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Bacharach Kranenturn Hotel

While this hotel had good reviews in Rick's 2016 Germany guidebook, I have to report that it was very disappointing. I think that the new owners have missed the mark, unfortunately. The place seems dusty, crowded with layers of cloth over worn-out furniture, and poorly lit with ancient wiring. We stayed in the tower of the old wall, which sounded romantic, but was actually creepy. I struggle to even give it a two of five rating. It was by far the worst of 10 hotels that we stayed in during our trip around Germany. Please update your book, Rick.

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We stayed there in April of 2015 and enjoyed the personality of the hotel very much. Our room faced the river but we were never bothered by the train noise. We weren't in the tower so I can't speak to that.

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I stayed there in 2014 and I was also pleased with the hotel. My room also faced the river and was right over the train tracks but I was never bothered by train noise - comfortable bed, exhausted from sightseeing, slept like a baby. Dinner and breakfast were wonderful. Hotel was clean and owner was very nice. Sorry to hear that things might have changed since then as I would have stayed there again. Are there new owners since 2014?

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"...never bothered by train noise..."

That's pretty amazing considering the Kranenturm's location. Somehow, guests still have breakfast on the Kranenturm terrace???? I love trains - but not that much.

Rick's 2017 Germany warns that at the Kranenturm, "Rooms come with train noise..." Poor maintenance aside, I cannot imagine booking a place with this location AND a caution Rick's. There are so many nice, peaceful places to book on the Rhine, some of those in Bacharach.

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Russ, some people are used to train noise and aren't bothered by it. As I said previously it never woke me up once and I was right over the tracks. I will say that we did not have breakfast on the terrace, it was an inside dining area. However, I had dinner on the terrace the night I arrived and I was not bothered by the trains then either.

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I don't know if they have electrified the line through Bacharach since I was last there in 2004. If they haven't, the trains leaving the station in Bacharach, with the diesels laboring to get it up to speed, are not too bad an annoyance, it's the squealing brakes as the trains from Koblenz come in to stop at the station. There are only four of these from 10:29 PM to 5:37 AM, at 22:29. 23:29, 5:29, and 5:37, which gives you about eight hour to sleep with minimal train noise. There are four going north to Koblenz in the same time interval, but they are less annoying. There are also some express trains and some freight trains that go through the station without stopping. These make minimal noise, just a "whoosh" as they go by.

Still, if you want a nice place away from the tracks, stay here, at Zum Malerwinkel.

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My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel when we visited early Sept 2016 as well, and we had a completely different experience than you. Like you, we stayed in the tower, and I can't imagine in any way how it was "creepy." Perhaps we just have different opinions on what creepy means. It was a little quiet, but I took that to mean a good thing, especially since we mostly stayed in hostels in Germany, which can get loud. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Lee, were very warm and friendly and their included breakfast was delicious. I don't think our room was close to the tracks, so I can't attest to train noise as other users have pointed out.

If I return to Bacharach, I would definitely hands down stay here again. I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but thought I put in my two cents, so future visitors aren't deterred.

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I really enjoyed my stay there 6 years ago. It is definitely not a 5 star place, but it has a lot of charm. We stayed in the tower and were not bothered by train noise at all.