There’s a hotel I need to tell you all about. It’s luxurious, it’s decadent, it’s located in Germany and is like something out of a fairy-tale storybook. Brenners Park Hotel & Spa is located in Baden-Baden on the edge of the Black Forest and is part of the Oetker Collection group of hotels. Opened over 145 years ago, this hotel isn’t just the most luxurious hotel in town, but considered one of the leading properties of the world. As you arrive, you’re greeted by the friendliest of concierge who whisk your bags away to your room and big red canopy which wraps around the front entrance – making for a rather grand first impression.
Situated on the edge of the Lichtentaler Allee, in the heart of Baden-Baden, Brenners has been in the hands of just two families during its history. In its 145 history, the hotel has only gone from strength to strength, especially in 1983 when they introduced an advanced spa concept. Over the years, the hotel has hosted the Shah of Persia, The King of Siam and even a young King Edward VII; today, statesmen, Presidents and celebrities. As you walk through the main doors, you can see just why. Elegance surrounds the reception desk, leading off to grand hallways and beautiful, historic lounges.
All checked in, you can either take the lifts (which are beautiful In themselves) or the magnificent red staircase depending at what end of the building your room is located. We were on the fourth floor towards the spa.
One thing you notice about the rooms here is that from the classic double, right through to the larger suites – each room has their own balcony. It’s very rare to come across a hotel to offer such space, even on an entry-level room so I found that quite impressive. We were staying in a superior double room which was much larger than we imagined and had the most comfortable of beds which you sink straight into.
There’s more magic in the form of the bathroom, which is once again very generously sized. Floor to ceiling marble, a double basin, large bathtub and separately contained shower room and WC. I spend a lot of time in the bathroom, relaxing in the bath and so felt very at home here. The “Spirit of Nature” own brand bath/shower products were very good too.
The balcony in our room could be accessed from two separate doors and stretched the entire length of the bedroom. It was the perfect place to sip on a glass of Champagne or enjoy your morning breakfast whilst looking out across the park. On a sunny day it’s absolutely glorious.
Once you’ve settled in, the first thing you’ll want to do is explore this hotel and find your personal hideaway for the duration of your stay. My favourite place was the cosy Kaminhalle room. Here you can sit with a cocktail or enjoy the spectacular classic Brenners Afternoon Tea. It’s such a beautiful room which exudes sophistication and very much reminds of being back in its sister hotel in London, The Lanesborough
Leading off from the room at the back, is the hotels fabulous Oleander Bar. Named after the legendary thoroughbred stallion from Baron Schlenderhan’s Stud, the Oleander Bar is a rather swish hangout and because it opens onto the Kaminhalle, the sounds of the discreet piano music during the evening drifts through as you sip on a fine vintage wine.
Located at the far end of the property by the event spaces was another little snug, complete with a roaring fireplace. We didn’t get to enjoy this space, so will have to save it for a future return.
Another of my favourite rooms in the hotel to relax was the cigar lounge. I loved the oriental pictures covering the walls, exquisite cigar selection and more of those little snugs for catching up on your favourite book. Certainly one of the most elegant cigar lounges I’ve come across over the years.
As well as being a world-class hotel, the hotel also has a world-class spa which have their own rooms and suites under the separate management of Ville Stephanie. Villa Stéphanie is a House of Wellbeing covering medical, emotional, detox, fitness and beauty. Offering a holistic approach to wellness curated by one of the finest professionals in the world. Unparalleled spa treatments, the most amazing spa area with saunas and a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the park are just a few of the things that await.
If fresh air is what you fancy instead of the warmth of the spa, the grounds around the hotel and park are lovely places to walk around. Art galleries, thermal spa’s, luxury casinos, opera house and town centre are just minutes away from the property meaning you really don’t have to venture far to explore the finest that Baden-Baden has to offer.
Breakfast at the hotel was one of my absolute favourite things. Hosted inside the stunning Fritz & Felix, this is something you won’t want to miss. The chef’s table area of the restaurant is converted into the buffet area which is filled with freshly baked pastries, breads, cakes, large selection of quality charcuterie, cereals and yoghurt. The list is endless. Fresh juices are on hand to wash everything down (I loved the Kiwi juice) and for those wanting to start in style – Prosecco is available to pour.
Once you’ve filled your plate, take a seat in the gorgeous restaurant by the window and enjoy the views looking out over the park. We came to breakfast at around 10am on our first day and the entire restaurant was full, but our second day at 8am and we had the entire space to ourselves, as we did with the spa at 7am. It was a lovely way to start the day.
As for the food, there are so many choices here at Brenners and my favourite of them all was The Wintergarten Restaurant. During the day, light pours into the conservatory’s floor to ceiling windows and during the evening – candlelight illuminates the tables creating a magical and romantic experience. Read my full review here.
Scenic park views, cosy brasserie vibes and delicious French food. These are just a few of the things you can expect from the hotels Rive Gauche Brasserie which is located just a few minutes walk from the property. Fresh mussels, juicy steaks and some good local wine to wash it down with. Read my full review here.
Last but not least, there’s a brand new dining concept which has just landed in the hotel and is set to become this spa town’s latest hot spots. Opened late October 2018, Fritz & Felix is open five evenings a week and its food concept designed by Swiss star chef Nenad Mlinarevic. They serve up delicious small plates and host a fantastic Negroni night. Read my full review here.
Staying at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa felt like something out of a fairytale and is a place we’re already longing to return to. The hotel oozes luxury, sophistication and offers service quite like nowhere else. Paired with some very exceptional cuisine, It’s not a matter of if we’d come back, but instead when.