Hotel Bellevue, Boppard - A Review (RLP - Germany)

Any of my regular readers would know my love for historic hotels. I have a further more inclination towards the family owned hotels. They do have a very homely feeling to them and more often than not, you'd get to even meet one of the family members. They make the whole place feel like one big family get together!!!! And that's exactly what happened in Hotel Bellevue in Boppard, Germany along the banks of River Rhine. This is owned by Gawel family and the current owners are the 4th & 5th generation of the family!Like my blog? Support me via Patreon! It costs less than a cuppa coffeeThe 1st generation of the owners, Josef Breitbach bought the buildings that were here in an auction and tore them down to build the Grand Hotel Bellevue in 1911. This was one of the earliest building to have used electric lights and the first ever private building to have a telephone in Boppard. The next generation had the most difficult time with the World Wars, when the hotel was taken over by the military and was used as a hospital! Later by the times of 3rd generation, in 1965, the bar, restaurant and wine-cellar were introduced and by 1973, the pool & sauna too were in place.It was in the times of the current head, Ms.Doris & Dr. Jan Gawel that the entire hotel was renovated to suite the timeless Art Noveau style! Today their son Mr.Marek is also involved in the hotel business and I got to meet both Ms.Doris and Mr.Marek and it was such a pleasure. They are such humble souls!The rooms are spacious and have all the basic needs from toiletries, mini bar, tv etc. The rooms even have beach bags that you can carry to the sauna or pool with your change of clothes, towels etc. There are 4 types of rooms in the 2 buildings together - single, double, triple/suite, apartment. All the types of room are either Rhine facing or the Courtyard facing. Staying in this hotel would definitely mean, you have to choose the Rhine facing rooms. Its such a beauty. The balcony is large enough for a family to have a dinner together! To be able to sit on your balcony till the dead of night or eerily early morning and see the foggy hills and lights, with the cold wind blowing on your face is such a pleasure! No matter, how well I explain it, to be there and feel it, is an experience that really cannot be described in words.As usual, my complain with almost all European hotels is the very lacking vegetarian options in breakfast buffet. As usual, I just had to fill up on bread. I really hope they could add some mashed potatoes and baked beans in their breakfast menu to help us veggies! One of the must-do things in this hotel is their wine tasting! Rhine valley region is known for its Reisling grapes and the region also has Mosel wines! The hotel's cellar has a collection of some amazing local wines and during wine-tasting you get to taste 5 of these spectacular local wines!The common areas are also very tastefully done with Art Nouveau inspirations. There are several paintings in the corridors, porcelain items in some showcases, even the lamps. Even the railing of the staircases are fluid to go with the Art Nouveau style, reminding me much of Barcelona's Casa Battlo! The ceiling of the restaurant needs a special mention - with sky & clouds & birds, it gives such a serene feeling! The uniform of the women staff is the traditional German dress of Dirndl. I also would love it is some of the staff also wear the flowy, fluid styled clothing like the women depicted in Art Nouveau paintings, to go with the interiors of the hotel! There is a indoor pool with regulated water temperature, as well as 2 sauna and a fitness room. The pool has a Roman Baths inspiration with a Roman style frescoes and mosaics. The sauna looks absolutely divine with golden hues and metallic colors! So rich and such a luxurious environment. Even the shape of lights are inspired by the old fire-torches! While the sauna has the assistance of the staff, the pool is your own to use where everything from temperature to lights is automated.Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (more about it coming up soon). While you may need atleast a week to explore this entire region properly with all the castles & vineyards & villages, a completely alternate option would be just to stay in a Rhine view room here, go on a cruise on the Rhine (the ferry point is just in front of the hotel), spend the rest of the time sweating in the hotel's sauna or soaking in the pool, have dinner and star gaze at night from your balcony.... Which option would you choose?To Get There:On Google Maps: Hotel BellevueFrom Boppard Railway station: 450m (6 min walk)From Frankfurt airport: 113 kmTo Book online: Hotel BellevueRoom rates begin at €89 (for double room)Breakfast: €11Hotel Ph no: +49 (6742) 102 -0My complete Rhine Valley Travelogue: coming up soon...P.S: I was invited by UNESCO Germany to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

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