Hotel Orphee, in the medieval city center of Regensburg, Germany, oozes turn of the (19th) century French glamour and mystery. It was the most beautiful and memorable hotel of my recent trip.
Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Bavaria on the Danube River with narrow cobblestone streets, a variety of local shops and restaurants, and small town squares.
Centrally located to all sites, Hotel Orphee is decorated in a Baroque palazzo style. Each room is decorated differently, but nearly all feature antiques and four-poster beds. My room had high ceilings, a wrought-iron bed, a beautiful chandelier, Italian marble floors, velvet chairs, tapestries and a huge Moroccan-tiled bathroom. Upon arrival, the hotel left a bottle of wine and fruit in our room. The rooms are large and reasonably priced.
The Orphee Restaurant is a French bistro which has been in operation since 1896. Marvel in its authentic wood wainscotting, tin ceiling, old French posters and overall patina.
The hotel's charm and beauty transports you distinctly back to a different era. A time when sitting in the small cafe, drinking wine and watching passers-by, was the grand plan of your day.
(One note - in the summer, the narrow streets in front and back of the hotel get very noisy with visitors, diners, etc. So if you are a light sleeper, this hotel may not be for you.)