Surrounded by large sycamore trees, ESPLANADE is located at the Max-Ophüls-Platz, which marks the entry to the trendy Nauwieser Viertel, the cultural centre of Saarbrücken. The stand-alone building is a historical landmark dating back to the Wilhelminian era, and was built around 1890. Today it is home to stylish comfort, an interior design of timeless elegance and a creative culinary experience. It creates a new retreat – between Frankfurt and Paris, at the heart of Europe, tailoring to the tastes of gourmet travellers and design aficionados alike. The ideal starting point to discovering Saarland, its neighbouring countries or for embarking on a quick trip to Paris. Yet, Saarland’s capital itself is not to be neglected. The lively old town with its typical baroque-style Stengel buildings, small cafés, bistros, and boutiques is just a stone’s throw away. The same holds true for the city centre and its various shopping opportunities, which make for a pleasant stroll. The Saarland Museum & Modern Gallery, Saarbrücken Castle, Saarland’s State Theatre, and the promenade along the Saar river can be reached on foot. They can make for an interesting destination or provide a beautiful backdrop for extended walks.
The boutique hotel’s premium interior breathes the signature mid-century style characterised by clear, elegant lines and reduced, yet sensual forms. Individually selected design classics, noble materials and fine fabrics – well concerted from visual, tactile and acoustic points of view – create a clear ambiance full of harmony. A tribute to the simplicity of beauty – a return to the truly essential things in life.
In line with the hotel’s philosophy, the cuisine at the two-Star restaurant is a perfect combination of sensual accuracy and utmost distinctiveness. A modern interpretation of classic French Haute Cuisine with Mediterranean and Japanese influence, in which authentic flavours are not meant to have a complex, but authentic taste. Regional products and ingredients are prioritized.
Being one of only eight new Relais & Châteaux members in 2023, the ESPLANADE joins the exclusive circle of top establishments worldwide that combine excellent hospitality and culinary finesse to create unique, authentic experiences. The Falstaff Hotel Guide 2023 selected the ESPLANADE as one of the five best gourmet hotels in the country.
Our 16 Chambres located on the first and second floors, offer maximal comfort and perfect elegance. Their timeless interior not only creates a respectful and harmonious blend with the building’s architecture from the Wilhelminian era, but also underscores the impeccable balance of lines and spaces, natural and finished surfaces as well as of accents of lighter and darker shades.
The rooms are equipped with mid-century design classics like Harry Bertoia’s “Diamond Chair” and “Side Chair”, the “Tulip” coffee table by Eero Saarinen and minimalistic design objects like the “Calamo” desk by Zanotta. The herringbone parquet in oiled oak provides a French touch and serves as yet another tribute to the mansion’s history.
Each of our Chambres acquires its unique and lavish ambiance from one of our four colour themes; either in wood and berry shades of framboise and beige or in maritime shades of indigo and turquoise. These colour schemes are also incorporated into the glazing of the 3D ceramic tiles. The tiles have been exclusively designed and hand-made for the hotel, each with a colour that represents a unique expression of artisanry. As such, they are harmonious with the selected upholstery fabric of our design furniture. Adding to the artistic touch of each room, is an original aquatint print from the Unité series by Le Corbusier, a true icon of simple elegance.
The rooms are classified as either Chambre Cosy, Chambre Cosy Corner or Chambre Lumière, depending on the incidence of light.
The elegant ground floor with its large windows is not only home to one, but two exquisite restaurants, each offering unparalleled culinary delights. These are ESPLANADE, the two-Star restaurant in the south-western part of the hotel and the Salon Petit-Déjeuner in the south-eastern part of the Wilhelminian residence. Inside the Salon Petit-Déjeuner, the large windows catch the first rays of sunshine in the morning, the changing light throughout the day, and evolving scenery in the evening light. All while our guests relish their culinary journey.
An abundance of culture. Unforgettable nature. An industrial past to be explored with all your senses. The cradle of the European Union. Right at the heart of the border triangle between Germany, France and Luxemburg, the smallest federal state and its capital await visitors with a bountiful offer.