Ho­tel Bareiss

Baiers­bronn- Mit­teltal

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Driv­ing from Baden-Baden to Ho­tel Bareiss brings you right into the heart of the north­ern Black For­est. While you gen­tly climb up­hill to the ho­tel’s en­trance, it is a fairy­tale ap­proach with red flow­ers over­flow­ing from the bal­conies – the per­fect south­ern Ger­man-style ar­chi­tec­ture rem­i­nis­cent of medieval struc­tures. Spread out over sev­eral sep­a­rate build­ings, this luxe re­sort com­plex even in­cludes the abodes of the Bareiss fam­ily.

The ho­tel’s in­te­rior does not dis­rupt the fan­tasy, with heavy, carved oak fur­ni­ture, rich reds, for­est greens and golden hues. It has a feel­ing of co­zi­ness rather than grand­ness, although the ho­tel cer­tainly fits into the cat­e­gory of a grand ho­tel.

Ser­vice was both ad­mirable and warm dur­ing the stay. For ex­am­ple, some­one from the ho­tel staff asked me one evening if I needed help in find­ing some­thing. I re­sponded that I was look­ing for the clos­est lounge to try the lo­cally made, cult-fa­vorite Monkey 47 gin. My plan was to sip on it while I packed. The friendly dirndl-draped staff mem­ber in­sisted that I head to my room while she got this ju­niper and herb de­light for me.

The 99 rooms – tra­di­tion­ally decked out in a com­bi­na­tion coun­try house/regal sa­lon de­sign – are com­fort­able and large, with a dou­ble room start­ing at a mam­moth 388 square feet. Whether a sin­gle room, dou­ble room, apart­ment or pent­house suite, each room also has a spa­cious bal­cony in which to take in the mag­nif­i­cent view. We sug­gest that you re­quest a room at the front, in order to get a bal­cony draped in those bright sto­ry­book red flow­ers.

Ho­tel Bareiss is truly a re­sort des­ti­na­tion, as they leave a daily pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties in your room ev­ery evening sim­i­lar to what you find on cruise ships. You can take an aqua fit­ness class, go on a day trip to Stras­bourg, watch a fash­ion show in the li­brary, take a guided tour of the ho­tel’s heat and power plant to learn what the ho­tel is do­ing to sup­port sus­tain­abil­ity, or see some lo­cal ru­ins on a guided na­ture hike. Your day can be as jam-packed or “loosey-goosey” as you de­sire.

If you do de­cide to go solo and hang around the ho­tel, it does not mean that you will be at a loss for things to keep you oc­cu­pied. Ho­tel Bareiss has five restau­rants, in­clud­ing the three-Miche­lin­starred Res­tau­rant Bareiss. For only €99, you can en­joy a seven-course lunch here; this is truly a re­mark­able value with dishes that in­clude the yummy goose liver crème brulée to start. This is where food and art meet. Ad­di­tion­ally, if you are able to splurge for dinner, they of­fer a nine-course dinner for €178, or even an 11-course meal for €215.

You will also find three lounges, a sa­lon, a spa that of­fers ev­ery treat­ment imag­in­able, the Sat­telei Hik­ing Hut (also serv­ing food and drink), bike rentals, nine in­door and out­door pools, and a sauna cir­cuit. There is even a kid’s club and a teenager’s club so that Mom and Dad can en­joy some alone time.

Ho­tel Bareiss also has some­thing that no other ho­tel in the area has: the 300-year-old Mor­lokhof, a farm owned for gen­er­a­tions by the Mor­lok fam­ily. For lovers of spir­its, whether al­co­holic or ghostly, Mor­lokhof has an eerie his­tory that will feed your imag­i­na­tion. The Mor­lok fam­ily was known to be “heal­ers” whose lo­tions, po­tions and spells were a com­bi­na­tion of Chris­tian­ity and pa­gan­ism. Since 1789, when Jo­hann Ge­org Mor­lok first pur­chased the farm­stead, each suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tion of towns­folk would visit “The Mor­lok,” and th­ese mir­a­cle cure sto­ries were passed down all the way to the present day.

In 2003, Her­mann Bareiss pur­chased the farm­stead to sim­ply en­sure its preser­va­tion. Dur­ing a ren­o­va­tion two years later, a hid­den box was dis­cov­ered un­der the floor­boards, which con­tained the orig­i­nal Mor­lok’s recipes and con­coc­tions that he had cre­ated us­ing herbs from his gar­den. In­spired, the ho­tel went back to th­ese herbal roots to make their own al­co­holic con­coc­tion, the tasty Mor­lokhof Kräute­likör, in my non-ex­pert opin­ion a more re­fined Jäger­meis­ter. To­day, you can visit the farm­stead and have dinner there in the orig­i­nal farm­house… if you dare. A price for a sin­gle room at Ho­tel Bareiss starts at €216, which in­cludes half-board (for those not fa­mil­iar with this term, half-board means that your break­fast and evening meal is in­cluded).

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Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Ho­tel Bareiss

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Ho­tel Bareiss

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