The stately Capella Breidenbacher Hof is over two centuries old and the kind of place one imagines members of royal families frequenting when visiting Düsseldorf. In other words, it’s spectacular, offering guests personalised service, world-beating contemporary comforts, and all the most covetable hallmarks of a luxury stay.
But one of the 5-star hotel’s most alluring offerings has to be the Capella Bar & Cigar lounge.
Located in the city centre on the iconic Königsallee boulevard, the Capella Breidenbacher Hof makes no secret of its love for unabashed extravagance, combining turn-of-the-century architecture with a mix of bespoke furnishings and dazzling contemporary touches.
And, as with the rest of the hotel, the Capella bar and lounge is also unashamedly decadent. Situated on the first floor of the hotel, it’s all dark wood, dramatic black leather, swirled marble, plus zebra print for a touch of eccentricity. The atmosphere is intimate, opulent, and totally in keeping with the sumptuous elegance of the hotel itself. When night falls, there’s no better place we’d rather be.
Ask the young, courteous, and (incidentally) very stylish bar team to rustle you up one of their award-winning cocktails, from timeless classics to a range of innovative options including the Hanami. Described as an ‘ode to Japanese culture’, it’s served with a cloud of cherry smoke. We also recommend the intriguingly named Lord Skullhead, made from Mexican tequila Espolòn, Italian Aperol, tonic water, and a syrup of hibiscus and rose.
Each cocktail is made from the highest quality ingredients and has the depth of flavour to prove it. They’re masterfully crafted to deliver a little dash of something different, whether that’s the addition of fennel or perhaps its house-made celery vodka. The Capella Bar is pretty much a temple to the potential of mixology.
The bar also offers a range of classic snacks as well as a collection of single-malt whiskeys that will keep fans of the amber liquid more than content, including a Glenmorangie Signet and a range of Michter’s bourbons.
The bar hosts live music and a DJ on Saturdays, with artists performing a variety of genres including jazz, soul, funk, and pop. Sink into your chair, take a sip of your tipple of choice, and forget about the world outside.
Or you might retire to the Cigar Lounge, one of the most unique experiences offered at the Capella Breidenbacher Hof, and appropriately luxurious too, with wood panelling and deep-seated leather chairs. Quieter than the bar, it’s the perfect place to relax with your chosen guilty pleasure and take a moment with your thoughts. Choose from one of the 124 Cuban and Dominican Cigars on offer in the walk-in humidor.
As with all Capella destinations, the Capella Breidenbacher Hof and its bar and lounge seek to combine the best of tradition, individuality, and authenticity. The hotel group also invests in the local community, helping to build a sustainable future by supporting and respecting local culture, including participating in a youth mentor programme.
Capella hotels also seek to reinvent the whole notion of luxury, prioritising a personalised and holistic approach to travel that understands that a unique experience is just as important as indulgence and comfort.
Sure, you’ll come to the Capella Bar & Cigar Lounge because you really fancy a drink. But you’ll stay because why would you go anywhere else?
Price range: $$$$ Address: Königsallee 11, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany Phone number: +49 211 160 900 Website: www.capellahotels.com