Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg

Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, Nuremberg 90402 Germany
+49 911 23220

120 Years of History


The Dalai Lama, Gerhard Schroeder or The Beatles - the list of famous guests who once stayed at our Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is very long. Find out more about the longstanding history of our Hotel and get to know some interesting facts as well as humorous anecdotes about our guests.

A Walk through Time


The hotel can look back on a long history steeped in tradition, which has featured a plethora of special guests and events.

1895: 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.
1914 & 1939: World War I + II
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.

After rebuilding of the city the hotels heyday was once more interrupted - by the second World War. 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.
1996: 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.
2005: 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.
2006: The Football World Cup in Germany
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.
2008: Visit by the Dalai Lama
In 2008 we 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.
2009: Renovation
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.
2016: 20-year Anniversary
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.
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