In a good location near Charlottenplatz and the Bean Quarter, the family-run Hotel Wörtz might best be described as quirky. With its abundance of dark carved wood, stained glass windows, and ornate ironwork, it looks like a medieval castle remodeled in 1950. In reality, the building dates from 1870. Rooms at the economy end are clean and well appointed if somewhat dated, but they exude a certain old-fashioned character.

At €120, Room 111 is a bargain with white plaster walls, exposed beams, a heavy leather desk chair and a balcony overlooking the garden and "castle." The dark red flowered carpet has seen better days, but everything is immaculate. The bathroom has a tub and shower with cream-colored wall tiles, scallop she'll sink, and gold fixtures. Room 115 across the hall was slightly cheaper but more cramped, with only a shower, two single beds, and no balcony. Carpet was lime green and swirly, but equally faded. The "castle" has brighter and more luxurious rooms, including the hilariously baroque "Louis XVI" suite with colonnaded freestanding round jacuzzi. Ask for a courtyard-facing room, not a front room on the busy street. —by Lydia Itoi

Hallways and public areas feature heavy carved wood accents, columns, and swirling ironwork. Breakfast is served on a positively baronial carved wooden counter, the light filtering through the stained glass.

Evenings are convivial at the hotel's extremely well-regarded wine pub and restaurant "Zur Weinsteige," noted for its 15,000 bottle wine cellar dating from the 19th century. The hotel has private parking and is located a few steps downhill from the Dobelstrasse U6 stop.

Contact: Flair Hotel Wörtz and Restaurant Zur Weinsteige, Hohenheimerstrasse 28-30 (at the corner of Charlottenstrasse), 70184 Stuttgart, tel +49/0711/23 67 000, fax 23 67 00 7, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proprietors: Scherle family
Daily Rates: Singles €85-160, doubles €100-300
Rating: Quality 14/20, Value 15/20