Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
The Grandhotel Schloss was built in 1703 according the wishes’ of Prince Johann Wilhelm II. At first the palace was intended as a hunting manor for is second wife Maria-Luisa from the Medici family. However after a visit Versailles, the prince know as ” Jan Wellem ” in Rhineland vernacular – change his plan . The second largest baroque palace north of the Alps, with its exposed position on the Bensberg plateau.
The building was also a hospital fro Austrians, French and Prussians, after extensive reconstruction, the building served as a Royal Prussian Cadet School around 1840.
In 1997 the Aachen Munchener Lebensversicherung AG, round 75 million euros were invested in the renovation before the house was opened as a five-star hotel and member of the renowned Cologne Althoff hotel Collection in August 2000, under the direction of Thomas H . Althoff opened the modern-day Grand hotel Schloss Bensberg.
The 84 rooms and 36 suites are luxurious and furnished with modern technology. The hotel facilities provides meeting rooms as “Zanetti Salon” for different civil events.
In a relaxing area a spa centre of 1000 m2 with a blue stars swimming pool, saunas, fitness room provides also beauty treatments using products as La Prairie, Clarins, …
The hotel’ s ultimate dual gastronomy offers the finest culinary pleasures in its two restaurants : in the gourmet restaurant “Vendome”, star cook Joachim Wissler which received his first Michelin Star in 2001 and today 3 stars.
The second restaurant , the Trattoria “Enotica” gives rather an Italian cuisine with an extensible collection of wines. The breakfast is varied and served in large schedule.