Europe

Baden-Baden: A City So Nice, They Named It Twice

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2011

Guests in many of the 120 stately rooms and five suites have a direct view of the world-famous health resort and the spa gardens, but it’s the Markgrafen Suite and the Benazet Suite that are the jewels in the hotel’s crown. The Markgrafen Suite is a beautifully laid out 1,300-sq.-ft., 1-bedroom suite complete with a foyer, a salon, elegant furnishings and views of the park, while the1-bedroom Benazet Suite is a spacious 970 sq. ft. with a 650-sq.-ft. roof terrace.

But it’s important to remember that despite its traditions and Baden-Baden’s 19th century Belle Epoque architecture that’s prevalent throughout the tiny town, it’s a mix of 19th century elegance and 21st century amenities that makes this destination what it is.

“We have the Festspielhaus, Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall, public museums, but most of our visitors are looking for the spa where we have the modern Caracalla Spa and the historic Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad—the town’s two famous thermal baths,” Paulus points out.

Indeed, royalty and modern-day VIPs have been coming to Baden-Baden since Roman times to savor its world-famous spas with their traditional focus on wellness, and today, there’s even more spa benefits for visitors. “All the hotels here have their own spas offering almost any kind of treatments—there’s even an Ayurveda Center—so you get all the treatments, East and West,” she says, “…and all of it’s upscale.”

For FIT travelers, it’s an easy commute from Frankfurt International Airport to Baden-Baden. There, visitors can choose between a comfortable and convenient shuttle service, van or limousine and a direct train connection to Baden-Baden in less then 1.5 hours. Just 20 minutes from the city center of Baden-Baden, the Baden Airport offers flights with the low-cost carrier Ryanair from London, Barcelona-Girona, Alicante and Rome-Ciampino, as well as with Air Berlin from Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna.