< GERMANY | DÜSSELDORF: Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel
For nearly two hundred years, the crown jewel of Düsseldorf was its beloved Breidenbacher Hof, which epitomized the ultimate in European
luxury and hospitality, hosting the international "Who's Who" society, including royal guests such as Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia.
Breidenbacher Hof helped to define modern Germany at the turn of the twentieth century, a paragon of elegance, refinement and Teutonic elegance, offering accommodations along the Königsallee. Throughout the continent and the Western world, Breidenbacher Hof set the standard for opulence while it helped set the stage for Germany’s rise to economic power and influence all over the globe.
The Breidenbacher Hof owes its origin to entrepreneur Wilhelm Breidenbach. Based on the plans of the renowned urban architect Adolph von Vagades, it was his vision in
1806 to build a grand hotel in the booming cultural and business metropolis of Düsseldorf.
Following its opening in 1812, and not least thanks to its central location on the Königsallee, the hotel had become one of the most prestigious places to stay for Europe's famous and nobility by the middle of the 19th century. During its history, the Breidenbacher Hof with its original highly classical façade was renovated several times, expanded and modernised, becoming a ‘Palace Hotel' by the turn of the century.
During a major bombing raid in 1943, the hotel was totally destroyed. Re-built under the direction of the then owner Dr. Georg Linsenmeyer, when it re-opened in 1950, the hotel stood out in its new sobriety, complemented with functional and luxurious furnishings in the American style. Within a very short time, it again became the preferred home for kings, captains of industry, and not only established itself as the meeting place for the rich and famous, but also played host to many exhibitions of famous art collections.
The Breidenbacher Hof closed down for extensive reconstruction in 1999, was eventually torn down and then totally re-built by its new owners, the Pearl of Kuwait Group. In May 2008, it celebrated its proud comeback as the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel.
The architecture of the new Breidenbacher Hof with its light, natural stone façade is a conscious reminiscence of the classical styles of European grand hotels. Elements of art deco and the empire style inspire the interior design, exuding a feeling of timeless elegance. Sculpted marble meets rich hardwoods in spaces evocative of a prestigious past, while entirely suiting the needs of today’s modern traveler.
From shopping and dining to state-ofthe-art technology, everything about Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel, is in place for a contemporary stay in the connected world. And with a focus on its vaunted history and peerless architecture, Breidenbacher Hof offers a true escape from the ordinary…into a time that has come of age. Discover the definition of excellence in hotels in Düsseldorf.
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