Above: Exterior - - Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Editor Rating Scale of 90-100
In an ideal location adjacent to the famous Semperoper and Zwinger palace complex, this distinguished and elegantly restored 213-room hotel is housed in the resurrected ruins of an 18th-century royal baroque palace. Comfortably furnished rooms offer city or courtyard views and lounge areas with writing desks. The gourmet seafood-focused Kastenmeiers recently relocated to the hotel, and upscale comfort food is served in the contemporary Palais Bistro or, during summer, outside on a patio in the beautiful inner courtyard. The hotel also encompasses Café Vestibül for afternoon tea, and a cozy wood-paneled bar serving an extensive selection of whiskeys. Other amenities include a spa with an attractive heated indoor blue-tiled swimming pool, a solarium and a fitness suite, and during winter, a charming ice skating rink occupies the inner courtyard.