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Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, Cologne-Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Location: Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, a baroque castle, is situated on  a hill in the centre of Bensberg and offers a magnificent view of the city of Cologne that is 12 km away. Originally planned as a hunting lodge, during the building phase the plan turned more and more towards the role model of Versailles. It is the second-largest baroque castle northern of the Alps. Its exposed location with fantastic view of the the bight of Cologne and its surroundings already impressed Goethe and his contemporaries. Today, you there is a collection service of the hotel to fetch you from Clogne-Bonn airport, which is about 20 km away. Or you can hire one of the flashy cars of the hotels, such as a BMW Z4, in order to independently discover the surroundings.
 

History: Schloss Bensberg was built from 1700-1716 by Prince Jan Wellem (Kuerfuerst Johann Wilhelm II.) as his private retreat with the help of the Italian architect count Matteo d'Alberti. Sadly, Prince Jan Wellem died in 1716 before he could sleep in his new castle himself. 300 years later and following a lavish renovation, guests from all over the world can enjoy the castle now since the inauguration as Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. From 1945 to 1999, the caste was uses by the Belgian army, but in 1997 it was sold to the by the state North-Rhine-Westphalia to the Aachner und Muenchner Lebensversicherung, which leased it to the Althoff Hotel Group. Since 2000, Schloss Bensberg was opened to the public as the new Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg.
 

Rooms and Suites: Following a lavish renovation, it has emerged as an outstanding luxury hotel, offering its guests exquisite rooms with such contemporary conveniences as air conditioning, three telephones, fax machines and Internet connections. The rooms all offer cutting-edge conveniences and modern facilities for business and private travellers. Transforming it into the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg Cologne, the building now has 84 luxury rooms and 36 suites. The best view is reserved for the Deluxe Suites or Presidential Suites: the magnificent view of the far away, yet distinguished view of the Cologne dome - the layout of the whole castle is facing it directly, although the dome was not finished a the time of the construction of the castle. 
 

Restaurants and Bars: There are three main restaurants in Schloss Bensberg: the Michelin starred Vendôme with French haute cuisine, the German cuisine focused Jan Wellem as well as the Italian restaurant Enoteca. The Vendôme has been decorated with 3 Michelin Stars and 19 Gault Millau points. Its chef, Joachim Wissler, has been awarded with the “Chef de Cuisine of the year 2005” of the magazine “Der Feinschmecker” - the leading German restaurant journal. The Jan Wellem restaurant offers refinements inspired by the region. The atmosphere is determined by harmonious shades, the subtle interplay of which provides a visual treat. Enoteca offers light mediterranean selections, complemented by an extensive wine cellar. The Lobby Bar is available for afternoon tea and light meals and the Kamin Bar for international cocktails and snacks.
 

Sport and Spa: The indoor Beauty & Spa area, covering an area of 1000 m² and comprising a sauna landscape, fitness centre and exclusive treatment programme, invites you to relax. Schloss Bensberg will arrange sporting activities in cooperation with the leading clubs in the vicinity: whether it be tennis, horse-riding or golf. In addition to traditional treatments such as massage, lymph drainage therapy, and relaxation programmes, the beauty spas at Schloss Bensberg offer special treatments such as the Caribbean facial and body treatments, as well as phyto-aromatic facials. The Spa uses the high-quality cosmetic products by La Prairie, Sisley and Ligne St. Barth.

Address Details:
Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
Kadettenstrasse
D-51429 Cologne-Bergisch Gladbach
Germany
Tel.:  +49-2204 - 42 0 
Fax:  +49-2204 - 42 888 
e-mail: info@schlossbensberg.com 
website:www.schlossbensberg.com

Room Rates (in Euro):
Executive Rooms: Single € 204 
Superior Rooms: Single € 220 / Double € 246 
Deluxe Rooms: Single € 288 / Double € 314 
Junior Suites: € 438
Executive Suites: € 543
Superior Suites: € 679
Deluxe Suites: € 836 (with cologne dome view)
Presidential Suite: € 1,607 (with cologne dome view)
(rates are inclusive of service and Value Added Taxes of 16%, Breakfast € 20 p.p., please ask for weekend and spa rates)
 


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