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.
Anton Alois Brenner: Tailor to the Royals and Visionary Hotelier
Anton Alois Brenner, the visionary behind Brenners Park-Hotel, was not just a tailor to the royal court. He was a man of impeccable taste and foresight, which he channeled into the transformation of this historic establishment.
Camille Brenner: Expanding the Horizons
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.
The Hotel Stephanie Evolution
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.
The Roaring Twenties and Kasino Stephanie
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.
Transition to the Oetker Collection
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.
A Symbol of Hope and Renewal
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 symbolised hope and renewal, as evidenced by the approximately 17,000 guests, nearly half hailing from abroad.
The Cradle of Europe
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.
The Evolution of Luxury
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 nine distinctive buildings, each contributing its unique charm to the surrounding landscape.
Historic Main Building: Elegance and Tradition
This ensemble’s heart is the historic main building, a symbol of elegance and tradition.
Villa Stéphanie: The House of Wellbeing
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.
Parkvilla: Exclusive Luxury
The estate also features the Parkvilla, an exclusive luxury enclave spanning 600 square meters.
Residence Turgenjew, Villa Viardot, Alois’ Nest, and More
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 hotel’s main building 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.
Preserving the Heritage
The Villa Stéphanie, the Spa area, the Parkvilla, and the private park will remain untouched, safeguarding the essence of the hotel’s rich heritage.
Culinary Treasures at Wintergarten
Throughout this transformative phase, guests will remain warmly welcomed at Wintergarten restaurant, where culinary treasures will be savoured.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa stands as a testament to timelessness and elegance. Its 150-year journey reflects resilience, adaptation, and unwavering commitment to preserving the essence of Baden-Baden’s heritage. As it looks ahead to a new era, guests can anticipate experiencing a blend of tradition and modernity in a setting that has, for over a century, been a sanctuary of luxury and sophistication.