Where to Stay in Regensburg

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Last weekend I took a little retreat by myself in Regensburg. By chance, Jeff and I had stumbled upon a really cute little Parisian cafe for lunch the last time we’d been there. It was connected to the Hotel Orphee. It was at lunch that I realized how wonderful it would be to just have a couple of days alone to preserve and renew my internal resources before the big transition. We asked to see a room, and couldn’t believe how beautiful and spacious it was! A week later, I booked a room at a discount rate online. I have stayed in five hotels in Germany, and I have to admit that I don’t like hotels in general. They gross me out (although German ones much less than American versions) and are usually aesthetically rather unpleasant, and very cramped and generic. I get it, they do the job when you need accommodations, but staying in one is not really my idea of luxury– I work hard on my own home so that it feels really good to be there! All of that said, the Hotel Orphee is really something special. I’ll just have to show you! This is one of those cases where the pictures speak for themselves, so I’ll keep my commentary to a  minimum.

My room was on the sixth floor, at the very top of the building. At the highest point, my ceilings must have been at least 20 ft. high.


It was incredibly spacious… Here is the view from my windows:

I loved walking up and down the five creaky, uneven flights of stairs– there was just so much character everywhere…

 Breakfast was included with my stay, and it was really nice. Not your typical buffet, but made to order, including coffee, cold cuts, quiche, fresh baguettes, etc. I love the Restaurant Orphee’s atmosphere– it definitely feels like what I would imagine a little cafe in Paris would be like (but I must find out first-hand!)

I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that Hotel Orphee is one of the best places I’ve stayed. It is so unique and beautiful, and really gives you a sense of having been transported to somewhere special. You should check out the hotel website for more pictures and descriptions, and to read a poetic tribute by Wim Wenders himself!

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6 Responses to Where to Stay in Regensburg

  1. Dana February 5, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Looks Stellar!

  2. TexaGermaNadian February 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    What beautiful pictures! I am an expat living in Germany too. My husband travels to Regensburg now and then, he plays against the hockey team there. Glad I stumbled across you blog 🙂 Now to go have a better look around!

  3. Ariana February 6, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Hi TexaGermaNadian– maybe you two could book a stay there sometime… It was really unique, and so much more interesting than the other places I’ve seen here. Thanks for coming by!

  4. The Clever Pup April 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    We stayed at the Petit Orphee in 07. We had the most fantastic balcony overlooking the square. I love this place and would go back in a minute. Fantastic isn’t it?


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