120 YEARS OF HISTORY
The Dalai Lama, Gerhard Schröder or The Beatles - the list of famous guests who once stayed at Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is very long. Discover more about our longstanding history and get to know some interesting facts as well as humorous anecdotes about our guests.
120 years have passed since the Grand Hotel Nuremberg first opened its doors. The hotel can look back on a long history steeped in tradition, which has featured a plethora of special events and guests.
The Grand Hotel’s 120th anniversary coincides with the 500-year celebration of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law) and what better way to celebrate this than with a limited-edition beer tankard designed especially for this event. It is an ideal gift and souvenir from Nuremberg for all beer lovers. Interested? Simply order our anniversary beer tankard in our online shop and treat a loved one today.
Annual AIDS Gala
“Cook & Classic for Charity” is the motto for the grand gala of the AIDS-Hilfe Nürnberg-Erlangen-Fürth e.V. held on October 19th 2013 at Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg. Guests are treated to select culinary delights in the Grand Hotel’s splendidly adorned ballroom. Profits from the AIDS gala go to support the Restaurant Estragon, which carries out the work and training project of the AIDS-Hilfe Nürnberg-Erlangen-Fürth e.V.. They offer employment and training for entry into mainstream work for people with severe disabilities and/or those facing multiple challenges in gaining employment.
Jürgen Sziegoleit becomes the new General Manager of the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg
The experienced hotel manager has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for 23 years. After postings in Portugal, London, Hamburg, the Maldives and most recently Cologne, he is looking forward to a new challenge in Nuremberg. In Cologne Jürgen Sziegoleit oversaw several developments and his final ten years in the cathedral city of Cologne were a great success. The 150th anniversary of the Dom-Hotel, the World Youth Day including a visit by the Pope in front of Cologne Cathedral, and the football World Cup are prominent events that under his leadership boosted the reputation of the hotel far beyond the city itself.
“Slàinte mhath”: a Gaelic toast to Robert Burns, haggis and Scottish-Franconian friendship! Every January for over 20 years the Amt für Internationale Beziehungen in cooperation with the International Office Glasgow and the Le Méridien Grand Hotel has held the Glasgow Weekend with ceilidh and Burns Supper in honour of the twinning of the cities of Nuremberg and Glasgow. The Burns commemoration, featuring whisky, stuffed sheep stomach and dancing, is celebrated every year in the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg’s splendid Richard Wagner ballroom by 170 guests.
After undergoing major renovations the Le Méridien Grand Hotel now offers its guests 192 newly designed rooms and suites and an additional room for events.
During his stay the professional boxer David Haye became the world heavyweight champion on November 8th 2009. He beat the reigning world champion Nikolai Valuev in a spectacular fight and, following the win, celebrated at a similarly spectacular victory party at the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg’s Atelier Bar.
Visit by the Dalai Lama
Georg Bailer replaced the then General Manager Ingo Hörnecke in February 2008, who had managed the Grand Hotel since 2003. Georg Bailer had been with Starwood Hotels since 2000 and was previously General Manager of the Sheraton Hotel Tirana (Albania).
After only a few weeks in Nuremberg, he had the honour of welcoming the Dalai Lama as a guest at the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg. The Dalai Lama joined the Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg’s prominent list of guests, which includes Gerhard Schröder and The Beatles.
EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Germany holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In March the EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting takes place in Nuremberg. The foreign ministers of the ASEAN countries and the EU foreign ministers meet in the Franconian capital. The German Federal Foreign Office has booked the Le Méridien Grand Hotel for its exclusive use. For two days the Grand Hotel serves as the “German Embassy”. 17 Asian and European foreign ministers stay at the hotel during this period in 5 executive suites and 12 junior suites.
The Football World Cup in Germany
Five national football teams stayed at the Le Méridien Grand Hotel and not one of them lost.
We did it! For the five World Cup games played in Nuremberg the national teams of Mexico, England, Japan, Ghana and Portugal stayed with us. In addition to the some 75 hotel rooms, split exclusively over two private floors, the historical Richard Wagner ballroom served as a dining room for players and officials.
We are proud that our hotel’s catering and extra-attentive service helped ensure that none of the teams staying with us lost.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Going forward, corporate clients and regular guests of the Grand Hotel will be able to take advantage of more than 850 new travel destinations worldwide. They can also take advantage of the benefits offered by several loyalty programmes.
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The management philosophy is changing under Starwood. With programmes such as Six Sigma and Blue Ocean, Starwood is setting new standards in the hotel industry.
Nuremberg Christmas Market
For the first time ever the hotel is wrapped in Christmas lights for Nuremberg’s Christmas market. Every evening the façade is lit by 30,000 sparkling lights. What was originally foreseen by general manager Horst Berl as a ‘one-off’, has become so popular that it is now a permanent feature.
Every year around Christmas thousands of tourists, including guests from Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg visit the world-famous and unique Nuremberg Christmas market.
Incorporation into Le Méridien Hotels
In November, after changing ownership several times, the Grand Hotel Nuremberg is incorporated into the world-renowned category of Le Méridien Hotels.
Rooted in the golden age of travel - the 70s - the Le Méridien, as a time-honoured European brand, exposes the curious and creative traveller to the most unexpected and engaging experiences a destination has to offer.
World War II
The hotel’s heyday is once again interrupted - by World War II.
In the years preceding this, the Grand Hotel Nuremberg is the only residence aristocrats, industrialists and other high-ranking individuals would consider staying at.
After the war the Grand Hotel soon regains its previous splendour in the hands of the Lotz family with entertainers such as Hildegard Knef, Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte, The Beatles, Herbert von Karajan and Joe Cocker staying there whilst in Nuremberg.
World War I
In the years preceding World War I, Nuremberg was increasingly becoming a tourist hotspot - not least due to the Bayreuth Festival.
After the hotel was expanded by Rudolf Lotz the main entrance faced the Bahnhofsplatz. The hotel then comprised an incredible 35 private residences and 5 apartments.
The hotel’s heyday was however interrupted by World War I after just one season and tourism in Nuremberg came to an almost complete standstill.
Birth of the Grand Hotel
Mr. Oskar Weigel acquired an old two-storey farmhouse with a hops storehouse from the Heidenreich family. He converted this into a hotel and extended the property to include a third floor. Just one year later the Grand Hotel Nuremberg opened its doors. It included approx. 80 rooms with 100 beds but no running water, as was common at that time, and only one bathroom.