We had a fantastic stop over here on our way down to Italy. The room was huge, 2 interconnecting rooms, perfect for a family of 4, giving us 2 showers, 2 toilets etc... perfect after a few hours in the van. The hotel was clean and tidy and had a very unique style which we loved. The breakfast was ace. Loads of it and plenty of variety. Great parking beneath the hotel. There's a height limit of 2m but I managed to get my Transporter down there OK. Ettligen itself is a beautiful little town too with lots of bars and restaurants. We ate at a local place and the staff were helpful and friendly (beer was good too!). Overall, a great hotel and thoroughly enjoyable stay in Ettlingen.
Our family (2 adults, 2 kids) stayed at Watthalden for 10 days and could not have asked for more. The breakfast was absolutely fantastic, lots of local products (fresh baked goods, jams, and honey) large selection of fruit, smoothies, cold cuts, eggs any style, and coffee drinks and tea a la carte without extra charge.
I have yet to find a more accomodating and friendly staff in any hotel. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to actually like their job. Great tips on what to do.
For dinner, we used Watts bistro next door. Their food is absolutely the antithesis to stereotypical German food - refined, original, and each dish with a distinct flavor. The wine and beer selection is also real good and found it convenient not to have to drive.
Locationwise, close to old downtown Ettlingen, and within 15 min drive to downtown Karlsruhe. Perfect place to stay and explore the Blackforest and surrounding cities. We stayed on our previous trips there already, and will be back agin for our next stay.
For best rates, try contacting the hotel directly. Everyone speaks English at the front desk.
Martin from Aliso Viejo, CA
The Hotel Watthalden is a first class hotel built in 1998. Located in the heart of an old park at the foot of the Black …More
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