Schloss Velden Opens As The First Capella Hotel
I first wrote about the plan for the Capella Hotels and Resorts collection back in 2005. Now they have opened the first property: Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel in the lakeside village of Velden, Austria. Schloss Velden is a landmark in Austria's Carinthian region on the banks of Lake Woerth and was originally constructed in 1603 as a private castle. It was in use as a hotel until 1991 and has now been reopened with 39 guestrooms, a fine dining room, the Schloss Bar, a wine and champagne cellar, and private "living room" for guests with lakefront views. A contemporary addition designed by Jabonegg & Pálffy holds 66 rooms and 45 private residences. It has wraparound glass views of the mountain and lake is also home to Auriga, a 30,000-square foot spa and wellness center. The resort also includes a modern beach club and private marina, with cabanas and a lakeside restaurant. It's an odd mix, the ultra-traditional yellow lakeside Schloss Velden and the ultra modern, white, bright and angular residence complex but for those who have always been torn between modern and traditional, they can have their cake and stay in it too.