For the first night of a trip to Stuttgart, I opted for the Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre. The location and good connection to the main station was one key argument for the stay, as well as the attractive pricing and a Hilton points promotion. Here is my review of the hotel, based on a stay in January 2022.
Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre – Location
The hotel is located at the Budapester Platz, a very modern and new location rather close to Stuttgart Main Station. The same building also features a Premier Inn hotel, there is a small shopping mall next door, which is offering shopping and basic dining opportunities.
The hotel seems to have spaces in a parking garage belonging to that building. I, however, chose the place also as tram/underground line U12, which is just one stop away from the main station, is stopping at the hotel. However, the tram station is at a higher level than the entrance (for both hotels, by the way). The only way to get down to reception level are stairs. Especially if you have heavy luggage or mobility issues, this may be extremely bothering and I would recommend you not to book this place. The hotel stated that there should be an elevator driven by the city one day. That’s a bit too passive in my view.
In order to avoid the stairs, you might take a rather steep walk to Stadtbibliothek station, which is serviced by U5, U6, U7 and U15.
Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre – The Room
I ordered a Queen Room for a 75.05 EUR refundable rate. Stays at Hampton hotels generally include breakfast. The hotel assigned me to a nice corner room on the sixth floor for my stay.
I absolutely liked the size of the room, even though the triangular shape felt uncommon. The area around the bed and to the bathroom was a bit of narrow – therefor, the working space was really great and had quite a lot of space to arrange my technical equipment. Some power outlets featured additional USB charging facilities.
The size of the bathroom was absolutely sufficient and came with the typical Hampton dispensers. There was a shower in the room only. The view from the room was really nice, giving an overlook to the Stuttgart Main Station traffic. The tram traffic in front of the hotel sometimes lead to bothering noise.
Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre – Breakfast & Food
The breakfast area on the first floor of the hotel was really nice, but felt small compared to the hotel size. There are some additional tables outside the breakfast room, in front of the elevators, which are not too welcoming. The Hampton breakfast was very good, though, and offered a nice variety of food regarding it is a rather a budget stay. The breakfast staff was superb.
On lobby level, the hotel features a huge bar and relax area, which I felt really well designed.
Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre – Services
At tram level, the Hampton by Hilton features a really nice gym. Again, the triangular shape of the building is also leading to challenges. The WiFi in the hotel worked very fine.
The check-in procedure took too long, though. One key reason was that the receptionist did not create a welcoming atmosphere by just unwillingly leaving her office when I arrived. The check-out procedures and leaving my luggage for my time in the city felt more friendly, though.
Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre – My View
In general, I really like the new Hampton by Hilton hotels in Europe. The stay in Stuttgart left some really positive memories (like the nice breakfast selection and staff or the modern design), but also had some too negative ones. The access to the hotel to public transport is too obstructed by the major set of stairs and the check-in experience has not been good as well (I explored that at other guests as well). Finally, I had a good night, but not a very good one, in Stuttgart.
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