One of Europe’s best kept secrets, Stuttgart is a cultural and commercial hub. In the midst of German wine country, come to this city for its copious green spaces and its marvels of modern and baroque architecture, and the home of Mercedes Benz.
Stuttgart’s luxury hotel scene, meanwhile, may be said to be a touch old fashioned. Hyper trendy most of these places are not. What they are, though, is thoroughly dedicated to comfort, cleanliness, and service. And when it comes to top end hotels, aren’t those the most important things, anyway?
Le Méridien Stuttgart
Not the most beautiful luxury admittedly, and more aimed at business tourists than day-trippers, Le Méridien Stuttgart is nevertheless extremely comfortable, and packed with all the features you might expect from a five star hotel, and with excellent service to boot. Everything is on a large scale, including the rooms, which are wonderfully spacious and filled with light. There’s a spa, fitness centre, and indoor swimming pool onsite, plus a lively bar where local wines are served and connections made. From 206 euros per night
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
Another top end establishment right in the centre of things, the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin turns the German reputation for efficiency onto the luxury sector. Everything here is incredibly smooth-functioning and clean. Again, don’t expect to be wowed by the design, where few risks have been taken, but the comfort is second to none. There’s also an enormous spa with a floor plan of over 500 square metres, and two onsite restaurants, one of which, the Zeppelin Stüble, specialises in local Swabian cuisine and offers quite enough character for the hotel all on its own. From 218 euros per night
Only a fifteen minute drive from central Stuttgart, but benefitting from a location wrapped by forest, Waldhotel Stuttgart offers peace and relaxation along with classic comfort. The interiors aren’t flashy, though they do have a timeless and very tasteful quality. Adding to the hotel’s idyllic credentials, meanwhile, there’s a large garden for wandering in, or taking an evening drink, as well as a gym and a spa, and even a tennis court for truly active guests. Should you want to give a miss on heading into town one evening, there’s also an onsite restaurant that serves excellent international food. From 198 euros per night
Excellent for travellers searching for something a little different, there’s a real wow factor to Camino ARCOTEL. Inspired by the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain, it advertises each of its rooms as a pilgrimage of their own. The adventure starts in the dramatic high-ceilinged lobby – its own cathedral to the luxury that awaits, which lifts guests instantly out of the mundane. Less expensive than many of the other hotels on this list, the hotel nevertheless has a spa and exercise room, and a very good restaurant dedicated to local cuisine. From 137 euros per night
Hotel Zur Weinsteige
Embracing local traditions and good for travellers who prefer their hotels a touch more idiosyncratic, the beautiful and beautifully quirky Hotel Zur Weinsteige positively exhales romance. Full of unique carvings and antiques, no two rooms here are alike, apart from in comfort. And though it’s true that it may not have quite the amenities of some of the other hotels on this list, that’s more than made up for by its charm and its onsite restaurant, which serves modern European food, and is considered one of the best in Stuttgart. From 190 euros per night