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HOTEL GRAF ZEPPELIN – STUTTGART
The Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin in downtown Stuttgart has undergone extensive renovation. This traditional style 5-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Stuttgart, directly across from the main train station, the Graf Zeppelin has been the flagship of the city’s business accommodation since it first opened in the 1930s. Located in the historically significant Zeppelin-Carres building of modernistic anti-Bauhaus style designed by architect Paul Bonatz, also was responsible for the city’s Hauptbahnhof train station directly across the street and much of Germany’s early autobahn system was completed in 1931. The hotel takes its name from the first metal framed rigid airship of the Count Zeppelin which made its maiden voyage from Freidrichshafen on Lake Constance south of Stuttgart to Lakehurst New Jersey in October of 1928 (see Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen).
Steigenberger, the legacy German luxury hotel group has been on a renovation campaign of late (see Steigenberger Handelshof Leipzig). The Graf Zeppelin Hotel of Stuttgart is the latest, completing a renovation in June of 2011. Twenty-million dollars was spent in a restyling the lobby and Olivo Restaurant and enlarging the size of the rooms, reducing the number from 190 to 155 in the process. The room design in soundproofed classic modern style, offer dark woods set against surface areas of subdued red, with textiles of warm hues and rich leather. The new bathrooms of generous proportions feature double washstands, either bathtub or floor level shower, contrasting cream colored natural stone and dark wood trims. Suffused LED lighting enhances the stylish atmosphere of the rooms, with flat screen television, in-room laptop and MP3 player connections, with 30 minutes free internet.
The hotel public spaces and hallways frame photos of the sights of Stuttgart, from the Mercedes Tri-Star atop the station to the glowing cube of the modern art museum. The new lobby features a combination of pale wall paneling and accents in purple and mother-of-pearl, exuding elegance and an inviting atmosphere. The open space bar allows a view of who’s coming and going if you’ve schedule a meet-up, or perhaps are looking for one. The lilac lighting of the reception desk provides a bit of whimsy to the crisp forms. The events area includes eleven air-conditioned meeting rooms and a business center with updated offers state-of-the-art technology. The two Board Meeting Rooms are equipped with comfortable leather armchairs and a private minibar.
The OLIVO Gourmet Restaurant as the Steigenberger, awarded with one Michelin star and 16 points from Gault Millau, under the direction of new head chef, Nico Burkhardt has also been redesigned. The signature French style International cuisine served in the classical elegance of parquet floors, leather and fireplace. For more casual dining, Swabian specialties are available in the Zeppelin Stüble restaurant, and fine beef and grilled fish dishes can be enjoyed in the street side Zeppelino’s Restaurant. The spa facility at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin have been redesigned to create the Zeppelin Day Spa and Gym, a 500 square meter oasis which provides an ideal spot to relax with views over the rooftops of the Stuttgart city center. The spa design is in Asian Zen style with prevailing features of warm shades of red-gold and precious woods. The pool area has also been reconfigured and now offers an outside terrace and a sauna facility with an aroma steam bath and Finnish sauna. An exclusive spa suite is available for private rental by hotel guests.
For fans of motorsports and fast cars with the Porsche or Mercedes car museums on the visit list, check out the art gallery of Conny Constantin in the corner of hotel building for images of Steve McQueen and James Dean or other famed auto racing figures, the Mille Miglia and historic Monaco. The Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin is an easy walk from the main shopping street of Stuttgart, Königstrasse, Germany’s longest, the Kunst Museum, Opera and the Schlossplatz Square. The Stuttgart Airport and new Convention Center are a twenty-six minute ride on the S-Bahn from the main station. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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