Advantages I slept OK once I stopped laughing at the decor
Disadvantages The lift incident was pretty worrying
My colleague Laura was particularly unflattering in her analysis of the hotel. It was, she claimed, an absolute nightmare and she was dreading a return. The last time the meeting had taken place in Bingen was in September during an unseasonably hot spell. Germany does a particularly unpleasant type of ‘hot’ – an energy-draining, hot, damp heat that doesn’t occur consistently enough to justify hotels fitting air conditioning. Opening the windows isn’t really an option because the nH Bingen sits right next to the town’s railway line and a busy road. The bigger problem is on the other side of the Rhine where a second railway line is used by extraordinarily long haulage trains which can roll past for five to ten minutes because they’re SO long. It’s hard to imagine when you see how far away the railway line is, with a massive river full of monster barges sailing quietly along, but despite a big wide river between the hotel and the trains, the hills that rise behind the line reflect all the noise straight back at the town. Fortunately it was cold enough that I didn’t need to sleep with the windows open so I didn’t mind the train noise too much – it would have been unbearable with open windows.
The reception area is one of faded grandeur and has the ugliest water feature I’ve seen in a long time. It looks like someone dumped an old metal boiler in the middle of the seating area. It was probably a very fancy hotel in its day and the designers made some very bold style-statements, most of which now look at best dated and at worst plain silly. It must have been quite an expensive place to build but it’s now desperately in need of a makeover.
Melanie the receptionist was the cheeriest I’ve met in a long time. She was very chatty, very chirpy, and happy to check the computer to see if I and my colleague were already in their database. I think I’m in the nH’s loyalty scheme – though if they knew some of the things I’ve said about their hotels over the years, I’d probably get drummed out of the club.
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A 10-minute walk from the railway station in Bingen am Rhein, this hotel offers an attractive restaurant overlooking the River Rhine. It offers a...
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