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About Dresden

Dresden is the historic capital of the Free State of Saxony, the royal residence for its Electors and Kings. Situated on the river Elbe, this ‘Jewel Box’ of Baroque and Rococo architecture has inspired artists for hundreds of years. Most of the best places to stay in Dresden are set in impressive historical buildings. Some of the luxury offerings are particularly stand out in terms of Old World elegance, however, there are also a smattering of contemporary options for visitors that prefer simple luxuries.

Although Dresden is perhaps most familiar to us now as the city which endured such horrendous bombing at the end of the Second World War - this is to misunderstand the charm and beauty of this city, much of which has been restored, especially in the years since German reunification. For centuries Dresden has been at the centre of German cultural, educational, political and economic life. There are myriad attractions to cater for every taste, one of the most popular being the magnificent Frauenkirche where, from the dome, the views are epic even on dull days. Then there is, of course, the Zwingler Palace and the Semperoper - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

Although a major city, Dresden has a distinctly ‘villagey’ feel. It is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe with nearly two thirds of the land being park and forest; Dresden Heath covers fifty square kilometres and includes four nature reserves. There are over one hundred natural monuments to be seen, and in 2004 the Dresden Elbe Valley was awarded World Heritage Status.

A wonderful destination for a short break, our pick of the best places to stay in Dresden are perfectly located as bases for exploring the city.

The best places to stay in Dresden

For Foodies

  • Set in a striking 400 year old building overlooking the Elbe, Ristorante e Pensione la Campagnola is full of character and charm. The eccentric rooms are colourful and funky offering views out over the river. However, the real highlight is the magnificent Italian restaurant, run and cheffed by the hotel owner.

For Luxury

  • The Bulow Palais is a stylish five star hotel with gourmet Michelin starred restaurant and luxurious accommodation. It enjoys a great central location, ideal for the nightlife and all the sights.
  • Right in the heart of Dresden, Hotel Taschenbergpalais is a formidable five-star property. Style and elegance pervades throughout the establishment from its deluxe suites to its excellent selection of restaurants. Perfect for an indulgent break in Dresden.
  • Hotel Suitess is another luxury pick. It enjoys a fantastic location a stone's throw from the Frauenkirche, and offers a range of sumptuous rooms, suites and apartments all decorated in the Biedermeier style, plus a wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and relaxation rooms.

For Good Value

  • Nestled into the hip Neustadt district, Villa Romantika is a charming hotel. Its eight lovely rooms are individually decorated with floral wallpaper and antique furniture. A great option for people looking for a comfortable, low-cost hotel.
  • City Oase is a delightful family-run hotel a short walk from the river. Well-priced and comfortable, the characterful rooms give off a distinctly bohemian vibe from their decor. A good value choice.
  • The Bulow Residenz is a good four star property which also offers great value. Its rooms and suites are traditional and spacious and prices start from just €89 per night.

For contemporary chic

  • Vienna House QF is a modern designer hotel also in the heart of the city, close to all the smart shops, markets and business district. It's a seriously sleek option whether you're here on business or leisure.
  • Just out of town you'll find the Einfach Schon, a contemporary property with floor to ceiling windows, a flower filled garden, spa and outdoor pool.

For a self catering apartment

  • Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Dresden Airport.
  • If you're looking to hire a car, visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to visit Dresden is from June to September, when the temperature sits in the twenties.

Still not sure?

  • Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Dresden
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  • Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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Best Hotels in Dresden

  • Villa Romantika Dresden 8 rooms from £43

    Value chic  -  A reasonably priced option for exploring the city on a budget, without compromising on comfort or style.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fascinating nearby Kunsthofpassage Dresden.
    Lively area  -  Trendy, artistic area of Dresden.
    Traditional

    A charming B&B in the artistic district of Neustadt in Dresden. The characterful rooms are individually decorated with floral wallpapers and tasteful furniture. It's a great location for people looking to explore a trendy part of Dresden. Excellent value for money. See More

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  • City Oase Dresden 7 rooms from £56

    Value chic  -  Centrally located and very reasonably priced with plenty of space and artistically designed.
    Sights nearby  -  The Semperoper, Frauenkirche and Green Vault are all just a short walk from the hotel.
    Full of character

    A small family-run boutique hotel in a quiet part of central Dresden. Spacious chic rooms are all individually styled with an interesting array of antiques and artwork giving a bohemian feel. Indulgent breakfasts served in the elegant reception room. A homely stay with a tranquil garden. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo Dresden Dresden 132 rooms from £67

