Planning a trip to Dresden, Germany? These are the best hotels in the city, from a grand castle for romantic getaways to family-friendly affordable stays for holidaying on a budget – and all bookable with Culture Trip.
The traditional capital of Saxony sits on the banks of the Elbe river and is known for its lush forests and parks, and reconstructed old town, which was completed in 1743 and meticulously rebuilt and restored after World War II, and the impressive baroque church Frauenkirche.
This fairy-tale castle, high above the Elbe river and surrounded by 15ha (37 acres) of landscaped parkland, is an escape from the everyday. The castle has 17 elegant four-star rooms and suites, outfitted with antiques, which take inspiration from Tuscan manor houses. Within the grounds, you’ll also find the more modern three-star Kavaliershaus, which houses 67 rooms and two family suites. Indulge in a meal fit for royalty at the castle restaurant, which serves luxurious dishes such as lobsters with Bearnaise sauce, and deer veal carre with apple and mace strudel.
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Look out over the skyline of Dresden’s baroque old town, also known as the Canaletto View, from this elegant hotel on the banks of the Elbe. Rooms range from simple yet stylish to the expansive Presidential Suite, which features a separate bedroom, study and living area with fireplace. With a conference centre that can host up to 850 guests in 13 conference rooms, as well as a pretty courtyard for corporate events and parties, the hotel is just as suited to business travellers as it is to holidaymakers.
This five-star Innere Altstadt hotel is conveniently located in Dresden’s historic city centre, just minutes from the city’s most famous sights, such as the Semper Opera House, Royal Palace, Zwinger and Frauenkirche. Seeking a truly luxurious experience? Book the Crown Prince Suite, a 360sqm (3,875sqft) refuge that can host up to eight adults and four children and takes inspiration from 19th-century European opulence – think sumptuous velvets, chandeliers and tapestries. Complete the experience with a day at the spa: the signature Milk & Honey treatment combines milk washing with valuable minerals and a honey massage.
Built between 1768 and 1770, this five-star boutique hotel is a celebration of the manufacturing history of the city, with an interior rich in handcrafted detail from different periods – from sumptuous textiles and antique leather details to burnished brass lighting. There are 97 rooms and suites, and a spa with an indoor pool, sauna and steam bath, but the highlight here is the gastronomic offering. The [m]eatery bar + restaurant specialises in European pasture cattle with in-house matured steaks. There’s also a cake atelier by pastry chef Dirk Günther on the ground floor, where guests can indulge their sweet tooth.
Planning a trip to Dresden on a budget? There are 29 simple yet comfortable rooms, ranging from single rooms to three-bed rooms, at this affordable hotel in a quiet neighbourhood just 10 minutes from the city centre. Along with free wifi and parking, a breakfast buffet of eggs, sausages, cheeses, salads and various breads is included. Guests can also choose half- and full-board packages, with typical regional cuisine served in the hotel restaurant.
This cosmopolitan hotel, in the historical heart of Dresden, is conveniently located near the Congress Center and is ideal for meetings and events. The rooms feature designer furniture and desks, and the exclusive Dresden Condo has a French balcony, separate lounge and a large bathroom with a whirlpool bathtub and rain shower. Enjoy dinner at Ven Restaurant – which serves artfully presented dishes such as lobster with pumpkin, wakame and lemon risotto – followed by a nightcap at the Twist Sky Bar on the sixth floor, which has unbeatable views of the Frauenkirche dome.
If you’re travelling to Dresden on a budget, but want to stay somewhere stylish, book a room at the Penck Hotel Dresden (formerly known as Art’otel). This art and design hotel, in the Altstadt neighbourhood, is conveniently located just 300m (984ft) from the International Congress Center. There are 174 rooms and suites with everything you need for a comfortable stay, but the real draw is the gallery-like lobby, which features colourful artwork by A R Penck, one of the most renowned post-war German painters since the 1960s. There are also seven event rooms, four conference rooms and a “creativity space”, making it ideal for business travellers.
This five-star hotel, in the Baroque quarter of Dresden, offers 47 rooms and 11 spacious suites over three floors. The rooms are decorated with richly coloured textiles set against elegant natural timber, and furnished with ornately carved furniture. The Palais SPA & Fitness centre on the top floor is fitted with cardio equipment and three saunas, as well as treatments such as the Rasul Oriental steam bath ritual, which includes a healing mud wrap and a sea salt scrub. The Michelin-starred Caroussel Nouvelle restaurant offers a choice of a fine dining menu or more casual bistro menu.
This affordable four-star family-run hotel, in a former patrician house built in 1855 and under monument protection for its historical importance, is ideal for family holidays. Choose from two different family suites that can sleep up to four people. There are also single rooms for solo travellers and doubles for couples. Planning a celebration in Dresden? The elegant banquet hall, with its ornate moulded ceiling, chandeliers and mirrored walls, is perfect for birthday parties, jubilees, weddings and other events. Business travellers are also catered for with a conference room offering space for up to 45 guests, and it’s only a five-minute walk to the Dresden Congress Center.
The historic facade of this building, in Dresden’s old town, conceals a modern hotel with 235 rooms and suites – many with views of the residential palace or the Frauenkirche. There are connecting rooms for families, wheelchair-accessible rooms and an executive lounge for business travellers. The spa and fitness centre are located in the historic 15th-century vaulted cellar, where modern design and state-of-the-art equipment – including a bio-sauna and Finnish sauna – is contrasted with the impressive stone walls and vaulted ceiling. For the ultimate romantic experience book the “Private Spa Night”, which offers couples access to the spa from 10pm to 1am alongside prosecco, fresh fruits and a sauna infusion.
Baroque meets industrial chic style at this boutique hotel, located conveniently between the contemporary cultural centre Kraftwerk Mitte and Dresden’s historic centre. The rooms feature designer furnishings, timber and leather detailing, plenty of useful storage, and fun domino sculptures beneath bell jars in a playful nod to the Schulte Dominos cakes that were invented in the city in 1936. The regional breakfast buffet offers à la carte egg dishes and a bread selection from the regional bakery Grundmann, while the VOLT Bar serves up innovative MyOwnCreation cocktails alongside snacks such as homemade currywurst with bread and pizza.
Discover a relaxing urban retreat at this boutique hotel in the heart of the city. The rooms are decorated in soothing neutrals, and there are four different room types – from the cosy Parvus rooms to the luxurious 58sqm (635sqft) Refugium Suites, some of which have private terraces and views of the Frauenkirche. Kids up to the age of three stay for free, and there’s even a cartoon concierge for kids, who can help plan family-friendly day trips in and around Dresden. The adjoining QF Passage is home to a variety of restaurants and shops, from fashion brands Wolford and Dorothee Schumacher to the Vito von Gaudlitz Gallery.
This grand hotel, in the historic Neumarkt area, has 185 elegant rooms, including spacious suites with separate living rooms, coffee machines and included use of the minibar. The Restaurant de Saxe serves regional specialties from Saxony as well as international cuisine – think gnocchi with pumpkin, sage, figs and Grana Padano, or fillet of salmon with broad beans, mashed potatoes with hazelnut and lovage brew. Unwind at the Spa World Comfort wellness area, which features a sauna, steam bath and sanarium.