Over a hundred years ago, the Kurhaushotel in Bad Salzhausen, a district of Nidda, was a meeting place for high society. Today only historical postcards remind of these heyday. But the house will soon be a trendy address in Central Hesse. Hans-Jürgen Eckhardt, who has been the new owner since 2015, wants to make the three-storey building in classicist style created by Georg Moller in 1826 the social center of the region again.
Thanks to renovations and a harmonious color concept - with all due respect to Moller's architectural style - the house has now gained a feel-good atmosphere, as guests and conference participants appreciate and expect today. “We redesigned and renovated the restaurant, completely redesigned the entrance area and foyer, and we installed a bar. Because a conference hotel without a bar is not possible, "explains Eckhardt.
The businessman, born in Nidda, has many beautiful, personal memories associated with the Moller building. It was clear to him that large investments were necessary to secure an economic future for the hotel with the 49 rooms. "Upscale, but not upscale" should be the result of the modernization. "The hotel looked as sterile as a town house," he recalls. "When you came in, you looked at three large radiators - unbelievable!" It also bothered him that the natural beauty of the reddish granite floor in the spacious foyer did not really come into its own because of the multicolored colors of the surroundings
In the graduate engineer and interior designer Stefanie Lehmann (Oldenburg) and master painter Hans Wiesner, the managing director of Georg Mayer Baudekoration GmbH in Nidda, he found two specialists who put his ideas into practice within a quarter of a year - and that with ongoing operation and Involvement of monument conservation. The classicist character of the rooms was preserved, style elements were interpreted in a modern way. Wiesner and his staff went to work highly motivated because they have been familiar with the Kurhaus hotel, which is embedded in a spa park, since childhood. A piece of home.
The new owner wanted a clear, coherent color concept. The hotel should appear modern, discreet and inviting. Stefanie Lehmann was inspired by the pink and gray speckled granite flooring in the entrance hall. She developed the new room atmosphere around this center. The warm contrast to the cool natural stone is formed by a soft, blackberry-colored carpet, which is also a haptic experience when entering. Light and strong brown and a dominant blackberry color run like a red thread through the renovation concept. The furniture designed individually for each room by the interior designer and the fabrics selected by her also follow this requirement.
Heavy brown leather furniture in the entrance area now faces the same-colored display cabinets. A vitrine filled with bottles allows indirect glimpses of the bar and is designed to arouse curiosity about the chill meeting point in the evening. When the light shimmers through the cognac-colored drinks, exciting reflections arise. In addition to the purple carpet, the golden columns (Caparol Metallocryl in the color 3D Palazzo 160) set the tone. The overall impression results from these details: noble, solid, generous.
In the bar, a window-high room, dark woods combined with brass dominate. The gold-colored ceiling, illuminated by crystal chandeliers, looks precious (Caparol Metallocryl in the color 3D Palazzo 160). The color theme gold is taken up again by the crescent-shaped wall lights. The red-purple blackberry tone that is already familiar from the foyer and restaurant can be found in the velvet chair covers.
An extravagant note is achieved by the graphic fabric on the lounge chairs of the bar in ivory and black. In the restaurant, this material reappears on the chairs at the round table as a connecting element - and the bar stools are covered with the blackberry velvet of the restaurant benches. In this way, each room is connected in color to the other. "You feel safe and like to linger a little longer at the bar." A bar should definitely exude this security, Stefanie Lehmann explains her concept.
Although Hans-Jürgen Eckhardt always agreed with her suggestions, she had to persuade him for a long time to have the previously white coffered ceiling of the restaurant painted burgundy red (Caparol Malerit 3D Baccara 5). Today he is thrilled with the result. It is precisely this color, a vitamin boost for the eye, that gives the space created for solid celebrations that certain something. When the chandeliers shine, the guest feels like in a castle hall.
The foyer commemorates the Hessian architect who created the Kurhaus building 190 years ago. At the suggestion of Stefanie Lehmann, a profile picture of Georg Moller hangs there - in a gold-colored frame. It is the bridging of the gap between 2016 and 1826 in which the history of the Kurhaus hotel began. Now it has arrived in modern times.
Author: Petra Neumann-Prystaj
Photos: Caparol Farben Lacke Bautenschutz / Blitzwerk.de
Design Kurhaushotel Bad Salzhausen
The ceiling and walls were coated with painter's fleece. Caparol Metallocryl in 3D Palazzo 160 has been processed on the ceiling in the bar area and on the columns in the foyer, applied in a cross stroke with the brush. The primer was painted with Caparol Amphibolin in the same color. The interior paint was used for the walls, in the bar in the color 3D Siena 5 (brown) and in the other areas in 3D Siena 50 (beige). The burgundy ceiling in the restaurant is painted in 3D Baccara 5, the stucco moldings in 3D Off White 15.