In the forest on a hill top. Charming family run hotel very nice for relaxing in a quiet place. This was our second workshop here in 9 years. The restaurant looks like a cellar with brick arched ceilings but on the ground floor offering also outdoor seating. We had all meals here for 2 days for a group of 10 and both food and service were excellent. Rooms are older country decor but very clean and spacious. Also nice pool and spa facilities offered. Excellent experience!
A hidden gem about 30km from Straubing, this hotel has it all. Superb staff, excellent food, beautiful rooms, a charming restaurant and a fantastic pool / spa area – all served up ancient Bavarian charm. We stayed for two nights in July and we could not find fault with anything – simply superb in every sense.
Our superior room was large and beautifully appointed with a balcony which overlooked the forest. Breakfast at this hotel is something to behold and was certainly one of the best we’ve ever had. All food is served in the hotel’s old cattle house – an incredible series of rooms on the ground floor of the hotel with vaulted ceilings (see the photos!).
We spent a day in the spa area. There is a decent sized pool and a hot tub, a chill out room, three saunas and one steam room. In addition, there are about 12 ‘treatment rooms’ which the Mrs got all excited about. I read a book in a day – and then headed to Straubing’s Jazz festival in the evening – a perfect day?
What else can I add? There is free wireless internet access in the hotel lobby - free parking (lots of it). There is no gym here though - that is one potential improvement - perhaps bike hire would be a nice touch as well.
Highly recommended. If you’re looking for a decent hotel in a very quiet area of Eastern Bavaria, look no further. I just wish I had had my mountain bike with me – I would have been in cycling heaven. Nevermind, I now have an excuse to go back…
I have stayed here twice - in Sept, and Oct 2007.
The "Wiesengrund " rooms are a superior room for which you pay a little extra. The room priced on a b/b basis cost €134 per night - for two persons. The rooms are large and comfortable. Both bath and shower ( over bath ) are available in the room.
The food is good - on a half board basis the evening meal is in one of the pleasant dining rooms , or you can eat a la carte in the "stube" ( bar ) which is also fine .
The area is very quiet and peaceful , and the staff are attentive and friendly.
2 pools are available - inside and out, plus other spa facilities.
Parking is outside , but in my opinion they should extend the parking available. Garages are also available at €5 per night - good if you wish to have your car fully secure .
The family Schmelmer are friendly ,and in attendance.
In conclusion I would say that one or two nights here would be a fine experience.
This is a truly fabulous place to spend a few days off the beaten track in Bavaria. It's only 30 mins from the autobahn, and 4 km from the ski resort of St. Inglemar. Still, few Americans venture here. The hotel and the Schmelmerhofs can track it all the way back to 1305. It has an excellent spa, indoor outdoor pool, and there are reasonably priced packages that include massage, exfoliation, and other treatments. There are 3 saunas, European-style, but that should not stop you. The food is amazingly good, and there is more to Bavarian cuisine than sausages and beer. Almost all the ingredients are sourced locally, even the meat, amazing bread, dairy products, and vegetables. The hotel even has its own longhaired cows! I was there in winter and it was beautiful, but any season would be fine. The hotel is a T-Mobile hot spot and there was a charge per minute for wi-fi, but it was not that expensive. The Schmelmerhofs are wonderful hosts that treat you like family. Markus and his wife Sonya speak good English and are very accommodating. (They honeymooned on a cruise out of Miami, and he likes warm weather and doesn't ski! Why is he living here?) One word of advice. Most of the guests are German so the newspapers, TV, etc. are all in German. The majority of the staff speaks some English, as do many guests. The nearby resort town of St. Englmar is worth a visit, and you can even hike there. I learned that only 75 Americans went there last year. Try the Romantik Hotel Schmelmerhof for a short break on a European vacation.