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“Champagne at breakfast?!? SOLD!” 5 of 5 stars
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Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kadettenstrasse, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany   |  
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Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Bergisch Gladbach
Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Champagne at breakfast?!? SOLD!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed here for a night during our honeymoon. After arriving, we were sad we had only booked one night.

Our room was gorgeous, spacious, and the shower was to die for! We also had an amazing view of the city (see pictures). When we checked in, we were walked to our room by the front desk clerk to make sure it was acceptable. I really liked this. Made me feel special. :)

The funny part was, there were two twin beds about a foot apart. For some reason it had that request on our reservation, no fault to the hotel. They quickly pushed them together for us, and I have to say, I'm now considering this arrangement for our own home! :) I felt like I got to sleep with my husband, but got my own set of blankets,and didn't feel him flopping around in the night!

The front desk called up after we had time to settle to make sure everything was okay.

The breakfast buffet was good. I recommend trying the hotel's own line of jams, I fell in love with them. And there was champagne! The only downside was that I felt a bit under dressed in my sweats, as most diners were business men and in suits. You might want to throw on a pair of jeans before heading down, but there is no technical dress code. So wear what you want!

The grounds outside the hotel are gorgeous as well. We are hoping to go back and visit again sometime!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tianjin, China
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42 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

impressive place to stay this castle overlooking the cologne valley. we stayed one night, but we were missing the last dip of exclusive taste at this place - maybe we need to book the suite next time haha. the gourmet restaurant is really nice and hard to match in the cologne and duesseldorf area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Chose to stay here on reputation and the fact that we were dining at Le Vendome next door and always nice to be able to stumble to the room after!!

The outside of the hotel is magnificent on approach and continues on the interior.

The welcome was fine but a little austere. They were pleased to tell us we had a room upgrade but when we got to the room we discovered it no longer had a view as our booked room did. They did not seem so keen on correcting this other than noting in the booking that in the future not to upgrade us - hmmmmmm!!!

The room itself was fine and in a "Laura Ashley" style. The batroom was narrow and filled with marble and gold touches - not really my thing.

There is no wireless internet access in the rooms as there are no repeaters fitted. This is not mentioned when they hand you the code for the internet at reception - big fail! It is available by wire in the room or wireless in the public areas. Not good enough in a five star hotel these days.

The only real positive part of service was the next day when we had overslept and missed breakfast. The F&B Manager kindly organised a small continental breakfast in the lobby bar. This was perfect and just enough.

I strongly recommend the restaurant (Vendome) which is outstanding but I would give the hotel a miss.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We had a wonderful 2-night stay here, lovely staff, beautiful room, delicious breakfast. Free minib bar every day. Complimentary fruits in the room. The food in the italian restaurant was very nice, but the second night in Vendome was the cherry on the cake. We had a very nice table, beautiful decorated interior, tables have good spaces between them. Most amazing food, very tasty and beautifully presented. Room svice was very friendly and they brought whatever you asked within minutes.
The only downsides;
- the toilet of the Vendome restaurant is not on the same floor, so you have to take the stairs or the elevator to go there, which is a bit of a hassle.
- The parking price was shocking, we were not even informed that parking was not included, so at 22 EURO a day, a real unpleasant surprise at check out.
I would, however, definitely stay here again and highly recommend to anybody who does love special food and TLC.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tiptree, Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

I stayed here as part of a 2 day - 1 night - conference and as the sun came out, the beauty increased. The taxi ride up to the reception entrance is quite impressive - although reception itself is quite a small area in comparison. after that though, everything is on a grand, spacious scale. Teh celings are high, the standard rooms are large (and Suites are very impressive), the bedrooms are spacious and the service is discrete but of a top standard.
Of course, eating in the Michelin Star Restaurant is not cheap (maybe €150 per person) but the other food around the hotel is just as good in my opinion.

It is worth a stay for a night or two if you are visting the area although there is a "sister" hotel called the Schloss Lerbach which is also worth considering if you are on more of a leisure break - and there is a free shuttle car (BMW 7, of course) betweenthe hotels if needed.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We had our roadshow there and both the location, the service and the food was excellent.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I booked this hotel because of the 3 star michelin restaurant it has (Germanys best restaurant according to the papers) far in advance as a special treat for my wife. We stayed two nights in a very nice room (you don't need a suite in this hotel to get a nice room). Good service allover. Had a few drinks on the terrace and a meal in the italian style restaurant. This is a very nice restaurant, more informal.
second night dinner in the michelin restaurant. We choose the option 2 (about 10 courses I think) which was more than plenty. We had a nice wine (will be difficult to get a wine for less than € 100). Food was very good, lots of surpises, but it was not my best 3 (or even 2) michelin star meal.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kadettenstrasse, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Bergisch Gladbach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Bergisch Gladbach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a truly fantastic location, high above the Cologne lowlands and with a wonderful view of Cologne cathedral, one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe awaits you. It is the spirit of history that fills and enchants the 5 star Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. The multitude of details from times long gone still tell tales of unique people and moments that characterise this building so much: Goethe and Beethoven, as well as Napoleon and the Medici family resided here. But today you can enjoy stylish luxury in the magnificent, historic chambers and in unmistakable Althoff ambience. Supplemented by personal service, Joachim Wissler's 3-star cuisine in the gourmet restaurant Vendome and a Beauty & Leading Spa that satisfies even the highest demands. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg Hotel Bergisch Gladbach
Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg Cologne
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