Concierge.com's insider take:
Built in 1805 by Russian aristocrats, this hotel has played host to famous guests such as Leo Tolstoy, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Friedrich Hebbel, Ernst Rietschel, Eleonore Duse and Ivan Turgenev. It boasts a green-and-white neoclassical façade and elegant public areas inside. Small to midsize rooms located in the hotel's backyard annex are equipped with shower units. The in-house eateries include the Anastasia restaurant, serving top-of-the-line Austrian and Thuringian cuisine, a cozy coffeehouse and the bustling Bar Romanow.