- Bayerischer Hof & Palais Montgelas, Munich: Munich’s oldest and largest hotel was built in the 1840s to house guests of King Ludwig I. You may feel a bit anonymous in the hallways of this enormous five-star labyrinth or want to strew breadcrumbs to find your way back to the elevators, but your room will provide you with luxurious comfort, and the hotel will provide you with a huge rooftop pool, a spa complex, and all the services and amenities you could possibly want—even breadcrumbs, if you request them.
- Das Stue, Berlin: High design is married to high-touch service to make this one of the best "special occassion" hotels in Berlin. Yes, the location is a bit remote (it's next to the zoo), but with a Michelin restaurant on-site, a fab spa, a pool and chi chi bar, you may find it hard to pull yourself away anyway.
- Der Europäische Hof-Hotel Europa, Heidelberg: Gracious, stylish, and one of Germany’s best offers no end of comforts in its enormous, handsomely furnished guest rooms where crystal and marble are standard equipment. Service is attentive but never stuffy, and an indoor rooftop pool rounds off a very long list of amenities.
- East, Hamburg: Style has soul in this sophisticated redo of a formidable, red-brick early-20th-century iron foundry, where edgy design elements make rooms as comfortable and functional as they are attractive. A soaring, multilevel Eurasian restaurant is just one of many exciting in-house relaxation spaces.
- Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne: That luxurious breakfast buffet you have to pay for in other luxury hotels is complimentary at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Cologne’s most convenient luxury hotel has rooms with views of the Gothic spires of Cologne Cathedral, beautiful decor, and staff members who go out of their way to make your stay worth the price.
- The George, Hamburg: Here’s proof that accommodations can be urbane and soothing at the same time. One of the city’s most relaxing bar/lounges, a sleek rooftop spa, and a sophisticated library are matched by dark and handsome guest rooms that come with terraces and many other nice perks.
- Hotel Anno 1216, Lübeck: Staying in this former guildhall, where sleek, contemporary furnishings offset heavy timbers, stuccoed ceilings, frescoes, and other treasures, seems like a real privilege. The magic continues when you step outside onto streets lined with one of Europe’s largest assemblages of landmarks from the Middle Ages.* The Mandala, Berlin: Just off Potsdamer Platz, this quietly elegant luxury hotel is a winner on many fronts. The location is central, the decor is calm and comfortable, the rooms are among the largest in Berlin, there’s a spa with sauna, and the on-site bar and restaurant are both noteworthy.
- Mandarin Oriental, Munich: Comfort and service is what this memorable boutique hotel tucked into Munich’s Altstadt is all about, and it excels at both. Large, comfortable, high-ceilinged rooms; a Michelin-starred restaurant; and a rooftop swimming pool are among its amenities, and the location across from the Hofbräuhaus and steps from Marienplatz couldn’t be more central.
Orphée Grosses Haus, Regensburg: A trio of related accommodations in one of Germany’s most beautiful medieval cities combine opulence, style, comfort, Bavarian hospitality in an enchanting collection of accommodations.
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