Two fine old Baden-Baden homes, built over three centuries ago, have been merged recently to become the newly renovated Rathausgloeckel Hotel. It is a small 4-star inn located in the most desirable position, a two- minute walk to the famous Friedrichsbad and the Caracalla Spa in one direction, and a short stroll downhill to the central Leopoldsplatz, a square that leads to all the fine shopping streets and the elegant promenade, Lichtentaler Allee.
The structure has a rich history, still visible in its 16th century wine cellar built over the remains of the ancient baths of original Roman settlement of Aquae. Records show that there was a simple house already in existence at Steinstrasse 7 as early as 1674. At that time, it was owned by a baker and the original oven is still to be seen in the cellars today. In 1828, the property was sold and the new owners opened a restaurant. In 2009, the current owners took the already existing hotel/restaurant, joined it to the adjacent house and created this very special inn.
Our room is small but lacks no desired comfort. The furnishings, of fine burled walnut wood and the linens are of top quality. It is not always easy to exit from beneath the comfort of a down cover, but breakfast here is worth it. The offerings are generous and arranged beautifully, buffet-style, in the attached restaurant of the same name. Indeed, dinner in the Rathausgloeckel Restaurant, owned by Sonja and Andreas, is not to be missed. Andreas does a super job of recreating many of the traditional dishes of the Black Forest region, including a few of historical significance.
Nearby church bells call us forth to explore one of the most charming cities in Germany – all the sights within easy walking distance of our hotel, where we have been made to feel welcome and very much at home.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Steinstraße 7, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
Hotel Rathausglöckel ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson