No air conditioning
Posted Jul 19, 2010
I wish I could recommend this hotel. It is situated almost at the very heart of Erfurt’s beautiful old town. It is about 10 min walk from the main station. There is a supermarket around the corner (open till 8pm). The choice you get at breakfast is phenomenal (but at 17 Euro per person also phenomenally expensive, and if you have a small appetite like me you will leave feeling a bit robbed).
The reason we cannot recommend this hotel is the missing air conditioning. This is quite a surprising omission in a newly built 4star hotel. We happened to stay there during a heat wave (36C outside) and naturally had to leave the windows open at night. This didn’t make a big difference to the temperature though. It stayed very hot in the room, certainly around 30C.
The street down below is a small one-way street but it was incredibly noisy all through the night and once the night noise was over the bread van arrived at 5am, closely followed by the road sweeping machines. Anyone walking past chatting in the night could be overheard very clearly in our room, cars and motorbikes almost invariably revved up right outside the window. In other words – it was a bit of a nightmare.
Having said that, Erfurt is a wonderful place during the daytime and I can only warmly recommend it to anyone.
If you do book a room at the Mercure, stay away from any ‘Hot Deals’ in the summer but go for a Comfort Room in the higher price category (they face they courtyard).