Since 2018, Carsten K. Rath and his son David Rath have been organizing the ranking of the 101 best hotels in Germany with their Swiss Institute for Service & Leadership Excellence.
At the end of November, the “who’s who of the German hotel industry” was honored at a festive gala in Wildbad Kreuth on Lake Tegernsee. Prominently supported by “Mr. Tegernsee” Korbinian Kohler and his Bachmair Weissach Gruppe and framed by the first 101 Executive Summit, where the leading CEOs of international hotel chains exchanged views on sustainability and social responsibility. Also on the podium: Neil Jacobs from Six Senses and Dr. Timo Grünert from Oetker Collection, Puneet Chhatwal from TAJ Hotels, Martin R. Smura from Grand Metropolitan Hotels, Christian Boyens from Belmond and René Nijhof from Kempinski, who spontaneously invited the 101 best to Munich’s Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten for 2024 at the end of the gala.
The 101 best
The independent ranking aims to provide travelers with orientation in the increasingly confusing world of hotels and resorts. It guarantees the highest degree of objectivity and is therefore quite unique in Germany. The Board of Trustees is characterized by hIn addition, independence, transparency and topicality are at the top of the list of priorities. What distinguishes the award authoritative from other awards.
Partner of the Institute for Service- & Leadership Excellence at the 101 Best Hotels in Germany IU International University of Applied Sciences Munich, Handelsblatt, Hornstein-Ranking, MADAME and Passion for Excellence AG.
The overall winner
The absolute number 1 and thus the hotel of the year is once again the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg. “The hotel has stood for timeless elegance since 1897, it has a top location on the Binnenalster and its two-star restaurant Haerlin is run by Christoph Rüffer, one of the best chefs in Germany,” the board of trustees said in its statement. General Manager Ingo C. Peters was delighted with the award and said: “We are very proud to receive this prestigious award. Day after day, our entire team is committed to offering our guests service par excellence.”
The best hotels in Germany were honored in a further nine categories at the 101 Soirée. The winners are:
Grand hotel of the year
Breidenbacher Hof, Düsseldorf
Hideaway of the year
Schloss Elmau, Elmau
Culinary hotel of the year
Hotel Bareiss, Baiersbronn
Spa & Health Resort of the year
Severin’s Resort & Spa, Sylt
Design hotel of the year
The Fontenay, Hamburg
City hotel of the year
Mandarin Oriental Munich, Munich
Golf Resort of the year
Der Öschberghof, Donaueschingen
Hotel of the year in historic architecture
Hotel Europäischer Hof, Heidelberg
Luxury Family Resort of the year
Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach, Weissach
Newcomer of the year
Hotel Telegraphenamt, Berlin
Newcomer of the year
Hotel Deimann, Schmallenberg
Livestream of the award ceremony
Those who are curious can find the live stream of the award ceremony for the 101 Best Hotels in Germany here.