When I visited Leipzig for a weekend, I stayed at the palatial 5-star Hotel Fürstenhof, the oldest luxury hotel in the city; its first class service, elegant rooms, and unbeatable location made my visit to Leipzig a memorable one.
Housed in a palatial residence from 1770, Hotel Fürstenhof was opened in 1889. Today, it boasts 92 air-conditioned rooms spread over 5 floors, among them 10 suites (including two Presidential Suites).
The room my family and I stayed in was very generously sized and featured high ceilings and tall windows, a comfortable king-size bed, writing desk, sitting area, and flat screen TV; the bathroom was marble-tiled and had a bath tub and a separate shower.
Besides the luxurious and elegantly furnished rooms, the biggest impression of Hotel Fürstenhof was the helpful and very friendly staff; from the front desk to the restaurant, everybody made us feel welcome and the formality and professionalism of a 5-star hotel didn’t get into the way of warmth. One evening, we took advantage of the babysitter service that the hotel offers, and one of the front desk employees took care of our baby daughter. It felt like the often-quoted “home away from home”.
Another highlight of our stay at Hotel Fürstenhof was the generous breakfast buffet; you can sit in 3 adjacent rooms, each of them with a different atmosphere; one room is awash in warm light thanks to a glass dome, another one, the Serpentine Room from 1865, is painted in royal red and offers soaring windows looking out onto the tranquil inner courtyard.
The breakfast buffet, which lasts until noon on the weekends, offers everything from fresh fruits, yoghurt and cereals, to salmon, cold cuts, a variety of cheeses, and breads, rolls, and croissants. There was a simple yet beautifully baked Bundt Cake, as well as champagne. You can also eat a la carte and get cooked-to-order egg dishes; my favorite were the eggs benedict and the scrambled eggs with salmon and shrimp; if you have a sweet tooth, order the waffles with cherries and cream.
The location of Hotel Fürstenhof is excellent; it is a 10-minute walk from the main train station, and a 20-minute car ride from Leipzig’s airport.
The historic heart of the city, where you find the majority of Leipzig’s attractions, is also just a short walk away.
If you don’t want to dine out, Hotel Fürstenhof offers the in-house gourmet restaurant "Villers", which is set in a 18th century salon and serves international cuisine. There is also the piano bar “Wintergarten” and the wine bar “Vinotheque 1770” that offers almost 200 international wines and antipasti.
Troendlinring 8, 04105 Leipzig
Phone +49 341 1400
Website of Hotel Fürstenhof
Check-in: 3 p.m.
- 24-hour room service
- Laundry and dry cleaning service
- Valet parking
- Babysitter service
- Car rental service
- Indoor pool, wellness and fitness facilities, including massage treatments, beauty salon and saunas
- Three conference salons
- High-speed Internet access 19 Euros a day
- Wireless high-speed Internet access 18 Euros per day
- Classic Rooms start at 150 Euros
- Deluxe Rooms start at 170 Euros
- Grand Deluxe Rooms start at 190 Euros
- Junior Suites at 270 Euros
- Full Suites at 540 Euros
- Executive (Presidential) Suite) starts at 810 Euros