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Weimar Accomodation - Grand Hotel Russischer Hof or Hotel Elephant or ???

We are stopping for 1 night in Weimar on our return to Frankfurt. I have read & read reviews on lots of hotels. I am thinking one of these but can't decide which would be better. Anyone have any input. Also, we want to visit the Buchenwald Concentration Camp the day we arrive. Either one would have good transportation to the camp?
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

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Faith, if you are open to another idea, i can definitely recommend the Hotel Schwartze, in Gelmeroda, just minutes outside of Weimar itself. Very clean and neat, easy to find, and convenient to the roads to Weimar and Buchenwald. I will definitely stay there again Their website is in German only, but it is easy to understand. Very good food in their restaurant, and the prices are reasonable. There is also a large enclosure next door pen with deer to see.

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Faith, to me the reviews of's customers are most important as HRS is the single largest and leading hotel reservation service in Germany and neighboring countries. It's used by pretty much all German business travelers. They rate the Elephant to be the top hotel in Weimar, followed by the Park Inn, Dorotheenhof, Leonardo and art hotel. Again, these are the top 5 in order of guest ratings. Russischer Hof, by the way, socres 6th with 7.9 out of 10 maximum points.