I hate to say it, but the exterior of the Staytion Hotel in Mannheim Germany, just two blocks from the train station, is kind of boring. It doesn’t jump up and down, warning you of what is inside. And it should
But then you walk in the door and the fun unfolds before your eyes. There, in the lobby among other visual treats begging for our attention, was a bumper car. You know, from county fair days and cheap carni rides. Name at least one other hotel you’ve stayed in the has a bumper car in the lobby.
Edgy Hotel In Mannheim Germany
To say that the Staytion Hotel is edgy is an understatement, but it is certainly not for Americans who prefer the traditional comforts of a Holiday Inn.
It’s not like you have to sleep in the bumper car – the beds are traditional and indeed really comfy – but the bumper car demonstrates the re-purposed, industrial style of what I can only assume was once a warehouse. It’s so close to the train station that surely these exposed concrete block walls had been a warehouse in another life.
The Staytion Hotel bills itself as where Music Meets Industry and that’s so appropriate for any location in Mannheim. The city of 300,000 has six music colleges and six orchestras. But it is also a city whose economy is based on industry, such auto manufacturing. This not only where the first car was built, but it remains where Mecedes-Benz and Porsche have their world headquarters.
The hotel opened in March 2016, so it was still nice and shiny in a well-worn industrial kind of way when we arrived in April. With just 43 rooms, it is indeed a boutique hotel and each room has its own edgy decor.
Mine was just downright gargantuan in terms of European hotel rooms, which are usually more space conscious that your typical American hotel.
Take note of the concert print on the wall and the industrial light fixtures over the bed.
My luggage rack might have enjoyed its first life as baggage cart at the nearby train station and my closet was beat up old lockers that could have come from the girl’s locker room at my high school.
Industrial Repurposed Hotel Rooms in Mannheim Germany
My night stand was a metal tray attached to what might have once been the legs of a music stand. In another room, the night stands were actual snare drums. The competitors on “Flea Market Flip” on HGTV would have loved this place.
If we hadn’t been out to dinner at a local brewery, we might have enjoyed some live music down in the lobby, but in the morning, the bar tables were filled with croissants, jellies and cheeses, just what we needed before heading out to explore the city of Mannheim.
And when I make it back to Mannheim, I plan to stay here again and take better pictures and notes for when I, too, appear on “Flea Market Flip.”