Should you visit Düsseldorf in West Germany, one hotel that you should stay at is the Capella Breidenbacher Hof. The five-star luxury hotel is located in the vibrant Königsallee shopping district.
You don’t have to walk far for some retail therapy. Strellson and Marc O’Polo are just next to the main entrance of the hotel and the Galeria Kaufhof is opposite the hotel.
It has a history of over two centuries. The who’s who in society including royalty such as Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia have been hosted here.
While Düsseldorf is pretty much a walking city, the entrance to Heinrich-Heine-Allee U Bahn subway station is just opposite the hotel so you can easily hop onto the train from the airport or Central Station to get here. The car or train ride between the airport and the hotel takes around 10 minutes.
The Capella Breidenbacher Hof has 85 spacious rooms with a minimum size of 41 sqm and 21 suites which range from 76 to 400 sqm. Unlike other hotels, there are no set check-in or check out times here.
My Private Space
In March this year, I was invited to Düsseldorf by Düsseldorf Airport and Singapore Airlines. When I saw that Capella Breidenbacher Hof was one of the hotels I was going to be hosted in, I was excited. It was my first time staying in any Capella Hotel property even though there is Capella Singapore back home.
A Warm Welcome of Treats
The kind folks at the hotel spoilt me to bits. They put me up in the 76 sqm Capella Suite which had a separate living room and bedroom. And the welcome gifts beautifully displayed in the living room included small bites of savouries and sweets to help me get over the jet lag and a good night’s rest.
A kind friend who used to work with Capella Hotels & Resorts corporate office in Singapore helped to link me up with Brita and Sina even before I arrived in Düsseldorf. I couldn’t be more appreciative to Joleena and the ladies at the hotel who have been perfect hosts for the entire stay.
A Well Stocked Complimentary Mini Bar
The hotel tries to be as environmentally correct as possible. Whilst still and sparkling water are provided in the rooms, they are provided complimentary in glass bottles. Many hotels I have stayed in around the world still offer mineral water in plastic bottles.
Soft drinks in the fridge are also complimentary. Two blends of Ronnefeldt tea are offered in the room – a Morgentau blend of flavoured green leaf tea with Mango-Citrus flavour as well as an Ayurveda Herbs & Ginger herbal infusion. Coffee addicts can have a cuppa of Nespresso.
Time to clean and soak
The bathroom is huge with a separate shower and WC as well as a jacuzzi tub. A sitting area has been thoughtfully added to the shower room.
Freshen up with L’Occitane’s Verneine Agrumes range of shower products, a blend of citrus fruits and crushed, lemon leaves. L’Occitane has used organic verbena from Provence and grapefruit and lemon from the Mediterranean to create this range. The scent is perfect for any age and gender.
A Good Night’s Rest
Get a good night’s rest. Turn down service every night ensures you get a little sweet before bed. For me, it’s always with a cup of hot tea. Comforting just before bed. Especially when it was still cooling spring in March this year.
I had two good night’s rest. After each day’s excursions to Bonn & Cologne and a visit to MedienHafen and an Altbier-Safari in Düsseldorf the next day, no wonder I slept so well every night here. Sink into the beautiful bed and soft pillows after a nice shower or soak in the jacuzzi tub. You will not want to get out of bed the next morning.
Getting Some Work Done
I got to check my emails and get some editorial work done on the work desk area in the Capella Suite. A shelf of books are available for guests to read but most of them are in German.
The sofa area is large enough to comfortably sit a family of five. Watch some movies on the large Sony television screen or listen to some music from the Bose system.
Cool Cocktails at Capella Bar
Capella Bar’s posh gold and black marble setting is inviting for a night of relaxation over drinks from the manga-themed menu.
We only had time on the last night of the trip to enjoy some cocktails before bidding farewell. And we decided the four of us should sit by the bar and watch our drinks get made.
We were greeted by Savvas Koumantzias from Rhodes in Greece. He has been a mixologist at Capella Bar for slightly over two years. Prior to joining Capella Bar, Savvas was the Bar Team Leader & Bar Consultant at Costa Navarino Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Head Bartender at Elysium Resort & Spa.
The Sex In the City is a fanciful €19 cocktail of handcrafted Lions Vodka from Munich, fruit juice and lime served in a glass high heel shoe. The cocktail is served to you in a shoe box which reveals the glass shoe when you unbox it.
In the Smoker’s Lounge, guests can enjoy a selection of 124 cigars. It is also the largest walk-in humidor in a European hotel.
Lunch at the Show Kitchen
We were hosted to a two-course lunch starting with soup and amuse bouche at the hotel’s cosy show kitchen. I picked the Viennese veal schnitzel that was roasted in melted butter served with potato cucumber salad and cranberries. The meal was paired with a glass of Spätburgunder (a pinot noir) that was bottled specially for the hotel.
Dessert was a great ending to lunch. We had the Tahiti vanilla crème brûlée with raspberry sorbet.
The Capella Living Room
This is the exclusive space for all hotel guests. The Capella Living Room is where you can just sit and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Newspapers and magazines are available for guests to peruse here. Guests can access this living room with their key cards in a secure environment. Lifts to the rooms are also located here.
Personal Assistants are on hand to assist guests with any requests including tickets to sold-out concerts, a private jet booking, or even late night shopping at luxury boutiques such as MCM, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc or Prada. Guests can order tailor-made shirts from van Laack while staying a the hotel and have them sent back home. hahaha
Relax and take a dip in the indoor heated pool. It was empty when we were there. The pool is located in the same area as the spa, sauna & steam bath and gym.
CitySpa Cocoons offer a variety of spa treatments. What I found interesting were the male extravagant full body sleep-ritual that also comes with complimentary champagne available only after 10 pm and all night long by private pre-booking. Cocoons is the only German CitySpa partner of Dior Homme Dermo Systems, a treatment by the Dior Innovation Centre that is tailored for the skin of men.
A 2-hour session will cost you €360 and a 3 hour one at €450. Because spa treatments are provided 24 hours, you can get the much-needed therapy to relax after a long flight into Düsseldorf.
Aesthetic and Health Clinics
Medical tourism is gaining popularity in Düsseldorf and there are two clinics within the hotel. Preventicum is a centre of excellence for individualised medicine with over 40 years of clinical expertise and over 10 years of operations. You can get a whole body check up in less than five hours. Guests can get cardio-check-ups as well as all cardiovascular and internal examinations.
Pearl of Aesthetic offers aesthetic and plastic surgery. The clinic is specialised in capillary transplantations and laser treatments of any kind. The clinic also offers thyroid, vein surgery and aesthetic dental treatments.
This stay was hosted by Capella Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf but the opinions in this article are that of the author.