A bridge between past and present – this is no doubt the first impression visitors have of the Burg-Schwarzenstein Hotel, some sixty kilometers (thirty-seven miles) from Frankfurt, Germany.
The Burg-Schwarzenstein Hotel in Geisenheim, Germany, combines venerable historic buildings with modern renovations for a property that exudes exquisite luxury and warm hospitality. The building overlooking the vineyards boasts twofold elegance: traditional, in a castle built in 1854 for the Mumm family, and modern, in structures added in the late 2000s. The two styles merge seamlessly with the help of beige stone that creates aesthetic continuity. The hotel impresses without intimidating: From the moment you enter the vast, light-drenched lobby, deep sofas make it clear that comfort is king of this castle. “I’ve traveled a lot, and I’ve often felt like I was in very modern places that were cold in character, where I didn’t really feel welcome,” says Stephanie Teigelkamp, the former flight attendant who today who runs the hotel with her husband, Michael. “So we wanted this place to be enhanced by the additions and renovations, but still warm and friendly, so you feel right at home.”
Stephanie’s travels also gave her a plethora of décor ideas, applied here for exotic touches in the common areas, immense guest rooms, and suites. These also combine modern influence with a quest for warmth, sometimes even literally: “We’ve created more terraces so our guests can enjoy the sun at every opportunity, a glass of champagne in hand,” smiles Stephanie. The large picture windows let sunlight stream in all the way to the bathrooms, where the whirlpool baths offer relaxation with the feeling you are actually outdoors. Light is an essential element, very rarely impeded by permanent partitions: The property’s owners installed sliding panels wherever possible, enhancing the impression of space and continuity. Yet again, never conceding on warmth: At every turn are cozy nooks, soft and comfortable seating, beckoning you to stop and rest a while.
Unostentatious luxury and genuine well-being are the spirit, too, of the hotel’s three restaurants. One of them, the Schwarzenstein, has earned a Michelin star: “I’d describe my cuisine as natural, because my priority is working with local and seasonal ingredients”, explains the chef, Nils Henkel. “But that doesn’t stop me from borrowing from other cuisines, using spices from around the world. But natural and local form the foundation,” he insists. One of the unique dining dimensions here is the option of an entirely vegetarian menu: “Not only did I want to meet the needs of people who choose this diet, but I wanted to rethink the way we consume meat and fish, where they come from, how they’re produced.” Whichever menu you select, “fauna” or “flora,” one thing is certain: It will be an extraordinary experience in an unforgettable place.