48 Hours at Victor's Residenz Schloss Berg - Perl, Germany
Hotel inspected by: Mr Food Executive
Well, after a very long night at the InterContinental Hotel in Frankfurt, packed with meetings and events, we drove through some less known parts of Germany to get to the next destination: the Saarland on the German border to Luxembourg and France. The residence for the next two nights was none less than the Victor’s Residenz Hotel Schloss Berg, the areas most glamorous place to stay and a kind of institution when it comes to local’s reputation.
Anyway after a three-hour road trip (unfortunately not on the famous German Autobahn) my partner and me finally arrived this very calm neighbourhood. The hotel used to be a castle and it was completely renovated containing a big SPA area with a quite spacious indoor pool and a Jacuzzi, three excellent restaurants and spacious rooms. Due to the fact the hotel was quite occupied, we really much appreciated the fact that they allocated us two Deluxe rooms with a wonderful view over the countryside and the hotel’s private courtyard. Following an excellent glass of champagne at the lobby bar (which we were not supposed to have, there has been a communication problem between the bar tender and the front desk guy, which invited us for a welcome drink and as nobody was telling us that it would just be a regular sparkling wine of Germany, we ordered champagne, of course we did not pay for it as the bar tender asked since it has been an intern communication problem of the hotel), the bellman escorted us the our rooms which have been on the third and on the ground floor. Both rooms offered access to a small balcony. The interior design of the rooms is very individual and inspired by the old roman empire which is very special though fits excellent to the hotel. The beds are very comfy and I would compare those with clouds. The bathrooms aren’t that big in this room category but you can truly live with it: In fact, it consists of a shower- tub combo, a single sink and the best part of it: a 30ml bottle Bulgari all-over shampoo and a body lotion.
Due to one of the biggest events of the year (Victor’s 20 Years celebration party), they had to make the resort shining bright. Therefore, they began to cut hedges and started gardening at 8.30am, which was a little bit disturbing as we haven’t been informed the day before. After complaining to the management they invited us for two back massages, which we got scheduled in the afternoon. So after breakfast we drove to the old town of Trier before we finally returned to the hotel and enjoyed the massage. When we entered the spa, two nice staff members already waited for us and showed us the way to the treatment room. Although I normally only book massages of 50 minutes or above, this 25-minutes treatment was very good. The masseuse immediately registered the painful areas on my back and worked on the issues. I was very relaxed and after the massage I felt totally relaxed and did not feel any pain after all! In general the spa is very nice and looks great, even if it might not be everyone’s taste!
At the first evening we were kindly invited to explore the very rustically restaurant “Scheune” which can be found just 3 minutes from the lobby. A very nice receptionist (his name was Ruben) escorted us to the old, typically styled restaurant. The menu contained out of many traditional dishes as well as a monthly changing recommendation which was presented by a charming waiter on a blackboard at our table. After a few minutes we decided to order two courses. My colleague had the tomato mozzarella ravioli and I ordered a clear beef consommé. Both starters were perfect from the taste to the presentation. As main course we actually ordered a 200-gram rump steak. We both were literally speechless when the main course arrived at our table, at least 300 grams perfectly cooked (both medium) piece of meat. It was like in a premium steak house in New York City. We both had potato wedges as a side dish as well as apparently the best sauce hollandaise I’ve ever eaten in my entire live! But the restaurant wasn’t the summit of this two days.
Felix was guest of the Victor's Hotel Group and Schloss Berg, however this has not influenced his opinion.