This five-star beauty was built in 1709, first to pamper August the Strong’s then-favorite mistress, and later became the mansion of a Wettin crown prince. Court architect Pöppelmann designed it as part of an ensemble that includes Altstadt’s residence palace and Zwinger across the street. Gutted during the 1945 air attack, the structure reopened under the Kempinski banner a decade ago.

Pale yellow façades with white trim and sculpted ornamentation set the classical tone. Intermezzo, where meals are served on Rosenthal china, opens onto a courtyard embellished with fountains. Alongside the lobby, crystal chandeliers illuminate a grand Baroque staircase. An informal bistro occupies Taschenberg’s vaulted cellars.

The 182 guestrooms (plus 32 suites) feature red elmwood furnishings complemented by lacquered black cabinetry and door frames, royal blue carpeting and neo-Art Deco lighting fixtures, beds covered in bright-red or dark-blue blankets and down comforters. Among bathroom niceties: polished granite vanity surfaces, Pierre Cardin toiletries and elmwood-framed mirrors.

Daily Rates: Singles from €152, doubles from €182

Contact: Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais Taschenberg 3, D-0106 Dresden, tel. +49/351/491 20 (800-426-3135 for Kempinski Worldwide Reservation Center), fax 351/4912 812, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 17/20, Value 15/20