This summer, I payed a brief visit to the Leonardo Hotel in Weimar
when traveling through Germany with my father. We both enjoyed our stay as well as the hotel, though most of our enjoyment was derived form the location, and not so much the hotel’s amenities.
One of the best things about the Leonardo Hotel in Weimar is its location. The hotel is situated right next to Weimar's rather large park, which was first designed in the early 1700s. A fifteen to twenty walk through the park in a northern direction will bring one into the center of the city, which is crammed with beautiful old buildings and winding cobblestone streets. A stroll in the other direction leads into residential neighborhoods, which are charming and lovely to wander through!
Though the location is lovely, you should keep in mind that it isn’t in the center of town. If you want to be in the middle of the action and have all the best restaurants, museums, and shops at your fingertips, this is not the place to be.
Each room in the Leonardo Hotel is punctuated with a beautiful, rounded window. Ugly curtains ruin the aesthetic impact, but that
threat can be quickly neutralized via a bit of creative re-arranging.
The furniture is generic, mid-level hotel furniture. Nothing to write home about. That’s fine- we didn’t spend much time in the room- there is so much else to see! What is important is that the room be clean and comfortable to sleep in- and it was. So all was well!
The only real discomfort the room threw my way involved the loss of hot water on the first night I stayed at the hotel. At the end of a long day, a cold shower isn’t exactly the best way to wind down, so I was pretty miffed. That said, I don’t think the hotel runs out of water every night. Right before I had retired to the room for the night, an entire busload of Japanese visitors had checked into the hotel, and they probably did the same thing I
did- hence the scarcity of heat. On the second night of our stay, I encountered no problem with water temperature.
The hotel employees were very helpful- even with silly questions about the weather and train schedules- they printed everything out for us, and made sure we had everything we needed to have a comfortable stay.
I wouldn’t say that the staff was super
friendly, but we felt quite well-cared for and have absolutely no reason to be unhappy with the hotel’s service.
Breakfast was included in our room charge, though I do not know if this is always the case (there was a conference going on at the hotel, so perhaps it simply made sense to have all guests utilize breakfast- so the food was not wasted!). The buffet offerings were good, but not the best I had ever encountered. All the basic staples were available- pancakes, toast, rolls, eggs, sausages, meats, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, muesli, and fruit.
Because of the conference, breakfast was pretty crowded, but I imagine that on most days, it is quite the enjoyable affair! The restaurant space is nice, spacious, and full of light, and there is a balcony area where guests can eat out in the sun.
The hotel offers a pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility, and “Beautyfarm,” none of which I utilized and could comment on. The hotel also offers bicycle rental, which is a nice option for those who don’t feel like walking everywhere and would like to get to the center of the city in a more expedient manner. I also didn’t use the bikes, but it was nice to have the option!
Would I Return?
Definitely! This hotel had a wonderful location, homey rooms, and charming views. The rooms weren’t amazing, but they didn’t need to be- one should not spend so much time inside when one could instead be enjoying the countless beautiful sights within walking distance!
Overall, the Leonardo Hotel is a great place for families to visit. I imagine that kids would love playing in the pool, and apparently one can get childcare on site, which is great when parents are ready for a break! The hotel’s site also says that pets are allowed, and my father and I did notice some furry guests- that’s family friendly indeed!