Close your eyes. Imagine to wake up surrounded by the silence and majesty of the Taunus Mountain in a day of December. It’s cold outside, but you can’t miss the opportunity to have a relaxing morning swim in the outdoor heated pool overlooking at the not-too-far Frankfurt landscape. It’s reinvigorating and makes you feel a bit like in the Icelandic Blue Lagoon without the freezing part and once you’ve done, a warm infusion of fruits and herbs will wait for you in a cosy and quiet area. Want more? Close your eyes again and imagine to walk in the comfort of your bathing robe towards a luxury spa offering a wide selection of treatments and two comfortable sauna area where you can relax all-day-long before heading for a taste of the finest German food without never doing a step outside. Too good to be true? Well, that’s what we have done at the Falkenstein Grand Kempinski.
Falkenstein Grand is a five star superior hotel part of the luxury chain Kempinski. It is situated in the quiet town of Königstein, just a small distance from the Taunus Mountain and easily reachable by car from Frankfurt. If you are a history lover, this place will steal your heart because the hotel is entirely built on the historical property of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The building open originally in 1875 and worked as a military sanatorium and hospital for the war victims until the WWI. After the closure in 1991, it re-opened as luxury hotel in 1999. The thing that fascinated me most was that despite the beautiful and luxurious renovation of the room and spaces, the hotel still have the charm of historical property with its underground passageways and classic ornament recalling echoes of a past fascinating period.
The hotel has now 112 rooms including 23 suites and 34 apartments connected to the main building and amenities throughout the 1500 metres-long underground historical tunnel. This is also used to connect rooms and the main building to the wellness area and to the luxury Ascara spa. You can walk with your bathrobe, comfortably and in total privacy, from the wellness to the spa without never do a step outside in the cold! Rooms are spacious, luminous and with nice private balconies offering a refreshing view on the Frankfurt landscape.
Furnitures, which have been renewed less than four years ago, follow a deluxe classical style typical of the nineteenth-century luxury European villas with, cream bedding sets enriched by soft floral decorations on solid wooden frames.
Wellness centre and Ascara Spa
I always consider pleasantly hotels including within their walls wellness centres and spa. This because while traveling I have the tendency to rush from one place to another in order to catch as much as possible from my explorations. Therefore, having a place where to relax at the end of the day is very much appreciated. At the Falkestein hotel you can choose to relax at the wellness centre or/and at the Ascara spa. Both are located at a little distance from the main building, reachable comfortably via the underground passage connecting the rooms to the facilities. The wellness centre includes sauna, an outdoor heated pool at a temperature of 29°, whirlpool, changing facilities and a lounge area where to relax and enjoy a warm fruit/herb infusion provided for guests.
Swimming outside in a cold German morning can be quite challenging but the warm water of the pool made this easier. On my advice, during the winter season it is better to have your swim outside first and warm yourself in the sauna/whirlpool later. Indeed, the whirlpool water is warmer than the pool and might you feel the outside temperature colder.
The Ascara Fitness Centre and spa is mentioned by Elite Traveler as one of the four best spa in Frankfurt. This because the spa offers a wide selection of treatments (e.g. scrubs, massages etc.) and the opportunity to relax in two different types of sauna. Inside, there is also a fitness suite where guests can train, follow classes and use dedicate equipment at the same time.
Restaurant Landgut Falkenstein
To complete our already perfect morning at the Falkenstein Grand, we have been welcomed as guests of the Landgut Falkenstein Restaurant. I’m always happy to try out some local cuisine and you already know I’m a great foodie! Langut Falkenstein is a fine restaurant with a touch of rustic feelings mixed with a classy atmosphere typical of the Kempinski brand leaded by the chef Oliver Heberlein. You know how much I love design and Landgut Falkenstein did not disappoint at all. Loved in particular the firewall room with the trees-decorated walls looking a bit like a French-bistro.
Our lunch at the Langut Falkenstein was nothing but perfect giving us the opportunity to try the best Rhine-Main regional cuisine. Starting from a fresh local bread accompanied by soft cheese and butter we proceeded then with an exquisite seasonal mushroom soup. Our main dish was a traditional Wiener Schnitzel with cranberries, roasted potatoes and cucumber salad. If you want to enjoy a warm, relaxed atmosphere accompanied by delicious food and an exclusive view on the Frankfurt landscape, the Langut Falkenstein is definitely a great choice.
Our day at the Falkenstein Grand passed so quickly that we wished we could stay more!
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Big thanks to Falkenstein Grand for the amazing hospitality and for hosting us during this beautiful day! As always, all opinions are my own!
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