The Hotel

Versailles and Winchester Castle served as architectural models when Prince-Elector Johann Wilhelm II of Duesseldorf – shortened to Jan Wellem in the Rhineland dialect – ordered the construction of his “Maison de Rétraite” at a prominent site on the Bensberg mountain terrace with a breathtaking view of the cathedral city of Cologne.

While he had at first conceived of the imposing structure as a hunting lodge for his second wife, Maria-Luisa of the Medici family, Johann Wilhelm changed his plans following a visit to Versailles and ordered his architects to build a castle whose dimensions already impressed visitors in his own time – including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

When the Prince-Elector died in 1716 without ever having used his “Rhenish Versailles”, his widow soon returned to Italy. She took the numerous artists, plasterers and painters with her. Thus the building remained unfinished and was used over the centuries as a military hospital, cadet school, boarding school and refugee centre. Then in 1997 the Aachener & Münchener life insurance company bought the seriously dilapidated building and, with an investment of 75 million Euros, remodelled it as a grand hotel of the international luxury class.

FAQ

WIFI

We provide complimentary WiFi at the entire property.

Parking

You can park your car in the garage. Fees are EUR 2,50 per hour or EUR 28 for 24 hours.

It is not possible to pre book a parking-lot.

Electric cars

The garage is equipped with 2 Tesla-Chargers and 1 Charger for BMW.

Check-In

Check-In time is 3pm.

Check-Out

Our Check-Out time is 12 noon.

Pets

Dogs are allowed in the hotel, except of restaurants and beauty & spa area, and will be charged with EUR 30,00 / day

interconnecting rooms

Yes, the hotel has rooms that are interconnecting. Please let us know in advance if you require them.

Baby cots

We will provide you with a baby cot free of charge. Please book a room category from Grand Superior onwards and let us know your preferences in advance.

Extra beds

Extra beds are available at EUR 50,00 per day and bed. Please book a room category from Grand Deluxe onwards.

Handicapped accessible

The hotel disposes 2 accessible-single-rooms with a wheelchair-accessible shower.

Table reservation

Please make a note in your reservation and the hotel will get back to you.

Smoking rooms

We are a non-smoking hotel, all our rooms and public areas are smoke free.

Rooms with balcony

The hotel does not have rooms with balconies.

Spa / Fitnesscenter

Our hotel has a 1.000qm large 4 elements spa, incl. pool, beauty center and fitness studio. Our overnight guests can use the Beauty & Spa area free of charge.

The Team

Kurt Wagner

General Manager

Mathias Weigmann

Hoteldirector

Dominic Aldrup

Ass. Hoteldirector

Joachim Wissler

Executive Chef Restaurant Vendôme

Marcus Graun

Executive Chef Castle Gastromomy

Elisabeth Düren

Director of Rooms

Michael Dahl

Technique Manager

Sabine Evers

Front Office Manager

Denise Schmidt

Director of Sales

Daniel Abert

Director of Sales

Leonie Neberich

Director of Business Development

Imran Kapitasi

Service Manager Jan Wellem

Inken Kipker

Marketing Manager

Andrea Kuttenkeuler

Banquet Service Manager

Matthias Gohle

Director of Human Resources

Volker Striepecke

Purchasing Manager

Ralph Tausch

Technique Manager

Anna Uhl

Reservation Manager

Hannah Gross

Manager Accounting

Daniel Wilhelm

Restaurant Manager Trattoria Enoteca

Sophie Krampe

Service Manager Salvador Dalí Bar