The Johanniter Gästehaus in Münster in Northern Northrhine-Westfalia is likely one of the most unusual places I stayed in the last years. In fact, it is a congress and training hotel and facility for the St. John Ambulance Brigade (which is called Die Johanniter in German). However, you may book into this place as normal guest and without any seminar or training. As I was looking for a place closeby a certain concert venue, the guesthouse (Gästehaus) was the only alternative I had.
Johanniter Gästehaus – Location
The Guesthouse is located in the Geist district, which is South of the city. Around the place is majorly a residential area, which also means that some restaurants and stores are around. In fact, the Johanniter Gästehaus consists of three buildings, which are all connected.
The easiest way to reach the hotel is likely by car. Guests enjoy free parking in the garage, which is also connected to all houses. The reception is right at one of the elevators. You may also use a bus, which is connecting to the hotel to city center. The bus takes some ten minutes to the mail rail station. According to the hotel information, however, this bus is not operating on Sundays.
Johanniter Gästehaus – Rooms
I had a Single Room with Balcony, which was in the Upper Floor on the smallest building and was about 98 Euro per night, including breakfast. Münster is definitely not that cheap for overnights, but this is rather an upper segment price. The room is quite spacious, the bed was fine. Overall, the room was clean and well structured, but did not have any charm at all. The mini bar is quite cheap, what is a big plus, even though there is a supermarket not too far away. On the other hand, there are no coffee or tea making facilities. I am not sure if the place really is one, but it feels like a renovated and refurbished hospital.
I liked the bathroom more than the living area. I was initially sceptical about the ground level shower, as these ones tend to spray all the bathroom with water, but it was reasonable. The bathroom is simple, but a bit more stylish. There are dispensers for soap and shower gel, but also some basic amenities available
Though I did not really use it, the balcony was of course a nice feature. It had a nice view over the settlement and some green area. Furthermore, it was quite spacious.
Johanniter Gästehaus – Breakfast / Food
The pictures may suggest a touch of a canteen, but breakfast was definitely on the positive side of my stay. The variety of items was great, the refilling went very well. There were standard warm dishes, but also waffles and other sweet things, a lot of bread, cereal, cheese and cuts, fruit and much more, so that the nutritional part definitely exceeded the simple and sober spirit of the remaining place.
In case you have a seminar in the hotel (or pay for it, I guess…), the same place is also offering buffet lunch and dinner. On basement level close to the reception, there is also a small bar.
Johanniter Gästehaus – Services
There are no typical fitness facilities like a gym or a pool at the premises. However, Münster is known as a bicycle city – thus, it is not that surprising that you can hire a bike at the hotel.
The staff in the hotel was very kind and helpful. However, when I asked for the venue (which is just a ten minute walk away), I was quite surprised that they did not seem to know it. The internet connection (WiFi) in the room was very reliable, but its speed was rather on the slower side.
Johanniter Gästehaus – My View
It is very hard to give this place a fair rating. The staff does a good job, but the place still just has too much of hospital atmosphere. Food is great, though. I feel the price is too high, especially as the location within the city is not well enough to justify close to 100 Euro per night. Depending on your rate and preferences, though, you will have a good time out there.
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