Another saved-from-the-rubble success, this former 18th-century garment-makers' workshop and warehouse is now adjacent to the Rathaus and close to Pirnaischer Platz's public-transit junction. If you arrive by car, there are spaces are out front (a rarity in the inner Altstadt).

A glass dome overhangs the arched-windowed lobby lounge, warmed by an open fireplace. Primary décor, on light-toned walls and columns, consists of photos taken from Zeppelin airships during the 1920s and `30s showing the Gewandhaus and vicinity prior to World War II. Antique irons and sewing machines from the long-gone cloth-hall days stand on ledges in Weber's, a chic restaurant..

Doorways to the 97 Biedemeier-furnished guestrooms (and three suites) are decorated with molded white plasterwork. Inside, extra-large beds are covered with thick duvets; bathroom surface are marble. Top-floor rooms have a sloping roof line along the walls and window wells. Wellness amenities includes a swimming pool, solarium, and fitness center.

Daily Rates: Deluxe €115-250, business class €145-300, suites €400-750, breakfast €18
Contact: Radisson Blu Gewandhaus Hotel, Ringstrasse 1, D-01067 Dresden, Tel: +49 (351) 4949 0, Fax: +49 (0)351 4949 490, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 14/20