Stories & History since 1298

Carmelite monastery, Gentry school, Knight’s academy, University, Court, Administration, home for elderly people:
a shapeshifting building complex for 700 years

 Our hotel, restaurant and eventspaces will open within the oldest building of the documenta town Kassel

 Opened June 2017

55 unique spaces

55 unique spaces

55 rooms & suites: individual collages with elegant mixtures of style 

Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant & Bar

Event- & Meeting Spaces

Event- & Meeting Spaces

Library, Saloon, Church – 3 Eventspaces for 20-300 guests
documenta Stadt Kassel

documenta Stadt Kassel

UNESCO world heritage „Bergpark“ , Brothers Grimm World, Art & Culture.. our town in the heart of Germany has a lot to offer to our guests


  • Opened June 2017
  • 55 Rooms & Suites in different sizes / 93 beds
  • Restaurant with 100 seatings
  • Bar & Bistro with 40 seatings
  • 3 Eventspaces
    • Library for up to 20 guests
    • Saloon for up to 100 guests
  • Eventspace „Alte Brüderkirche“ – event church for up to 300 guests
  • Courtyard with 30 seatings
  • Central location Theatre, Market Hall, Kings Place, Museums, Karlsaue. The surroundings of the „Renthof” have a lot to offer to our guests from near and far


To continue telling the story of 717 years of history is an exciting adventure that we meet with passion….

1298 - Monastery

Disillusioned crusaders gather in the mid 12th century at the ancient Mount Carmel in Palestine and devote themselves to the founding of a hermit community. The expansion of the Saracens forces the Order of the Carmelites back to Europe. Landgrave Heinrich the I. calls the order to settle in Kassel in 1262. They buy a house from a Jewish woman called Rachel and start building a church and monastery in 1298 – a project that would last for the next 78 years, todays „Renthof“, the location for our hotel.

1598 - Gentry school

The reformation forces the closing of the Roman Catholic monastery – the first closure of it´s kind. Landgrave Maurice the Learned, a composer, lover of music, theater, art in general, architecture and alchemy redesigns the monastery into a gentry school where the renowned composer Heinrich Schuetz received his first education.

1617 - Knight Academy

The Gentry school is transformed into a Knight Academy

1633 - University

In the midst of the Thirty Year’s War the University of Marburg opens it´s Kassel branch in the north-west wing of the building complex.

1670 - Administration/Court

From the 2nd half of the 17th century the building complex houses many royal administrations as an expansion of the chambers at the river Fulda. From now on the building complex is called „Renthof“.

1943 - Home for elderly people

Allied Air forces bombard the City of Kassel with 400.000 firebombs falling in 1.5 hrs. 80% of all buildings including the whole historic center are destroyed. 10.000 people die. The only partly destroyed „Renthof” is rebuilt by the Society for Wellbeing as a retreat for the elderly .

1995 - Old Brother´s church

1995 the foundation „Alte Brüderkirche“ renovates the early gothic church after it has been left by the congregation in 1970. The historical church serves as a extraordinary event space which Rainer Holzhauer and his team cater to.

Beginning of 2017

Our hotel, restaurant and conference facilities open their doors after a historically appropriate restoration in a location with an exciting past.
  • Magic courtyard

    Space for colorful events

  • Restaurant

    Eat with friends

  • Bar

    great place to hang out

  • places to chill

    from an exciting day



In 2014 an interdisciplinary team gathered to transform the Renthof into a historical hotel and restaurant with an exquisite charm in the center of our town. Our photo shows the owner Uwe Kleinkauf, Kirstin Homburg-Kleinkauf (WELL group) and Rainer Holzhauer (restaurateur). The Hotel Director Undine Bay (right) was born in Kassel and formerly worked as a vice director of the Caste-Hotel Kronberg. She is looking forward to being a host in our hotel and her birth town.

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    documenta town Kassel

    fairytales-, art- & culture- world

    Kassel has a world wide reputation for its exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years for 100 days. The last documenta had around 1 Million visitors.

    But also the UNESCO world heritage „Bergpark“ and the Grimm brothers who lived in Kassel and whose work can be experienced at the Grimmworld provide our City with international significance.

    Our guests can reach many attractions  within walking distance:
    State theater, University, Fridericianum, museums, state park, spa, Kassel fair, transit mall, market hall.

    In essence:
    The surroundings of „Renthof`’ have a lot to offer to our guests from near and far