Review: Hotel Fiester Hannes Burbach-Holzhausen

Review: Hotel Fiester Hannes Burbach-Holzhausen

NAME: Hotel Fiester Hannes
LOCATION: Burbach-Holzhausen, Germany
DATE: July 2021
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: Hotel Fiester Hannes offers modern rooms and friendly hospitality, and was the ideal place to stay while visiting family in the area.
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I’m guessing from reading the headline, 99% of OMAAT readers are saying “huh?” So yeah, let’s get into a completely different kind of hotel review…

Why & how we booked Hotel Fiester Hannes

After a few nights at the lovely Four Seasons Cap-Ferrat, we flew to Germany to visit family. We flew Lufthansa business class from Nice to Frankfurt, but I won’t be reviewing that flight, since I’ve reviewed Lufthansa’s regional business class so many times.

We were meeting up with my mom and her partner in Germany (they had just flown over from the United States), and our first stop was visiting my aunt, cousins, etc. Both of my parents are from small towns in Germany, just about an hour drive outside of Frankfurt.

Growing up we’d spend most of our summers in Germany, and I have fond memories of that. While I’ve always stayed with my aunt when visiting the area, she only has one spare guest bedroom, and my mom and her partner stayed with her, so we volunteered to stay at a hotel.

The catch is that these small towns don’t really have major hotels, but rather have just small guest houses and inns. The closest major chain hotel is a Holiday Inn Express in Siegen (about a 30 minute drive away), though there are lots of guest houses in the Haiger area, where my family is from.

My aunt recommended Hotel Fiester Hannes, which has a restaurant she has eaten at many times before. We decided to go with that, mainly because all the rooms here have private bathrooms, which isn’t the case at most other properties in the area.

This hotel is located in Burbach-Holzhausen, just a few minutes from where my aunt lives in Allendorf. The hotel only has five rooms, and the room that was available for our date was the second most premium room. That room retailed for 140 EUR per night, and then we added breakfast to our rate for 19 EUR per night.

Hotel Fiester Hannes check-in

There’s something so refreshing and personal about staying at a guest house rather than a hotel. We could park right outside the entrance to the hotel, and as we pulled up one of the incredibly friendly employees came out and confirmed who we were, and then walked us straight to our room.

She didn’t ask for an ID and said we could just provide a credit card when we checked out. Note that no credit card was required to reserve the room, so it’s kind of cool to be somewhere with the “honor system” when it comes to paying for your stay.

She also asked what time we wanted to have breakfast. It’s not like there was a buffet setup here, but rather someone comes to the breakfast room and personally prepares breakfast for you whenever you want it.

Hotel Fiester Hannes entrance

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room

We had booked a garden room, advertised as being 42 square meters, or around 450 square feet. All of the rooms were in a building to the side of the restaurant.

Hotel Fiester Hannes exterior

Inside the entrance to the building was a desk with some pamphlets about the area.

Hotel Fiester Hannes entrance

Behind that was a common room where I guess guests could hang out.

Hotel Fiester Hannes common area

We took the stairs up a level, and the door to our room was straight ahead.

Hotel Fiester Hannes staircase
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room exterior

The room was spread across two floors — the first floor had the living area and bathroom, while the second floor had the bedroom. Once inside the room, the bathroom was to the right, while the rest of the room was straight ahead. The living area had a desk with a chair, a lounging chair with a blanket and pillow, and then a loveseat facing a TV.

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room living area
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room living area
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room living area
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room living area
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room living area

There was a bottle of water and a couple of glasses on the desk.

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room water bottle

The bathroom had a sink, a walk-in shower, and a toilet in a separate room. There was even a heated towel rack.

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room bathroom
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room shower
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room toilet

Toiletries were from Le Labo… just kidding. 😉

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room toiletries

Finally the bedroom was upstairs, and it had a pretty typical German bed — there were two twin mattresses pushed together, and then two separate duvets.

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room staircase
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room bedroom
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room bedroom
Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room bedroom

The room had views of the other side of the building and the garden.

Hotel Fiester Hannes garden room view

While the hotel didn’t have air conditioning, it was plenty cool while we visited (in July), especially at night. So keeping the windows open did the trick. The hotel also had Wi-Fi, though it was on the slow side.

Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast

Both mornings we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, and it was really like someone preparing breakfast for you in their home. Even though the hotel was sold out, we never saw anyone else at breakfast — Germans seem to love to sleep in when on holiday, so I guess we were just early risers.

Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast room
Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast room

There was also a garden area so one could in theory enjoy breakfast outdoors, though it was a bit too cold for that early in the morning.

Hotel Fiester Hannes patio

Breakfast was a feast, with a huge tray that had cold cuts and cheese, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, bread, pastries, orange juice, and coffee.

Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast

There were also a few cereal and muesli options on the counter that we could choose from.

Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast

Everything tasted great, and reminded me oh-so-much of my childhood (except I’d usually beg my aunt for Nutella, or ideally Eszet Schnitten (basically thin chocolate squares), because when you’re eight years old, chocolate absolutely should be a food group at breakfast. 😉

The next morning the breakfast was served slightly differently since it was someone else working, but it was still excellent.

