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Dating to 1865, and opened as the Hotel de L'Europe, this family-owned business is an institution.
Opened in 1872, this is a confident and long-established luxury hotel with an imposing, cream-coloured façade and elegant interiors. It is set in a leafy central spot with a seriously large spa, leafy gardens and three restaurants including Michelin-starred dining. Luxurious rooms and slick, professional service combine to make this a top choice for a special break.
Dating to 1840, the Europäischer Hof was the first Steigenberger Hotel. After being indepently owned it will return to the Steigenberger stable after a complete renovation and overhaul. The reopening of the luxury hotel with an integrated spa, a shopping mall with retail shops, as well as a large rooftop terrace with views over the entire city, is planned for 2024.


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The DNA: Fans of the classic Alpine-lodge experience will have no difficulty satisfying their urges in Bavaria. But those travelers who see no contradiction between modern design and timeless mountain views will be grateful for a place like Villa Sonnenhof Boutique Hotel.
Dating to 1891, this palatial hotel has been badly modernized in parts - though remains the place to stay in Regensburg. Especially enjoy its Rococo features - the breakfast room is one of the best. This could seriously be an iconic hotel - it needs just some more love and a bit of Gloria Thurn und Taxis.
The hotel will appeal to traditionalists, with its façade that looks distinctly 19th century and numerous history-focused rooms. It's housed in the incomparable Montgelas Palace, with classical furnishings and architecture, however there is a modern edge. Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt is behind many recent rooms and spaces, with his wonderful wooden tables lending them an authentic, slightly rustic air. He also created the €12,000 per night enormous Penthouse Garden Suite.


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The DNA: Despite being set in a former prison and courthouse on a busy street in Charlottenburg, this design boutique hotel oozes calm and light.
This sleek hotel by Francesc Rifé Studio will appeal to the lovers of dark, masculine design.


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Drawing on its original 1909 incarnation – it was built for first-class passengers about to cross the Atlantic by boat – the Atlantic still exudes high-class prestige. The elegant main foyer sets the tone with its grand marble columns, oil paintings, and a tiled portrait of Emperor William II at the rear of the lobby bar. With a stellar location overlooking the Alster Lake, it also offers a spa with indoor pool, high-end restaurant and exemplary service.
Originally opened in 1897, the hotel is housed in a 19th-century mansion whose dramatic – and historically listed – lobby, with its colourful skylight and plush furnishings, welcomes with an aura of wealth and privilege. Grand marble columns, antique furnishings and a stately blend of oil paintings are balanced with contemporary colour schemes, amenities and furnishings throughout the rest of the property.


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The DNA: The AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen inhabits a block of ornate century-old villas, joined together to create a thoroughly modern (and boutique-influcened) 133-room luxury hotel. The interiors are neither Belle Époque nor purely 21st-century, but a version of Fifties-style modernism viewed through a contemporary lens.
Hotel Nassauer Hof was erected in 1813 and still possesses its original character and charm. The Naussauer Hof Therme, set on the expansive 16,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, is truly unique. It offers an indoor swimming pool filled with thermal water from the hotel’s own spring, a modern fitness center, various saunas, and the Artemis Beauty Spa. Continuously Michelin-starred since 1979, Ente restaurant offers classic European cuisine and an extensive wine list.


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A Bremen institution dating back to 1872, its current incarnation as the Hanseatic city's first address dates to 1956. Expect top notch services and facilities operated by the Dorint chain.
Travel back in time to the German North Sea island of Langeoog- that is to the 1970s. The comfortable Retro Design Hotel Garni is fitted out in groovy wallpapers, eccentric lighting and design objects from the era and offers all amenities of a four star hotel. A 7-minute walk to the beach it offers a daily breakfast, a cocktail bar and Ayurveda treatments and massages.
ÜberFluss (meaning both abudance and over the river in German) is a design hotel located in Bremen's city centre backing up to the Weser River. The building’s asymmetrical, slate coloured façade reflects the subdued quirkiness of its interiors. ÜberFluss has a colour palette that strays from its black, white or metallic mainly to delve into various shades of light wood, and occasionally to reach as far as a deep red or vibrant yellow.

