We have great pleasure in our different guests, family or alone, big or small, business or private, whether from home or abroad – it is always a challenge for us to make each and every one happy and satisfied. Our goal is for our guests to feel “almost” at home while enjoying the service of an upscale hotel. After your arrival and completion of all check-in procedures, we will help with your luggage and escort you through our very special house – past the breakfast room, up the sweeping staircase from 1954 – to your room. Often we are already being asked about it, about the history or the origin of the hotel concept and of course we like to tell you about it.
From the guesthouse to the 50s Design Hotel Vosteen
The house Vosteen, as it still stands today with its 7,70 m width, opened its gates for guests already in January 1954. That is now over 55 years of history!
As early as 1932, Mr and Mrs Vosteen operated a guest house in nearby Wielandstraße (in the district of Johannis) in a beautiful Art Nouveau villa from the early days of the Wilhelminian era, with steps into the park-like garden. Even then, people from Berlin, Paris, China, Syria, the US – simply from all over the world – were guests of the Vosteen family.
From the fashion designer to the official of the “Pour le Mérite”, the flight instructor of Heinz Rühmann, manufacturers, commercial travelers, actors, to the wife, at that time still a job title, the most diverse people went in and out.
In the following World War II the house was occupied by the Americans for a long time, finally the family Vosteen returned to their old home in Buchholz near Bremen. In 1953 Mrs. Sophie Vosteen was able to buy a piece of land in Lindenaststrasse in order to be able to continue her old dream of a guesthouse. The newly built house Vosteen – the well-known pension in the new house – was the headline of the orange brochure of 1954. It was followed by a 50-year slumber, in which continued to come a variety of guests, such as women’s rights activist Alice Schwarzer, actress Ruth Leuwerik, Cabaret artist Michael Quast, author Karen Duve, writer Friedrich Christian Delius and actors Günther Strack and Harald Schmidt (to be known before his). It was run from 1972 by her niece Wilma Harms.
An original excerpt from the “Housekeeping Monthly” from 1955 about the habits in the everyday life of a “good wife”. Women can smile, men are allowed to dream briefly. Definitely read!
A testimony from Emmi Beck
Ms. Beck talks about her impressions during a stay in the old house Vosteen. Beautifully told … (in german).