My Ethereal Experience at Dresden’s Most Stylish Luxury Hotel
I was invited to stay at the Gewandhaus Dresden through a collaboration I actively sought out, as I knew my audience needed to hear about this beautiful hotel. The opinions expressed in this blog post are, as always, my own.
Some hotels stay in your mind long after you’ve checked out, and the Gewandhaus Dresden is one of them.
This Dresden luxury hotel provides an unparalleled experience when it comes to style and sophistication. But what truly drew me in was the feeling of endless possibility, brought about by staying in what could have been a Venetian palace with baroque influences, in a world of indulgence beyond temporality.
It was a pure pleasure simply to wander the halls of the Gewandhaus, which wrap around a large inner courtyard with a glass roof. It was even more of a delight to unwind in my marble bathroom’s whirlpool.
And breakfast in the sun-soaked atrium helped me start each day inspired. Those are just some of the images that remain in my mind as I reflect upon my stay at Dresden’s 5-star hotel par excellence.
If you are looking for a lavished Dresden boutique hotel, I highly recommend the Gewandhaus. To understand the magic of this Autograph Collection Hotel, read on.
History of the Gewandhaus Dresden
If you are familiar with the Autograph Collection, part of the exclusive Marriot Bonvoy group, you’ll know that these hotels offer more than luxury. They provide a unique invitation to discover a destination within a destination, that is, in line with their motto “exactly like nothing else”.
The Gewandhaus Dresden joined the Autograph Collection in 2015, but its history has been interwoven with the city for centuries. The building itself saw the light in 1768 and lived many lives before becoming a high-end hotel. Throughout the 18th century, it even housed an important clothing market (with Gewand meaning garment in German).
Today’s Gewandhaus exudes that same joie de vivre one might expect at a bustling cloth atelier – but with endlessly sophisticated touches.
Lavish Rooms and Suites
The Gewandhaus Dresden offers three main room types: standard (although there is nothing standard about them!), superior, and junior suites.
I was lucky enough to stay in a 50 sqm suite, which felt more like an apartment than a hotel room, with a king-sized bed, separate sitting area and office, coffee station and – get this – a walk-in closet. Plus, there was plenty of space to pace back and forth as I like to do while on calls, and numerous windows ensured a ton of natural light.
The Piece de Resistance: All-Marble Bathrooms
Most impressive to me was that each room at the Gewandhaus Dresden boasts a stunning all-marble bathroom, guaranteed to make an impression. Whether you stay in a standard room or junior suite, you’ll be able to enjoy this perk.
I don’t think I’ve ever raved about a bathroom in my life, but I’m still dreaming about mine at the Gewandhaus!
It wasn’t just about the marble, or the whirlpool, either: it was about the fresh flowers adorning the vanity, and the fact that my rubbish got emptied throughout the day (when I stepped out) so that I could always enjoy a perfectly clean and aesthetic environment.
Facilities Made for Optimal Comfort
The indulgent Gewandhaus experience doesn’t stop at the beautiful rooms and suites. In fact, it begins the second one enters the lobby. Both opulent and convivial, it perfectly captures the essence of the Gewandhaus Dresden. You’ll find comfortable chairs, floral displays, and even a grand piano and fireplace, inviting guests to linger for a while.
Guests might even feel compelled to remain at the hotel instead of exploring the city, especially if they wish to take advantage of the sauna, fitness area, and tropical-themed pool area.
The most striking feature, however, is the aforementioned inner courtyard with a glass ceiling, something quite rare to find in a German hotel. Little balconies – some open to all guests, others connected to the rooms – let us look out at the courtyard from the second and third floors.
Food & Drink
Further adding to the staycation concept, the Gewandhaus Dresden takes care of all of one’s gastronomical needs. Breakfast is served in the left wing, where patrons have the option to enjoy their first meal of the day with views of the Venetian courtyard or on the outside terrace.
Should you crave something sweet later in the day, the Kuchen Atelier (this luxury Dresden hotel’s own in-house patisserie) will dazzle with hand-crafted macarons, cakes, and other treats that look as delightful as they taste.
When dinner time rolls around, you can treat yourself to high-quality, dry-aged steak (aged in-house) at the Gewandhaus’ Meatery restaurant. Complementing the international steak selection are salads (changing daily as inspiration strikes the chef) and a myriad of desserts, from mouthwatering brownies to inventive sorbets.
While the Gewandhaus Dresden is a destination in its own right, this iconic hotel’s location in the Old Town is ideal for exploring all that the city has to offer. It is just a 10-minute walk to the river and famous Brühls Terrace, meandering along cobblestoned streets and past the Frauenkirche and Dresden’s Castle to get there.
Looking for an Unforgettable Stay in Saxony? Book a Room at the Gewandhaus Dresden!
I try to share the very best, and most inspiring of my travel experiences on this blog, so I don’t say this lightly. But the Gewandhaus Dresden was quickly catapulted to the top of my list of hotel recommendations. And not just for the luxury experience, but just as much for that feeling of being somewhere unique and timeless, where you can change, write, or rewrite your own story.