Apartment Hotel: Home away from home

” Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”. – John F Kennedy

Hello, peeps!  This is my first post on my newborn family travel blog. I am embarking on this journey to pen the stories of my escapades with a childlike enthusiasm. I am both thrilled and anxious at the same time. Hope I am able to weave my words well to give you the most real experience of the places I go to.

Being a 24*7 Mum and an aspiring travel blogger can be both overwhelming and challenging at times. I desperately wait for my daughter to take a short nap during the day or sleep a little early at night so that I can start writing. I have worked on my blog for past few days and It has been nothing short of an extraordinary experience. I feel I write only to discover what I know. It’s liberating. It’s a therapy. Well, I would keep coming back to what I have learned and experienced during the process of writing. But, for now, let me share with you a glimpse of the most splendid three months that we have spent at our new abode “Apartment Hotel”, a dwelling that we would cherish for our lives.

What conspired to get us here?

When events turn out too quick and too good to be real, you are taken aback. You just go with the flow. You seldom have any apprehensions about what the future beholds. I too was swept off my feet to say the least, when I received our Schengen Visas within a day post the Visa interview.  At the cost of sounding little dramatic, I literally felt like the universe had conjured to make this happen for us. And quickly enough we packed our lives into 3 suitcases and moved to this beautiful city of Konstanz only to be together as a family. Konstanz is located in the south of Germany bordering Switzerland.We had flown from Mumbai to Zurich and driven by road to Konstanz.

It was love at first sight and it continues to grow with each passing day as I let myself soak endlessly into these calm picturesque landscapes and postcard views. This charming historic city is the best-kept secret of Germany. It was never affected during World War II. (Stay tuned to know more about my enduring love for Konstanz in the upcoming posts ).

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Smitten by this colorful mix

When you are miles away and time zones apart, conversations tend to become more factual based on your immediate priorities. We always spoke about the wellbeing of our daughter on our late-night calls. Discussing Konstanz just never occurred to either of us. When you have no idea of a place that you are going to, everything about it intrigues and coax you to explore.

We muddled with our decisions of finding a place to stay in Konstanz for just a few hours before we took off from Mumbai. The idea of staying in these old historic houses, some of which date back to 12th Century, was fascinating enough for us to give in. But 24*7 domestic help and a strong family support system back in India had comforted us enough to be intimidated by the very thought of our lives minus them. So the most logical step was to quietly sneak into the same hotel room where Sandee had been staying. And thus began another love affair of a lifetime with this small little cozy room which we now call our ” Home”.

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View into the quiet surroundings of “Apartment Hotel”

A hotel room with the vibes of a home

This room is adorned with gorgeous digital paintings on the walls and equipped with all essentials to sustain our daily lives. The breath-taking view outside the window at times freezes me in the moment and sometimes leaves me longing for more. The leaves changing their color from green to yellow to red in Autumn, falling off on the road beneath and soon enough embracing the snow to become crystal white during deep winters just tells us how selfless nature is. Could death as slow as this be as wonderful?

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Autumn it was

Within no time we went from being comfortable and happy about our decision to move in here to longing to come back and relax after a day’s work or a long travel. Would there be a hotel or a room that could make one feel that way? It says a zillion about the amount of effort put in by everyone here to make sure we don’t miss home.

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Mayra enjoying being sun-kissed into our cozy room

This post is my little token of gratitude to everyone associated with Apartment Hotel who put their best foot forward every single day to make our stay memorable. We are completely smitten with awe by their hospitality. This is by far the longest that we have stayed in a hotel ever. And we are truly madly deeply in love with the city, the hotel and of course the people who make all the difference.

For my Fellow travelers – Why should you not give it a miss?

Apart from being centrally located, there are many reasons why if you ever plan to visit Konstanz, you can’t miss to stay at this place. I have put together the top reasons here.

Top 5 reasons to experience Konstanz staying at the Apartment Hotel 

Food made and served with love 

After having stayed at best-rated hotels in Paris and various cities in Italy in the last 2 months, its best concluded that these guys have the best breakfast buffet spread. Their scrambled eggs are a class apart. And I can trade a few Indian delicacies at times to have them for breakfast every single day.

Ancient building with modern taste

This is a historic hotel in a peaceful residential area.  It has the right mix of ancient architecture and modern interiors. The rooms have high ceilings, huge doors, huge rectangular glass windows which almost cover the entire wall on one side, and classy furniture comfortably tucked into the corners leaving out large spaces giving you an impression of a house in itself. They also have a kitchenette to amaze yourself with your culinary skills. See below.

