Midnight at the Apollo

Sister Act at the Apollo

The Mission

A few months ago Rita and I went on a trip to see Sister Act-The Musical at the Stage Apollo Theater in Stuttgart.  She’s trying to squeeze as much good stuff into her life as she can after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer in February of this year following her unsuccessful treatments at the lung clinic in Hemer Germany.  This is one stop on her “bucket list” tour.  Click on photos to embiggen in new window.

Rita is one of the smartest, toughest and bravest people on the planet and despite all our past and present challenges, there’s nobody I’d rather spend my days with.

My Fuzzy Wuzzy

The Location

As it so happens, the Stage Apollo Theater is integrally connected to the Dormero Hotel, one of the swankiest hotels I have had the pleasure of staying.  Here’s a shot of the Dormero from the road:

Dormero Hotel - SI Centrum

My wife was as excited by the prospect of staying at the Dormero Hotel as she was about going to the musical.  The hotel stay was a gift from her mother to her ailing daughter, and to be honest, I don’t know what it cost, to stay there.  Given the level of amenities I’d probably have a heart attack if I ever took the time to check what the room cost, so I never did.  I was dazed enough by this sign I saw coming into the Hotel advertising Sunday “Brunch” for 29 euro ($38 USD).

Sunday Brunch

Hotel Facilities and Grounds

My complete set of photos and videos of the Dormero Hotel and the Stuttgart SI-Centrum area are here on my Flickr for the sake of posterity and those who want a more thorough tour of the hotel and the area around it.  I do want to highlight one little bit of Rube Goldberg magic that caught my eye at the breakfast buffet one morning.  It’s a high volume automatic orange juice machine.  Here’s my Vine clip:

Orange Juice Machine

Room Amenities

Screw the fitness and wellness centers, did somebody say FREE MINIBAR?

FreebiesWhile you are getting loopy off the liquor in the free mini bar you can watch television or surf the web on one of the two flat panel televisions embedded flush with the wall. I loaded up my website specially for this picture.  A wireless keyboard is provided as the input and control device for web browsing.

Media Center

Room Media Setup

If there isn’t a free movie of your liking you can always watch videos off your iPhone using the available wall mounted charger/dock that is located directly below the television and routed to play through it.

Permanent iPhone Dock

Special Flourishes

Another one of the features in the room was the adjustable ambient lighting, available in your choice of color.  Click link to see Vine video.

Ambient Room Lighting

As is the case in a lot of hotels, there is an assortment of personal care items provided for guests.  No competent overview of the Dormero Hotel room amenities would be complete without a thorough examination of the contents of the “Comfort Box” left on the counter in the bathroom.

Comfort Box CollageI’m sure there are many other Dormero Hotel features that could or should have been highlighted.  I didn’t take advantage of several of the amenities offered on the premises so I can’t give any insight into those.  There were health and fitness areas on site.  There was also a nightclub with music and computer controlled club lighting where I assume people danced .Rita and I aren’t doing a lot of dancing these days.  It’s hard for us to stay up late enough to make it to the party.  As shown in my Flickr Stuttgart set, the entire area is flush with retail and cultural offerings making it a worthy destination for anyone looking to spend an interesting day in Stuttgart.

Enjoy.

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