Karlsruhe hotels are generally not too expensive and it should be easy for anyone coming to SOTM-EU to find a place that appeals to them. Almost all hotels have some ratings on TripAdvisor and are bookable through standard portals like hrs.com, hotel.com, booking.com. Plenty private accommodation can also be had through airbnb.com.
We have reserved rooms in two hotels ("Rio" and "Kübler") and a few beds at the Youth Hostel; these are shown with a pink tint () in the map below. To book these rooms you will have to contact the hotels/hostels directly, and not go through any of the web booking services. See below for the prices and how long the reservation is good for.
Note: Due to tram construction works during the conference weekend, some of the travel distances in this table had to be changed. You will get to the Europaplatz station on the tram lines E1 and E2. See "Getting There" for details.
Hotel and Hostel MapHere's a couple of hotels and hostels in the vicinity of the conference.
Hotel and Hostel ListClick on any line to focus the hotel in the map.
|Youth Hostel||€||300m||The Youth Hostel is literally on campus and we have asked them to reserve a few beds for conference visitors, however they're well booked and Thursday night might already be sold out. ~€23 for a bed in a room sleeping 4 or 6. The usual requirement for YHA membership is lefted if you mention SOTM conference.|
|Kübler||€€||800m||After the Youth Hostel, this is the accommodation nearest to the conference location. A hotel with some quirks, liked by some, disliked by others (see TripAdvisor ratings). We have reserved 50 standard rooms for €66 (single) or €82 (double). These rates include breakfast, and you have to book directly with the hotel (email/telephone/fax) to get them. Mention SOTM. They also have themed rooms (higher rates) for the adventurous.|
|Rio||€€||1150m||Excellent medium-priced hotel and one of those that are nearest to the conference location. We have reserved 50 single rooms and 5 double rooms. Prices: single €60 (€89 on Thursday), double €72 (€99 on Thursday), plus €6 p.p. for buffet breakfast. You have to book directly with them (email, fax, or phone) to get one of the reserved rooms. Free WiFi.|
|Berliner Hof||€€||1000m||A small, family-run hotel very close to the conference location.|
|City||€€||1000m||Basic hotel, rooms small but clean. Sometimes offers discount rates of as low as €45 with breakfast included. Free Wifi.|
|Gästehaus Kaiserpassage||€||1150m||Budget accommodation in rooms that sleep 4-6, for €20-25. Shared kitchen and shower. Some single rooms available. Free Wifi.|
|Erbprinzenhof||€€||1300m||Slightly older, basic hotel. Free Wifi. Very central location, can be a bit noisy.|
|Betzler||€||1450m (tram: 1 stops + 1100m)||Small and affordable hotel, with single rooms starting at €30 (shared bathroom), and rooms for up to four guests available.|
|Acora||€€||1400m||A large apartment hotel with simple rooms, each equipped with a kitchenette. Expensive Swisscom Wifi.|
|Ambassador||€€||1450m||Smaller hotel in very central location. Free Wifi.|
|Seeger Living||€€||1500m (tram: 1 stops + 900m)||Specializes in longer-term rental but also offers short stays.|
|Am Markt||€€||1500m (tram: 1 stops + 1000m)||Central location, simple rooms, free Wifi.|
|Alte Münze||€€||1550m (tram: 1 stops + 1000m)||Guest house accommodation with breakfast at the Ambassador hotel nearby. Free Wifi.|
|Zi||€€||1750m (tram: 2 stops + 900m)||Seems to be the more exclusive branding of the "Am Karlstor". Free Wifi, nice bar.|
|Am Karlstor||€€||1750m (tram: 2 stops + 900m)||Standard business hotel. Free Wifi.|
|Kaiserhof||€€€||1750m (tram: 1 stops + 1100m)||Central location, has larger rooms and suites. Free Wifi.|
|Astoria||€€||2000m (tram: 2 stops + 1000m)||Small hotel. Reception is "remote" via telephone. Rooms small and simple but no complaints. Free Wifi.|
|arthotelroyal||€€||2100m (tram: 1 stops + 1400m)||A bit out of the ordinary but affordable (weekend single rooms €60). Busy street. Free Wifi.|
|Santo||€€||2100m (tram: 2 stops + 1100m)||Nice bar. Make sure to indicate non-smoking preference when booking. Good breakfast. Free Wifi.|
|Aviva||€€||2200m (tram: 5 stops + 1100m)||A bit further out from the city centre, less busy, has a fitness area/spa. Free Wifi.|
|Novotel||€€€||2250m (tram: 4 stops + 1100m)||Excellent upmarket chain hotel. Breakfast buffet is great but costs €18. Rooms are occasionally on special offer for as low as €60 but normal price is about €100.|
|Renaissance||€€€||2300m (tram: 2 stops + 1400m)||Excellent upmarket chain hotel (Marriott). Normal room rate is about ~€120.|
|Leonardo||€€||2650m (tram: 4 stops + 1400m)||Former Queens Hotel, 150 rooms, high-rise building with good views. Breakfast €12.|
|Bed and Breakfast||€||2700m (tram: 3 stops + 1100m)||A privately run budget accommodation (~€25) with rooms sleeping 1-4.|
|Barbarossa||€€||2900m (tram: 4 stops + 1500m)||Small, basic business hotel. Free Wifi.|
|Avisa||€€||3100m (tram: 3 stops + 1100m)||Small, family-run hotel near main station and zoo. Free Wifi.|
|Am Tiergarten||€€||3150m (tram: 5 stops + 900m)||Small hotel near main station and zoo. Free Wifi.|
|A&O||€||3200m (tram: 5 stops + 1000m)||Hostel-style accommodation right next to main station. Rooms sleeping 4-8 for ~€20. Free Wifi.|
|Ibis||€€||3250m (tram: 6 stops + 900m)||Typical Ibis hotel newly built in the premises of the old post office.|
|Elite||€€||3350m (tram: 3 stops + 1000m)||Simple business hotel with cheaper weekend rates. Free Wifi.|
|Schloßhotel||€€||3350m (tram: 6 stops + 1000m)||Called the "castle hotel" but no castle anywhere near – located directly at main railway station. Built 100 years ago as a Grand Hotel, now affordable pricing.|
|Achat||€€||3400m (tram: 5 stops + 1600m)||Located a bit outside, good if you bring your car. Large business hotel.|
|Greif||€€||3600m (tram: 4 stops + 1000m)||Affordable accommodation near the main railway station, starting at €39 for a room with shared bath.|