Cover Art deco influences can be found throughout the stylish Ameron Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique (Image: Courtesy of Ameron Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique)

Planning a trip to Germany via the new vaccinated travel lane? These stylish and design-led hotels across the country will create a one-of-a-kind experience

Panoramic landscapes, breathtaking architecture and of course, delicious food and beer—there’s a reason why Germany is high on the list of top destinations in the world for travellers. Now that Singapore has established a vaccinated travel lane with Germany, travel-starved residents can enjoy a quarantine-free leisure trip to the Deutschland.

Whether you’re keen to celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich or you’re looking to explore the fascinating history and culture of Berlin, winding down in a luxurious hotel definitely boasts an alluring appeal. With their striking interiors and fascinating architecture, these stylish hotels offer a stellar setting that makes them a perfect home away from home.

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1. Berlin: Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Exuding old-world elegance and opulence, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin carries rich history. Founded by Lorenz Adlon in 1907, its predecessor—the original Hotel Adlon—once hosted celebrity guests the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, and Franklin Roosevelt. While the original building was demolished due to a fire by drunken Soviet soldiers who were partying a little too hard, the current hotel has been rebuilt on the original site and maintains the same address. 

Overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, the five-star luxury hotel carries a nostalgic Old Europe sense of sophistication. The lobby, which was redesigned by Anne Maria Jagdfeld of Berlin’s Jagdfeld Design in 2016, is crafted with the use of limestone, leather, brass, and onyx. The famous elephant fountain, a present from the Maharaja of Patiala in the 1930s, as well as a 1.5m Murano glass Venetian chandelier, create an aura of tradition and modernity.  

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The rooms, designed by London-based practice Ezra Attia Associates and AB Living Designs from Sweden, feature mahogany and cherry furnishings accompanied by bergère armchairs and velvet sofas. The classic grand hotel ambience can be found throughout the 13 different suite types that each boast beautiful views of Berlin. The hotel also offers three presidential suites; of which the Royal Suite, where luminaries such as Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II were once guests, also features a signed portrait of the Queen herself.

2. Munich: Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Built in 1841, Hotel Bayerischer Hof has come a long way from its original 100 rooms and two halls. The five-star grand hotel now offers 337 rooms (of which 74 are suites), 40 function rooms, six restaurants and five bars.

Often considered the grand dame in Munich, the hotel’s 19th-century facade reveals a hint of the classic furnishings and architecture that can be found within the interiors. The stunning lobby, with a domed stained glass ceiling, preserves the hotel’s original grandeur with a neo-classic elegance. The hotel notably features various decor schemes throughout its rooms, which range from refined opulence to cosmopolitan glam.

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A modern, minimalist edge, however, can be found in rooms located on the south and north wing on the seventh floor. Refurbished by Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt in 2019, the spacious rooms feature natural materials and neutral tones—a far cry from the decadent opulence found throughout the rest of the hotel. Using materials such as natural Valverde stone, fine linen, and reclaimed wood, the rooms exude an aura of tranquilness. Hotel owner Innegrit Volkhardt is said to have plans to continue modernising the entire building, so a new era might be in the works for the hotel.

3. Frankfurt: Ameron Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique

Housed within four former commercial villas that have been restored and redesigned from its original early 20th century bones, Ameron Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique is a charming hotel with a storied combination of classic historical touches and modern influences. The exterior of the boutique hotel features baroque and neo-renaissance architectural elements; inside, the 133 rooms have been beautifully restored and given a contemporary refresh under the hands of Italian designer Luigi Fragola.

Stylish art deco influences reign throughout the interior, while mid-century furnishings add to the luxury hotel aesthetic. Subtle monochrome patterns, brass details, and pastel walls pair well with the jewel-toned velvet and leather furnishings.

If you’re seeking a different experience, book the Artist’s Room by Danish artist Benedikte Bjerre. The walls and ceilings of the room are covered with mirror panels and feature a taxidermy owl as well as a special Bjerre art installation titled Eternity Now.

4. Hamburg: The Fontenay

The Fontenay might have only opened its doors in 2018, but the impressive hotel has quickly gained a name for itself with its striking structure and breathtaking views. Situated on the tranquil banks of Lake Alster and surrounded by a lush landscape, the modern city resort was conceived by Hamburg-born architect Jan Störmer as a ‘hotel in the park’.

The sculptural building is formed out of three intertwining circular structures; the expressive architectural concept with free-flowing contours is designed to create a balance between the natural terrain and urban living. The atrium lounge is a sight to behold; the 27m high space features 198 satinised and scaled panels that are stacked together to create a stunning architectural showcase.  

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Each of the 130 rooms—which include 17 suites—throughout the luxury resort faces outwards, offering guests a scenic perspective of the surrounding greenery and views. Designed by interior designer Christian Meinert from Berlin-based studio Aukett + Heese, the rooms feature exclusive bespoke furniture that are custom-made to fit the unique structure of the building.

A soothing colour palette consisting of calming shades like beige, turquoise and light blue dominate the rooms, reflecting the setting that the hotel is situated in. The oakwood floors are lined with hand-tufted rugs from The House of Tai Ping, while decorative objects by Danish design brand George Jensen and original art by Peruvian painter Antonio Máro add vibrance and a tasteful splash of colour into the rooms.

5. Cologne: Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Located directly opposite the famous Cologne Cathedral, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst holds a rich legacy that’s evident in its traditional style and character. The classic five star hotel, which has been family-owned since its opening in 1863, has a stellar reputation for its impeccable service and timelessly elegant interiors.

Elaborately ornate, the 142 spacious and lavishly furnished rooms and suites revels in its rich traditions—from the period furniture and valuable antiques to the muted colour scheme and butlers on call. Panelled walls coupled with marble columns and gold accents are accompanied by an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and intricate chandeliers to deliver luxury and polish. Sepia photos of Cologne line the walls of several rooms, adding to the hotel’s prominent history.

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