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Sandee trying his hands on cooking

Awesome people 

They do listen. They do care. They make sure that they take feedback seriously and you would see it done almost immediately. They are that quick. They are an awesome bunch of people who are very warm and fun-loving.

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Newfound friend and budding friendship

Walk to Lake Constance

Be it any season, Lake Constance never ceases to take me by surprise. Its a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps. It was formed by the Rhine glacier during the ice age. There’s an intriguing history in the context of ” Thirty years war” on Lake Constance. Do read about it on Wikipedia.

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Sunset at Lake Constance

Explore the old town on foot

Constance is a town of great historical relevance. For the most part, it wasn’t affected by the wars of the last century. You can walk up to the old town in about 20 minutes to immerse yourself in the rich European culture of the past.

Soaking more into the historic culture and interesting lives of the people in this city which is a complete contrast to what we have seen in Mumbai will only make me write more and more about this beautiful place. Keep watching this space for more.

You may also read here what other guests have to say about this lovely place.

Have you also stayed in any such place which has left you in awe and you never missed home? Do share your story with us.

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31 Comments
  1. Pooja

    Wow…you have crafted every experience so beautifully that I could actually feel the beauty of the place that I had never known or thought of visiting ever. Waiting for your next blog

    • Tanushree

      Hey thanks a ton Pooja. Really appreciate your kind words. Yes next would be out soon 🙂

  2. Revati

    What a beautifully captured experience! Loved it thoroughly. It’s a great example you have set by moving away from your home, job, your daily comforts and most importantly all the help you can get for your toddler back home… to explore something special for all three of you. Stay curious and keep it up. Looking forward to the next one!

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Revati for the above comment and also the personal message that you had sent me. Thanks for all the love and encouragement. Next one is coming soon 🙂

  3. Madhur Vaidya

    Wunderbar!
    Functional and crisp yet keeps you yearning to DIY and explore more on the aesthetic parts of the place…
    Look forward to more

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Madhur. Feedback from a fellow traveler like you matters a lot.

  4. Anonymous

    Great

  5. Anonymous

    Nicely written, very engrossing.

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Umesh. I can see your email id and hence your name :}.

  6. Nandita

    Wonderful post! I’m so glad that you are living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment of it.
    Looking forward to reading more posts from you.

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Nandita for your kind words. I would be writing my next and publishing it in a couple of days.

  7. Salineeta

    Hey Tanu ur words are so beautifully weaved. Loved reading ur blog. Keep writing…. eargerly waiting for ur next

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Shalu. I am glad that i am able to connect to you all. Yes you would be hearing from me soon on my next post. Stay connected.

  8. Aparajeeta

    Loved your thoughts, specially the way you expressed it.Happiness and contentment reflects in your writing.Keep on doing it.Good to read and makes us fall in love with konstanz

  9. Aparajeeta

    Loved your thoughts, specially the way you expressed it.Happiness and contentment reflects in your writing.Keep on doing it.Good to read and makes us fall in love with konstanz

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Aparajeeta. hope to see you soon here at Konstanz 🙂

  10. Anita

    You have expressed your emotions and feelings in such a beautiful way…I am so happy and proud at the same time that I am associated with such a talented person….and must say that the pictures are really really mind boggling!
    Will love to read your blogs so please don’t stop and keep posting?

  11. Anjali

    Tanu di very well written. U touched the heart of the city and with it beautiful words made me fall in love with the place ….soon will plan to visit this place .
    Love n regards
    Anjali saklani

  12. Dhruti

    Wonderful read ! Look forward to reading more about your travel adventures. Keep writing Nd sharing cheers and good luck

  13. Dhruti

    Tanushree very nice blog and an interesting g. Look forward to reading more about ur adventures

  14. Harminder Singh Jaggi

    Very well narrated. Picturs are very nicely captured.

    As I travel a lot and travelled many countries but I like the European cities the most and l can relate how mesmerising landscape are.

    Keep sharing !!!!

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Jassi. Will keep sharing 🙂

  15. shankha

    Nice ….

  16. Sushil

    I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read with beautiful pictures and adept content.
    Pretty good for your first post, enjoyed reading:) would love to read more, keep posting!

    • Tanushree

      Thanks Sushil for your encouragement. I would definitely keep writing and posting.

  17. Nohid yaktai

    You made my soul blossom and made me feel happy with your experience.You are truly blessed and spread your love to whomever you come in contact with.I am grateful to you for sharing such a wonderful experience.May the almighty bless you with the best of health,wealth and prosperity

    • Tanushree

      Thank Nohid for a beautiful comment. I am happy you were able to connect

  18. Anonymous

    Well written..

    • Tanushree

      Thank you so much. I am glad you liked it

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