The tavern on the market square was founded in 1696 by the princely butler Christian Andreas Barritig. Soon after, the inn was converted into a hostel for merchants and travelers.
The tavern attracted various german artists: Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Friedrich Schiller met here. From 1921 to 1924 Bauhaus artists were guests here, too and transformed the tavern into a great Hotel of its time.
After the Second World War, the hotel was initially closed. Thomas Mann made the hotel known overnight through his novel "Lotte in Weimar" and also played a pivotal role in the reopening of the hotel in 1955. The suites are dedicated to important personalities such as Thomas Mann, Walter Gropius and Lionel Feininger. The Hotel Elephant is a luxury hotel of the Marriott Autograph Collection. The house also includes the Michelin-star restaurant "Anna Amalia" and the "Elephantenkeller".
In 2018, the hotel was completely closed for nine months. 100 rooms have been renovated, the public areas including the spa for the excellent house to meet the technical and design requirements of its class. The design was made by Bost Interior Design GmbH & Co. KG. The teamwork to make this happen in 9 month was an extraordinary challenge for us and our team.