Schloß Reinhartshausen, Königstein im Taunus, Germany – Hotel Review
While Europe may be full of castle-hotels, only a small number of these are true luxury hotels and only one, Schloß Reinhartshausen, features its own vineyard. I discovered this hidden gem on my first trip to the Rheingau-Taunus region of the German state of Hesse.
But to fully appreciate Schloß Reinhartshausen, we have to at least briefly mention Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, who acquired the castle (built in 1801) in 1855. Marianne was the third daughter of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, and she turned Schloß Reinhartshausen into a cultural Mecca in the mid-nineteenth century. She supported many young artists, offering them accommodations at the castle, and her personal art collection totaled over 600 paintings. The Rhine’s largest island, Mariannenaue, is named after her. Today it is a private island owned by the hotel and full of vineyards.
No sooner had I driven up with European editor Christian Stampfer in tow than a bellman was greeting us, helping with luggage, and escorting us to the reception desk. His colleague at reception had the key waiting and escorted us to our respective rooms.
My Deluxe Suite had a spacious living room with an elegant sitting area, a round dining table, a fireplace, and a work area in the corner, although the first thing I noticed was the row of elegant wooden wardrobes that lined the wall between the entryway and living room. The décor of the separate bedroom matched that of the living room.
The bed was perfect, not too hard and not too soft and I awoke from a deep sleep refreshed and ready for the challenges of the day, which would of course include sampling wines from the hotel’s vineyard.
The pink marble bath was a bit dated and the gold fixtures seemed a bit incongruous when compared with the rest of the suite, but this may be a matter of taste as it was spacious and well appointed.
The do-not-disturb signs jocularly warn others to keep away with “Vorsicht. Hund im Zimmer” (Caution. Dog in Room).
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