Some buildings are just that … buildings. And some are places with a vibrant energy. Enter the new Bootshaus Amberg with five historic houses, some of which date back to the 14th century and you get that feeling, You immediately want to stay and have dinner here right away – preferably a few delicacies from the region. And top it off with a local beer. You could organize your Christmas party here. Or even better: organize a trip to this small town together with a group of friends.
Yes, spending a few nights in the Bootshaus Amberg is also on the menu so to speak.
The 19 small & cozy rooms are nested in three historic houses next to the restaurant. Some are located in the attic with sloping ceilings, very comfy and with a view of the old town and the river, that floats slowly in front of the house. We tried out the small attic suite “Uhrmacherin” (watchmaker) which despite its size (think: tiny house-style) ”easily sleeps three people, so bring your kid. There is a minibar, a Treca box-spring bed, a bunk bed, a view of the river and a homey ambience. If that is right up your alley (no pun intended), you cannot go wrong at Bootshaus Amberg.
The idea of creating such a high-quality place came from a local family. The patron, Klaus Herdegen, says: “My dream has always been to have my own inn. To cater for people. It’s in my DNA, even if it’s a lot of work,” One of the reasons he loves to stand outside on the terrace on Saturdays and barbecue sausages to sell to guests and locals.
Klaus is lucky that his daughters Eva and Anna share his passion. In recent years, Eva has worked in hotels that she found via Pretty Hôtels. For example, at the 1477 Reichhalter in Lana in South Tyrol. The family also found inspiration for their own hotel there. As the 1477 Reichhalter is one of the most beautiful hotels and guesthouses.
The Bootshaus Amberg has 15 rooms and four suites, none of which are particularly large, but all of them have something in common: they are cozy. The smallest category is petit with 13 – 15 square meters. The largest suite measures 34 square meters and has a free-standing bathtub and a small terrace. Reception is not staffed 24 hours a day, but you can always reach someone through the restaurant and a staff member will help you with the check-in and get you settled in.
The restaurant is the centerpiece of the hotel. There are two dining rooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, where breakfast is also served. Speaking of breakfast, we thought it was incredibly good and very well organized. You can choose between lots of small snacks, which are then served individually to your table. No buffet, but still a perfect way to start the day. If you’re in a rush, just grab a croissant and a coffee.
Dinner at the inn is a must. During our visit, the guests from the neighboring table raved about the food they had. They couldn’t have been more pleased. After having tried it ourselves, we cannot beg to differ.
Beetroot carpaccio as a starter, chicken saltimbocca with pumpkin ratatouille and with either polenta or spelt pasta served with broccoli and radicchio. For dessert try the pistachio cake and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
There are many vegetarian dishes, all beautifully served on a modern plate. Choose a red or a white from Anna’s expertly assembled wine list. But as Amberg is a beer town (7 breweries), we also recommend a local brew, for example a Winkler Zoigl.
Amberg is not Munich, but it has that particular Bavarian countryside charm. It’s definitely worth a visit for a weekend and if you’re traveling from the surrounding area, you could celebrate a milestone birthday here in style. In summer, you can hire a canoe from the hotel and paddle down the river. Or a bike.
Doubles around 125 euros including breakfast.
Booking & Contacts
92224 Amberg /Bavaria