The Best Hotels in Leipzig, Germany

The Koenneritz Bridge provides some of the best views of the White Elster River
The Koenneritz Bridge provides some of the best views of the White Elster River | Courtesy of imageBROKER / Gabriele Hanke / Expedia
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25 March 2021

Leipzig, with an emerging art and music scene, is one of Germany’s up-and-coming cities. About an hour from Berlin, it’s an excellent destination for a weekend trip. However, scoring the right accommodation is essential for making the visit worthwhile. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the top hotels to book while in Leipzig.

Hotel Fregehaus

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Hotel Fregehaus
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Hotel Fregehaus is a high-class boutique hotel in a 16th-century townhouse that once belonged to a wealthy merchant. The tasteful rooms feature high ceilings, timber floors and period architectural details. There’s also a private courtyard – an ideal refuge for passing a serene afternoon in the sunshine. It’s also an excellent option if you’re an art lover, sitting near some of the city’s best galleries, including the Museum der bildenden Künste (Museum of Fine Arts).

Hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig

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Hotel Furstenhof
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If you’re looking for something luxurious, check out Hotel Fürstenhof Leipzig, sitting inside an 18th-century building near the city zoo. Here, bathrooms are clad in marble, and some rooms include balconies with phenomenal city views. The hotel also houses a wine bar, Vinothek 1770, and the gourmet Restaurant Villers – try the lobster confit in herb broth with champagne risotto. Further indulgence is available at the in-house Spa AquaMarin, home to an indoor heated pool, a Finnish sauna and plenty of cosmetic treatments.
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Pentahotel Leipzig

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Pentahotel Leipzig
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Within walking distance of the Leipzig Opera, Pentahotel Leipzig offers a modern brand of luxury through sleek decor and designer amenities. Some of the most noteworthy elements are the trendy restaurant and loft-style lounge, dressed in urban industrial accents. It also has an indoor pool and a fitness centre with a hot tub and sauna. Rooms are decorated in a modern style, giving them a dramatic, sophisticated air.
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Steigenberger GrandHotel Handelshof

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Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig
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The Steigenberger GrandHotel Handelshof is housed inside a large sand-coloured building with a Mediterranean vibe, just a short distance from the Leipzig Markt station downtown. Highlights include the French Brasserie Le Grand and the glowing contemporary atrium bar. There’s also a wellness centre that offers massages and has a Finnish sauna. Expect spacious rooms decorated in a glamorous style, complete with city or lush courtyard views.
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Seaside Park Hotel

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Seaside Park Hotel
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Seaside Park Hotel is just a short walk from Leipzig’s Central Station and near the St Nicholas Church. Its 1930s aesthetic is enough to entice anyone to spend an evening here, with the interior dressed in glitzy blue textiles and richly toned wood. The attached bistro-style restaurant specialises in steakhouse eats, and there’s a breakfast buffet available each morning.
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Hotel Paris Syndrom

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Hotel Paris Syndrom
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For something more avant-garde, try Hotel Paris Syndrom, a suite designed by Taiwanese artist Jun Yang. More art installation than lodging, it plays on the idea of Paris syndrome, in which new visitors to the French capital are disappointed that the reality of the city doesn’t match their expectations. So, prepare to be happily disappointed at this Leipzig suite, where fake Louis Vuitton fabrics cover the sofas, gaudy chandeliers dangle overhead, and school maps serve as wall art.

Book Hotel Leipzig

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Book Hotel Leipzig goes surprisingly light on the literature theme, with unobtrusive book murals in the rooms and common areas and a dinky library at the front desk. What you do get is a continental breakfast buffet each morning and an unfussy spot to rest. It’s also in a practical location, within walking distance of the Gewandhaus concert hall, Leipzig University and the Mendelssohn Haus, the former home of composer Felix Mendelssohn, now a museum dedicated to his life and works.
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  • Vienna Townhouse Bach Leipzig

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    Vienna Townhouse Bach Leipzig
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    Sitting in the oldest townhouse in Leipzig, the Vienna Townhouse Bach is, as the name suggests, an ode to German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. There’s a statue of the musician just across the street, and the rooms here are melody-minded, too, with notes adorning walls and lampshades resembling wind chimes. In the morning, hang around for a breakfast of freshly baked pastries.

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    Motel One Leipzig-Post

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    Motel One Leipzig-Post
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    After checking into Motel One Leipzig-Post, the first thing you’ll want to do is head straight to the rooftop bar. Grab a cocktail and place yourself on the terrace for glorious sunset views and vistas over the Leipzig rooftops. Once settled into your room, you’ll notice a postal theme. Golden post horns, letterboxes and an airmail-like lounge can all be found here, with the hotel designed to make you fall in love with letter writing all over again.

    Hotel Michaelis

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    Hotel Michaelis Leipzig
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    Sitting pretty on a tree-lined street, Hotel Michaelis hides modern rooms behind a neoclassical facade. Make a booking at the namesake restaurant for seasonal fine dining inspired by regional delicacies; if you’re staying on a Sunday, a roast with all the trimmings is a must. When you’re ready to explore the area, the pretty Clara-Zetkin Park is nearby.

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    Voss Villa

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    Voss Villa
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    On a leafy street adjacent to the lovely Johanna Park, Voss Villa has 16 suites. It’s ideal for business travellers and long-term visitors to the city (you can stay up to six months). Rooms are bright, airy and stylish, with large windows, and some have private balconies. If it’s space you’re after, opt for a loft suite, which comes with a view of the New Town Hall, a small kitchenette and a deep soaking tub in the bathroom.

    Laura Hampson contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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