During our time in Essen, Germany, we spent the night in a gorgeous castle called SchlossHotel HugenPoet (Schloss being the German word for castle). Built in 1248, this castle is creeping up on being 1,000 years old! Here are some gorgeous photos from our stay, and below I’ll tell you what we thought of this 5 star castle!
The castle was surrounded by an actual moat! It once had a draw bridge, but has since been replaced by a driveway, to make it more convenient for staff and guests to access.
The interior boasted luxurious sitting rooms, a beautiful bar, stunning decor, and an opulent dining room, with an equally delectable menu.
The back of the castle boasted an outdoor dining area, private tennis courts, ponds, gardens, and lots of walking paths. Even the gates and iron work around the building had regal touches. We visited in early March, and everything was already beginning to bud and bloom.
The staff spoke mainly German, which was fine with us because we both speak it, but if we hadn’t spoken the language, I don’t doubt that the staff would have made it work for us, as they were tremendously helpful and kind. I hope we get to visit again someday, because we very much enjoyed our stay.
Our room was small and a bit plain for what I would expect in a castle, but what it lacked in decoration and design in the bedroom, it made up for in a our gorgeous bathroom! The bathtub was large enough for my 6’2″ husband to lay down in completely, and everything was very clean.
Overall, we had an incredible stay and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who will be traveling to Essen, or the nearby cities. The staff were helpful and kind, the location was excellent, reaching the castle and parking were very simple, everything was clean and comfortable, the amenities were excellent & convenient, the overall aesthetic was unlike anywhere else I’d ever stayed before and the food was phenomenal too. There is also an all you can eat sushi buffet less than 10 minutes away, which was delicious!
Thank you so much for reading, until next time!