Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel: Quiet and Roomy Guest Rooms
My room was very spacious, and I loved the high ceilings. There was a big desk facing the street and a sitting area with a couch and a few chairs, in case I made some new Dresden friends to entertain. Usually I prefer wooden floors or tiles to the carpeted floor in this room, but it seemed new enough and, anyway, slippers were provided to keep my toes in their own zone.
The bathroom was very nice, with deeply veined marble covering the floors and walls, shiny brass fixtures and a shower set in a deep 'airpool' (the latter was like a Jacuzzi tub, but with more holes for air bubbles stamped into the floor--I never got to try it, but it looked fantastic).
Other things I liked about my room include the hot water boiler for making tea and the well-insulated windows that didn't allow any street noise inside.
Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel: Wow-factor Wellness Area
Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel: Dining
A decent breakfast spread (breads, sliced meats and cheeses, cereals and a few hot dishes such as scrambled eggs, bacon and broiled tomatoes) is served in Weber's restaurant, just off the lobby. The restaurant is a bright space with a few tables topped with white linen, though the ambiance is more business-y than romantic. There's a more casual outdoor terrace that belongs to the restaurant, too, on the backside of the hotel. The servers reminded me of those in French brasseries, with long aprons and buttoned-up attire. A small bar overlooks the hotel's atrium, and while it looked inviting enough for a nightcap, I never spotted any patrons during my visit.
Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel: In the Neighborhood
Another gaggle of restaurants-with-views is about five minutes away by foot, on the plaza surrounding the Frauenkirche. This is definitely the touristy part of town, so don't expect things to be dirt-cheap. That said, it's still Eastern Germany and, as such, quite affordable compared to other European cities.
A nice shopping mall is located just a few blocks from the hotel, as well as Dresden's most important sites including the Semper Opera House, the Zwinger and the Elbe River, where you can hop a boat cruise to tour along the city's grassy banks. (Reviewed 7/2/2009)
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Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel is located: in Dresden's historic old city
1 Ringstrasse D-01067, Dresden, Germany Reservations: (800) 333-3333
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