April 2015, Our 2 nights / 3 days stay We are fans of Leading Hotels of the World and ever since seeing the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten in one of the catalogues we wanted to stay there. || Our Stay @ The Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten || Stuttgart || Germany || Incl. Superior Room, beautiful breakfast, dinner and drinks at the John Cranko Lounge || One of the Leading Hotels of the World || Highly recommended || April 2015 || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr Being in contact with the hotel before our stay we were very satisfied how warm, prompt and professional the e-mails were answered. They even sent us the in room dining menu, because it hadn't been available online. The Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten dates back from the 1960ies and was opened as a competition to the other Grand Hotel, the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin. The Hotel am Schlossgarten has around thirty rooms fewer than the Graf Zeppelin. The Althoff is located opposite the main train station and allows easy access to the airport, all over Stuttgart and other destinations within Germany and neighboring countries. The castle, a park, museum and shopping are just around the corner. We had a pleasant journey with a slight delay from Berlin Tegel with Air Berlin. We took the S-Bahn from Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport. It took around thirty minutes. We took a wrong exit at the train station, but it wasn't a problem since Stuttgart is planned in such a way you can't get lost. When taking the right exit the hotel can be reached within 5 minutes. Check in was pleasant and quick. We received a room on the 6th floor out of seven. When we tried to enter our room the key card didn't work. I went down to the lobby again. We found out that the key card was working, but the receptionist had given us the wrong room number. On our floor again we tried to open the new room and voila we could enter. The Superior Room, which we had booked, was very large with its own hallway and a door to close off the bed room. A door to the right led to the bathroom. The bedroom was kept in classic dark brown, black, red, gold and grey colors. We overlooked the main train station and the hotel's entrance. There was also a massive building site near the station. We couldn't hear any noise, so that was good and we liked the view. There were two paintings depicting plants and flowers of the season they grow in. We had spring and summer. The bed was large and comfortable. We liked the seating area with a coffee table and two club chairs. It was ideal to have in-room dining there or to chat. There were also German magazines. The swiveable flat screen TV was above a credenza and allowed watching from the seating area or the bed. TV channels were mostly German, but there were also international ones like BBC World and Bloomberg. The minibar was well stocked with Vaihinger juices at 3.10 Euro, ca. 3.50 USD, other nonalcoholic beverages and spirits like Moskowskya Vodka or Monkey 47 Gin from the Black Forrest at 5.50 Euro (ca. 6.20 USD). Complimentary bottled still / sparkling water had been provided and restocked daily, often twice with turndown service. There was also a large wardrobe and a big safe. The bathroom was small, but had double sinks, toilet and a bath tub / shower combination. The bathroom amenities were by Penhaligon Raquets. We know Quercus, which we really love, and Raquets was not an exception. We enjoyed spending time on our comfortable room and had in-room dining a few times. Dinner included Wiener Schnitzel and Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli), Alsatian fish soup and Crème Brule. The quality was of a high standard and the cost worth paying for it. We generally paid between 40.00 and 42 Euro for two main courses. That's between ca. 45.05 USD and 47.30 USD. We had breakfast twice during our two night stay. Once at the dedicated breakfast restaurant and once in our room. The restaurant offers continental breakfast in buffet form. It costs 25 Euro per person, ca. 28.20 USD. A la carte hot dishes can be also ordered against a surcharge. For example the Eggs Benedict we had were 7.50 Euro per person, ca. 8.50 USD. They were a bit unusual, because the poached eggs came on toast bread and with spinach. It was delicious, though. The buffet was small, but the choice was big enough to satisfy nearly every taste. It was also a trip down memory lane. There were some cold cuts I loved as a child. The presentation was beautiful too and had an Asian understatement to it. The staff was very attentive and friendly. When we had in room breakfast the next morning all our favorites were included, so the staff must have noted our preferences and prepared the meal accordingly. There are other restaurants and bars of course. The Zirbelstube by Sebastian Pruessmann is the fine dining Michelin starred restaurant, while the Cafe am Schlossgarten is the all-day dining outlet. There are also the Vinothek and the John Cranko Lounge. Once we had drinks and a dessert at the John Cranko Lounge. A review will follow. Soon check out arrived. We realized on the day of departure that there was a public transport strike. The staff was very good, giving us a late check out on very short notice and advising us that a few trains were still running to the airport, including timing. One of the biggest assets of the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten is the staff. They are all very intuitive, friendly and professional. Special thank you to Frau Manamat (Hope I have spelled it right. Apologies, if it isn't correct.) and Frau Ernst for the tips, chats and making our stay very memorable. We are looking forward to stay again at the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten in the heart of Stuttgart. Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES! Would we stay at this hotel again in our future? YES!