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Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
18Trip End Aug 02, 2012
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Hotel Anno 1216 Lübeck
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
After a few wrong turns trying to get out of the airport before we made it to the streets that the GPS recognized, we were moving on down the road to Luebeck. We had planned routes out of town using Google and using old-fashioned paper maps just in case we were unable to understand the GPS, but we ended up going a bit of a different path than either of those guided by the voice of a woman with a lovely British accent and unfailing patience.
Arriving in Luebeck about 2 p.m. (so three hours after leaving the ship), we found a charming town with a maze of narrow, winding, cobbled streets. Fortunately, the GPS took us right to the hotel. Unfortunately, we were early, because the hotel reception was only open for arrivals from 3 – 6:30 p.m. No parking space seemed legal on the street; the signs said something about being restricted, but the exact wording was not in the list of road signs and warnings we had studied and printed before leaving home just to help us with this type of dilemma
The next challenge was deciphering directions on how to buy a parking pass from the machine. While Philip went across the street to ask for change at a café/bar, I studied the directions. I got the machine to give me a ticket allowing only eight minutes of parking time. I think Philip was right when he said that eight-minute allowance was probably to give a person time to get change. A German family had parked by then and approached the parking ticket station. I asked if they knew how to use the automatic machine. The dad said that they had never used it either; they had only lived there five years. I don’t know if that was a joke or not. I was hoping for help at least in reading the German instructions, but they didn’t offer any. Philip dropped in some change, pushed the green button, and in just a moment, we could hear it printing our parking ticket. We bought one hour’s worth of time and went into the café/bar for lunch.
No other customers were in the dining room and only one table of people were in the courtyard—not a good sign, but we wanted to eat there since they had made change for us
By the time we finish lunch and walk once around the adjacent platz, the parking ticket is about to expire. We buy another hour ticket, and walk back up to the hotel to check in. The process is easy and very personalized. The Hotel Anno 1216 is so small that it has only eleven rooms and suites
The man who checked us in also showed us to our suite and explained how to use everything. The building is old, but the furnishings are clean and modern. The ceiling of the suite is partially covered with Baroque plaster decorations surrounding a painting that was only recently discovered and uncovered. The suite has three huge windows in the living and sleeping areas that open for fresh air. It has been a warm day, but there is no air conditioning. There is no Wi-Fi in the building either. Our desk clerk/bellman/concierge explained that the walls are too thick for Wi-Fi to work.
He was good enough to suggest some restaurants and make the reservations for us for our two dinners in Luebeck. Tonight we went to an upscale restaurant, Restaurant Wullenwever, serving a five-course dinner with wine pairings
The walk to the restaurant was a short one, but our directions and the name we had for it were slightly off. However, we got there just fine and on time. We had allowed a bit of extra time to find it. Going back to the hotel it was dark, and now those charming tiny streets seem a bit scary—not enough for us to ask for a cab, but just a bit unnerving. There are many dark stoops and doorways to pass. When we get back to the hotel, it is about 22:30. Since the reception is only open for a few hours a day, the outer doors are locked. Our room key gives us access on only the second try. Philip makes sure the door shuts behind us, and we in for the night.
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