Hotel Fiester Hannes breakfast

An awesome meal at Villa Busch in Haiger

While we didn’t end up having a lunch or dinner at Fiester Hannes, we did have an amazing meal at Villa Busch in Haiger, which is the nearby town. Like I said, I spent much of my childhood in this town, and it wasn’t exactly much of a culinary destination, beyond cute small town pub-style restaurants. I had heard that a nice new restaurant opened in town, and my gosh, this was such a fun meal.

We celebrated my aunt’s birthday here with about a dozen family members. We could sit outside, and the weather was simply perfect.

Villa Busch Haiger
Villa Busch Haiger

The food was also really, good. It’s not often you’ll find a place that serves both Thai food and Wiener Schnitzel, and does both very well, but this place did. I can’t wait to return here again.

Dinner at Villa Busch
Dinner at Villa Busch
Dinner at Villa Busch

Bottom line

We had a lovely stay at Hotel Fiester Hannes. Now, I’m not suggesting tourists should be flocking to the Haiger area, unless you have a reason to be there. But for us it was the perfect place to stay.

The room was clean and well maintained, the breakfast was great, and most importantly, the employees were genuinely hospitable. It’s nice to go somewhere and feel like an actual guest rather than just a number, and that’s an area where this place excelled. We’ll definitely be staying here again.

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  1. PM1 Gold

    The review was so refreshing to read Ben!

  2. Nick Guest

    Really enjoyed this change of pace, Lucky.

  3. John Guest

    Should we alert the authorities that Rick Steves has hijacked Lucky's blog?

  4. SQ51 Guest

    Awesome review, good memories of my childhood too. Spent summers visiting my aunt outside of Mannheim

  5. Steve Guest

    Ah the two beds pushed together. Not uncommon in Germany.

    I have memories of one or the other of us ending up over the "crack." Sometimes if the floor is slippery the beds push just enough apart for the unlucky one to begin to fall into the abyss. Hilarity for one and dirty looks by the other ensues.

  6. STAKK New Member

    Love this review Ben. This is the area where I grew up as well (just a few towns over). Next time I'm back visiting family, I'll definitely have to give Villa Busch a try - had not yet heard of it opening.

  7. Steve Guest

    As someone with strong family history in the Siegerland and family still living in Burbach-Wahlbach, I was surprised and delighted to see this. Brings back memories, thank you.

  8. John T Guest

    Actually love how random this review is.

    Those square European pillows though - I don't know how anyone sleeps on them?

    1. Matt Guest

      me too! this is what makes Ben's blog stand out among others.

  9. Werner Guest

    Thank‘s for the unusual review. I grew up in the small town of Herborn, which is nearby. I will go for dinner at the Villa next time I visit.

  10. Andy Guest

    This hotel looks very nice and service seems to be very good. What surprises me, is that apparently, they invest into their rooms. At least your room looks refurbished, with walk in shower, wooden floors etc. That's what I'm most often missing in small, privately owned hotels. Many owners simply cannot afford major renovations.

  11. Tennen Gold

    @Ben, what did you eat for breakfast? Cheese & bread? The cold cuts seem to all be pork...

  12. Grey New Member

    2 things particularly interest me about this review.
    1) You don't consider this a hotel apparently?
    2) You very rarely are asked to pay at the end of your stay.

    I admit, when I go to the states, I am almost always asked to pay up front. (Which is particularly annoying as they also tend to ask for some deposit amount, which is just ridiculous) However, in Europe, unless it is a...

    2 things particularly interest me about this review.
    1) You don't consider this a hotel apparently?
    2) You very rarely are asked to pay at the end of your stay.

    I admit, when I go to the states, I am almost always asked to pay up front. (Which is particularly annoying as they also tend to ask for some deposit amount, which is just ridiculous) However, in Europe, unless it is a non-refundable reservation, I don't normally pay until checkout. But I tend to stay mostly with Accor or with independent hotels, perhaps the US chains have different policies.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Grey -- 1) I didn't put that much thought into it, and didn't mean much by it. I would generally consider this to be more of a guest house than a hotel, but then again, I'm not sure there's that important of a distinction. 2) While paying for your stay after the fact is normal, I can count on one hand the number of times I've stayed at a hotel and wasn't asked to provide a credit card prior to check-out, whether it be at check-in or during the booking process.

    2. Donato Guest

      I have always travelled with a credit card. In all my travels to date the card was used to reserve a guaranteed amount of credit commensurate with the possible final tab amount. There was no actual charge done prior to check out. The charge is put through the early morning before checkout but even so most businesses finalize their charges later in the evening,
      Payments with debit cards differ.
      People might confuse the...

      I have always travelled with a credit card. In all my travels to date the card was used to reserve a guaranteed amount of credit commensurate with the possible final tab amount. There was no actual charge done prior to check out. The charge is put through the early morning before checkout but even so most businesses finalize their charges later in the evening,
      Payments with debit cards differ.
      People might confuse the credit reserve with payment. Long term stays, over one week might work differently.

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PM1 Gold

The review was so refreshing to read Ben!

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ Grey -- 1) I didn't put that much thought into it, and didn't mean much by it. I would generally consider this to be more of a guest house than a hotel, but then again, I'm not sure there's that important of a distinction. 2) While paying for your stay after the fact is normal, I can count on one hand the number of times I've stayed at a hotel and wasn't asked to provide a credit card prior to check-out, whether it be at check-in or during the booking process.

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Nick Guest

Really enjoyed this change of pace, Lucky.

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