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MANDARIN ORIENTAL MUNICH
For those looking for an extravagant accessible hotel, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than the Mandarin Oriental.
Designed in a Neo-Renaissance style, this charming hotel provides excellent service and includes an award-winning restaurant and bar (see page 21). There are 25 newly renovated suites, offering only the best in modern luxury and technology. In addition to a rooftop pool, there are lavish views of the city’s Old Town from almost any part of the hotel. The Old Town is the perfect place for the elite traveler seeking to experience authentic street cafés and galleries. The Mandarin Oriental is also within walking distance of the Englischer Garten and the most famous beer hall in the city, the Hofbraeuhaus.
TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
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Why we love it: Asian objets d’art turn this suite into your own private museum. Cherry and rosewood furniture unify the neo-Biedermeier period and contemporary Asian design, while a conservatory on the patio provides a unique view of the city’s landmarks. The hotel has been designed in a contemporary style with art deco influences, a technique architect Ralf Claussen has perfected within this five bedroom suite. Along with two full bathrooms, this suite comes with silk bed linens, Bang & Olufsen audio-visual equipment, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and Red Flower bath amenities. A Bulthaup kitchen, Swarovski chandeliers and complimentary use of a Mercedes-Benz bicycle also feature for the elite traveler. This suite truly is the ideal place for those seeking sophistication within the city. The suite has played host to many rich and famous clientele over the years; recent guests have included Liza Minnelli, Jon Bon Jovi and all members of U2.
- Square footage: 1,300
- Nightly rate: $13,280
Lars Wagner, General Manager
+49 89 2909 8800
Neuturmstrasse 1, 80331
Sofitel is now one of the world’s most famous luxury chain hotels.
Launching in Europe almost fifty years ago, this hotel quickly got noticed by high-end travelers in the United States and has subsequently opened branches in New York and Philadelphia. This magnificent Munich venue was once the Royal Post Office of Munich and has remained here from the beginning of Munich’s modern day history. Today, the Sofitel is a jewel in the crown of Munich’s finest hotels. Visitors will be impressed by its avant-garde architecture and luxury facilities. Since 2004, the lavish yet historic rooms have offered a unique contrast of contemporary and traditional living. Elite travelers will benefit from unrivaled service, combining good Bavarian humor with tasteful French etiquette.
TOP SUITE OYSTER SUITE
Why we love it: The Sofitel hosts a number of magnificent suites and it will be hard to choose which to stay in. Whether you are looking for an Andy Warhol inspired theme or a Scandinavian natural interior, the choice of top suites here is second to none. We love the Oyster Suite. This apartment style suite can only be described as 1,750 square feet of pure luxury. Futuristic furnishings have been provided by famous designers and Bang & Olufsen technology features throughout. As the largest of the high-end suites at the Sofitel, the showstopper is undoubtedly the gigantic screen on which guests can watch television or browse through their photo collections. While the predominant materials are natural stone, white leather and colored glass, there is also the famous Corian white table. The purple floor, the back wall and the ceiling give the Oyster Suite its name, an effect reinforced by the shimmering multicolor strips on the ceiling.
- Square footage: 1,750
- Nightly rate: $7,750
Gregory Maliassas, General Area Manager
+49 89 599 482 901
Bayerstrasse 12, 80335
THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL AIRPORT MUNICH
The Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich, set in a four-story transparent building, was built in 1994 and is located next to the city’s most important airport.
It is one of few hotels that has been recognized on an international scale due to its elegance, modernity and overwhelming architecture. A glass atrium, measuring 1,400 square feet, hosts magnificent contrasting features such as tropical palm trees, while the lobby holds high-end functionality for the business traveler. This futuristic hotel won the title of Europe’s Leading Airport Hotel in the 2009 World Travel Awards.
TOP SUITE SENATOR SUITE
Why we love it: You can find the Senator Suite on the top floor of this hotel. It has a generously sized lounge and refined decorations throughout. Located next to the airport, it has all the features a business traveler may require from ironing facilities to an iPod. It features two separate bedrooms, ideal for those traveling with family, with twin and king-size beds, a working desk and cable TV. A common resting spot for Royalty, this hotel has also hosted the Dalai Lama.
- Square footage: 1,300
- Nightly rate: $3,600
Marcus van der Wal, General Manager
+49 89 9782 2530
Terminalstrasse Mitte 20, 85356
THE CHARLES HOTEL
The Charles Hotel of Rocco Forte Hotels is perfectly located in the center of Munich; its situation in the Old Botanical Gardens allows guests to enjoy peace and tranquility.
The 160 rooms are among the biggest in town, providing ample space for privacy and all are equipped with the most modern amenities. The interior designer Olga Polizzi has linked the hotel to the city by using sculptures, paintings and prints of famous Munich artists, most famously Lenbach.
