The only hotel within the walls of the medieval castle that looms over the whole city, it’s not the most practical location. However, it is certainly the most romantic and atmospheric spot in town. Plus, the city centre is a lovely 10-minute trundle down the hill in one of the city’s rickety old trams.
The 14 rooms couldn’t really be classed as ostentatious. They’re more understated and comfortable, with varnished-wood flooring, low ceiling beams and iron and glass desks and chairs, all of which maintain a marvelous medieval feel. The views look out onto the surrounding castle, which is a peachy-orange vision at sunset.
This is certainly a hotel that draws you in. Lantern and candle-lit stone corridors lead into a voluptuous lounge area, which opens up into a dreamy peacock-filled courtyard. The kind of serene place where minutes turn into hours very quickly.
Eating and drinking
An excellent American buffet breakfast is served in the courtyard, and there’s also an honesty bar in the lounge.
From the moment I arrived the only effort required was when I had to reluctantly leave.
Who stays there
Romantic weekenders and culture seekers.
At certain times of the year the hotel offers free airport transfers and tram tickets.
- Culture vultures
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Genuinely unique and special