Riessersee Hotel Sport & SPA Resort
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Today we explored the Linderhof castle, the only castle completely finished within Ludwig's life. It was lavish and exquisite housing the only lapis fireplaces I've ever seen. The house was completely modeled after the elaborate Versailles estate of Louis XIV as Ludwig was enamored with his life and his governing powers. Linderhof is truly a …
On our agenda today, since it was a clear, sunny day, was to take the ski gondola up to the highest peak in Germany, Zugspitze, at almost 3000km high. Still covered in snow, the Zugspitze is a great place to ski and many still were. Starting out, the contrast of the green valley against the rugged mountain is spectacular but moving closer to the …
... walking and found this huge square with tons of stores. We found the Limerick Bill's pub which was a little Irish pub - absolutely adorable and would have eaten there if they served food! We then walked into a mall and found a store called Forever 18 - hmmm close enough to Forever 21, why not check it out? I was just hoping it was a little cheaper than Forever Monte Carlo. We were in luck! The store was amazing and I was finally able to get some shopping ...
... and well above the clouds, I was a little less nervous and ready to go. Our first run was a disaster. We made a wrong turn (suggested by myself – good one Lo) and went down 1A instead of 1B. The hill wasn’t too bad but when we got down a little further we had two choices. One was to continue down a very steep hill which was no longer a blue or take a 't bar’ up to another hill. After watching a few people manage the t bar we ...
... route sometimes losing them which helped make this climb what it turned out to be, a great challenge for the both of us. Sometimes during the climb it was breathtaking and I'm not talking about the views one slip at any time would have been the end. That said it was long and the lack of water made it more difficult so 8 1/2 hours in total we reached the summit (tick). Exhausted and very thirsty we made our way to a little bar that was at the top only to be told ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiessersee Hotel Sport & SPA Resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Very friendly staff. Nicely appointed in a quiet location atop a hill near the Riessersee (Riesser Lake). It has a spa and indoor pool, a nice bar with a beautiful fireplace which is always going in winter. The pool is glassed in and heated with a jacuzzi and lovely paintings on the war. The bedrooms all have bathrobes, slippers and all the other amenities you would expect to find in a resort.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riessersee Hotel Sport & SPA Resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen
We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. A very warm interior design (light wood log cabin feel), friendly staff, and excellent food/rooms. The hotel offers many spa services, which we didn't take advantage of. The pool is very nice - warm with grand murals painted on the walls that rival some of the castles in the area. We found it very odd how much smoking occurs at this hotel, especially with its emphasis on healthy spa activites. There are cigarette dispensers prominently displayed in the lobby, and there were ashtrays in our non-smoking room.
This hotel is nice. The rooms are spacious. The lobby has a warm, log cabin type feel. The staff were all very friendly. The food, although pricey, was good. It is up on the hillside overlooking Garmisch. We had a car so it was easy for us but without one, I don't know if it would be that convenient. We used it as a base for exploring the area. It has spa facilities too. It's only about 15 minutes from the Zugspitze railway station. I imagine that if you were in the area for skiing, this would be the place to be.
Awesome service from the moment we walked in the door. Even though it was July, we had a cold day and there was nothing like walking in the lobby to see a real fire in the fireplace. We enjoyed the hotel restaurant at breakfast and for dinner. We also enjoyed eating at the Cafe Riessersee (located next to the hotel) very much with it's fantastic view of the mountains and the lake. The restaurant actually catches the trout right there in the lake so my husband tried the trout for lunch and was in heaven.
I was pleased with my stay here. Room was nice, clean, spacious, and well-kept. We had a junior suite, which has a sleeping loft over a sitting area, with a balcony. Granite-trimmed bathroom and fluffy bathrobes. Breakfast was a good but fairly standard buffet, served in a glassed-in sunroom that is comfortable and inviting even on a cold morning. Pool is better than average. I didn't avail of the spa services, though.
A real gem in a superb location
We used Trip Advisor to find this hotel, and we were not disappointed. We stayed in early December before the ski season proper, as we were interested in walking and sightseeing. The hotel was quiet and perfect for a get-away weekend break. They are re-decorating at the moment but the pool was open, the log fire was roaring and the loft rooms are a delight. Me, my Wife and my 13 year old Daughter stayed for EUR96.00 per night inc. breakfast. We could walk in the mountains direct from the hotel. The serenity around its own private lake (Riessersee) has to be sampled to be believed. My Daughter loved the Playstations & X-boxes in the area attached to the bar. I bet that large screen TV is a crowd puller on ski competion days.
Let's keep it a secret!
Stayed a week at this hotel and loved every minute. Great view from our room - overlooking the "lake" and with the alps in view. Staff was very nice and service was lovely. The little restaurant across the way at the lake is terrific - try the smoked trout! Would stay here again.
Good-bye, jet lag!
This hotel, a real gem just outside Garmisch proper, is our jet lag recovery site. The rooms are great, the food and service perfect and the breakfast ample. However, the location is the real selling point. Part way up a mountain, it is quiet for the extra hours of sleep needed to recover from the flight from LAX to MUC, and scenery to die for when the urge to stroll returns. The Riessersee is a small, idyllic Alpine lake, with a walking path all around, and the gasthaus at the end of the lake is a perfect place for lunch, dinner or coffee during the day. From the front of the hotel, enjoy the view towards Garmisch from on high, with the sound of a mountain stream rushing by. Like it? Love it!
One of Garmisch's best kept secrets!!!!
The Renaissance Hotel Riessersee has a subtle elegance and charm that go beyond what most tourist hotels claim to have. For total comfort, excellent service, outstanding meals and incredible alpine atmosphere, I would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Garmisch. The staff and management are to be commended for providing top quality care. This is a fabulous hotel.
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Very Nice Hotel
Nice hotel, not a lot of character, it is a chain.The loft suites are very nice. Many have great views of Garmish or the Risersee (little pond with hicking trails).Nice bar, not much of a fitness room, sauna is average, pool was very nice. The resturant is excellent.
Awesome suite with loft bedroom, perfect decor. Just the coolest! Very helpful staff, great recommendations for restaurants, etc. Perfect!