Leni's (Hi)story

Restored, restyled and right on cue, Ruby Leni’s returning to her roots. Originally opened as a hotel in 1904, her theatrical potential was quickly spotted and just six years later the building was transformed into the Düsseldorfer Operettenhaus.

In 1951, it became home to the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, and, led by the legendary Gustav Gründgens, quickly made its name as one of Europe’s most important and influential theatres. The group’s ground-breaking production of Goethe’s Faust, featuring Gründgens as Mephisto, was later filmed, with the character of Helena setting the stage for Leni’s name.

With such a rich cultural history to draw on, our designers were spoilt for choice. While antique props and period styling recall Leni’s time in the limelight, we’ve also taken inspiration from the 60s to today. Retro lines, plush fabrics and carefully chosen vintage pieces mingle with artistic modern touches, giving every stay a dash of theatrical glamour.

For those in search of an escape from reality, Leni’s still home to the Forum Freies Theater. In the words of Goethe’s Wagner, ‘art is long, but life is fleeting,’ so be sure to catch a show during your stay.