The family-managed five-star hotel in the centre of the university town looks back on a long tradition, starting in 1865. During the turbulent period of World War I and the following two decades it became one of the leading high-class hotels in Germany. Several generations of family owners kept the noble spirit alive and the house up to date in terms of facilities, size and luxury. More than 100 rooms, suites and apartments have accommodated many illustrious residents, such as members of European royal families, famous politicians and stars of film and opera. Portraits of historical royal figures are displayed in the lobby, and other valuable artwork, such as a landscape painting by George Augustus Wallis, a work by Carl Rottmann or three original engravings by Matthäus Merian from the 17th century showing Heidelberg Castle, can be found among the public areas of the hotel.