Ranging from one star for modest
accommodation to five stars for high quality and top level requirements,
most hotels in Germany are classified according to international
standards and criteria of the German hotel classification system (explained
below in detail).
As a rule there are no star rating schemes in Germany for B&B's, like Zimmer Frei or Pensionen.
Below we aim to explain a range of different options and types of hotel accommodation available in Germany and what you should expect from hotels with star ratings.
Zimmer Frei road signs usually point to vacant B&B rooms in private family homes, these are ideal for touring holidays on a low budget, they offer great spear of the moment flexibility and the chance to meet lots of local friendly people.
Unfortunately there is no online or printed
guide for this kind of accommodation, although there are two
organisations who have produce two interesting websites for private B&Bs
located mostly in cities and larger towns:
A Youth Hostel could be a great alternative instead of staying at a hotel, especially for families. Youth Hostels can offer single rooms, double rooms or family rooms and in Germany there is no maximum age limit, although this may vary in Bavaria.
Most Youth Hostels are highly modernised, offering
top quality accommodation at sometimes great and unusual locations, like Colditz Castle
near Dresden. To stay in a Youth Hostel you have to be a member of the
International Youth Hostel Association, you can either join at home or
on arrival. For online reservations visit:
A "Pension" is usually a large private family home or property located in rural areas with 5-10 rooms.
Pensionen tend to be low cost alternatives to hotels, offering good but basic accommodation, including breakfast with local and friendly people.
A list of Pensionen can be obtained from all local tourist
offices or online at
A Gasthaus, also called a Gasthof or
Landhaus is typically a German-style inn or tavern with a bar,
restaurant and hotel rooms.
A Hotel Garni may have all the facilities like a normal hotel and differs only in that it offers B&B and doesn't have a restaurant for day time or evening meals.
Single room 8 m2, Double room 12 m2
All rooms with en-suite private Shower/WC or Bath/WC
All rooms with colour TV inc. remote control.
Daily cleaning of all rooms.
Fax at reception.
Extended choice of breakfast
No smoking breakfast room or with separate smoking areas
Range of drinks for sale
Single room 12 m2, Double room 16 m2
One seat or sitting possibility per bed.
Bedside lamp or reading light per bed.
Sanitary products for sale (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor etc.)
Credit or debit card payment facilities.
Single room 14 m2, Double room 18 m2
10% No smoking rooms
Reception open 14hrs/day and accessible 24/7.
Staff must speak at least two languages,
Seating for small groups near reception.
En-suite minibar or drinks.
In room telephone and internet access.
Bathroom heating, hair dryer, tissues
Large dressing mirror, suite case rack, safe
Sewing kit, shoe cleaning utensils, laundry and ironing service
Extra pillow and blanket on request
Courteous and professional response to customer complaints
Single room 16 m2, Double room 22 m2
Reception open 18 hrs/day and accessible 24/7
Lobby with seating, drink service and hotelbar
Breakfast buffet with room service
Minibar or 24/7 drinks room service
Armchair or couch with side table
Bath robe, slippers on request
Cosmetics (Shower cap, nail file, cotton buds), make-up mirror
Internet-PC / Internet-Terminal
ΐ la carte-restaurant
Single room 18 m2, Double room 26 m2, selection of suites
Reception open 24/7 with concierge service, multilingual staff
Entrance hall with seating and drinks service.
Personalised in room greeting with flowers or present.
Minibar or 24/7 food and drinks room service
Selection of body care products
Internet-PC in all rooms with qualified IT- support service
Selection of cushions, in bed central room light on/off control , en-suite safe
One hour ironing service, Shoe cleaning service
Regular mystery men checks