Coming up the drive-way late at night through the park, a beautiful small and artfully illuminated 'castle' suddenly appears between the centuries old trees. A short drive away from Frankfurt and very close to the main aorta of Europe's arterial tree of motorways - here you find the extraordinary small luxury hotel that is Villa Rothschild. Built in the late 1800's as a summer residence for the Rothschild family, it lies high on a hill, overlooking the valley, at a safe distance from the city noise. All the rooms are individually decorated and to the highest standards. Apparently having undergone a recent extensive restoration. But retaining much charm and old historical photographs of life on the estate many many years ago adorn the walls of some of the hallways.
Having chosen this hotel as part of a stop-over driving through Germany, and for 2 main reasons: they accept dogs and have a 2* Michelin restaurant - well, we were not disappointed. When entering the room, the first thing that caught the sniff of our 2 very large dogs were 2 dogbeds lined up in the corner of the room near the fire place, and a full set of bowls incl biscuits for each of them. This level of service is rarely seen for our four-legged friends, and it was an adequate benchmark for the rest of the stay, and we were not let down. We had a superb meal in the main restaurant that evening, led by Ms Lopez and her fantastic team of young, cheerful but extremely professional staff. A great concept of either 3, 4, or 5 courses (or even 6?) and a wine tasting menu to go with that. Excellent and very complimentary wine choices for the different dishes. Everywhere in the hotel the service was excellent - from check-in to check-out. The sister hotel a few minutes away by hotel shuttle apparently houses the spa and the fitness, but unfortunately we didn't have the time for that. All in all a very wonderful stay in a jewel of a hotel.
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