WEIMAR, Germany -- Since the reunification of Germany, major
Western hotel operators have moved into Weimar, overhauling and
building properties, to give the city a modern accommodations base,
with properties in all price ranges.
Perhaps the best hotel in town is the Kempinski Hotel Elephant
Weimar, located in the city's Market Square. The original building
has been an inn or a hotel for more than 300 years and has rented
rooms to such luminaries as J. S. Bach, Goethe, Schiller, Liszt,
Wagner, Tolstoy and Thomas Mann. It was renovated fully in 1993,
when its 102 rooms and suites were done over in keeping with its
original Bauhaus and Art Deco styles, and the whole property was
brought up to modern luxury standards.
The Kempinski has 1999 package rates of about $118 per person,
double, for one night or $206 for two nights, including breakfast,
VAT and service charges. The hotel also can provide tickets for
events in the Cultural Capital program. Kempinski Hotels, Phone:
Also at the top of the hotel quality list in the city is the
Weimar Hilton, with 294 rooms and suites, a nonsmoking floor, two
restaurants, a pool, a sauna and a solarium. Rates range from $135
to $160 for a single room, $156 to $180 for a double. Hilton
Hotels, Phone: 800-932-3322, Web: www.hilton.com.
Newly opened last spring in Weimar was the first class Dorint
Hotel Weimar, a 122-room property operated by Germany's
fast-growing Dorint chain. Rates are from $120 to $168 for a single
room or $150 to $222, double. Dorint, Phone: (800) 650-8010, Web:
The Steigenberger Group is represented by the 134-room InterCity
Hotel, a restoration of a 130-year-old hotel located opposite the
city's main railway station. Rates start at $72 per night for a
single room, $84 for a double. SRS Worldhotels, Phone: (800)
223-5652, Web: www.srs-worldhotels.com.
Meanwhile, France's Mercure chain offers a modern, 164-room
hotel in Weimar, with nightly rates of about $102, single; $138,
double. Mercure Hotels, Phone: (800) 637-2873