    Local exploring  -  Well located with galleries, clubs, and restaurants in the vicinity and just a 10-minute walk from the historic centre
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of Zwinger Palace, dating back to 1710, and filled with antiques and Old Masters

    A sleek hotel located in Altstadt, the artistic district of Dresden. Contemporary rooms feature retro inspired furniture, crisp white linen, and indulgent bathrooms. An atmospheric bar churns out some superb cocktails and serves light snacks. A convenient choice, ideal as a city crashpad. See More

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  • Limehome Dresden Jordanstrasse Dresden 2 rooms from £68

    Value chic  -  Already well priced and, if you plan a longer stay, the rates are discounted further
    Groups  -  One of the suites sleeps up to six, making this a great choice for small groups
    City Style  -  Fully equipped independent spaces beautifully styled by interior designers
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to marvel at the beautiful Baroque church, Frauenkirche

    A choice of two contemporary suites boasting a central city location. Beautifully styled and well-equipped, suites are light and contemporary featuring smart kitchenettes, large living rooms, washing machines, and indulgent bathrooms. An ideal choice for those who like independence on their travels. See More

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  • B&B Am Schillerplatz Dresden 7 rooms from £69

    Value chic  -  Expect chic interiors mixing historic charm with contemporary comforts, all offered at very reasonable rates
    Local exploring  -  Located in the historic centre of Dresden, so most of the main attractions are accessible on foot
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Frauenkirche, undeniably one of Germany's most impressive churches
    Full of character

    Located right in the heart of historic Dresden this charming B&B offers great prices and chic design. Rooms keep the old building's original features but the walls are now whitewashed and the furniture is simple and modern. Healthy breakfasts are served and the main sights are a stroll away. See More

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  • Motel One Palaisplatz Dresden 228 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  The proximity to Dresden-Neustadt station makes the hotel very convenient for accessing the historic centre and Albertplatz
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Frauenkirche church in the heart of the historic centre
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    A contemporary hotel well located to access Albertplatz and Dresden's historic centre. Rooms have playful design with large city inspired prints, pops of vibrant blue, and modern furniture. Downstairs is a lively bar and a large outdoor terrace. A convenient and well priced city base. See More

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  • Ristorante e Pensione La Campagnola Dresden (Loschwitz) 8 rooms from £69

    Foodies  -  Run and owned by the chef this is a foodies haven. Dine at the fabulous Italian restaurant in the atmospheric dining room.
    Cooking classes  -  Take a cooking course with the chef and learn how to make Italian cuisine.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Dresden Castle one of the oldest buildings of the city.
    Full of character

    An enchanting 400-year-old building situated on the river. Individually styled rooms with bright colours, original features and modern art. An excellent Italian restaurant run by the owner and head chef. A friendly, well located, spot for city exploring. A great choice. See More

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  • Residenz am Zwinger Dresden 103 rooms from £73

    Families  -  The homely apartments with fully-equipped kitchens are ideal for those travelling with children
    Local exploring  -  The location is spectacular, set within Herzogin Garten, in the heart of the historic centre
    Sights nearby  -  Make a beeline for the Frauenkirche, undoubtebly one of Germany's most impressive churches

    A collection of fully equipped apartments set in an unbeatable location within Herzogin Garten, in the heart of historic Dresden. Accommodation is contemporary and functional with large windows framing the city's skyline. Complete with a choice to dine in the restaurant, this property has it all. See More

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  • Bulow Residenz Dresden (Innere Neustadt) 28 rooms from £76

    Local exploring  -  From attending the opera or theatre, taking a guided tour through Dresden or cycling down its lovely streets.
    Opulent
    Outstanding location
    Spa

    An ornate 4-star hotel and former manor in the heart of Dresden, offering luxury rooms and suites. The rooms feature rich hues, antiques and are furnished in the Baroque style. An excellent starting place to explore Dresden, the hotel organises reservations for restaurants and the opera. See More

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  • Einfach Schon Dresden 11 rooms from £86

    Total relaxation  -  A retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, brimming with tranquility and boasting a spoiling spa.
    Great walks  -  Situated right next to the Zschonergrund nature reserve where there are miles of picturesque trails.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the restored Dresden Castle and marvel at the striking architecture.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.

