Built at the turn of the 20thC by acclaimed Art Nouveau architect Professor Bruno Mohring, this elegant hotel sits on the banks of the River Mosel in picturesque Traben-Trarbach, surrounded by hills that are a patchwork of vines. The setting is impressive, the hotel even more so.
Reception is done out with dark, heavy wooden furniture, including a grand (and pleasingly creaky) carved staircase which winds up to the first floor – the darkness and grandeur might be imposing, but for the friendly welcome. The Clauss Feist restaurant is decorated in classic Art Nouveau style: elaborate stained glass with repeated plant motifs (note the grapes), deep colours, and elegant arches painted with delicate floral murals. It serves gourmet food as well as simpler dishes – whichever you choose you will get views over the river, impeccable service, and an impressive choice of wines, many local.
Upstairs, a labyrinth of corridors and an enclosed footbridge links the original building to a neighbouring one. Rooms are individually decorated and all are stunningly stylish, with immaculate new bathrooms.
The Bellevue exudes class and elegance, but manages to avoid any pretentiousness – the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, largely due to the amiable staff. A beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting.