I am traveling in Aug to Munich, Salzburg, Garmisch, Stuttgart, Rothenburg, and Wurzburg. I am not finding many hotels with an air conditioner in the rooms. Will I regret not booking a room with air? Any recommendations on hotels that have air? We are used to sleeping pretty cool at night, and I'm concerned about noise and early sunlight if we open windows.
The only hotels that usually have air conditioning are business or luxury class. You're probably out of luck in Rothenburg or Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Or the Burghotel - hotels.com says yes A/C but a TA reviewer says no = so check % confirm before booking
There is a Mercure horel in GP that has A/C
Really just google garmisch partenkirchen hotel air conditioning - you will find some - then cross reference them to TA for reviews - not really that hard
As you said Christi, I have been searching and found some that claim air but travel reviews say no air. I want to have the best opportunity to sleep well so I can enjoy the trip, but I guess I'll book it where I can and live with it where I can't. Just wondered if anyone stayed somewhere that definitely had it. Thanks for the comments.
Becky - the one in Rothenburg has a review from 3 weeks ago that does confirm A/C.
The Mercure is a large chain - their website info should be correct.
This doesn't answer your question, but I would add that in extreme conditions, European air conditioning is not often engineered to the same bone-chilling standards as in, say, the USA. We were in the Hilton in Leipzig, and a luxury hotel in Berlin during a savage hot spell, and the equipment (central) just could not keep up with the demand. We had to sleep with no sheet in both fancy hotels. However, you should be able to find plenty of hotels with AC in big cities like Suttgart and Munich. It's just a matter of money.
During a recent trip to the Loire, we stopped at a big box store and bought a 240V fan and an extension cord, which worked pretty well. But, we were both born and brought up in the US before air conditioning was a necessity of life! We chose a fan that was small enough to bring back home. But again, that's a matter of money; We had plane tickets with plenty of luggage included.
Nothing is certain, but there is a good chance that you will regret not having AC in your hotel(s) in August in Bavaria. The region suffered through an intense heat wave last August, and there is no guarantee it won't happen again. As for recommendations, we had a cool, comfortable stay at the Holiday Inn Centre City Munich, which cost a little less than the Hilton. Normally, I prefer the older, smaller places with more character, but I would go with a business class hotel with AC every time at this time of year.
I still regret canceling a reservation at the air-conditioned Motel One in Salzburg for a place in the mountains that did not have AC. My wife suffered from a mild case of heat exhaustion due to that mistake. Keep in mind that, even with AC in your hotel room, many restaurants and stores lack air conditioning; you cannot escape the heat during the day and early evening, but at least you can get a good night's sleep.
Nowhere in Europe is your hotel AC the same AC you're used to in even average hotel rooms in the US--not unless you pay for the luxury 4 or 5 star class or get an "American" or "business class" hotel. Electricity just costs too much over there.
"The region suffered through an intense heat wave last August, and there is no guarantee it won't happen again." But there's no guarantee weather history will repeat itself either. Careful on assuming that the weather's always the same every year in Europe, especially at the extremes. It isn't, and you can't predict in advanced.
It's not so much that the cost of electricity in Europe that impacts on the availability of air conditioning, it's that for most of the year it's just not needed, especially in Northern Europe. It's also very difficult/ expensive to retro fit it into our slightly more historic buildings.
If as you say, you like to sleep in a room that is obviously cooled by air con you are probably going to miss it even if it is not hot enough to really need it. In which case, for you, a hotel with air com is probably a necessity.
Just a tip if you are struggling with a lack of air con, I have a small plant sprayer which I use to lightly mist myself and my bed with water as I go to sleep. It doesn't really wet me or the bedding but it provides enough moisture to evaporate and really cool me down.
I travel with a 4" high velocity fan - always! Along with a spray bottle - it makes a huge difference. I carry-on only - never had a problem - I actually took it to my local airport at the time and asked a TSA agent about it - he got the boss who said no problem. It is very sturdy - all metal - it looks like a mini industrial fan. You do need a converter for it.
The August weather forecast for Munich is for a few days in the low 80s F at the start of the month, then cooler temps for the remainder. This close to the month, the forecast should be pretty accurate. Of course, since cities take longer to cool off at night, your room may remain hot longer than in the rural areas. If traveling during the first week of the month, I would stay in a business-class or other air-conditioned hotel, which provides a place to cool off during the day as well as night. Later in the month, I would pick whatever appealed to me in my price range.
Forgot to give a recommendation. I know Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich has AC. But as the others noted, this isn't the type of air conditioning that gives you a cold blast, it just keeps the room at a comfortable temperature. This hotel is pretty expensive, though.
Every branch of the Steinburger chain that I've stayed in has air conditioning, but the only city on your list that has one of these hotels is Stuttgart. Their hotels aren't cheap either, but not nearly as expensive as Hotel Bayerischer Hof.
Thanks to all.
Rule of thumb in Germany is don't depend on a place having air conditioning where it is set at "meat locker" US style, where it's small hotel or a 4 star one. I don't and would not pay extra for it.
Just stayed in Salzburg at Achat Hotel by train station and the air conditioning was perfect. I've booked nearly all hotels with air and have been relieved to have it.
Let the situation influence your lodging decisions. Pay attention to weather forecasts, and don't get locked into lodging reservations you cannot cancel a few days ahead if the situation changes. And don't assume that because summer temperatures are usually moderate, it will always be that way.
We stayed at the Hilton at the Englisher Garden in Munich. Not only did we have air conditioning, but it also has a pool that is nice for cooling down in after a hot day. Being near the park makes it a bit cooler and quieter at night, too. We booked it through Expedia and got it for a manageable price, although breakfast at the hotel was out of our budget. (There's a McDonald's next to the nearest U-Bahn station, though, for a relatively inexpensive breakfast.) Some reviewers complain about transportation from that hotel. It's true, it's not as close to a U-Bahn station as some other places, but it's a short bus ride away from one, and the bus runs every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 20 on, say, Sunday nights.