About us

That is what sets us apart

  • family business since 1978
  • quiet city location
  • individually designed, modern guest rooms in the basic and comfort categories
  • only a few minutes walk to the lake
  • free WiFi throughout the hotel
  • parking spaces (charges apply) directly at the hotel
  • elevator to all floors
  • drinks & snacks vending machine
  • 200m to the train station (Stadtbahnhof Friedrichshafen)
  • bike-friendly hotel (e-bike charging option available)
  • charging station for e-vehicle available (please specify when booking)
  • CLEAN & SAFE certification

A family business since 1978



  • Construction of Hotel Zeppelin by Karl Hutter


  • Opening as "Hotel Zeppelin Garni" (not classified)
  • Small cold and warm dishes
  • Bar
  • House of Business and Industry
  • Equipped with 16 single and 2 double rooms
  • Modern technology for example fax, telex & on request shorthand hostess service for the guests

First conversion

  • Conversion of the 2nd floor into a boarding house
  • New room distribution: 8 single rooms, 1 double room and 4 rooms with kitchenette

Takeover by the 2nd generation & second conversion

  • Karl Hutter, father of the current owner Iris Rapel, dies
  • Takeover by the 2nd generation, Iris & Wolfgang Rapel, who run their TUI travel center in Tettnang in parallel until the year 2000


  • Winter 1999/2000 Reconstruction of the entire hotel complex with a new layout of the premises
  • Former owner's apartment on the 3rd floor converted into hotel rooms
  • New room layout: 8 single rooms, 7 standard double rooms and 4 double rooms with separate living and sleeping areas
  • Enlargement of the breakfast room
  • Hotel bar closed

First classification 3-star category

  • Since 2000, there has been a permanent classification by the hotel and restaurant association

Renting another hotel

  • Renting a small hotel in Tettnang to be able to cover the number of guests

Third conversion / extension

  • 2010/2011 extension on the ground floor with 5 single and 1 double room, all with terrace
  • New number of rooms: 26
  • Addition/extension of the breakfast room and redesign of the entire hotel facade
  • Closing of the rented hotel in Tettnang

3rd generation

  • Entry of the 3rd generation into the hotel business through the daughter Alina Rapel


  • Beginning of the worldwide pandemic, a difficult but also challenging time
  • The only hotel in town that offers quarantine rooms

Fourth conversion

  • Winter 2021/2022 conversion/redesign of a total of 16 single and double rooms

Extension of parking spaces

  • In May 2022, our hotel's own, video-monitored parking spaces were completed within a short walking distance (about 1 minute's walk) from the hotel and are now available to our guests.

Hotel entrance canopy

  • In June 2022 the roofing of the entire hotel entrance was completed

Completion of the fourth conversion

  • In March 2023 we completed our fourth renovation with the completion of the last room. You will find the completely redesigned room under the Comfort double room category with balcony/terrace

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