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 Value for Money  5.0
 Rooms  5.0
 Cleanliness  5.0
 Location  4.0
 Security & Safety  5.0
 Service & Staff  5.0
 Food / Dining  5.0
 Total  4.8

"In short, they take you into their family for a while."

User Rating:  4.8
Reviewer:   James F. of Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Reviewed:   April 3, 2010  (see hotel reviews from
Traveled:   December 2009     Type:   Family
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Comments  (English):
The Old Doctor’s House left our family with wonderful memories for a lifetime. Let me explain what we were seeking and what we received.
REAL GERMAN FAMILY EXPERIENCE. In short, they take you into their family for a while. We wanted 10 days in Germany for Christmas 2009 as a family occasion. We got a real German family with three generations, an authentic German Christmas, and the exact opposite of a grand hotel experience. The key factor in deciding to come here was our hostess Ruth inviting us to go to their church and be part of some family occasions. All I can say is that the experience was at the same time personal, humble, and priceless. Their family comprises three generations with Ruth’s father, a retired physician, who had his practice on the premises, and his wife Dodo; hostess Ruth and her husband Randall (he’s from Oklahoma); and three generations of extended family. Ruth and Randall teach language and culture as a bonus. Randall specializes in cross-cultural sales.
GOOD CLEAN COMFORTABLE ROOMS. The rooms were spotless, spacious, and comfortable. We took the two big rooms upstairs, which amply fit the six of us.
GOOD FOOD FOR BREAKFAST. Much of the food for breakfast actually came from Dodo’s garden in back. Some was fancy, some was basic, and all was homemade and delicious. They have a cellar that also stores food. The breakfast was big, cafeteria style on a buffet table filled with breads, rolls, jellies, jams, cheeses, cereals, fruits, milk, tea, coffee, eggs, and on and on. The dining room is elegant. The photos don’t do it justice. The family sometimes eats with you, all depends on the doings of the day. Randall entertains the kids with stories and tricks every so often.
GOOD FOOD NEARBY. Markt Einersheim is a tiny village so small that both Catholic and protestant congregations share the same church building. However, they have a winery and an authorized Garmin repair guy. You are about 15 minutes from 8 or 10 restaurants in small family inns in nearby villages. We ate in several, and we never had a bad or even mediocre meal. We also ate in the cities nearby, never had a bummer. This was with two grandparents, two parents, and two grandsons, 4 and 9.
EXPERT TOUR CONSULTANTS. They know the surrounding territory and will tell you or find out whatever you want to know.
GOOD LOCATION FOR DAY TRIPPING. We wanted a central location for taking day trips. Ruth and Randall provided this in spades. She deluged us with information about places to see by email even before we got there. She answered my lengthy questions the same way, all beforehand. They gave us suggestions while there, and on a couple occasions used the internet to scout out possibilities and answer questions. For example, they found that the ICE super train to Munich and back for our little family was over $600. Ouch! The DB Bahn ticket for a family of five for one day within any given German State, Bavaria here for all these cities, with our 4 year old was 28 Euros.
From the B&B, you are about 2k (a long walk; we rented a vehicle) to the rail station in Iphofen, from which you can get to everywhere; 13k and 16 minutes driving from Kitzingen, where a Rotary Club meets Mondays; less than a hour drive from Wurzburg; to Nurnberg about an hour by train from Nurnberg and 75 minutes by road (they have a nice children’s museum in Nurnberg); and to Munich about three hours each way by each method.
SAFETY NET. When one of our two large packages of presents failed to arrive and was held at the post office, Randall got it before we arrived and paid the fee, which we had to ask about or they would have absorbed the cost. After I visited Rotary and forgot to give their club a flag from our club in Gulfport, Mississippi, USA, I mailed it to Ruth two months later and she dropped it off at the Kitzingen Hotel where that club meets. They’re good, good people.

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