TOP SUITE MONFORTE SUITE
Why we love it: This top floor accommodation features a rooftop terrace offering a view over the Alps and the tops of Munich’s most famous historical buildings. The living room is equipped with a Bechstein grand piano with original paintings by the 19th century artist Franz von Lenbach. In true fresh, contemporary style, the amenities of this suite include a Nintendo Wii, Hypnos mattress, Pedersoli linens and a 55-inch Samsung TV. With four spacious rooms, it features two bathrooms which come with Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities. A state-of-the-art kitchen is also ready for those wanting to cook or entertain and comes with AEG kitchen appliances. Past guests have included actors Ken Duken and Felicity Jones, and writer Phil Traill.
- Square footage: 2,150
- Nightly rate: $11,450
Frank Heller, General Manager
+49 89 544 5550
Sophienstrasse 28, 80333
HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN KEMPINSKI MUNICH
Demanding clientele will be impressed with the unique flair and modern elegance of this grand hotel, now with over 300 rooms.
Opened in 1858, people from all over the globe have enjoyed Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten’s striking combination of modernity and tradition. As part of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, this Kempinski Hotel is situated on one of the world’s grandest boulevards, the Maximilianstrasse, and the hotel never fails to astonish its guests. In this elegant part of the city, guests can enjoy the nearby array of galleries, theaters, boutique fashion stores and also the State Opera House.
TOP SUITE LUDWIG SUITE
Why we love it: This luxurious space is located with a view of Munich’s most famous shopping boulevard and comes with one of the best butler services in the city. This suite surpasses all the needs of the elite traveler, not only does the finely hand crafted furnishings and calfskin carpets impress guests here, but also the array of modern technology, such as six televisions to ensure entertainment throughout. The suite’s most impressive feature is a large round window between the bathroom and bedroom, the bathroom also includes a large bathtub with Jacuzzi and a Finnish-imported sauna all finished in black marble. Exclusively designed with an elite clientele in mind, extravagant furniture and elegant silk curtains are designed especially for this luxurious suite, giving those finishing touches that special flair. Around $3.4m USD was spent on the presidential suite alone. Other lavish amenities include a mirror integrated TV and wall paintings of the famous Pinakothek museum.
- Square footage: 2,000
- Nightly rate: $21,700
+49 89 2125 2799
Maximilianstraße 17, 80539
THE EUROSTARS GRAND CENTRAL
As a design hotel in the city center, the Eurostars Grand Central successfully combines innovative architecture with striking colors and comfort.
It offers 172,000 square feet of luxury and bold design. In addition to the 250 rooms, the hotel also offers eight suites and ten apartments for extended or residential style visits. An exquisite restaurant, with seating capacity for over a hundred people can also be found on the ground floor. There are four conference rooms measuring over 750 square feet and with a capacity to hold between 10 and 350 people, depending on your needs. The spectacular conference rooms
TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Why we love it: The suites at the Eurostars Grand Central are extremely spacious with well judged separations between bedrooms and living areas. Along with their innovative design, they also feature wood flooring, an extra-large bed and giant-sized bathrooms that are so ultra-modern, even the most discerning traveler will be impressed. The suites are equipped with the most contemporary technological innovations and state-of-the-art facilities for those traveling on business.
- Square footage: 800+
- Nightly rate: $800
Elwin Meijvis, General Manager
+49 895 165 740
Arnulfstrasse 35, 80636
TOP SUITE DELUXE SUITE
Why we love it: Located in the heart of the city, the Deluxe Suite offers a striking view onto the Karlsplatz Stachus. The interiors combine classic elegance with modern furnishings, including Italian handcrafts from Friuli and Lombardy. The standard of service is epitomized by the example of Giuseppe Sinopoli who requested a room of complete darkness in this suite; the hotel catered to his wishes by installing blackout blinds in front of every window. Designed by Jochen Dahms of Atelier Dahms, the suite features three rooms and two bathrooms. Special facilities include Etro bath amenities, handmade fabrics from Rubelli and a pillow menu. Despite the classic elegance of the Deluxe Suite, it provides modern technology, including Toshiba TVs and internet. Past guests have included Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
- Square footage: 900+
- Nightly rate: $1,000
Theodor Gandenheimer, Member of the Board
+49 89 55 1360
Karlsplatz 25, 80335
HOTEL BAYERISCHER HOF MUNICH
TOP SUITE SUITE 705
Why we love it: Along with panoramic views over the city center, Suite 705 also has private access to the Blue Spa area, with a 538-squarefoot Mediterranean-style terracotta terrace and fireplace. Designed by Sigward Pilati under the influence of modern Mediterranean style living, it has three rooms and two bathrooms. With previous guests such as Cameron Diaz, Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, you would expect fine amenities and that is exactly what Suite 705 delivers: Siemens appliances, Dornbracht rainshowers and private marble saunas to name a few.
- Square footage: 860
- Nightly rate: $4,900
Innegrit Volkhardt, General Manager
+49 89 212 0911
Promenadeplatz 2–6, 80333