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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Guests in Heidelberg
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.