The 3 star Hotel Holländer Hof Heidelberg is located directly at the Old Bridge in the Old Town of Heidelberg and has a good public transport connection.
The historic Hotel Zum Ritter St.Georg was built in 1592 by the cloth merchant Carolus (Charles) Belier and already served as an inn 300 years ago.
The hip Design Hotel NinetyNine Hotel Heidelberg is located in the district Weststadt of Heidelberg. You can reach it very easily by car, bus and train.
Boutique design hotel right in the old town next to St. Peter’s Church and the university library.
The 3-star hotel is located directly next to the Neckar river and the Heidelberg Marstall. The pedestrian zone is also not far away.
The 4-star Hotel Heidelberger Hof in Heidelberg’s Old Town is a small city hotel that has had its place there since 1921.
5-star Grand Hotel on the edge of Heidelberg’s Old Town and not far from the pedestrian zone.
Luxury Boutique Hotel with castle view in close proximity to the Old Bridge / Old Town
The city of Heidelberg is one of the most famous cities in Germany with its impressive architecture. Most people who live between Heidelberg and Stuttgart are more likely to mention Heidelberg abroad when asked where exactly they are from in Germany. And once you are in Heidelberg, you notice at the latest in the picturesque Old Town: Many nations meet here. Especially the Ruprecht Karls University, which is the oldest university in Germany, attracts students from all over the world. Of course, they like to romp around among the Heidelberg houses, the many Heidelberg hotels and the sights in the streets of the city. You may not be able to guess every nation, but what is usually particularly noticeable in Heidelberg are the Asians, often wandering around in small groups. Because besides the Asian exchange students, many people from the Asian region also like to come to Heidelberg and take pictures of the city down to the smallest detail. Especially popular is the Heidelberg Castle and the Old Bridge as well as the Hauptstraße (main street). It is one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany, along which many architecturally beautiful buildings are lined up. For example the Heidelberg Hotel Ritter, which is located directly on the Hauptstraße, is a popular photo motif with its old facade.
A highlight in Heidelberg is probably the Heidelberg Castle Illumination, for which many people travel to Heidelberg especially. Some hotels in Heidelberg have special offers for this to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Heidelberg has even managed to join the ranks of the city versions of Monopoly. In Heidelberg Monopoly you can “buy” Heidelberg Castle, the Philosopher’s Path, the Heidelberg Suites Hotel or the Heidelberg Zoo. The beautiful scenery that Heidelberg offers is of course not unnoticed by some directors. For example, the scenery with the castle in the background appears in the first German Netflix original “Isi & Ossi”, which was produced in Heidelberg and Mannheim. Also in the ARD series “Hotel Heidelberg” you can see the beautiful Heidelberg scenery again and again. Maybe a little disappointing is that the hotel Heidelberg in the series is actually not a hotel at all, but a villa of a real estate developer.
In a tourist meeting place like Heidelberg, there are of course many hotels. Whether expensive, cheap, old, new, large or small. The hotels in Heidelberg make the choice really difficult. Especially since many of the hotels are located in the city centre and thus have good connections to the various sights. Often just by foot. The fact that the occupancy rate of the hotels 2 years ago was the highest in the whole federal state probably speaks for itself. And they were not fully booked because there are too few hotels, quite the contrary, there are even new hotels opening every year. Just in spring 2020 the Qube Hotel Bahnstadt opened and in the field of vision of the Hotel Heidelberger Hof a new and large hotel is also being built in Heidelberg. The guests of Heidelberg hotels, however, do not always come to the city just for sightseeing. Often relatives of patients of the University Hospital come to Heidelberg and look for accommodation in one of the hotels. Of course the price is always very important, besides the location and size of the hotel. Heidelberg offers a variety of accommodation through private bed & breakfasts, pensions, youth hostels, hostels, apartments/apartment hotels or ” just” hotels. The respective offers and prices in the individual categories are correspondingly different. Those who like it big and luxurious will probably find their place in a Grand Hotel, such as the 5-star Grand Hotel Europäischer Hof. The mostly a little smaller but still luxurious hotels are the boutique hotels that are also often found in Heidelberg (e.g. Hotel Heidelberg Suites, Qube Bahnstadt, Qube Bergheim). Many of the hotels located in the Old Town have their seat in historical walls, which are often several hundred years old. For example the ArtHotel Heidelberg or the Hotel Villa Marstall. In terms of price, one might think that the hotels located directly in the Old Town or on the main street are the most expensive. But: wrong thought, at least for the major part. Indeed, there are more expensive hotels in the city centre (that means the Old Town and Bergheim), but there are also sporadically cheaper hotels. Among the hotels that are not located in the city centre, there are more cheaper ones that are also lower in price than the cheaper ones of the city centre. Nevertheless, there are also some more expensive hotels outside the city centre. In Heidelberg there are many privately run hotels, but also some hotel chains, such as the Leonardo Hotels or the Marriott Hotels.
