Hotel Sturm

In the Hotel Sturm, the architecture of the 80s takes on new dimensions, artfully and subtly connecting the past with the present. A multi-layered house with a clear philosophy and sustainable concept, set amidst the cultural landscape of the Rhön.
In order to preserve the old structures and peculiarities of the family-run hotel, which opened in 1976, new layers of space were added to the inventory, linking both worlds. At times, these are high freestanding wooden lattice screens that playfully and elegantly shroud the former breakfast and conference area. Sometimes it’s a slatted wooden façade that conceals the cantilevered ground floor. The 40-year-old eight-storey hotel tower made of brown clinker brick has also been given a new coat of paint. Bathed in white, it not only looks fascinatingly contemporary, but also like a sculpture jutting out into the green landscape.
Inside, the modernised foyer clad in silver fir welcomes visitors. As the most recent renovation effort, the original breakfast room was transformed into a modern restaurant, “Otto’s”, whose openly designed kitchen reflects the values of quality, honesty and transparency. Here, too, the play of concealment and superimposition continues: screens made of black vertical wooden slats divide the large guest room into more intimate areas, while a wooden lattice ceiling structures the roof glazing.
All rooms are furnished with simple elegance, radiating a sense of shelter. Those staying in one of the new garden rooms, which were built entirely in wood, overlook the swimming pond.
In addition to the ecologically and regionally minded “Otto’s”, pure nature is also available directly from the kitchen garden. The spa area offers various saunas; from there you can also reach the swimming pond or stroll around the extensive hotel garden. Including a climate-neutral frog concert.

What to do

Hikes to the Wasserkuppe, the Milseburg, to the Kreuzberg monastery or through the moors, biking, yoga, diving into the swimming pond, wellness, tennis, golf, a guided tour of the hotel's own garden, a herb hike or alpaca walk, a sightseeing flight over the Rhön or the Thuringian Forest, a visit to the state theatre in Meiningen or an excursion to the spa town of Bad Kissingen.

Why we like this house

Old substance in a new dress - an exciting concept of concealment, covering and superimposition.

This house is great for

Ideal for couples and all lovers of nature and culinary delights.


Certified Biohotel, CO2-neutral, biogas, green electricity, geothermal energy and photovoltaic system, three new wooden buildings are zero-energy houses.
 Public transport connection: the hotel is not far from Mellrichstadt train station, e-charging stations for vehicles and e-bikes, regional food in organic quality as far as possible.

Owner picture


Once the lifelong dream of Otto and Inge Sturm, their daughter Christa now runs the Hotel Sturm with a green credo together with her husband Matthias Schulze Dieckhoff. Their motto: "What should stay must change". With this in mind, they have accompanied the hotel step by step to become a certified Biohotel and have established a sustainable philosophy that is reflected in all areas of the hotel.


Region/Town DE – Germany, Bavaria, Rhön, Mellrichstadt
Name Hotel Sturm
Scenery In the Rhön Biosphere Reserve
Number of guests 45 rooms, max. 79 guests
Completed 1976, 2022 Erweiterung
Published Luxury Hotels and resorts (07/2022), Geo Saison (02/2022), der hotelier (08/ 2019)
Architecture Modern, Old & new
Accomodation Hotel
Criteria Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Rooms for 1-4 (hotel), Art, Garden, Golf, Hiking, Lake/river, Meeting, Restaurant, Sauna, Spa, EV-charging station, excellent sustainability, No car needed

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One Comment

  1. Ein wundervolles und sehr sympathisches Hotel, das sich seit Jahren gekonnt weiterentwickelt. Besonders in Erinnerung ist mir die Außensauna und der Naturteich geblieben, das gute Essen und das umwerfende Frühstücksbuffet. Für unser Mädchenwochenende war es der perfekte Ort für eine kleine Auszeit, nicht weit entfernt von den schönen Wanderwegen der Hochrhön.
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