Hotel Residenz am Zuckerberg, Trier - A Review (RLP - Germany)

When I first heard about the hotel and saw its website, I was amused! It seemed to be retirement home and not a hotel! Well, it is actually both (and there's a separate website for the hotel as well!)! The concept of the hotel is unique and simple. Its a huge apartment/hotel and has several senior citizens residing there. The rooms which are not occupied by them, serve as hotel rooms, about 20 rooms. The first thing that attracted me here is the extensive greenery. Being a retirement home, its made with absolute care to suit their needs. There is a beautiful waterbody with some lotuses as well as some sculptures of cranes! There is a porch roofed with greenery which lends all the shade. The icing of the cake are wind-chimes and paper hot air balloon decor. There are so many flowering plants all over. Ofcourse there are seating arrangements and huge umbrellas. Spending the evenings in the outdoors here is such a blessing! This is a pet-friendly hotel, so that's a plus point. The best part - quite a few senior residents here were charmed by Atyudarini!!!!!Being a senior residence, the corridors have railings on the sides. The rooms are huuuuuge! Being the same layout as the residences, the rooms, are very vast with a separate living room, bedroom & kitchen and a balcony as well! Its one of the largest city hotel rooms I've stayed in. The size of a double room, feels like the ones in resorts and not in city hotels! There are so many closets & shelves! There is a coat stand & luggage rack. The windows have a shutter that can be operated by a touch of a button. They provided us with a baby cot in the bed room. The living room is complete with sofa, coffee table, dining table and tv. There is a balcony as well which has a table and 2 chairs. We did have our lunch in our balcony and its really nice to be surrounded by the chirps of birds and gentle breeze! The rooms have mini cafe, mini bar, as well as all dishes & cutlery to cook your own food. However basic cooking stuff like oil, salt or pepper is unavailable. I'd appreciate if the hotel considers providing them on request, probably for an small extra payment. I normally cook baby food if I'm staying in Airbnb, but carrying or buying oil, salt, pepper etc would be too much of effort, when the stay is hardly 3-4 days long.The bathroom is ofcourse designed keeping in mind the needs of senior citizens. There are railings beside the toilet and shower to hold on. There is a movable, floor towel stand, again seniors friendly. There is an SOS alarm bell just beside the shower, in case the seniors have an accident while bathing. Very very thoughtful indeed. Hairdryer and mini toiletries are in place like regular hotels. Buffet breakfast is decent, but not very much vegetarian friendly, just like most hotels I've been too, in Europe. We would just have to fill up with bread, spreads and cereals. Do consider going for an early breakfast. Since its the same buffet used by the residents as well, they do visit early and half-way through the breakfast time, most of the things are already over... Though you can sit inside, you can take it out & eat in the porch too! There is a small meeting room, laundry room and library in the ground floor. Plus there are also a sauna and whirlpool in the underground floor!!!There is an inner courtyard as well which has trees and unkempt shrubs yielding it a foresty look! However be careful that you carry your key with you when you head here. The doors that lead back in cannot be opened from outside without a key!!! Yes, the stupid me did get stuck there for some time (yeah, I didn't have my phone in hand too!!!) before I spotted a gentleman and asked him to open the door for me from inside!!!!!  Here is the best news - you could probably stay in this hotel for free!!! Students can stay here for free, in exchange of spending some quality time with the seniors, which would include chatting with them,  reading to them, going for a walk, playing or cooking or crafting with them etc. No, don't worry, it does NOT mean nursing or cleaning them!!! Though you're required to spend only 35 hrs a month with the seniors (that's hardly an hour per day), you'll have to be here for atleast 6 months (yes, its more suitable for students of Trier University)! To Get There:On Google Maps: Residenz am Zuckerberg HotelNearest Railway Station: Trier HBFFrom Trier HBF: 1.5km (20 mins walk or 9 mins walk + 5 mins bus)To Book online:; Tripadvisor.comRoom rates begin at €89 (for double room)Breakfast: €12.50Hotel Ph no: +49 651 97930Details & application form for rent-free students stay - Residence-WG ProjectMy complete Trier travelogue: coming up soon...P.S: I was invited by Trier Tourism to experience the city for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.{ "@context": "", "@type": "Hotel", "name": "Hotel Residenz am Zuckerberg", "description": "An unusual hotel which is a combination with a retirement home. Filled with greenery and waterbodies. Huge rooms with kitchen! 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