Named Alemannen for a tribe in Southwest Germany who had in ancient times fought the Romans, the hotel was the labor of love of the local Drubba Family. We admired the patriarch’s emphasis on historic authenticity. He had dedicated much effort to replicating historic details within the boutique property’s roof, front entrance wood door and wood interiors.
We liked our pretty and functional 18 square meter rooms (what they lacked in size they more than made up for in lake views) and common areas, the hotel’s efforts to blend into the lake scenery and reflect the area history, and the restaurant as well as its responsible tourism practices. While the weather was less than cooperative, hampering our ability to explore and spend time on the hotel terraces, we had a most pleasant stay. Should we return to Lake Titisee the Alemannenhof will be first on our list of luxury accommodations
Class of Accommodation Four Star boutique hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary high speed WLAN WiFi although the connection was too slow for Skype calls. Also, Firefox rejected the connection without the use of a VPN (virtual private network) even to common sites such as weather and search engines.
General Manager Thomas Drubba
Handicapped Access Yes, there was one room capable of accommodating handicapped guests.
Length of Stay Two nights
Location In the outskirts of the village of Hinzerzarten on the shore of Lake Titisee in the Black Forest Highlands of Southwest Germany.
Owned and managed Drubba Family
Pets Allowed Yes, dogs were welcome (a 15 euro fee per dog applied).
Size The three story hotel with 21 rooms was built within a 1.5 hectare property and employed 38 staff.
Year Opened-Renovated The property opened March 1983. The most recent renovation was of the main building from 2010 to 2012. The hotel was renovated in three construction phases. All guest rooms were upgraded, the lobby expanded, the reception area redesigned and a bar and outdoor terrace were built.
Room We stayed in Rooms 323 and 324, nearly identical 18 square meter nonsmoking Superior-Double rooms. Both had beautiful view south across Lake Titisee. Features included dark wood floors, recessed lights, double curtains for privacy and shade from the sunlight, and quiet and well insulated interiors thanks to large double pane windows.
In the center of each room there were two single beds set against a single oversize wood headboard with built-in night tables and adjustable lamps on each side as well as convenient light controls. Across the room there was a built-in cabinet with a mini bar refrigerator, two drawers, and a desk with a lamp. A Grundig flatscreen television hung on the wall above the drawer space. To one side of the built-in cabinet, occupying the center in front of the windows, there were two red cloth armchairs (that matched the red curtains) with a small round table between them. To sit at the desk I moved one of the armchairs toward the opening. In lieu of a door the closet space had a white cloth cover that slid sideways to conceal or reveal the closet and provide privacy in the bathroom as well.
For lunch, we sat indoors as a wedding party had reserved the entire terrace. Our server brought two types of butter, lard and anisette. There was also homemade passion fruit vinegar, a favorite. My travel partner had Variation of cheese spätzl with Fried onions, a favorite. It was served in two bowls. One portion, in a large bowl, was made with Emmental cheese. Another, in a small bowl, was made with local mountain cheese. I had a lovely Black Forest trout fillet with Lemon butter, Ginger carrots and Sesame potatoes. For dessert we tried a Schwarzwald Waffle made with cooked cherries.
In the late afternoon we had aperitifs on the upstairs terrace next to the Bar to once more soak in the pretty lake views. Following a local’s recommendation, I tried the house cocktail made with champagne and cucumbers and it instantly became a favorite. For dinner, we sat on the terrace, enjoying the view while the last of the daylight lit up the lake. My travel partner had a Rump steak of Hereford beef with fried cauliflower, potato and wild garlic puree. I ordered the Breaded pork schnitzel with Warm potato salad (which the menu indicated had preservatives, phosphate and antioxidants as per German law). Once again, we had a Schwarzwald Waffle. We liked that the restaurant served free range chicken, meat from cows that roamed in the meadows, and local trout and that the ingredients for the restaurant were “fresh, local, carefully treated and lovingly chosen,” according to the hotel manager. Our meals were abundant and satisfying.
Fitness Center and Spa Although wellness treatments were listed in the room materials, no treatments were available in the 25 square meter facility during our stay.
Pool A sauna and an indoor pool were open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The pool was 4 meters by 8 meters large and 1.30 meters deep. There were some lounge chairs by the pool and additional ones on the lawn.
Other Responsible and green tourism efforts included waste separation, food leftovers sent to a biogas plant, electricity sourced from regional power generation, and use of high power efficiency such as LED lights.
It was possible to check in beginning at 3 p.m. and check out was at 11 a.m. There was a staff person at reception from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Guests out later than that had to take their room key with them to enter on their return.
Since we stayed two nights were received a Hochschwarzwald Card also known as a Red Card, which provided complimentary admission to 70 regional attractions. It had to be returned to reception on departure. Because it rained during a large part of our stay we were unable to take advantage of our card benefits.
The hotel offered same day laundry (washing and ironing) service. We appreciated the service in particular because it was the only one of four hotels we stayed at during our Black Forest Highlands trip which offered same day laundry service. The bar opened at 5 p.m. Hotel guests could take advantage of the hotel’s private landing dock and complimentary transfers to and front the village of Titisee aboard its two boats. Although the hotel preferred payment via debit card it welcome major credit cards.