Places to stay in Stuttgart
Stuttgart's main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is a five-minute walk from the Schlossplatz, around which you'll find several of the city's major attractions and its main shopping streets. Surrounded by hills, downtown Stuttgart can be very hot in the summer, and many mid-range and budget hotels have no air conditioning. An excellent U-Bahn and tram system makes getting around easy from any location, so hotels set on the hills can be more comfortable after a summer day's sightseeing.
Kronen Hotel Stuttgart is a 10-minute walk from both the station and Schlossplatz and is known for its bountiful breakfast. Guestroom balconies at luxurious Waldhotel Stuttgart overlook a woodland park, a short U-Bahn ride to the center; its own fine-dining restaurant is one of several choices in the hilltop neighborhood. Smart, modern Maritim Hotel Stuttgart has spacious rooms in a quiet neighborhood with restaurants, a 10-minute walk from the center and on tram and U-Bahn lines.
A few blocks from the business district, Wartburg Hotel has small pleasant rooms and an accommodating staff. Rooms are somewhat more spacious at Hotel Unger beim Hauptbahnhof, only a block from the train station. Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart City is in the center, just behind the Rathaus and three blocks from the Old Palace and historic Schillerplatz.
Motel One Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof, in the pedestrianized business district, a block from the Hauptbahnhof and Schlossplatz, has small and plain but comfortable rooms. A short walk from the center, City Hotel is in a hillside neighborhood with restaurants and on a U-Bahn line. Novum Hotel Rieker Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof offers basic rooms in an excellent location close to the train station.
Overlooking a park and lake, this modern hotel is ideal for culture vultures. A five-minute stroll away is the opera house, great art galleries, palaces and shopping galore. The John Cranko Lounge, named after Stuttgart Ballet’s inspirational choreographer, is the place to meet before and after performances. The wood-panelled Zirbelstube is one of a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. To explore the car-free downtown, borrow a (free) bicycle.
You cannot get more “design” than this boutique hotel, the name of which means Sorcerer’s Apprentice. All rooms are luxurious, with hi-tech gadgets for music and entertainment. The hotel has an intimate gourmet restaurant and is in the city’s atmospheric medieval quarter...
In the Art Deco terminal of Stuttgart’s original airport, this is petrol-head heaven. Ten of the 34 rooms have car themes, ranging from Route 66 to a carwash and even a garage, with tyres, wrenches and a hydraulic ramp. For Lewis Hamilton fans, the Mercedes Suite has its bed set into the bonnet of a 1974 Mercedes 300 S. In all the rooms, everything is top quality: large showers, firm mattresses and good lighting.