Hotels with a History

New hotels in 19th-century buildings give guests a magnificent stay.


In the competition for guests' favour, new hotels have to offer not just a high standard of comfort but an experience that is as individual as possible too. As a result, contemporary hotel concepts are often implemented in 19th-century buildings that are steeped in tradition or architectural significance. Because they turn guests' stay into something special and the hotel itself thus often becomes a destination in its own right, buildings from this era are enjoying growing popularity – mainly amongst hoteliers in the premium segment, but sometimes in the field of budget design hotels too.

Temporary homes with a story to tell
The buildings of the 19th century seem extremely attractive for implementing exclusive hotel concepts – mainly because of their magnificent architecture, spaciously designed interiors and often sophisticated furnishings. Castles that are under a preservation order, palaces and bourgeois residences, but also churches from the Gründerzeit period or factory buildings are being converted into comfortable hotels with the charm of the unusual. Public buildings from this epoch that have likewise long since lost their original function are also being remodelled into exclusive guesthouses and resorts. Former town halls, government and court buildings are being elaborately revitalised and transformed into temporary homes with a story to tell.

Delightful contrast between old and new
The grand hotels of the 19th century are also being rejuvenated: their lavishly decorated facades and interiors serve as a picturesque backdrop for newer hotel concepts. Magnificent buildings from the Belle Époque or the turn of the century are being given a technical and aesthetic facelift in the form of contemporary infrastructure and modern furnishings. The opulence of these buildings with their stucco architecture, frescoes, mirrored walls, crystal chandeliers and other décor often contrasts delightfully with an understated interior design shaped by up-to-the-minute influences. The historic architecture and modern interior thus merge into an elegant blend of history and the present.

Furnishings for various times and styles
Exhibitors at the coming imm cologne will be showing a broad spectrum of up-to-the-minute design and furnishing concepts for hotels from different epochs. From 13th to 19th January 2014, numerous manufacturers will be presenting market-ready new products for furnishing hospitality projects, ranging all the way from luxury establishments to budget design hotels. They will be showing furniture and accessories, sleep systems, bathroom equipment and other furnishing items – including established classics and innovative contemporary designs which, amongst other things, can be used to furnish 19th-century buildings without creating the slightest hint of a monotonous hotel ambience.

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