Historic hotels in Dresden described below are all 4-star or 5-star hotels. They represent not only the world of comfort but also the contrary history of Dresden. Each hotel has an interesting background and impressive architecture. But during the air raids on Dresden in 1945, these hotels turned into ruins. After 1950, some hotels were rebuilt or reconstructed, while others not. Nevertheless, after the reunification, new owners or investors have spent huge amounts of money to renovate or reconstruct the below mentioned historic hotels in Dresden. Now they have become the middle and upper-level hotels.
In general, the living cost in Dresden is still low compared to some big cities such as Frankfurt or Köln in Germany. Therefore, the room prices of those 4-star or 5-star historic Hotels in Dresden are affordable. Besides, they are all in the centre of the Dresden and thus close to major historical sites. Travelers can benefit from great convenience. The historic hotels in Dresden I will introduce are:
- Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, Neumarkt 9, Altstadt, Dresden, Germany
- Schloss Hotel Dresden Pillnitz, August Bockstiegel Str. 10, Loschwitz, Dresden, Germany
- Hotel Gewandhaus Dresden Autograph Collection, Ringstrasse 1, Altstadt, Dresden, Germany
- Hotel Schloss Eckberg Dresden, Bautzner Strasse 134, Loschwitz, Dresden, Germany
- Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden, Taschenberg 3, Altstadt, Dresden, Germany
- Westin Bellevue Dresden, Grosse Meissner Strasse 15, Neustadt, Dresden, Germany
Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe
Located right next to the famous Frauenkirche, Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden has a very convenient position. Landmarks such as Semper Opera House, Zwinger and the Royal Palace are within a few minutes of walking distance.
Dating back to 1834, the Prussian Johann Heinrich Gerstkamp put several buildings at Neumarkt in Dresden and formed the hotel. Based on the three former houses, the building complex had three upper floors, a mezzanine, and a mansard roof. Inside of the hotel is a spacious concert and ballroom. The Hotel de Saxe targeted mainly wealthy guests at that time. Besides, the Dresden high society also met here for ball nights or chamber music evenings.
However, in 1888 the hotel was closed because Gerstkamp failed to modernize and increase the demands of the house. Then, a stately residential and commercial building with a Neo-Baroque sandstone façade replace the old hotel. After the war, the area remained undeveloped. Then, from the beginning of the 1990s, it stored the stones of the Frauenkirche. In 2003, the investor decided to equip the new hotel building with the façade from the demolished hotel in 1888 to resemble the 19th century’s square view. At present, Steigenberger Hotel Group operates the hotel business.
Schloss Hotel Dresden Pillnitz
Among the historic hotels in Dresden, the Schloss Hotel Dresden Pillnitz belongs to the Pillnitz castle complex, which is located next to the summer residence of the King Friedrich August I of Saxony. Being one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, the baroque residence of Friedrich August I in Pillnitz has very beautiful gardens, the Elbe river scenes, and the impressive architecture built in the past decades. It creates a magical atmosphere that you will never forget.
The guests of the castle hotel can enjoy a friendly atmosphere with excellent service, pure relaxation in a quiet location, a unique and picturesque Baroque architecture right on the Elbe, and a range of culinary options. Please check the hotel details at booking.com or hotelscombined.com.
After the sightseeing in Dresden, instead of using public transportation, you can take Elbe River Cruise back to Pillnitz castle hotel. The cruise takes several hours and is well worth the money.
Hotel Gewandhaus Dresden Autograph Collection
The Hotel Gewandhaus (a garment house) is a baroque building in the city center of Dresden. Built between 1768 and 1770, it used to be a garment house. But since 1967, it has functioned as a hotel.
The building is in the style mixed of Rococo and early Classicism. The facades of the simple three-story building are divided by subtle pilaster strips. Rows of windows line up symmetrically. If you look at the front side, all windows are grouped into 5 sections. The ground floor has large arched windows. The middle section has a triangular gable with an oval window and the coat of arms attached above the entrance.
Around 1925, the city councilor Paul Wolf decided to rebuild it for Dresden city bank. During the devastating air raids on Dresden in February 1945, this centrally located building turned into a ruin. Between 1964 and 1966, the external reconstruction took place. On the 2ed of April 2015, the five-star Hotel Gewandhaus Dresden has become part of the German hotel group Seaside Hotel. You can find the best offer at booking.com or hotelscombined.com.
Hotel Schloss Eckberg Dresden
In 1858, the merchant Johann Daniel Souchay from Manchester bought the “Eckberg” vineyard. A few years later, the castle, the park, and the adjoining buildings were completed as an English mansion in Neo-Gothic style. After his death in 1871, his heirs sold the property and the ownership changed several times. Decades later, in 1925, the new owner and the inventor of the aluminum tube and the toothpaste “Chlorodont”, Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg, was rich enough to turn the Schloss Eckerberg into his lifelong dream.
After the expropriation of the Mayenburg family in 1952, Schloss Eckberg was a dormitory, then the trade union school, and later a place for the manufacture of electronic parts. East Germany re-discovered its historical heritage and did renovations in the 1990s. The castle Eckberg became the Youth Tourist Travel Association.
After the German reunification, the family von Mayenburg became the owner of the Schloss Eckerberg again. However, they sold the property to a Munich-based company a few years later. Between 1996 and 1997, the castle, the adjoining buildings and the garden were completely renovated and expanded. Thus, it becomes the luxury hotel. You can book a room from Hotel Schloss Eckberg on booking.com or hotelscombined.com.
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Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
The Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski in Dresden is just next to the Residenzschloss and directly opposite the Dresdner Zwinger.Built at the beginning of the 18th century, in the heyday of the Dresden, the Taschenbergpalais was as a gift from King Augustus the Strong to his mistress Constantia von Cosel.Destroyed in the air raids in February 1945, it remained as a ruin for almost half a century. From 1992 to 1995, the palace was rebuilt based on its original style. Since then, the hotel has won several prizes, for example, it was voted the best new hotel in Germany in 1995.
The hotel complex represents the lavish Dresden baroque style, while the interior of the building is in modern design. In March 31, 1995, the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden was re-opened, and it was the first 5-star luxury hotel in Saxony.
On 4 June 2009, the 44th President of the United States of America Barack Obama spent the night in the Hotel Taschenbergpalais during a visit to central Germany. Other well-known political figures who stayed there are such as Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac, the noble person Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands, Prince Albert II of Monaco and many famous artists.
The Westin Bellevue Dresden
The house was used as a living, brewing and malt house until 1733. Then, the Saxon Court acquired the house and converted it into a law firm. Since 1736, the Baroque building had mainly been the seat of ministries. Over the years, it served such as the Ministry of Justice, the state government, state administration.
Magically, it survived from air raids in the February 1945. After 1950, until the early 1980s, the baroque building had various functions. Between 1982 and 1985, the hotel had undergone major reconstruction. With the redesign, it achieved international hotel standards. It has wellness and congress area. And, its garden featured Neo-Baroque elements and cherry trees.
The Hotel Bellevue was inaugurated at the same time as the reopening of the Dresden Semperoper on February 13, 1985. Its target guests were mainly visitors from western countries. However, East German citizens were usually unable to stay overnight, except for the famous politicians, sports persons and cultural persons.
At the end of the year 1989, several political events took place in the Hotel Bellevue. For example, part of the reunification negotiation between the Prime Minister of the GDR Hans Modrow and Chancellor Helmut Kohl took place in the hotel. And, the Hotel Bellevue became Westin Bellevue Dresden. You will find the details of the hotel at booking.com or hotelscombined.com.
Now, in which historic hotels in Dresden would you like to stay if you plan to visit Dresden?