I had never been to Bamberg and the initial hotels I searched for rooms had no availability. I had some friends in USA who had been to Bamberg & were familiar with Fassla. They suggested that it might be an option. I am always willing to have a non-standard experience when travelling, so at 50 Euro per night for a single room, I decided to stay at Fassla.
You enter just like you are entering the brewery drinking/dining areas. ‘Reception’ is one window past the window where you buy your beers. Check-in was pretty much – ‘Name?’ and then ‘Here’s your key. Room’s up there. Breakfast is back there.’ I had a question about internet (I knew there wasn’t any in rooms but other reviews indicated availability somewhere on ground floor). I know enough German to ask questions and have small talk & I’m pretty sure that ‘internet’ and ‘wifi’ are understood in just about every language. You’d have thought I was asking this guy to solve a calculus problem. Totally dumbfounded! He managed to convey that there was nothing available in Fassla. I asked him where in town I might find access, and he proceeded to tell me where the Christmas Markets were located. I finally gave up.
My single was on the 1st floor (European 1st floor/ 1 flight of narrow, twisting stairs up from ground floor). It was pretty much as expected. Actually a little nicer in respect to the fact that the window, flooring & bathroom seemed quite new. The room was very clean but very basic – a fairly small platform with a mattress, pillow, comforter & blanket for sleeping, a wall mounted shelf/desk across the room with a wooden chair, flat screen TV with SKY TV access, a closet unit with some shelves for clothes/suitcase storage, and an attached, large bathroom with a smallish shower. My window looked onto an alley and a building about 10 feet away that was under repair. Plan on bringing soap and a washcloth – neither were provided.
I only made use of the provided breakfast once (I am usually up and about already during the hours the breakfast was available). There was a varied and seemingly adequate supply of items including breads, cold cuts & cheeses, yogurts, fruits, juices, coffee/tea and cereals. The room was rather narrow and very crowded when I ate. I was there in what most consider off-season so I can only imagine it might be a challenge to eat breakfast there in Summer.
Although the restaurant part of the establishment was extremely busy & boisterous, none of the interior noise bothered me in the room. The place was so crowded that I could never actually eat there which was a small disappointment. In the room you could hear people walking in the halls and on the stairs. Additionally, the flushing of toilets could be heard – old building so this is not unexpected. The main source of noise was from the alley outside my window. The alley was heavily used, and it was probably my imagination, but it seemed like everyone that entered it tripled the volume of their voices! The room was warm (in November) and I had the window open a bit so this alley noise was annoying. I’d like to note that when the window was closed tightly it was fairly soundproof. But then the room became stuffy. I could not imagine staying here in warmer months.
Other than check-in & check-out, I had no interaction with staff. Others reviewers mention friendly owners and a welcoming experience. Maybe I was just there at the wrong time. I do offer some pieces of advice to the owners to make the experience of staying there a bit more accommodating. First, since exterior noise is an issue & having the windows closed makes the rooms just a bit stuffy, you might consider getting table-top fans in case guests would like some air circulation. Secondly, you obviously spent a large amount of money per room for the televisions and SKY so why don’t you spend a few more Euros and get internet access in the rooms. The basic rooms are not of the type that make sitting around and watching television a comfortable affair, and I think more people these days place a higher value on staying connected when traveling (and the ability to stream desired entertainment to their devices). Finally, find some kind of shelf to hang in the shower so there is a place to put soap, razor, etc. Just my opinion.
In the end, you get what you pay for. In this instance it was a clean place to sleep with fairly good location between the train and the main tourist part of Bamberg. Three nights at Fassla including breakfast cost about the same as I generally spend for one night of lodging in most other places. I don’t regret staying there.
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