This is a large formal hotel (350 rooms) not ideally suited for the individual traveller or couple, especially those who don't speak German. Rooms are lovely; the rooftop garden for breakfast or a snack very pleasant..though the view of Munich's so-called skyline is a bit of a yawn. The hotel food and that nearby is also repetitive..sausage in endless variety with potato and cabbage or beets..though bread is generally fresh and delicious.. The front desk, especially the concierge,. is less than friendly..and quoted us a driver and car..at exactly twice the price we ended up paying for the English-speaking airport cab driver we did hire for a whole day. The day we left, the hotel was engulfed by a life-insurance sales convention from the Mid West (Ugh !).
Despite its magic name and thick tourists books (like Insight Guides), there is less to see and do in Munich than the guides suggest..the center near the hotel is devoid of cars, a blessing, full of proprietary boutiques for high-quality clothing, leather goods, food, etc., and outdoor wine bars (also for beer). Attractive, so-called old baroque buildings, many rebuilt after WWII bombings (including the hotel)..an OK cathedral and a couple of small interesting museums. And the famed opera house, where we attended a performance of Der Rosenkavalier, not a great opera, but plenty of well-dressed opera goers to ogle ! Another worthwhile, but sobering visit, is to Dachau, the infamous concentration camp just outside town. All in all, Munich is prosperous and vibrant, full of stylish, well-dressed women, even more than in Paris..and the HQ for both Siemens and BMW..but not a drop-dead tourist destination. And, oh yes,as to the rathskellers so publicized because of Oktoberfest..don't hold your breath. I was told by our concierge that they're 80% tourists, one of the two best-known right opposite the Hard Rock Cafe ! And, finally, Munich is not in, nor in sight of, The Bavarian Alps; they're 60 miles away. All in all, a nice city and hotel probably worth a two night stay, no more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally conceived by King Ludwig I, the Bayerischer Hof is one of Munich's most legendary hotels. History and contemporary flair mingle with easy elegance. Its iconic Blue Spa, offering barbecues in summer and an unique ice bar in winter with views of Munich, was created by Andrée Putman. The latest restaurants, Atelier and Garden, are by interior designer Axel Vervoordt, who also devised the Cinema Lounge; complete with its own Night Club with live Jazz, five restaurants, six bars and the theatre, it is a self-contained haven that draws celebrities and heads-of-state. Guest rooms are in a variety of styles, designed by famous architects. Top-floor suites have breathtaking views, private spa access, terraces or open fireplaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayerischer Hof Munich
- Hotel Bayerischer Hof