Hotel, hostel, B&B, aparthotel and apartments. Sometimes you don’t even know what the difference is. And also in Heidelberg you can find “Hotel Heidelberg”, “Hostel Heidelberg” or “Apartments Heidelberg” if you are looking for an accommodation.
Basically, an apartment (also called an apartment-hotel) is a “room” that is fully equipped like a small apartment. A small kitchen, a bathroom and possibly even a separate living and sleeping area are mainly used for longer stays. There are also often hotels that offer some apartments in the hotel or in a separate building in addition to their “normal” rooms.
A hostel differs from other accommodations mostly by the low price. Hostels are usually privately run and all have their own individual touch. There are usually shared rooms or dormitories and generally many shared rooms. However, some of them also offer some single rooms in addition to the shared rooms. Especially backpackers and young people book hostels, also because besides the low price they are very often in the centre of a city. The atmosphere will also be more relaxed due to the visitors than in a hotel. Often hostels also offer common activities. The service is different in every hostel, so you may be allowed to take coffee, tea and cereals for free in one hostel, and may need to bring your own bed linen to another hostel if you don’t want to pay a few euros. In general, the contact with the other guests is bigger in a hostel than in a hotel.
Bed and Breakfast
A Bed and Breakfast or also B&B usually means a room in a private house. As the name suggests, the price includes breakfast in addition to the bed or room. In a private house you don’t live alone, but with the owners and maybe even other guests under one roof. Depending on the booking and the size of the accommodation, there is a private bathroom besides the room. If not, the bathroom is shared. The service is not provided by employees but by the host. In a B&B you are like with friends you haven’t seen for a long time. You just ring the doorbell and sleep in the guest room. B&Bs are usually also cheaper and are often offered by older couples. The atmosphere here is very familiar and you often get some insider tips.
However, most common, you will still find the classic hotels in cities like Heidelberg. Depending on the facilities, service and quality, hotels fall into different categories (stars 1-5). The rooms are private with a bathroom and usually there is at least breakfast in the hotel. Towels and bed linen are also provided by the hotels and they even have to provide them to their guests. Of course, besides the subdivision of the hotels into stars, there are also different names. Thus, most of the times, the Grand Hotel is big and luxurious and the Boutique Hotel rather smaller and more personal. Boutique hotels are often also described as boutique-design hotels, as the owners often pay special attention to the furnishing. By the way: In order to be described as a “Grand Hotel”, you don’t have to meet certain criteria. And there is also no uniform definition for the designation.
The term boardinghouse might lead thinking about the airport and a short stay between two flights. But again, wrong thought. In a boardinghouse you will find furnished apartments for longer stays with hotel-like services. The boardinghouses are often located in the city and are booked by companies for their workers or by businessmen who have something to do in the city. They are more likely to book a boardinghouse than a hotel, because a boardinghouse simply has the lower price.
Hotel prices in Heidelberg
The prices for an overnight stay in a hotel in Heidelberg can of course, as in any city, only be calculated as a lump sum. Because depending on season, day and time, prices can rise and fall, and not just by a few cents. For 3 star hotels, the price is on average approximately under the 100 € mark and for the 4 star hotels a few Euros over it. The 5 star hotels are already almost 300€ per night, but they also offer corresponding luxury.
Guests in Heidelberg
The Royals William and Kate were probably the highlight in Heidelberg a few years ago. Although they were only in Heidelberg for a few hours, they still caused quite a stir. On the contrary to the two, there were also some celebrities who stayed in a hotel in Heidelberg for one or the other night. So the Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg is adorned with many famous names from different decades. Besides politicians and noblemen of today and history, the fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, the boxer Muhammad Ali, the Klitschko brothers, David Hasselhoff and also Ed Sheeran and Nena among many others have found their way to the Europäischer Hof. The actor and crime scene commissioner Richy Müller and the former German president Horst Köhler have also made their way to the Neu Heidelberg Hotel.
One thing should now be certain, if you want to stay in a hotel in Heidelberg, in or near the Old Town, and stay longer than one or two nights, you should rather plan a little more money than too little. Finding a hotel in the city centre is not very difficult, because even for less money you can find something here. And even if you can’t find a suitable one, you can reach the sights very easily by bus and train. And if you have your accommodation in the city centre, depending on the location you don’t even need public transport to be able to cross most of the sights off your to-do list. In the large selection of hotels and accommodations there should be something for every visitor of Heidelberg.