The enclave of Gottlieben boasts a population of nearly 300, a 13th century castle which was once used as a prison for the deposed anti-pope John XXIII, and the excellent Romantik Hotel Krone. The Krone's half-timbered, historic building is in a very quiet location on the lower lake. Its warm, snug interior is notable for low ceilings and dark wood.

It's easy to feel at home in the unpretentious but very comfortable guestrooms. In our room, Number 114, a typical double, we particularly appreciated a pair of easy chairs. Rooms are equipped with the usual amenities: cable TV, minibar and radio.

The Krone has a particularly fine restaurant. Among the highlights of two dinners: blaufelchen, a perch-like lake fish fried very crisp and served with lemon, tartare sauce and boiled potatoes; superb, fresh morel mushrooms with a chicken stuffing in a cognac sauce; a frothy, buttery watercress soup; tournedos of beef in a reduced wine sauce; filets of sole with morels and a marvelous rack of lamb.

Owner-Maître d'hotel Georg Schraner, who speaks excellent English, greets guests with an urbane warmth and is happy to offer recommendations regarding sight-seeing in the region. We rate the Krone slightly below the Schlössli Bottighofen. However, since the hotels are of such differing styles, that preference may be attributed to a matter of personal taste. The Krone and the Schlössli are small hotels of exceptional quality and clearly superior to others reviewed here.

Street Address: Seestrasse 11
City: Gottlieben
Country: Switzerland
Phone: +43(0)5583-2551
Fax: +43(0)5583-2551-81
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