A good feeling in smoke-free rooms


First smoke-free hotel in Freiburg’s old town
Press report Status: 03.12.2006

Hotel am Rathaus ushers in a breath of fresh air

Living, new media and culture – the previous cornerstones of the modern boutique hotel by Freiburg’s town hall are now being complemented by a further important cornerstone: ‘Smoke-free’.

At the beginning of July 2006, Thomas Hess and Richard Herkert decided to ban cigarettes, cigars and pipes from all inner rooms as of 1.1.2007. This makes the Hotel am Rathaus Freiburg’s first fully smoke-free hotel.

Even before the political discussion on the topic has led to noticeable changes and the German federal government has realised its non-smoker protection programme, ‘no smoking’ will be part of the Hotel am Rathaus’ daily routine.

In the Hotel am Rathaus, all guests are given the service guarantee of non-smoker rooms and breakfast can also be enjoyed without the deadly fumes. “Many smokers have also supported us in this decision”, enthuses Thomas Hess. This unusual fact is however easy to explain: both smokers and non-smokers would like to enjoy their holidays and business trips in fresh and unpolluted air.

For Hess and Herkert, ‘smoke-free’ does not mean anti-smoker because the two hotel managers are not fanatics. The proximity to numerous cafés and bars which are also open late at night enables the guest to enjoy a smoke. At the same time, non-smokers are not affected by passive smoking and staff can also work in a healthy, smoke-free atmosphere. The Hotel am Rathaus is Freiburg’s biggest smoke-free hotel.

“A courageous decision that points the way forward for Freiburg’s hospitality”, enthuses Martina Feierling-Rombach, District Councillor und Chairwoman of ‘Gastliches Freiburg e.V’”.

“For us, it is important to realise our ‘smoke-free’ motto throughout our whole hotel. We don’t agree with half-hearted solutions where there are non-smoker rooms but a smoky breakfast area”, explains Hess. This is why the smoke-free policy is also accompanied by a comprehensive renovation programme.

The hotel’s role as a paragon of health is no coincidence. “We always try to be one step ahead of developments and thus improve our service”, exclaims Hess. “We feel that guest service is not about the short sprint to more capacity, but rather about the acquisition of as many satisfied regulars as possible”. The hotel team is also supporting this philosophy from a sporting viewpoint – as the partner of the AOK health insurance scheme for the Freiburg Semi-marathon 2007.

The Hotel am Rathaus ranks among Freiburg’s most innovative accommodations. High-quality and modern furniture entices guests to relax, and every room is appointed with a CD/DVD player and of course free WLAN.


Further information: www.am-rathaus.de

Hotel am Rathaus
Proprietor Thomas Hess, registered merchant
Rathausgasse 4-8
79098 Freiburg
Tel: +49 (0)761 296160
Fax: +49 (0)761 29616-66
VoIP: Skype hotelamrathaus

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Welcome to the redesigned homepage of the Hotel am Rathaus in Freiburg.

The hotel´s location in the centre of Freiburg makes it an ideal base for participating in all activities in Freiburg. All rooms are equipped with W-LAN Internet access and a CD and DVD player with over 300 disks offers relaxation in your room if you would like to wind down during your business trip.

Thomas Hess & Richard Herkert

Your hosts in the Hotel am Rathaus in Freiburg City Centre

May is the advent of everything new ...

Since 2 May 2005, the Hotel am Rathaus is the first hotel in Freiburg to be contactable via VoIP = Voice over IP, i.e. Internet telephone. With its product AOL Phone, the Internet provider AOL has created a service, which can be used by all AOL users with DSL connections to make free-of-charge phone calls with other AOL Phone members. Simply apply for the service with AOL. Then you will receive a mail with the telephone number. When using your computer, download the free software and you"re done. The Hotel am Rathaus in Freiburg can be contacted free-of-charge on the following number:

+49 (0)761  387 30 90

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