It rained on and off during almost our entire two night stay there, forcing us to spend more time onsite than we had planned. It was a shame because we had to cancel our outdoor excursions and were unable to explore the hotel park or the village of Hinterzarten. On the other hand, if we had to be indoors the Parkhotel Adler was a good place. Three of its four buildings were interconnected, allowing us easy access from the main building to its two restaurants in one building and the spa and fitness area in the other. Plus some of the staff spoke English. I liked our modern and quiet rooms, the hotel’s private park, its luxury amenities, off street parking, and facilities, and would recommend it to friends planning a visit to Hinzerzarten.
Class of Accommodation Five Star hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary high speed WiFi in the room and common areas.
General Manager Katja Newman
Handicapped Access No, due to the architecture of the historical buildings
Length of Stay Two nights
Location It was 27 kilometers from Freiburg, Germany, about 300 kilometer from Frankfurt, Germany, and 120 kilometers from Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich airport was the nearest convenient international airport we found, although there was heavy rush hour traffic and construction between Zurich and Hinterzarten, which delayed our arrival from our original estimated time.
Managed Hochschwarzwald Hotelbetriebs GmbH
Owned Families of Klaus Trescher and Katja Newman
Pets Allowed Dogs were welcome with advance booking and only in rooms in the main building. Except for the restaurant Wirtshus and Café Diva, pets were not allowed in public areas. Dogs were required to wear leashes when walked, while walking through the park or other areas of the hotel. The property charged guests a 20 euro supplement per night per dog. No other pets were permitted.
Size The three acre property had 56 guestrooms in four buildings and employed between 85 and 90 staff, depending on the season. The hotel owned an adjacent four acre private park with a spa and pool facility as well as an events venue and a playground for children.
Year Opened-Renovated The property, established in 1446, had been in the family for 16 generations. In 2011, the most recent renovation of the rooms and suites took place. In 2013, an outdoor pool was built, and in 2015 the property expanded its informal restaurant Wirtshus by 40 seats.
The décor was a mix of high-end materials, modern accessories and antique furniture designed to offer a “cosy and feel good atmosphere” reflective of its 570 years of history. The luminous breakfast pavilion had a Tromp l´oeil style ceiling fresco, Building One had low ceilings and an antique style interior.
Room 108 was on the first floor near the end of the hallway. It had an electronic key on the door and double doors at the entrance. It was decorated in cool shades of blue, gray and green. Two twin beds next to each other and set against a tall wood cushioned headboard were sandwiched between matching wood night tables. The room telephone was on one night table. There was a Philips radio alarm clock and iPod dock on the other night table. A Grundig flatscreen television hung on the wall across from the beds. A rectangular narrow living space faced the oversize windows. It was furnished with a glass topped table and cloth armchair on the corner and matching twin armless chairs with a glass topped round table between them in the middle. The end of the space was taken up by a closet with double doors painted white. The closet offered ample shelf and hanging space as well as an electronic safe. Room 321 had similar furnishings and layout.
The Marie Antoinette restaurant was in a small historic dining room with low wood ceilings. At dinner, there was a lamp with a shade hanging over our white tablecloth covered table with silverware and a single red rose in a square vase. We sat on armless wood benches with cushions next to a ceramic tile covered stove heater. Soft music played in the background. We were the only non German speaking guests in the dining room. Although the menu was in German with the staff’s assistance we ordered dinner. From our table, we could see the entire dining room and the garden beyond it through the windows. We ordered from a set three course menu. My travel partner had the Vitello with tomato, capers and lemon, Roast beef from the Black Forest Nature Park, and Peach and vanilla dessert. I ordered the Salad variation with pork cheeks, the Sturgeon filet with green asparagus, and the Chocolate raspberry dessert. At the conclusion on the meal, Thomas, our server, invited us to pick a chocolate bite from a selection of: strawberry, praline, yogurt, coconut, and dark chocolate.
The breakfast buffet included cereal, fruit, deli meats, cheeses, juices, hot beverages, chafing dish selections, bread selection, honeycomb, jams, and eggs.
Facilities There were two restaurants, Marie Antoinette for fine dining and Wirtshus for informal local cuisine; Leo Lounge, the hotel bar with live music at night; event rooms; Café Diva with a terrace; spa in the private park, and an indoor and outdoor playground for children.
Fitness Center and Spa The hotel had a 1,500 square meter spa and a fitness center with 10 Life Fitness machines. The Wellness Area and Hoffmann Beauté & Physiotherapie were in the same building, although they were managed separately. According to our room folders, the Wellness Area was open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the spa was open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outside those hours visits were available by appointment only. The building housed Beauty Center, hairdresser, indoor swimming pool, heated outdoor pool, showers, outdoor Jacuzzi, workout room, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, three saunas and solarium. Access was possible directly from the guestroom level underground and via a stair case from the ground floor so that when it was raining visitors would not get wet or exposed to the cold.
Pool The hotel had a 16 meter by 9 meter indoor pool, and 6.5 meter by 16 meter outdoor pool. Both had a maximum depth of 1.2 meters.
Other The hotel was a partner in the Nachhaltiger Partnerbetrieb, which sought sustainable tourism development in the Upper Black Forest Region.