Beethovenplatz 1-2, behind the Goethehaus
Tel: 49 3643 87 20
This handsome, recently refurbished four-star hotel encompasses two classical mansions and one modern building. Its best asset is its locationall of Weimar is within walking distance, and it's only a three-minute walk to the town's historic center. The staff is friendly, and the 143 rooms are attractive as well as practical. Don't miss the delicious breakfast buffetthe spread is so varied that you could stay for a week and never eat the same morning meal twice.
Tel: 49 3643 77 48 04
Built in 1805 by Russian aristocrats, this hotel has played host to famous guests such as Leo Tolstoy, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Hebbel, Ernst Rietschel, Eleonore Duse and Ivan Turgenev. It boasts a green-and-white neoclassical façade and elegant public areas inside. Small to midsize rooms located in the hotel's backyard annex are equipped with shower units. The in-house eateries include the Anastasia restaurant, serving top-of-the-line Austrian and Thuringian cuisine, a cozy coffeehouse and the bustling Bar Romanow.
Belvederer Allee 25
Tel: 800 445 8667 (in the U.S. and Canada)
Tel: 49 3643 72 20
Designed by the East German government shortly before reunification, this lavish hotel boasts a dramatic, glass-walled lobby, 294 air-conditioned guest rooms, and 11 meeting rooms for business travelers. Rooms are small but cozy, and bathrooms promise tub-shower combinations, uncommon in this town. Budget travelers bewarethe costs of breakfast, parking and Internet usage are not included in the room rates, but use of the pool and sauna are thankfully free.
Tel: 49 3643 54 90
Built as a private villa in 1826, this hotel is a good, inexpensive option near the Goethe National Museum and many other major tourist attractions. The original neoclassical building remains, but renovations in the 1990s established the modern annex across the street. Rooms are spacious, airy and furnished in a neo-Biedermeier style; shower rooms (no baths), however, are drab and stocked with only liquid soap. The establishment is run by the Lutheran Church Association, but don't worry, church attendance is not enforced.
Tel: 49 3643 80 20
Weimar's oldest and most famous hotel was established in the 17th century and renovated extensively in 1993. With a terra-cotta rooftop, art deco furnishings, brass and marble stairways and huge bay windows that overlook either the central market square or the Anna Amalia courtyard and garden, the Hotel Elephant makes guests feel as though they're sleeping in a luxurious museum. Many historical figures have stayed here, from the infamous (Adolf Hitler) to the celebrated (Leo Tolstoy and Johann Sebastian Bach).