Modernity meets tradition – that’s the watchword in the Radisson Blu Badischer Hof. The hotel in Baden-Baden, originally built as a Capuchin monastery, has been enchanting visitors from all over the world for years with its Classicism architecture, all set in wonderful parkland surroundings.
Following the completion of renovations this year, not only can you enjoy the historic atmosphere of bygone days, you can also experience its unique combination with modern design. Come with us on a journey into the past, and learn more about the history and renovation of one of the first Grand Hotels of Europe.
How it all began
It started in 1630, when William, Margrave of Baden founded the Capuchin monastery in Baden-Baden to commemorate two Capuchin monks. It was then built outside the city wall, on the left bank of the river Oos, and the German Emperor granted the religious order use of the spa waters, which have existed to this day, in fact. In 1689, the monastery was destroyed by Louis XIV, only to be rebuilt 5 years later, and in 1803 its monastery status was revoked.
Since the Stuttgart publisher Johann Friedrich Cotta had long had the idea of building the first luxury hotel in Europe, he had the old Capuchin monastery converted by renowned architect Friedrich Weinbrenner in 1807 to realize his vision. The luxury hotel Badischer Hof came into being, with suites of rooms, an impressive dining hall, salons, baths fed with thermal spa waters, meeting rooms, reading rooms and smoking rooms, a breakfast salon, a gallery and a large park. From 1830 onward, the luxury hotel changed ownership a number of times, before reopening in 2009 as the Radisson Blu Badischer Hof.
After such a thrilling history, a time also naturally comes for a new design. In early 2016, the hotel was then fully renovated and redeveloped without closing its doors. Every room and the public areas were brought up to date, both in terms of technology and with regard to design and facilities. What emerged is a completely new hotel, which visually retains its connections to its earlier history. Its centuries-old history is thus being retold.
Working in collaboration with the authority for scheduled monuments and ancient buildings, care was taken to restore important historical details and to adapt the redesigned areas around them. Thus, for example, the listed hall and high-ceilinged rooms in the monastery building were linked to the reception area and the newer rooms in the extension via the choice of materials. Many existing elements, such as Classical doorways, arches and the balconies were able to be preserved and renovated in keeping with their style. The new design of the rooms now affords every modern luxury, naturally combined with the history of the building: bright, contemporary color tones, large 43″ flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes and box-spring beds combined with traditional stuccowork on the ceilings.
In summary, every effort has been made to remain true to the style of the Badischer Hof and to create a harmonious, unique, feel-good atmosphere in the grand style. Curious? Then don’t delay – it’s time to plan your next trip to Baden-Baden and the Black Forest.
Our tip for all tea-lovers…
A tea lounge has been created in the historic hall of the monastery building, with exclusive teas and high tea served daily from 5 p.m. It’s not to be missed!