Swank Hotels Are Found in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany -- Leading international hotel companies and swank boutique hotels have been moving in to stake their claim in Dresden.

Here's a look at some of the players:

  • The Bulow Residenz brought Parisian sophistication to a city lacking in intimate accommodations. The mansion, built in 1730, has its original exterior and 30 rooms with a Baroque theme and modern amenities. But the reason Bulow became a Relais & Chateaux property was clearly because of the exquisite dining experience it provides, with a combination of French and German haute cuisine at the Carousel restaurant, which attracts local bigwigs and European celebrities. Recommended is roast saddle of lamb with provencal vegetables and a thyme sauce. The staffers here make a concerted effort to make guests feel at home. Prices are from $155 to $200, double, for a deluxe room. The Bulow Residenz Phone: (800) 860-4930 or (212) 856-0115
  • Excellent for corporate travelers but not overwhelming in size, the 98-room Radisson Gewandhaus Hotel Dresden combines international luxury with local color. Housed in a 1770 merchant's hall, the hotel is in the heart of Dresden's old city. Furnishings in inviting cream colors have a distinct 18th century feel, yet manage to provide modern comfort. The best room amenity is the spa-size bath and a Jacuzzi. Radisson's in-room coffee-maker and generous breakfast buffet in the lobby restaurant also are a pleasure. The glass lobby atrium adds a modern touch that reminds visitors of Dresden's movement into the post-Cold War world. Service requests were fulfilled with alacrity. There is a spa as well as an indoor swimming pool. Rates range from $97 to $251, double. Radisson Gewandhaus Phone: (800) 777-7800
  • Guest rooms at the 333-room, low-rise Hilton are what one might expect from that chain: modern, functional and efficient. The hotel does have an attractive facade, a quaint cafe and an idyllic riverfront location. Rack rates for a double room this summer start at about $200. Phone: (800) HILTONS
  • The 213-room Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais, located across the street from the Semper Opera, was built in 1995 inside the shell of an old palace that has been restored to its Baroque splendor. The old palace was built early in the 18th century. It was destroyed in World War II. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the property was listed in German travel guides last year as one of the four best hotels in the country. Guest rooms at the Kempinski Taschenbergpalais, although fully modern in their communications and other guest amenities, reflect the building's past in the plushness of their elmwood furnishings, their royal-blue fabrics and their black granite bathrooms. The hotel has a business center, a fitness center with a heated pool and six restaurants and bars. Rack rates for a double room start at about $285. Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais Phone: (800) 426-3135
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