Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in autumn, one of the best hotels in Germany
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa

These are the best hotels in Germany

Frank Störbrauck

Mirror, mirror on the wall, where’s the best hotel in the country? Before we use the crystal ball, let’s take a look at the ranking list “The 101 best hotels in Germany” presented for the second time under the leadership of the Institute for Service and Leadership Excellence. We present you the top 10 best hotels in Germany for 2021.

There are some excellently managed luxury hotels in Germany, hotels that you, as a guest, will never want to leave. Some hotels like to impress with their outstanding service, others with their exquisite cuisine and others simply with their location. And then there are hotels that manage to juggle everything all at once. These ten hotels made it to the top of the ranking of the 101 best hotels in Germany by Carsten K. Rath under the leadership of the Institute for Service and Leadership Excellence. 

Place 10: Hotel Traube Tonbach, Baiersbronn 

Where is it? The Hotel Traube Tonbach is located in beautiful Baiersbronn, in the northern Black Forest. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? For nature lovers, the property attracts more than 30,000 square meters of green space and several hundred flower boxes. 

Highlight? The famous Schwarzwaldstube has been ranked among the best gourmet addresses in the world by all relevant guides. The team is centered around Torsten Michel, who has been in charge of the kitchen since 2016 and has had the highest rating of three Michelin stars and 19.5 points in Gault&Millau for over 27 years. 

What are the room rates? From around 230 euros per night for a double room. 

Exterior facade of the Hotel Traube-Tonbach
Hotel Traube Tonbach

Place 9: Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden 

Where is it? In dignified Baden-Baden. “Das Brenners”, as the main building of the Oetker Collection in Baden-Baden has been called by the numerous regular guests, has been a perfect model for grand hotels for almost 150 years. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? Spa and wellness lovers. A whole house with an area of ​​5,000 square meters is dedicated to wellness. Afterwards, you can stroll through the hotel’s own park. 

Highlight? The House of Wellbeing in the historic Villa Stéphanie. Beauty, well-being and comprehensive medical care are the focus here. 

What are the room rates? From 415 euros per night for a double room. 

Woman walks along pool in German luxury hotel
Romain Reglade

Place 8: Bachmair Weissach Spa & Resort, Rottach-Egern 

Where is it? In the town of Rottach-Egern at the southern end of the beautiful Tegernsee

Who feels particularly comfortable here? This resort is for everyone who is in the mood for relaxation and meditation, because that is very important in this luxury hotel. The hotel, which sees itself as an urban Country Club, offers a sensational Mizu Onsen Spa that introduces visitors to the world of Japanese bathing culture. 

Highlight? The Hotel Bachmair Weissach is not just any hotel. The house has been there for 140 years. In 1862, Maria and Lorenz Bachmair built the Gasthof zur Weissach. The court of the Wittelsbach family at Tegernsee brought tourism to the valley and the inn was already popular in the age of horse-drawn carriages. Therefore, you’re sleeping in a real Bavarian institution. 

What are the room rates? It will be difficult to get a room for less than 300 euros.

Place 7: Sonnenalp Resort, Ofterschwang 

Where is it? At the foot of the Allgäu Alps, around 25 kilometers from the Nebelhorn. It’s a 20 minute drive north from Oberstdorf. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? Where once stood a modest Allgäu farmhouse, there is now an extraordinary holiday paradise that impresses guests with a mixture of luxury, experience and family charm. 

Highlight? The 20,000 (!) square meter alpine wellness world and golfers, watch out – three of our own golf courses. 

What are the room rates? On individual days there are offers for around 450 euros, but mostly you pay at least 520 euros for the room. 

Pool area of the Sonnenalp Resort, one of the best hotels in Germany
Günter Standl

Place 6: Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt, Rottach-Egern 

Where is it? Again, at Tegernsee and again, in Rottach-Egern! But the Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt is the only hotel in the Tegernsee valley that has direct access to the lake! 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? Sauna lovers can really have a good time in the 3,000 square meter sauna area. The fantastic view from the suites and the unobtrusive service of the staff are also mentioned again and again by many guests of the house as big plus points of the house. 

