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Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof, Leipzig

Like almost no other, the name Steigenberger stands for a long tradition and upscale hospitality in the German hotel culture. The Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof in Leipzig is no exception, yet unique in its own special way. As well as the successful alliance of historical structure with modern design, its special connection to Goethe's Faust is a particular characteristic of this building. While the possibly best known character of German literature is supposed to find out "how easy life can be" at the wine bar Auerbachs Keller in Leipzig, the guests of the Grandhotel ultimately encounter this very experience when using their individually designed bathrooms.

When the Handelshof, which was established at the turn of the last century, was redesigned to become a top-class hotel, we were commissioned to build 165 luxurious bathrooms, 11 suite bathrooms, the ample bathroom of the Presidential Suite, as well as the Public Areas. In the course of this challenging task we also realised the conceptual design of interior designer Cornelia Markus-Diedenhofen and graced various areas of the hotel with quotations from Faust. We mastered the printing of the bathroom doors with selected quotes by way of ceramic matting, whereby finely ground coloured glass is applied with a screen. For the reception area we have carved a dictum of the master poet from natural stone with water-jet technology. With its atmospheric backlight it is an inviting welcome for the guests of the house.

Since April 2011 the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof welcomes and pampers visitors from Germany and abroad and quite incidentally introduces them to one of the most outstanding works of German poetry. We are thrilled to have been able to contribute to this success with our special material and processing competency.