The 11 Best Luxury Hotels
At Butterfield & Robinson, our hotels aren’t prosaic—they’re pure poetry.
From castles and riads to ryokans and monasteries, we source lodgings that aren’t just places to crash, but one-of-a-kind spots as intimate, authentic and sublime as the rest of your journey—and packed with personal touches from our hotelier friends.
Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best luxury hotels in Germany, where you can do so much more than simply rest your head.
But be warned: there may be tears when it’s time to say goodbye!
Leaving Munich in 1991, Chef Heinz Winkler opened his elegant Relais & Chateaux property as a complement to his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant within.
With only nineteen beautifully appointed rooms, a gracious garden, and a topnotch spa, the hotel mirrors the gastronomic excellence for which he is acclaimed.
Set amid the peaceful Spreewald forest, the 18th-century Hotel Zur Bleiche was converted to a luxurious Resort Spa & Wellness Centre in 1992.
Its health facilities are topnotch; they are frequented not only by guests, but also by the world-renowned Bayern Munich football club.
Without a hint of doubt, Brenners Park Hotel is the place to stay in Baden-Baden. It has a two Michelin-star restaurant, its own world-class spa and spacious, tranquil rooms overlooking the Kurpark.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this 5-star superior Grand Hotel is located off the Lichtentaler Allee and is within walking distance of the city’s sights.
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Nestled between the baroque landmarks of the opera house and historic national museum, the Kempinski Taschenbergpalais has a location that is second to none.
Beyond the imposing façade of this meticulously reconstructed royal palace lie equally regal amenities: sitting rooms, relaxing courtyards, a spa, and a sublime fifth-floor swimming pool.
A former monastery cum 5-star urban retreat, the Augustine is nestled at the foot of Prague Castle, has an extensive spa, and exudes the serenity of its ecclesiastical past.
Nip at an archangel cocktail in the former refectory, now hotel bar, and reflect on how good life can be.
The 75-stateroom Maria Theresa was built in 2015, and earned the “Best New River Ship” award by Cruise Critic editors in the same year. A baroque homage to the former Austrian empress from bow to stern, the S.S Maria Theresa is among the newest and most lavish river boats on the Danube. Suites are individually decorated; all B&R cabins boast French balconies affording wide views of the riverscapes.
The vessel is fully airconditioned, and features high-quality beds and linens, marble bathrooms with Occitane accessories, and a knowledgeable, professional crew of 50-plus. The restaurant, often resupplied with fresh regional ingredients en route, offers an array of beautifully prepared starters and entrees, as well as a sumptuous buffet breakfast, all in a panoramic setting.
A 2-minute walk from the Charles Bridge, the Prague Four Seasons is characterized by the familiar sophistication and service. Refurbished in 2012, the hotel is a perfect mix of timeless classic touches and contemporary flourishes.
The spa will return the spring to any weary adventurer’s step.
Located on Bebel Square just off Unter den Linden and next to the State Opera, the Hotel de Rome is the perfect base from which to explore Berlin.
The hotel has an outstanding Italian restaurant, a fabulous rooftop bar and a spa with one of the coolest indoor pools going, housed in a former jewel vault.
Housed in a fin de siècle opera house, Munich’s Mandarin Oriental is a 10-minute walk from all the most wonderful things in town.
With all of the customary Mandarin touches you might expect, Mandarin also has the best rooftop terrace in town.
Bavarian coziness combined with exclusivity and extraordinary comfort have made this hotel a summer institution with well-heeled Münchner.
It includes a state-of-the-art spa complex with swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and elegant rooms and suites in best Bavarian taste.
All B&R cabins on the S.S Antoinette boast French balconies affording wide views of the riverscapes and feature high-quality beds and linens, marble bathrooms with Hermes and L’Occitane accessories.
The restaurant, often resupplied with fresh regional ingredients en route, offers an array of beautifully prepared starters and entrées, as well as a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast, all in a panoramic setting.