I’m not a fan of stark, white on white, minimalist and Zen, at least as far as hotels are concerned. Whenever I visit the capital of Bavaria, Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. becomes my home from home.
As soon as I step into the sumptuous lobby, tiredness and travel stress fall away, because I enter a world of tradition, luxury and utter comfort. Sofas and armchairs are plush, soft carpets under foot and the lighting of the chandeliers and wall scones is soothing.
Privately owned since 1841 when the Bayerischer Hof first opened its doors, you immediately feel the personal touch which distinguishes such a hotel from the big chains. They have doormen, bell hops and incredibly friendly stuff at reception who greet you by name throughout your stay.
Once, on a spur of the moment rip, I arrived without a reservation. Most apologetically, the receptionist explained that all they had available was a small single room under the eaves. It turned out to be one of the most romantic rooms I have ever stayed in. Exquisitely furnished with antiques, a bathroom with a tub with claw feet (I love that) and a glass veranda with a view over the courtyard made me feel right at home.
Located on Promenadeplatz, the hotel Bayerischer Hof is within walking distance of Munich’s city center and all the mayor attractions. Theatinerstrasse is just around the corner, Marienplatz in the opposite direction and Hofgarten and Englischer Garten in between.
Two of my favorite features of the hotel are the Blue Spa and pool on the roof and a theatre on the ground floor. In good weather, the roof openes and you can swim under a blue sky or under the stars.
Komoedie is a boulevard theatre. I love the fact, that I can dress up in my room and then go to the theatre without the need for a coat.
Plenty of restaurants and bars cater to every taste. Being in Bavaria, I like local specialties and the rustic Palais Keller just hits the spot. Best Bratwurst I have ever tasted and, of course, the traditional Weisswurst with sweet mustard!
The Piano Bar entertains for pre theatre drinks and nightclub Trader Vic’s for afterwards.
Beauty treatments are extraordinary too, all to be booked though the Blue Spa. It’s essential for me that a hotel has a hair dresser and the Hotel Bayerischer Hof features a top notch one.
Add to this a shopping arcade offering everything from luxury goods to necessities, you can easily spend an entire day without leaving the hotel.
If you, like me, love comfort and luxury in an old fashioned style in the best sense of the word combined with all modern amenities, Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich certainly ticks all the boxes.