Highlight? Christian Jürgens, head chef at the Überfahrt restaurant, has been awarded three Michelin stars and 19 Gault & Millau points. 

What are the room rates? You can get a room during the week from around 300 euros but usually, you’ll pay around 350 euros. On the weekends, prices rise significantly.

Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt on a sunny summer day
Klaus Lorke

Place 5: Mandarin Oriental, Munich 

Where is it? As already announced above, we now come to the very first address in Munich, the Mandarin Oriental. It is also in the middle of the city, 100 meters from Maximilianstrasse and 300 meters from the Viktualienmarkt. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? Lovers of the culinary world look no further! The boutique hotel is home to several top gastronomic locations, including the Matsuhisa, led by the famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The finest Japanese-Peruvian dishes are served here. 

Highlight? The 120 square meter presidential suite (around 12,500 euros per night), which, like the other rooms and suites, was renovated this year. The absolute eye-catcher is the terrace of the suite with a view of the city silhouette. 

What are the room rates? A little more than 425 euros per night for a double room. 

One of the best hotels in Germany is the Mandarin Oriental in Munich
Mandarin Oriental

Place 4: Severin’s Resort & Spa, Sylt

Where is it? Finally, a classic sun and bathing resort by the sea: Welcome to Severin’s Resort & SPA on the beautiful island of Sylt! The house is located directly on the Wadden Sea in the village of Keitum. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? “For us, luxury means arriving, taking a deep breath and feeling good,” says hotel director, Christian Siegling. Okay, a bit of an understatement given the hotel’s very high standard, but never mind! 

Highlight? The huge room selection, with a total area of ​​30,000 square meters, 62 rooms and suites as well as 22 apartments and 5 villas with up to 400 square meters offer plenty of space to relax. What’s particularly beautiful is the “Severin*s Morsum Kliff” country house which features 13 rooms in a secluded location with a view of the Wadden Sea and the heathland. 

What are the room rates? From 360 euros per night for a double room. 

Bird's eye view of Severin*s Sylt on the dunes of the North Sea
Axel Steinbach

Place 3: Breidenbacher Hof, Düsseldorf

Where is it? In Düsseldorf. So, let’s get straight to the point, the Breidenbacher Hof is the only luxury house from North Rhine-Westphalia that has made it into the top 10 best hotels in Germany. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? This hotel is a favorite, especially for shopping queens. The Königsallee is right in front of the door. The luxury flagships glitter here like crown jewels: Prada, Gucci, Hermès, Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton etc. Everything is there! 

Highlight? In addition to the excellent location, the outstanding service of the employees. 

What are the room rates? Almost 300 euros per night for a double room. 

Restaurant in the Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf
Breidenbacher Hof

Place 1 is shared by the Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway and the Fairmont Hotel Four Seasons in Hamburg 

Place 1: Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway

Where is it? In the beautiful district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen at 1,008 meters above sea level, directly at the foot of the Wetterstein Mountains, in the high valley between the Zugspitze and the Karwendel Mountains. It’s a real Bavarian dream!

Who feels particularly comfortable here? In addition to nature and mountain lovers, everyone who wants to breathe the scent of big politics: back in June of 2015, the G7 summit with Merkel and Obama, took place here. 

Highlight? More than 220 top-class concerts and literary events take place every year in Schloss Elmau. The bookshop of Dr. Ingeborg Prager is unique. 

What are the room rates? From around 230 euros per night for a double room in a package. 

Exterior of Schloss Elmau by night
Schloss Elmau

Place 1: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg 

Where is it? In Hamburg, right on the Binnenalster. 

Who feels particularly comfortable here? Everyone who appreciates tradition, because the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten has existed since 1897 and can rightly be described as a piece of Hamburg history. When Hamburg hosted the G20 summit back in July 2017, the Saudi delegation stayed here. 

Highlight? The culinary diversity is greater than in almost any other German hotel: it ranges from the best breakfast in the Hansa city to the trendy Nikkei Nine and the Haerlin, a restaurant with two Michelin stars.

What are the room rates? From around 230 euros per night for a double room in a package. 

One of the best hotels in Germany: Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg
Guido Leifhelm