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Alte Stadtmauer
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Colditz
Reviewed 1 November 2011

On arrival we were met and were helped to carry our luggage from the car to our room. This is not a modern hotel - presumably 'stranded on the beach' was expecting something more modern - but his or her description of a 'horrible, dirty, squalid little B&B' could not have been further from the truth. We had no concerns at all in that respect. Our room was warm (our visit was at the end of October), it was perfectly clean and, although the breakfast rooms are not exactly large, there was a very cosy atmosphere and plenty of choice for breakfast. Ralf, who runs this small hotel, is an extremely pleasant and friendly guy - and, if the purpose of your visit is to see Colditz Castle, which is a five minute walk away, Ralf is an expert on the subject and has a huge library of books on the subject for guests to browse. We notice most reviews on this pleasant hotel are favourable and would urge readers to disregard 'strandedonthebeach's review as it appears to us to be extremely inaccurate, judging by our experience there. We would certainly be more than happy to return, not just because of the hotel and its facilities, but for the friendly welcome extended to us by Ralf.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Ivan796
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

We picked up a leaflet in Colditz Castle for the guest house rang up and spoke to Ralph who speaks perfect english. He gave us directions and as we came down to the market square he was in the street waiting for us. There was 5 of us travelling on motorcycles we got 2 double rooms and a single for 165 euros. Good rooms comfy beds a smoking balcony and a very generous breakfast. A very pleasant stay and highly recommended. The leaflet says it is worth the stay for the breakfast alone. I would say it is worth the stay just to meet Ralph a very nice man who makes you feel very much at home. A note for any bikers reading this, an ideal place to stay plenty of parking and a garage for secure parking for a few euros more if you want it.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Mick C
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

This really is a horrible, dirty, squalid little B&B. No frills. Whoever wrote the reviews praising the breakfasts can not have spent much time travelling in Europe, the breakfast is pretty standard European fare, rolls, cheese, ham a boiled egg, cereal, all served in one of 2 dingey little breakfast rooms. The bedrooms are so small you have to step outside to make a decision. The single rooms offer tiny wooden beds 3ft across, not long enough for someone 5'10", no mattress protector and sheets so thin the mattress ticking is clearly visible. Dirty institutional carpets, miniscule bathroom with torn lino, nasty nylon drapes and 80s style woolworth furniture sums it up. BUT this is the ONLY HOTEL in Colditz. A town that is dying on its feet. There is one alternative, the youth hostel at Colditz Castle. Equally as basic. The limited plus points are the fact the host, Ralph, speaks excellent English and is helpful, (his partner, David (John?), from Bradford stays silent pretending not to speak english so he can avoid discourse with the guests), and the location. The Gasthaus is very close to the castle, 5 mins walks just off the main square, also close to a good restaurant at the end of the street called The Post. I would recommend the Post above the 'old wehrmacht watering hole' that is touted by some people as the only place to eat as the food in the latter is dreadful, really soviet era rubbish and whilst the service is friendly enough they cannot cater to groups over 10. But the Post is OK menu includes schnitzel, goulash etc. Also one or two little cafes in town offer decent coffee and cake. I think if comfort is important and you are only travelling to visit Schloss Colditz it would be better to find somewhere in Grimma (10km) or better still Leipzig and just do a day trip unless knotting your bedsheets together for midnight escapes over the walls is on the agenda......
(By the way, the photo at the top of this page is of Colditz Castle Kommandatur building and not of the Gasthaus Alte Stadmauer).

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Judi D
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

My wife and I are old hands having been to colditz many times,the first time being just after the berlin wall came down. At that time John Smith did not run the Alte stadtmaur and the town was as it was tn1945 complete with shell damage. Since then we have returned a number of times and stayed with John and Ralf.
We have always been welcomed and the ginormous breakfast is something to look forward to.It is a friendly and comfortable place and John and Ralf are experts on the recent history of Colditz Castle.They have a friend in the nearby village of Poldelwitz who owns a private museum filled with all the memorabilia of the war'well worth a visit.Colin

Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
3  Thank Colin11
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

we visited and stayed in colditz casle overnight, in the morning we took the tour and what an eye opener that was, if you get a chance to go just do it, you wont be disapointed, we went as a motorcycle club and found plenty of parking for the eight bikes inside the grounds.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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4  Thank jimbo1Glasgow
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Additional Information about Alte Stadtmauer

Address: Am Graben 5, 04680 Colditz, Saxony, Germany
Region: Germany > Saxony > Colditz
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Colditz
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Alte Stadtmauer Hotel Colditz

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