A smaller, less formal and certainly less expensive alternative is the Bellevue, owned and operated by four generations of the family Widman. Its 12 rooms are simply furnished but very clean, comfortable and cozy. One nice touch is a fresh apple by each bed. But the Bellevue, 10 minutes from the town center and five minutes from the autobahn, is best known for its excellent restaurant which specializes in original Swabian cooking using strictly fresh ingredients. The dining room seats only 60 and its atmosphere of dark wood, tile floors, green plants and cloth table linens is friendly and unpretentious. Tomato soup, garnished with unsweetened whipped cream, flat parsley and a sliver of carrot was topped up at the table with a generous splash of Beefeater's Gin—delicious and reasonable at 7 DM ($4).

Our main dishes (Wiener schnitzel with roast potatoes and venison with kiwi fruit, cranberry sauce and spätzle) cost 24 DM ($14) and 30 DM ($18) respectively and were expertly prepared and served. Herr Widman, who maintains an extensive cellar of local wines, is a bit of an expert in his own right and recommended Untertürkheim Trollinger Gips. A quarter-liter, served in the handled wine glass called a viertele that is peculiar to the Stuttgart area, cost 8 DM ($5).

Street Address: Schurwaldstrasse 45
City: Stuttgart
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 711 48 07 60
Fax: 011 49 711 48 07 631
Quality: Rating: 1 star
Value: Rating: 2 stars
Price Level: $---
Type: Hotel