HOTEL ZUM LÖWEN
54 rooms & suites
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Interior Design: Anja Müller
It’s impossible to discuss Hotel zum Löwen’s architecture and design without mentioning Hans Georg Näder, the local businessman and charity activist whose influence can be felt in every part of the 17th Century building. The hotel has been in Näder’s family for years, playing an important role in Duderstadt’s economy, but with the latest changes to the historic building he has been able to share more of his private collections with guests, making them feel like they’re visiting a close friend’s home.
Most noticeable is Näder’s staggering collection of photography, which includes original works by Helmut Newton, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Andy Warhol. Götz Diergarten (Bernd Becher’s student) was also commissioned to take a series of photos especially for the hotel. These contemporary works contrast well with the 1,000-year-old artifacts uncovered during the restoration, now on display in the hotel’s vaulted cellar.
One of Näder’s visions for the hotel was that guests should be able to enjoy the art together. No surprise, then, that the public spaces are sociable, relaxing and conducive to absorbing the surroundings. Comfortable furnishings have been handpicked from a diverse group of well-known designers (including Brazilian pioneer Sérgio Rodrigues) but the materials used – such as dark, hard wood – remain consistent. Interior designer Anja Müller brought the property into line with Näder’s personality, using dramatic shades of dark green, purple and brown. However, she never strayed far from the dominant idea: to create a modern adaptation of the traditional German guesthouse.
Contemporary elements like the spa, slotted faultlessly into the souterrain of an adjoining structure, certainly helped. This new building provided more space for catering (the hotel has two restaurants and a courtyard-style breakfast room) but left the façade – on a road full of timber-framed buildings – essentially unchanged. Inside, guests will find a pool, salt sauna and steam room, where the focus is more on personal relaxation than elaborate spa treatments. Amenities here are typical of those found at much larger international resorts. The hotel’s cigar lounge, softly lit wine-tasting rooms and microbrewery (the only one in the region) were all designed as spaces where the finer things in life could be appreciated and enjoyed.
Divided into three main types, the hotel’s 54 rooms and suites all share similar characteristics. Tall, lollypop-shaped lamps illuminate broad beds, which are topped with white cotton sheets. Cappuccino-colored floors and headboards give a clean, modern slant to the homely rooms, 15 of which are adapted for travelers with disabilities. Owner Hans Georg Näder and his company Ottobock also used their expertise in the field of rehabilitative medicine to create stylish rooms for design-loving travellers with disabilities. Junior suites have balconies that look out over the medieval part of Duderstadt, ringed by thick walls. Westerturm, one of the city’s eight gate towers, is just steps away from the hotel.