One of the things I probably love most about my job as a travel blogger, is staying at so many different types of hotels during the year! I have stayed at family-run hotels and big chains and anything from historical buildings to modern design hotels. My favourite? I really enjoy staying in hotels that have a story, feature unique architecture and have rooms that are in someway different to what you expect.
Well, during my last visit to the city of Magdeburg in Germany (when I travelled the Transromanica historical route), I got a combination of my favourite things when staying at the ArtHotel Magdeburg!
From the Pinterest image below, you can already see that this is not your average hotel, so let’s have a closer look at why this accommodation is so special:
What we'll cover in this article
ARTHOTEL MAGDEBURG REVIEW
The artHOTEL Magdeburg Story
Whenever you visit Magdeburg, there is definitely one building that you will visit, even if you’re not staying in the hotel, and that is the ArtHotel in the ‘Grünen Zitadelle’ (the Green Citadel). This building was designed by the famous Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. You might know him from the similarly looking ‘Hundertwasserhaus’ in Vienna.
The Green Citadel is a multifunctional residential and commercial building that was completed in 2005 and it is the last completely designed and realised building that Friedensreich Hundertwasser worked on until shortly before he passed away in the year 2000.
After completion in 2005, the external condition of the building can’t be changed anymore. The growing trees and the fading house paint eventually may change the look of the building, but there is nothing that can be done about that. The people living in the building are allowed to paint the frames around their windows as far as they can reach though…
THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
It’s time to put the hotel through our own ‘5 Senses’ test and see what we can find in every corner of the building:
1. What does it SOUND like?
If this hotel doesn’t sound unique, I don’t know what else does! The pink building can be seen from afar and when you get closer, there are windows of all sizes and shapes, as well as golden balls on spires and green sticking out everywhere from the many roofs.
The hotel has 41 rooms in sizes ranging from 18 to 41 square meters and they each have a individually planned bathroom with colorful tiles and special equipment, that were designed by Hundertwasser himself. Sounds amazing right?
Let’s walk around the building a bit to see what other details we can find…
2. What does it LOOK like?
It seems that from every different angle you look at the building, the exterior completely changes. There doesn’t seem to be a straight line anywhere. I especially liked the columns throughout the building and the many rooft tops, that from the hotel you can enter as well (of course you can’t go everywhere, as people are working and living in other sections of the building as well).
There is a brilliant courtyard in the middle of the building, that you can access from all sides of the building, and here you’ll find some cute shops and a massive fountain. Definitely worth to check out.
If you want to see a model of the entire building, go into the courtyard and you’ll see one of the shops there has a great model you can visit. I had planned of having a closer look, but I totally forgot to do it in the end, too bad! Another thing I can recommend is to climb to the top of the Magdeburger Dom, because you can see the Hundertwasser building from the top here as well. Pretty incredible.
Let’s have a look at the room I stayed in next!
3. What does it FEEL like?
I stayed in one of the hotel’s ‘basic’ double rooms, that are around 21-23 m2 and feature wooden furniture, such as a comfy bed and desk to work from. My room didn’t have a terrace and looked out over the main street instead, but there are rooms that do and have a view over the courtyard.
In the room, I also had a large closet with a safe, multiple places to hang my clothes and other items, a desk to open my suitcase on and two chairs and a little table with complimentary water and apples!
Design-wise, I felt that the bathroom greatly overshadowed the rest of the room. The bathroom is designed by Hundertwasser himself and is really quite incredible. There isn’t a straight tile in the room and they are white, blue, red and yellow. It just looks so fun and playful and the effect is enhanced by the use of round mirrors and red towels. There is only a shower in the room, because they can’t really make any changes to this heritage building, but it’s big enough for a short stay, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
But yeah, after the artistic bathroom, I felt that the wooden furniture in the room (even though they clearly made them look playful as well) felt a bit out of tune (I did like the lamp a lot). That said, the bed was comfortable (even though it has the dreaded ‘two single duvet’-setup that you see in all German hotels, which I personally HATE), the closet and all the hooks on the wall were very convenient and the desk was good enough for me to work from.
The TV and phone in the room are things I never-ever touch in hotels, but they are there if you need it!
Besides the basic rooms, there are also ‘classic’ (around 21-23 m2), ‘comfort’ (around 25-28 m2) and ‘deluxe’ (around 29-36 m2) double rooms (all with and without terrace), that pretty much feature the same elements, but have been completely re-furnished in 2013 and have designer furniture in them, of course the bathroom here is still designed by Hundertwasser.
There are also basic and comfort single rooms (around 17-22 m2) that also feature the bathroom by Hundertwasser.
If you need a bit more space, the ArtHotel offers two studio’s of around 40 m2 for two people. They have a large bed, comfortable armchairs, a desk and even a dining table! One of the studio’s also has a terrace.
Check back soon to see my entire review video, in which I gather ‘evidence’ all around the room to create my Test Report! :)
4. What does it TASTE like?
Breakfast is served daily at the artHOTEL lounge, right next to reception. There was a wonderful spread of fresh cheese and meat, as well as fruit, bread rolls and various juices, teas and coffees. You can have eggs too, if you want! There is even a selection of sweet cakes as well. Pretty much everything you need to start the day. One of the days that we stayed, we needed to leave early and got a take-away breakfast from the hotel, which was perfect.
Here in the lounge, you also find a bar with cocktails and other drinks. Cold and hot beverages are available 24 hours a day!
5. What does it SMELL like?
There is so much more to discover at this hotel, that I didn’t even get to during my stay. For example, I saw later on the website that they even have a sauna, which I didn’t even know!
Other features of the hotel are the parking space in the hotel-owned parking garage (€11 per night) where you can also store your bike, roomservice (no extra charge), you can order beverage packages and with them, they will bring you a minibar to your room. (ranging from €10 to €20) and they even are dog-friendly (extra cleaning fee of €11 applies)
6. Does this hotel mede me happy?
There are a few hotels in Magdeburg, but if I can make a recommendation, it would for sure be the Magdeburg Art Hotel! When do you ever get to stay in such a unique building made by one of the most famous architects/artists in the world? While the bedroom itself was very basic, the bathroom is the real star during your stay here. There are many interesting corners in the building that you can explore and this hotel makes a perfect base from which to discover more of the city of Magdeburg and the rest of the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany. I can definitely recommend a stay!
Time Zone in Germany? GMT+1
Currency in Germany? Euro (EUR). Check the latest exchange rate here.
Electrical Plugs in Germany? 230 V (Plug and socket type F. This socket also works with plug C and plug E). We recommend getting a universal travel adapter to never worry about having the right plug on your travels!
Languages Spoken in Germany? German
Best time to visit Germany? Germany’s weather can be relatively cold in the winter, but from November, the Christmas markets warm most visitors up. From May to September, weather is the warmest. Because of Oktoberfest, Munich and surrounding environs can be really, really hectic from mid-September to mid-October. The more quiet soulder seasons runs from March through May and from late October through November.
Insurance for Germany? Make sure to get travel insurance! We recommend checking out worldnomads.com
How to get to Magdeburg?Magdeburg in Central Germany is best accessible by plane from Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) or Leipzig/Hall (LEJ), then onwards by car (freeway A2) or train (to Central Station “Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof”, check bahn.com).
How to get around Magdeburg? In Magdeburg, there are S-Bahn trains, trams, buses and ferries that are all linked in a transport system called Marego, so you can use the same ticket on them.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Transromanica on this trip and was compensated for creating content on our website and social media channels. All photos and words are our own, as always.