A few minutes later we were comfortably seated in our spacious and modern vineyard facing accommodations. The reception desk staff’s warm welcome, in English, including a glass of Italian Prosecco and our attractive suite contributed to a swift change in mood. Soon we were heading into the village where we enjoyed a light lunch and exploring the quaint streets.
During our visit we participated in a fun half day pastry making workshop with Alexandra Lang, the hotel’s talented pastry chef. The hotel’s two well run dining rooms, including a noteworthy gourmet restaurant, added appeal to the property. What the hotel lacked in facilities it made up for manifold in attentive service, friendliness and gourmet fare. We liked the Residenz am See for its waterfront location, quiet facilities and our thoughtfully appointed suite with a close up view of the sleeping vineyards. We look forward to a return visit to the Residenz am See the next time we’re in the region.
Connectivity Although there was usually complimentary high speed Ethernet access to the Internet from guest rooms and wireless W-LAN from the lobby, neither system was working during our visit. There was no way to connect to the Internet on site.
Handicapped Access There was an elevator, an entrance convenient for wheelchair users as well as a double room accessible to wheelchair users.
Location In the small village of Meersburg in southern Germany.
Owned And Managed Manfred Lang
Pets Dogs were welcome for a supplement (10 euros per night) in the hotel and its two restaurants.
Size The 27 room (single, double, apartment and suites) hotel occupied a five story building. Four of the floors were dedicated to guest rooms and one floor was occupied by two in house restaurants. The number of staff varied slightly depending on the season; there were 28 employees in summer and 20 in winter.
Type Of Accommodations A four star hotel featuring newly renovated Mediterranean style rooms with balconies offering views of the lake or the vineyards.
Year Opened-Most Recent Renovation The property was established in 1905. The most recent major renovation was completed in March 2002 and the most recent renovation was in 2007.
On the right there were two closets and the door to the bathroom. The entrance to the sleeping area was a little further on the right. Directly across from the entrance there was a living area with a red and yellow checkered cloth love seat, coffee table, Phillips television, metal and glass window side table and armchair. Floor to ceiling windows provided a broad view of a private outdoor covered deck area, the neighboring vineyards and buildings of Meersburg. From the living area a glass door led to the 15 square meter open deck which had loungers and patio furniture. Because it had been raining the cushions had been removed temporarily. From a corner of the deck a balcony jutted out of the building and we could see Lake Constance.
The bedroom also had floor to ceiling windows and a vineyard view. It was populated by two single beds set together against a a large pinewood headboard and framed by matching night tables with lamps. There was a telephone on one of the night tables. There was another closet with shelf space and a small electronic safe, a glass covered dresser with a second Phillips television and ample shelf and drawer space.
The comfy two-room suite had a pink and red color theme, a shaggy multicolored carpet, textured eggshell walls, and pine wood tone furniture. A flower and square patch curtain kept the sunlight out in the early morning and added color to the suite to counter the gray colors of the cloudy day. A plant, vase with a single red rose and fruit bowl added a homey touch. For temperature control there were radiators and a remote controlled air conditioning unit in each of the rooms. An integrated sound system offered two channels of music with individual controls in the bathroom, living area and bedroom.
Lunch was served from 12 noon to 2 p.m. After that only homemade pastries were available between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dinner was served between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the hotel’s two restaurants, Casala Das Restaurant, the property’s gastronomic dining option, and Residenz.
On our first night we dined at Casala. On our second night we dined at Residenz where we began our meal with a glass of Ruinart champagne. Shortly after we sat down a friendly waitress brought a bread basket with two types of sliced and warm bread. Next, we were served a small portion of potato salad with one meatball. Our first course was Salad of asparagus with roasted brook trout. Next there were Glazed sweetbreads on scrambled eggs with chives. Finally, we had Sirloin steak on onion sauce and roasted ravioli of oxtail. Dessert was Gratinated Riesling flan with cannelloni of chocolate and strawberry rhubarb. Four bite size candy morsels were served with my husband’s decaffeinated cappuccino. Dinner was superb. The dishes were tasty, well prepared, artfully presented and served kindly.
Facilities There were two restaurants at the hotel.
Other Room service from a limited menu was available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hotel, balconies, restaurant, and restaurant terrace were nonsmoking areas. Two types of in-room massages were available. The hotel accepted payment in cash and e-card/Maestro. Credit card payments were only accepted by prior arrangement and for extended stays of over three nights. After 10 p.m., the hotel entrance was locked and reception was unmanned so it was necessary to carry the room key to reenter the hotel. There was a selection of items available for purchase in glass cases in the hotel’s lobby area including hotel branded clothing, homemade preserves and alcoholic drinks from the Lake Constance region.