets, knotty pine furniture and good lighting. Each room has a crisp, clean bathroom with toilet and shower. The hallways and stairway landings aren't bad either with lots of plants, dried flower arrangements and a collection of antique cast-iron stoves. However, the hotel does not have an elevator.

The Stadt Mainz is known for Franconian specialities: wedding soup, hot onion pie, oxtail stew; all in generous proportions and at reasonable prices. The typical German stube always has plenty of atmosphere but not many can compare to this one for coziness and easy informality. Every inch of wall space is covered with antlers, paintings and photographs. Shelves and window ledges hold pottery and plants and copper pots. Sunlight pours in through leaded windows. Benches and long wooden tables line the walls, each with a pot of fresh flowers.

An indication of the management's thoughtfulness: the menus are translated into many languages—including Braille and Russian. Even better, while we were there a Japanese cook was called out of the kitchen to help two of his fellow countrymen order their meals. The Schwarzmann family are travelers themselves and know what it's like to be a stranger in a foreign land. The Zur Stadt Mainz is also in a good location, on a pleasant street not far from the train station and only a short walk from the Juliusspital and the Burgspital.

Street Address: Semmelstrasse 39
City: Würzburg (Wurzburg/Wuerzburg)
Country: Germany
Phone: ++49 931-53155
Fax: ++49 931-58510
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Quality: Rating: 3 stars
Value: Rating: 3 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel