This newly built, economical, but stylish efficiency hotel is well priced if a tad out of the way, tucked below street level in an attractive Art Nouveau residential neighborhood behind the Bean Quarter. The parking garage entrance is easiest to find on Olgastrasse, but the main entrance is around the block on Zimmermanstrasse. The entrance and lobby look like an ultramodern Montessori school, all glass and bright blue steel tubes curving to form a giant skylight.

Since the hotel is built into a steep hill, all the rooms are dug into the ground and are lower than the entrance. However, all the clean, bright rooms are flooded with light. They are done with light-colored European modern furniture and parquet floors, all very practical with plenty of storage space and looking very new. Some open out into private terrace gardens, while others are designed for family holidays. Room 212, for example, sleeps 4 in one spacious room with a kitchenette and shower.

Breakfast is served in the bright, glassed-in rooftop terrace off the lobby and features a well-stocked hot and cold buffet. Excellent value and quality. —by Lydia Itoi

Contact: Abalon Hotel Ideal, Zimmermanstrasse 7-9, 70182 Stuttgart. (Garage entrance at Olgastrasse 79), tel. +49/0711/21 71 0, fax 2171 217, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Daily Rates: Singles from €76, doubles from €96, suites €112.
Rating: QUALITY 16/20, VALUE 17/20