Versailles and Winchester Castle served as architectural models when Prince-Elector Johann Wilhelm II of Duesseldorf – shortened to Jan Wellem in the Rhineland dialect – ordered the construction of his “Maison de Rétraite” at a prominent site on the Bensberg mountain terrace. Now Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg is nestled in beautiful surroundings with a wonderful view of Cologne Cathedral.
In the leading hotel of the world all of the amenities expected of a first class hotel await you here:
a unique atmosphere, 3 Michelin-star cuisine from the Best Chef de Cuisine from Germany Joachim Wissler at Gourmet Restaurant Vendôme, Italian flair and cuisine in the Italian restaurant Trattoria Enoteca with wine shop, generous wellness treatments in the Beauty & Leading Spa as well as exquisite comfort and the highest calibre of personal service.
The 84 rooms and 36 suites are furnished in five different architectural styles and provide luxurious residential comfort combined with modern communications technology.
Pool with starry firmament
In the approximately 1,000 m² beauty and leading spa centre, a competent seven-member team provides relaxing facial and body treatments using the finest in luxury products – including La Pairie, Ligne St. Barth and Clarins – in eight generous cabins. Fitness programmes, a small and elegant sauna landscape and a pool with a “starry firmament” await relaxation-seeking guests.
Top-tier gourmet addresses
In the gourmet restaurant “Vendôme”, star cook Joachim Wissler pampers his guests with his interpretation of grand German cooking.
Due to his excellent work, Wissler received his first Michelin star in 2001, followed by the second and third one in 2002 respectively 2005. Since 2005, Joachim Wissler belongs to Germany’s elitist circle of chefs. Besides the top Michelin ranking in 2010, the gourmet restaurant « Vendôme » additionally was decorated with 19,5 Gault Millaut points and is thus one of Germany’s top-tier gourmet addresses. Furthermore the gourmet restaurant “Vendôme” is on rank 23 in the San Pellegrino Ranking of the World’s 50 Best restaurants.
Experience Cologne and see that this has far more to offer than merely Cologne cathedral:
exclusive shops and galleries provide ample opportunity for shopping and strolling, numerous museums display great art and ancient excavations, and Cologne zoo is always worth a visit for the whole family.
No matter whether in summer (with a boat trip on the Rhine) or in winter (with its numerous famous Christmas markets): Cologne is an endearing city waiting to be discovered, for example with an exciting guided tour.