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.
|Region||DE – Germany, Bavaria, Rhön, Mellrichstadt|
|Scenery||In the Rhön Biosphere Reserve|
|Number of guests||45 rooms, max. 79 guests|
|Completed||1976, 2022 Erweiterung|
|Design||SCHMITT LOEBERMANN GETTO ARCHITEKTEN, NürnbergAnna Fiege, Berlin (Interior Design)|
|Published||Luxury Hotels and resorts (07/2022), Geo Saison (02/2022), der hotelier (08/ 2019)|
|Awards||best architects award 2024 (Gartenblickzimmer)|
|Architecture||Modern, Old & new|
|Criteria||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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