Lower Saxony & Bremen

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Known as the “white town by the sea,” Heiligendamm has a long history of wellness and high-class service. Located on Germany’s northern coast facing the Baltic Sea. Today the sandy beaches, historic manor houses, and expansive skies provide the perfect backdrop for the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm. Often credited for bringing the whole area back to its former glory, the property is comprised of six historic buildings, including the Kurhaus, which was built in 1796.
Surrounded by a 180 hectare estate with century-old trees, lakes and walking paths park is the elegant Schlosshotel Burg Schlitz in the heart of the Mecklenburg region. This award-winning five-star hotel offers a spa, gourmet cuisine and spacious rooms.
The Charlottenhof is a small, charming hotel in the heart of the artist’s colony Ahrenshoop at Germany’s Baltic Sea Coast. This unique hotel is housed in a classic building from 1855, which awakened out of its Sleeping Beauty slumber in 2012 after a thorough renovation. The beach can be found only a minute walk.

Mecklenburg - West Pomerania

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This former hunting lodge of the Counts Palatine of the Rhine was built in Baroque style and opened in 1703. From the Late 18th-century it was mostly used for military purposes before turned into a luxury hotel in 1997.
Opened as a hotel in 1955 in a castle from 1647.
When opened in 1872 it was Europe's largest water tower (Wasserturm in German) which it served to do until 1930. In 1990 it was turned into a luxury hotel. In 2021 it re-opens under the Curio by Hilton brand.

North Rhine - Westphalia

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Originally the Eden Hotel from 1887, the hotel was turned into an AC by Marriott Hotel and offers an unusual combination of Biedermaier and the contempory, Spanish style the brand is known for.
Until recently, the sedate town of Andernach, in the German Rhineland, was best known for its cold-water geyser, which erupts some 60 metres skywards at regular intervals. Now, travellers between Frankfurt and Cologne have another reason to break their trip here: PURS, a handsome 11-room hotel in a 17th-century chancellery building, mere steps from the River Rhine.
Nestled in the Moselle region, one of Germany’s most popular holiday destinations, Schloss Lieser is a magnificent castle with 50 sumptuous rooms. Built in 1885 and painstakingly restored in recent years, the hotel offers the grandeur of a 19th century castle with all the comforts of modern day. Rooms and suites are individually and tastefully furnished with antique furniture and ornate chandeliers, transporting guests back to a more decadent era.

Rhineland - Palatinate

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There was a time not so long ago when we wouldn’t have expected a city of Saarbrücken’s size, as appealingly cosmopolitan as it is, to be furnished with a boutique hotel of this caliber. But in the 2020s, you never know where you’re going to find a hotel like Esplanade, housed in a charming 19th-century school building on Max Ophüls Square in the atmospheric Nauwieser district.
A stately historic mansion replete with its own park, La Maison Hotel is defining a new market for upscale hotels in Saarland, a state in the west of Germany, about 10km to the border of France and 45km to Luxemburg. Saarlouis city was named after Louis XIV, and La Maison nobly reflects this namesake. Throughout the villa, the life of the King of France is chronicled in pictures and graphics, connecting the modern interior with the history of Saarlouis.
Set amid a haven of greenery on the shores of Lake Bostalsee in the culturally rich, stunningly beautiful low-mountain region of southwestern Germany, the hotel is a sublimely relaxing retreat—a natural extension of the tall oak trees, rolling hills, and hypnotic water that surrounds it. Bordering the Saar-Hunsrück nature reserve, the escape is a restorative world of natural materials; sand, white, and brown color tones; oiled parquet; and local wood that anchors a restorative design scheme.


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Originally built as a neo-classical Patrician palace, the handsome host building has been the Hotel Fuürstenhof since 1889. Following several refurbishments over the decades, it is now historically protected. The interior has a classic luxury feel with tasteful wallpapers and carpet designs, and its historic rooms – including the 19th-century Serpentine Room, uniquely clad in rare Saxon stone – now house the hotel’s restaurant and bar.
This boutique hotel offers contemporary rooms and a gourmet restaurant in the heart of scenic Naumburg, in the Saale-Unstrut area, Europe's most northern winegrowing area.
A wonderful boutique full of atmosphere and autenticity, mixing classic and vintage in a 16th-century grand city mansion.


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Set in a former steelwork, Altes Stahlwerk is a design hotel offering modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a shower. Regional and Mediterranean dishes are served in the restaurant “1500°C” and guests can enjoy the spa with sauna and massages. The hotel is located ten minutes' walk from Neumünster train station.


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Year opened: 1806
Located in the city centre’s historical market square, the hotel has been a cultural hub for more than three centuries, known for its classic Art Deco and Bauhaus features. The unique design is a result of the creative collaboration of Bost Interior Design and DK Architekten, which draws upon 1920s elegance fused with an eclectic mix of iconic German structural design and modern flourishes

Thuringia - Thüringen

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