Villa Anna B&B

A 1920s villa with three sumptuous suites and a delectable organic breakfast, in the romantic Roman town of Speyer

Type:
B&B
Costs:
From €80
Sleeps:
Three double rooms
Where?
Speyer, 6h 30 from central Berlin

What?

Heike Frank was born to host, and when she discovered this striking-but-crumbling-villa from the 1930s, she knew she had to transform it into a B&B. After a complete renovation in 2017, it was opened, and Heike Frank’s hideaway is - deservedly so - thriving. No detail was overlooked. In the bedrooms, feature walls are a relaxing deep blue, and individual design pieces add pops of reds and pinks. 

The piece de resistance, however, is the large wooden dining table in the kitchen, where you gather each morning. There’s nothing better on holiday than lingering over a delicious breakfast, especially one that is freshly cooked to order, using organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Once you’re unable to eat any more, take a stroll into the historic centre of Speyer, marvelling at its architecture, before sipping Riesling alongside the Rhein. Bliss.

Why?

I fell in love because...
  • This is a textbook-perfect B&B: Heike Frank loves the city of Speyer and is a wonderful host
  • The simple rooms with bright splashes of blue make for an ideal place to drift off
You must...
  • Explore the old town of Speyer, which was relatively untouched by WWII
  • Spend an evening in a Weinstube (a wine tavern) and enjoy some regionally-produced wine
You might dislike...
  • You’re a 10-minute walk from the city centre
  • There’s not lots of space to chill out, but you’re here to explore, right!?
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Who?

Introducing Heike Frank! 

“The house is from the 20's and I adore the architectural style. It’s this perfect square, and all the rooms in the house are large and bright.”

She loves...

“I wanted to create a real, internationally-recognisable B&B, one where I live in the same building as the guests and am on hand to connect with them. The concept is well received by my guests.” 

Heike Frank’s insider tips 

  • You have to explore the Romanesque cathedral (UNESCO-listed) and the Jewish bath. Both are wonderful places for you to get to know Speyer
  • The city centre feels quite Italian thanks to all the cafés, ice cream stores and small shops!
  • Head down to the riverfront, where there are some nice restaurants and a beach bar: try some local Riesling
  • Tech enthusiasts, don’t miss the impressive Technic Museum

What people
are saying.

"Best B&B in town and area. Super breakfast, very friendly owner. We loved it!"

Sabine

"Room, breakfast and location were great! We felt very well and will definitely be back!"

Nicole

The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are three double bedrooms.
  • Bathroom set up: Bathrooms are all ensuite, and shower only, plus room DREI 38 has a bathtub.
  • Food: As per a real B&B, you get a delicious, organic breakfast in the large kitchen every morning, cooked for you to order by Heike Frank. All ingredients and, where possible, locally sourced.
  • For families: Room DREI 70 has a small daybed suitable for children.
  • On-site equipment: Each room has a mini-tablet. There’s space inside the garage for bikes.
  • Optional extras: Heike Frank can help with activity arrangements on request.
  • Help: Heike Frank lives on the ground floor and is on hand should you need her.
  • Remember to pack: Just the usual essentials (toothpaste, shampoo etc).
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Sustainability: Villa Anna B&B was built in 1924 and has been fully renovated to high ecological criteria, and materials are mostly locally sourced or produced.

Where?

Villa Anna B&B is in Speyer, near the Rhein.

It's a 6.5-hour drive from central Berlin, and you can park on the street.

From Mannheim main station, you just need to get the S Bahn - very easy by train!

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