Das Kranzbach, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Tel: 49 882 392 8000
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
A private toll road, originally built by King Ludwig II to reach his hunting lodge, leads through a pine forest to this 90-room property with a big wellness center outside one of Germany's top ski resorts. Old stone buildings with steep roofs and narrow windows, inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement, rise above the newly built spa and garden wing, a sleek wood complex with a grass roof. The interior is eccentric and modern, the lobby made vibrant with bright-green painted chairs and funky patterned wallpaper that acts as a fresh backdrop to the traditional wooden reception desks. Another room by the bar features white papier-mâché chandeliers, and a cozy sitting room is lit by a small galaxy of floating lanterns.2008 Hot List
When to go: During the winter ski months or the summer hiking season.
Which room to book: Those in the original building, the Mary Portman House, are airier and more simply decorated