We get an unusually large number of letters recommending Residenz Joop, a charming old converted villa in Magdeburg. One well-travelled reader comments, 'Without a hint of exaggeration, it compares favourably with any small hotel or inn I have stayed in anywhere'.
Bernd and Ursula Joop restored this old house, which formerly belonged to the Swedish Consul, who was Mr Joop's grandfather. Their use of pale colours, such as ivory or cream for the subtly-striped wallpaper, adds to the feeling of space in the amply-sized bedrooms, which have large windows, mostly overlooking extensive, lush grounds. Bamboo cane chairs with pink and blue floral cushions give a summery feel, as do the modern prints on the walls. Sunny yellow is used in the bright breakfast room; a swathe of yellow fabric is draped over flounced lace curtains, and chandeliers reflect its era as a consulate. Topped with a gingerbread-style top floor, the exterior of this white stucco and brick hotel looks cosily inviting and all the rooms are pristine and immaculately kept. The personal attention shown by the friendly, elegant Joops, who opened for business in 1993, further explains the rave reviews we have received.