Hotel Bareiss in the Black Forest is just the perfect venue for any true gastronome who loves walking and appreciates luxury hotel service with a warm welcome and great hospitality – hospitality taken to the point of perfection!
Hotel Bareiss in the Black Forest
In Hotel Bareiss we discovered why it’s impossible to visit the Back Forest and not become a fan. The hotel is to be found in the village of Baiersbronn, well-known as the picturesque setting for a number of world-famous TV-series and just a stone’s throw from fashionable Baden-Baden. It’s only about a 500 kilometre drive from Flanders, so it’s quick and easy to get to, and using the car to get about is the best way to enjoy all the different sights round about Baiersbronn.
There are three things that you can’t do better nor enjoy more fully than in the Black Forest. That’s eating, taking it easy, and walking. No matter the season, there’s always something great to experience in the area. Every time of year reveals its own particular charm. You can go for a swim, or go for sun-dappled tours through the woods in summer, or take a refreshing walk in the winter snow and have a warming mug of hot cocoa afterwards. Whatever your chosen delight there’s one and the same place that you can always call the ideal headquarters, and that’s Hotel Bareiss.
Hospitality, for generations
Hotel Bareiss opened its doors in 1951 as the Mitteltal Spa Hotel, under the inspiration of Hermine Bareiss, and since 1973 her son Hermann Bareiss has had his hand on the tiller of a business now employing at least 260. Today “young” Hannes, of the latest generation of the Bareiss family, is involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel and puts heart and soul into his work, seeking as much contact as he can with his guests, trying to make sure to greet them all personally. And sure enough, there he was that first evening to bid us a welcome in person…!
Everywhere in Bareiss we were impressed by the hospitality; in fact we were received memorably well. All in all, we’ve never felt so welcome –– and thoroughly spoiled! –– from the first moment of our stay to the last.
Outside, the first flakes of snow were beginning to fall, so the warm welcome inside revealed by the smoke coming from the chimney just seemed all the more seductive. Our expectations were met in full, because once inside not only was the thermometer well up but the palpable warmth of the reception in the hotel made us feel immediately at home…
While our luggage was being taken up we were escorted to our sleeping quarters by a cheerful young wench in authentic traditional costume, which all the staff here wear, topping the atmosphere off perfectly.
Sleeping in style
There are 99 guest rooms at Bareiss with at total of 230 beds. Rooms of various types are offered, and terms are mostly bed and breakfast as standard. The rooms are extremely luxurious but all really practically designed. Soft pastel shades make up a harmonious atmosphere with materials such as marble and natural stone and fabrics. Hugely comfortable… The beds, for example, are fully adjustable at both head and foot, and every room is equipped with roller blinds and dimmer-switches. Everything you need, in fact, for a restful night’s sleep.
Our room was really spacious with classic free-standing bath tub, and shower and lavatory both separate. The luxurious bath towels bore the attractive Bareiss monogram and comfy slippers lay waiting for that ultimate Zen-moment. Everything had been arranged to the last detail, from toiletries to fresh fruit and bottles of water. Our room also had a large sitting room, a writing table, and plenty of space to put our things out of sight.
There was a lovely welcome offering waiting for us in the room, too; fresh fruit and some delicious snacks. And before we’d even managed to sink into a chair room service rang with the offer of a jolly glass of champagne to toast the weekend. Cheers! Incidentally, the champagne too bears the Bareiss label –– it’s a Blanc de blanc from Philippe Gonet, of Les Mesnils. While we were enjoying all this delightfulness we had a look at the culinary offerings the folks at Bareiss had put together for us here at Hungry for More. Actually, it was a good thing our journey had given us an appetite, because the food here wasn’t only going to be good, but there was going to be plenty of it!
Fine dining at Bareiss
As well as a roof over your head the hotel offers a choice of as many as three restaurants. There’s the Dorfstube, the Kaminstube and Restaurant Bareiss, which boasts three Michelin stars. I’m pleased to say we were able to sample the delights of all three. We kicked off our culinary tour with a traditional meal in the Dorfstube. You can sense that the decor is genuine –– and indeed it’s taken from real 19th century farmers’ huts. The menu includes authentic Black Forest specialities like bread freshly baked in wood-fired ovens, homemade sausage, juicy duck and trout, full of flavour. With a glass of the locally brewed beer nothing could go wrong with the evening.
The second restaurant at the Bareiss is called “Kaminstube” and the European-style dishes on the menu change regularly. The kitchen, under Chef Willhelm Himmler’s cooking clearly meets the approval of international tastes; Gault & Millau, for example, have given it 15 points.
But the jewel in Bareiss’s culinary crown is the fine-dining “Restaurant Bareiss” with its three Michelin stars and no fewer than 19 points from Gault & Millau. Chef Claus-Peter Lumpp offers dishes of the highest standard, and you can read more about what he has to offer in our separate article dedicated to Restaurant Bareiss.
To make sure it’s truly impossible to be either hungry or thirsty here, every day begins with a breakfast fit for a king, and it’s a real challenge to find something they can’t provide.
Every afternoon there’s cake, and later on you’ll be welcome in the Hotel Bar and the Smokers’ Lounge.
There’s also the Pool Bar, and you can go to the Oasis, next to the swimming pool, for a drink and a snack. If you’re travelling with children there’s an activity programme for youngsters of all ages, and there are restaurants for them too so that parents can plan a family holiday but still enjoy their gastronomic bent in peace! This hotel has all the advantages of a luxury resort without lacking style or discretion –– or sheer class, in fact. For the past 15 years Bareiss has garnered a slew of awards to crown its superb kitchens and outstanding hotel and wellness facilities. Among other prizes in their trophy cabinet they’ve got a Prix Villégiature for “Best European Resort” and the Spa Trophy, for wellness provision to the highest standards. And as well as that Bareiss is part of the uniquely select Relais & Chateaux group.
Masses to do
Most people stay at the resort for about four or five days, to fully recharge their batteries, and with its weekly programme of things to do Bareiss makes sure it’ll be a unique holiday. From cooking classes to country walks, lectures and live music, there’s something to suit every taste, and everyone can enjoy what’s on offer at his or her own pace. You can work on your fitness in the well-equipped gym, there’s swimming in the fantastic bathing complex, and you can indulge in a treatment at the wellness centre or go shopping in the basement complex.
We can definitely recommend a walk in the healthy Baiersbronn air. Prompted by local politicians and businesses the local councillors in Baiersbronn decided to promote the region over the coming years as the destination for walkers in Europe, so a multitude of pleasant sandy paths have been laid –– much easier to walk on than asphalt. The region’s perfect for mountain-bikers too –– and touring-cyclists. And because the villages are all close to each other you can decide for yourself how hard you ride!
A good tip is to take a trip to the Wanderhütte Sattelei chalet where after a pretty good bout of exercise a delicious fresh cold drink or a warming cup of tea and authentic tasty sweetmeats await. The chalet is operated by Hotel Bareiss so you’re guaranteed the same level of quality and welcome. And if you’re not so agile on your feet as you once were, or if you just don’t feel like so much exercise, Bareiss will gladly arrange a lift to the Wanderhütte in one of their fleet of luxury cars. So you’ll still be able to experience this superb spot.
Bareiss in Baiersbronn is the perfect destination for anyone who really wants to get away from it all. The unique combination of fine dining, luxurious service and the wonderful outdoors ensures that you’ll be completely de-stressed in no time. We think the best thing about Bareiss is their uncommonly hospitable approach; they make you feel truly at home!