Since I visit quite a few hotels (but don’t review them all), I will do a break-down of the ones I do review. Hope this will prove handy for future readers.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION:
Between Düsseldorf and Essen you will find one of the best ”Schloßhotels” in the northwest Germany, the Hugenpoet. The formerly so hated Ruhr-district (due to the industrial pollutions) should not any longer discourage a trip to Hugenpoet for leisure and relaxation. And it is also a good option for business travelers headed for Essen.
Kettwig is the name of the nearby dorf and the grounds surrounding the castle gives you a countryish feeling.
The ”Deutsche Hotelklassifizierung” has given Hugenpoet ”Five stars – superior”. Considering the generally high hotel standard in Germany, this is something to live up to. And they almost do. If you cannot accept a flaw (something’s missing or being a tad late), then it’s not five stars. For me, at this visit, the general impression was however clearly five stars (although not maybe superior...). The hotel is a member of ”The leading hotels of the world” – and theyr’e definitely in the ballpark…
Hugenpoet can easily be reached by car from both Düsseldorf/Essen region and from the airport (just 18 km away). You can also go by train to the Kettwig village, take a taxi if you have luggage or just walk around 20 min.
We opted for the hotel's limousine service and a grand Mercedes took us in style from the airport to the Hugenpoet.
Perfect. Friendly staff, which by the way is most common in Germany. Warm welcome and we were followed to our room.
Our room was in one of the wing buildings (former barn or stable), modern and of high standard. I suspect rooms in the castle itself would have more of a ”castle touch”.
Everything clean and well kept.
Room temperature adjustable (AC available in the summer). Windows that can be opened.
Beds very comfortable, we slept well.
Great marble bathroom. Both bath tub and separate shower. All amenities available.
BAR AND RESTAURANT:
We had a weekend package which included dinner on the arrival night, served in the ”simpler” restaurant ”Hugenpöttchen” and located in the opposite wing. The Hugenpöttchen is indeed simpler - flirting with the "bierstube style", but with clearly a high ambition and modern accents. A very good four course dinner were presented with a seasonal (fall) theme; frequent ingredients like cranberry, root beats, apple and mushrooms.
Second day included ”high noon tea by the fireplace”. It contained everything you would find on a perfect British afternoon tea session, of course including scones, cuecumber sandwiches and a vast assortment of teas. And yes, the fire was lit…
Second evening we had dinner in the Michelin starred ”Nero” restaurant. Enlightened our final night perfectly. To my own surprise it was so good that I still remember some of the dishes; the ingenious shrimp and crab salad, the lamb with herb ravioli and the ”french toast” (!) desert. All under the excellent conducting of chef Erika Bergheim. I couldn’t help comparing with Nils Henkel’s restaurant at Schloß Lerbach or Vendôme att Schloß Bensberg – both quite near just outside Cologne and both holding three stars. In our opinion Nero was just a great experience.
By the fireplace in the entrance hall you can have a drink from the bar, tea or coffee – the cosiest place at the hotel. The bar itself has a few seats, but is in fact not so well laid out.
Breakfast in Germany generally means a quite lavish buffet, including a vast assortment of ”wurstwaren”, cheese, eggs, bread and sweets. This was also the case at Hugenpoet – although more sparse but with excellent products. Eggs made à la minute to your order. Served in the Nero restaurant, very calm and relaxing indeed.
You can of course also have breakfast in your room.
The little town of Kettwig is just a 20 min from the castle. Take a walk just to work up your appetite. Have a coffee in the village and head back. You will discover that just a few hundred yards from Hugenpoet there is another castle, even bigger and with great surroundings: Schloß Landsberg. This was formerly the private home of industrial magnat August Thyssen. It now belongs to the Thyssen-Krupp company, but the exterior and all grounds of the castle can be visited. When we walked around in november with all the colours of fall, there was almost a medieval and/or Wagnerian feeling around the place – very special.
Official rating is 5 stars superior. In my opinion it just reaches 5, but there are some (very minor) flaws in the level of service.
Very good for the weekend package we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a beautiful park, Schloss Hugenpoet is the perfect retreat, yet located just 12 miles away from the city centres of Düsseldorf and Essen. As one of the country’s finest historic hotels, it prides itself on its refined cuisine, contemporary elegant guest rooms and a sophisticated yet cosy atmosphere. The surrounding countryside encourages guests to enjoy sporting activities such as golf or mountain biking. The effortlessly gracious service, and the balance between heritage and evolution, makes Schloss Hugenpoet a gem of a luxury property that constantly surprises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Schloss Hugenpoet Hotel