PCS Out 2020: Where to stay before you PCS

The Panzer Hotel is a convenient location for quick out-processing. Many of the steps necessary for a PCS out are easy walking distance.

Story and photo by John Reese
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs          

As a member of the Stuttgart military community, you’re likely aware of the Panzer and Kelley Hotels.

The rules say that PCS military and DoD civilian personnel, with or without family members, who are temporarily without permanent housing, are authorized to stay at the hotels.

The Panzer Hotel in Bldg. 2905, Panzer Kaserne, is located near many of the places necessary to visit for out processing. It is a relatively new hotel, opened Dec. 15, 2010. Being located a parking lot away from the primary out processing and Exchange, it is convenient for getting all of the required paperwork done, to include processing and leaving privately owned vehicles for shipment to your next assignment. The Panzer Hotel opened just after the garrison’s two oldest hotels, the Hilltop Hotel on Robinson Barracks and Swabian Inn on Patch Barracks, were closed.

The Kelley Hotel, located in Bldg. 3301, Kelley Barracks, originally opened Aug. 2, 2001. It replaced the 13-room Kelley Guest House and was used until recently for Kelley Hotel overflow guests (the Kelley Guest House was previously located in the same building as the Kelley Club). The Kelley Hotel was reopened in 2017 after extensive refurbishing. The hotel is very close to Stuttgart Airport, with good public transportation just outside the gates. (Note, the Kelley Hotel is closed at press time and should reopen after the COVID-19 situation is resolved.)

Both of the pet-friendly, affordable hotels offer standard rooms and family-sized suites with amenities such as free parking, strong Wi-Fi, laundry rooms, a continental breakfast. The rooms were created with military families in mind. Family suites feature a full kitchen with a stove top, microwave oven, garbage disposal, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator and freezer, and dining table with chairs. The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans and dishes for a family of four, and loaner kits are available for larger families.

As your PCS date approaches and you receive orders, make your reservation in advance to avoid missing out. The Panzer or Kelley Hotels may be the last impression that service members and families have of the garrison, and with a little planning, it can be a good impression.

Need a reservation?
To make a reservation at either the Panzer or Kelley Hotel, call 421-4671/ 5793 or 0711-729-4671/5793, or email.  If you need to make a reservation stateside for after your flight back, visit DoD Lodging.