Riessersee Hotel Resort
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This morning we weren't all that unhappy to leave the sheridan arabella in munich as we weren't wearing the correct clothing, black cloth and head gear. We headed off to the castle of Neuschwanstein ( the castle they use in the beginning of Walt Disney ). Was good but guess what we have done the abc and not likely see another, they are beautiful but not our thing. Had lunch at ...
... forgetting to write down its label. We were here to see the castle neuschaunstein which, of course, is where Sir Walt Disney gained his inspiration for the 'princess castle' you see at the start of every movie. Insider tip, the area is packed May through to September. We waited 90 mins for tickets ( you can reserve in advance for this castle but not the others ) which wouldn't really make a difference because they only stop in every third room and tell you nothing about the place. ...
... Zeppelin floating past again. Crossed the Swiss border into Austria and tried again unsuccessfully to get the toll GoBox fixed. Drove on to Lindau, in Germany, which was full of holiday crowds so did not stop. Found a Stelplatz to camp in, in a small village, Bad Bayersoien, in Germany almost at Oberammergau. Overlooking the fields and hot enough to eat outside dinner and ...
... round the castle were at 5pm, we decided against going inside (the €23 each ticket price also helped) and walked up to have a closer look - it was a half hour walk up the hill, the castle was very impressive and so were the views around... Alot of people were just sitting around waiting for there slot to go inside....
From there we headed to an overnight stop in Lechbruck a few miles North..
Finally I changed plans and decided I would go to Slovenia visit Ljubljana, but then, seeing where the train from Innsbruck would bring me, I decided to stop in Bad Gastein. And see, they have this wonderful youth hostel for a very reasonable price, breakfast included! Youppiee.
From then on, once this hostel was booked, I more relaxed and enjoyed walking in Innsbruck, or reading my recently bought book "Learn German in a hurry";-) time to refresh some grammar ;-)
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRiessersee Hotel 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 Resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Great hotel with ski lodge theme, breathtaking views
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.
Room - we had a loft in our room, with a queen bed upstairs and a day bed downstairs. We had 2 TVs, but the one upstairs didn't work during our stay, even though we reported it to the front desk. Plenty of space, with a lovely view of the Alps from the large balcony. We heard some dogs barking from other rooms - Germans don't seem to go anywhere without their dogs - but the dogs were always quiet during evening hours.
Parking - a smallish underground parking garage. It filled up as the evening progressed. Stay out late and you'll be forced to be creative with where you leave your car. As far as I remember it was free.
Location - The hotel is located way up on a hill, and is not within walking distance of anything - except hiking trails. Beautiful views from the grounds, with towering mountains surrounding you. There's nothing else but fields surrounding you, and provides a very peaceful setting (although we did hear some ATV and gunshots now and then) We used this hotel as a launching spot for day trips to Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and the Zugspitze.
Staff - very friendly. They gave us a map to get to the Zugspitze. However, we had 2 problems with our room that we reported to the front desk: a non-working TV in the loft, and a very slow working drain in the shower. Neither item was addressed for the 3 nights we were there, but neither really bothered us much, so we didn't press it.
Restaurant - we only ate breakfasts at it, but the buffet was excellent. Great variety, and excellent quality items. For evening meals, we were intent on getting good German cuisine (Jaegerschnitzel, wienerschnitzel, rumpsteak, etc.), so we stopped at restaurants in some of the smaller towns surrounding Garmisch. The touristy nature of Garmisch caters too much to the international flavors of the tourists. We ended up eating at a small restaurant in Ettal called "Grossl Alms" (it's on the way to Linderhof Palace), and loved it. So much so, we went there the next night, too! Great food, and the waitress (it's a family run restaurant and guest house) was an absolute doll - she didn't speak English but showed great patience with my limited German and continued to try to engage us in small talk, rather than giving up on us. We loved it. They even had sheep outside who came up to the fence when we left and allowed us to pet them. It was treat!
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.
Service is superb, location is off the beaten path.
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.
The pool is great, it also has a hot tub, and the spa services are very nice. I enjoyed a half day at the spa and the massage and the facial were superb. For ladies, skip the nail services, not such a great manicure or pedicure, but the massage and facial were very nice.
Only downside, could never get the internet access to work for me either in the lobby or with my laptop in the room. Also, this hotel is a cab ride from downtown shops or restaurants. We enjoyed our stay very much but we wished the town was within walking distance.
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.
I was disappointed in the dinner I had there the first night, too salty and bland. To dine, you are much better off heading out behind the hotel to the Cafe Riessersee. It is completely charming, VERY good food (much better than the hotel), excellent service, and nice location overlooking the lake. The people who run the restaurant (which may also have some rooms) used to own the Renaissance also, but sold it off to the chain a few years back.
Altogether a good stay.
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!