    Find complete tranquility just outside the historic city of Dresden. Smart contemporary rooms boast glass fronted walls leading onto a flower filled garden. Enjoy the glorious spa, outdoor pool, and indulgent breakfasts. A perfectly relaxing rural base with easy city access. See More

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  • Villa Freisleben Dresden 19 rooms from £96

    Local exploring  -  Located in the elegant residential area Blasewitz offering quiet seclusion just a 14 minute tram ride from the historic centre
    Families  -  The accommodation comes in different sized apartments, making this a perfect choice for those travelling with kids
    Sights nearby  -  A trip to Dresden isn't complete without a visit to the magnificent Frauenkirche church
    Traditional

    An elegant Art Deco villa set in a quiet residential district with easy access to the historic centre. A collection of apartments range from singles with kitchenettes to large apartments (sleeping up to four) with fully fledged kitchens. A tranquil choice for independent travellers. See More

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  • Vienna House QF Dresden Dresden 95 rooms from £98

    City Style  -  Located right next to the famous Frauenkirche church, next to the shopping street QF passage, the hotel is all city style
    Local exploring  -  From the hotel's great location you have easy access to the best of Dresden's bars, museums and shops
    Romantic Break  -  With sink-in, king-size beds, this elegant hotel is perfect for a romantic break
    Great walks  -  Talk a walk through Dresden's historic town centre and discover the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House

    An elegant boutique hotel in the centre of Dresden's old town. Classic Italian interior design meets contemporary style in the hotel's spacious suites, with natural stone-tiled bathrooms. Have a drink in the Bellini lounge or enjoy the spectacular views from the rooftop bar. A luxury city hotel. See More

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  • Hotel Suitess Dresden 25 rooms from £105

    Local exploring  -  Well located with access to many of the city's best attractions and across the road from the famous Frauenkirche Church.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the Residential Palace with its treasure chambers.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A stunning 5 star luxury hotel well located in central Dresden. The baroque facade sets the tone for the elegant interiors that stay true to its historical design. Spoiling rooms feature delicate antique furniture and soft hues. The exclusive apartments provide complete privacy. Very chic. See More

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  • Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe Dresden 185 rooms from £112

    Local exploring  -  Located right next to the famous Frauenkirche, locations don't get much better than this
    Luxury  -  Grand and elegant with that perfect mix of the old and the new in its design
    Spa  -  With a sauna, steam bath, sanarium and wide range of pampering treatments on offer
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll to the Royal Palace from the hotel

    A historic hotel set in a perfectly central location next to Frauenkirche. Elegant rooms have enormous sash windows, hardwood floors, and simple chic furniture. Sample local dishes in the smart restaurant paired with a choice selection of wines. Complete with a spa, it doesn't get better than this. See More

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  • Bulow Palais Dresden 58 rooms from £117

    City Style  -  Top of the range facilities.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Dresden’s Royal Palace.
    Traditional  -  An 18th century building.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    A stunning boutique Five Star hotel in the Baroque centre. Eclectic decoration and bright colours throughout create gorgeous rooms and suites. Plus there's a Michelin starred restaurant, and top of the range spa. An iconic spot to explore Dresden from. See More

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  • Hotel Taschenbergpalais Dresden (Altstadt) 214 rooms from £124

    Local exploring  -  Well located in central Dresden's Altstadt, close to Dresden Castle and all the main historical sights and attractions.
    City Style  -  Bask in the upmost in style and glamour at this luxurious 18th-century Baroque palace.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit the nearby Dresden Castle and Frauenkirche Church.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet

    A five-star luxury property located in the heart of the historic centre. Traditionally styled throughout, the elegant rooms boast large sash windows, a collection of fine antiques and endless space. Numerous restaurants and bars will appeal to all appetites. A spoiling spa for city relaxation. See More

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  • Gewandhaus Dresden 97 rooms from £138

    Local exploring  -  Located right in the histoirc centre, most of the city's main attractions, plus theatres and restaurants, are just a stroll away
    City Style  -  Expect elegant sophistication at this luxury stay
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit the Frauenkirche, one of the country's most impressive churches
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor heated pool

    An impressive yellow Baroque building located right in the heart of historic Dresden. Airy rooms are all white on white with large sash windows and luxurious bathrooms. Housing an elegant steakhouse restaurant, luxury bakery, and sophisticated bar. A grown-up stay, perfect for city exploring. See More

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