Dubai, UAE– In the heart of the enchanting town of Baden-Baden, nestled amidst the whispers of the Black Forest and positioned on the banks of the River Oos, just minutes away from the city centre, a grand tale is being told. It’s a story that spans 150 years, a narrative that has been etched into the very soul of this iconic establishment – Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. The birthplace of the illustrious Oetker Collection, Brenners Park-Hotel, is more than just a hotel; it is one of the symbols reverently safeguarding the heritage of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Baden-Baden.
A Grand Beginning
The Brenners story began in 1872 when the property known as “Stéphanie-les-Bains” was acquired by Anton Alois Brenner, a tailor to the royal court. With Anton’s watchful eye, the hotel embarked on its journey, setting the stage for the grandeur that was to come. In 1883, the reins of the establishment were assumed by Anton Alois Brenner’s son, Camille Brenner. Under his visionary leadership, the hotel underwent a remarkable transformation, expanding into a sprawling hotel complex and establishing itself as the centrepiece of Baden.
By 1895, the Hotel Stephanie had evolved into a grand establishment with over 200 rooms, boasting the most comfortable interiors. It became the heart of Baden, drawing distinguished guests such as King Chulalongkorn of Siam and Laos, who were hosted within its walls in 1907. Challenging times were faced by the Brenner family in the 1920s, including inflation. Undeterred, their business was adapted and transformed. In July 1924, the Kasino Stephanie, a social hub welcoming hotel guests and townspeople, was unveiled, infusing Baden-Baden with the spirit of the Roaring Twenties.
In 1941, the grand hotel came under the stewardship of Rudolf-August Oetker, marking the beginning of its affiliation with the prestigious Oetker Collection. This transition occurred against the backdrop of significant historical events, and it was an era characterised by resilience and adaptation. Following World War II, in 1950, the hotel’s doors were reopened under new family management, quickly regaining its status as a premier destination for visitors from near and far. It became a symbol of hope and renewal, as evidenced by the approximately 17,000 guests, with nearly half hailing from abroad. In 1962, Brenners Park-Hotel became known as the “Cradle of Europe” when the Franco-German talks between German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle were hosted here. The hotel witnessed historic moments and became a venue for international diplomacy.
A Legacy Lives On
For over half a century, the Brenner brothers, Kurt and Alfred nurtured the hotel’s legacy. They oversaw its growth, ensuring its enduring appeal. It was not just continuity but also an evolution, blending tradition with modernity.
Today, nestled within an expansive 23,000-square-meter estate, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa graces Baden-Baden with its exceptional presence. This remarkable property encompasses a collection of nine distinctive buildings, each contributing its unique charm to the surrounding landscape.
At the heart of this ensemble is the historic main building, a symbol of elegance and tradition. Alongside it stands Villa Stéphanie, affectionately known as the “House of Wellbeing.” Originally a royal residence built in 1890, Villa Stéphanie pays homage to Stéphanie de Beauharnais, the Grand Duchess of Baden. This splendid mansion spans an impressive 5,000 square meters and is entirely dedicated to providing personalised spa experiences. From medical treatments to emotional balance, detoxification to fitness regimens, and indulgent beauty rituals, the mansion’s five-floor house offer an array of wellness experiences.
The estate also features the Parkvilla, an enclave of exclusive luxury spanning 600 square meters. This prestigious residence offers an unparalleled sense of opulence with multiple terraces and a private garden. Inside, guests are greeted by three living rooms, six elegant bedrooms, and six luxurious bathrooms. The Parkvilla’s pièce de résistance is the captivating view of the enchanting Lichtentaler Allee, enhancing the stay with its natural beauty.
Completing the ensemble are Residence Turgenjew, Villa Viardot with its dedicated kid’s club, Alois’ Nest, the fitness centre building, the pool building, and Haus Julius, which houses Brenners’ Medical Care. This harmonious blend of architectural treasures and luxurious amenities creates a truly exceptional destination for those seeking a refined and rejuvenating experience.
A Glimpse into the Future
Continuing the remarkable 150-year journey of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, “a new era of timeless elegance” is on the horizon. The main building of the hotel is slated for a complete renovation, where the cherished “Brenners style” will be carefully preserved, and each room will be uniquely designed, ensuring no two rooms are alike. The Villa Stéphanie, the Spa area, the Parkvilla, and the private park will remain untouched, safeguarding the very essence of the hotel’s rich heritage. Throughout this transformative phase, guests will remain warmly welcomed at Wintergarten restaurant, where culinary treasures will be savoured.