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Destination Spotlight: Munich

Bavaria's capital city, Munich or München (pronounced Mewn-shin, in German) may be known for its beer halls like the iconic Hofbräuhaus, and Oktoberfest (September 16, 2017 to October 3, 2017) but the city also offers a plethora of outdoor cafes, upscale shops, boutiques, and department stores, as well as large outdoor markets like the Viktualienmarkt where visitors can stroll amidst food booths, try some local fare, or relax in the bier garden. It's also a historically Catholic city, where guests can explore ornately decorated baroque and rococo-style churches.

The city is a cultural and sophisticated destination with world-class museums like the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), the Deutches Museum showcasing science and technology exhibits, Schloss Nymphenburg the Italian-inspired summer home for Bavarian monarchs, Pinakothek der Moderne with modern works of art, and the Alte Pinakothek with symmetrical architecture, wraparound garden, and an assortment of paintings from every era. For automotive enthusiasts, Munich is where BMWs are made, and guests can tour the BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the BMW Group Plant to see where the famous vehicles are produced. 

In addition to the sites in Munich, the city makes an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions including the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Newschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Salzburg, Austria, which are easily reachable via trains and public transportation. 

To compliment Munich's array of attractions and activities, Five Star Alliance offers a variety of luxury hotels including Historic Properties, Classic Hotels, and Modern Retreats, which are highlighted below. 

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Historic Properties

Bayerischer Hof

Bird's Nest View at the Bayerischer Hof

Situated in the city center, Bayerischer Hof opened in 1841 on the wishes of King Ludwig I. Offering a historic setting and the Blue Spa Lounge with a winter garden and terrace, the property has multiple dining options including Atelier, a recipient of 2 Michelin stars, Garden providing a modern Brasserie menu, Palais Keller with Bavarian specialties and pretzels from its own bakery, as well as Trader Vic's with Polynesian specialties. Close to Frauenkirche, the Viktualienmarkt (outdoor food market), the Opera, the Residenz, and the Hofgarten, the property has a central location for exploring the city.

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Hotel Konigshof

Hotel Konigshof

Providing an ideal location close to Marienplatz and Karlzplatz squares, Hotel Konigshof has Michelin-starred modern German cuisine, famous wine cellar with more than 1,200 vintages, and Geisel's Weingalerie--an on-site wine shop. Originally built as a Victorian style private residence, the property has been part of the Geisel hotelier family since 1938. Providing an elegant and historic setting in the heart of the city, there's an opulent lobby with a piano, and a wellness oasis.

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Guest Room at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is a grand European hotel built in 1858. Offering a luxury day spa, guests can enjoy beauty treatments, or swim in a swimming pool with panoramic views over the Munich rooftops. For dining, the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant has a menu with modern variations of Bavarian classics, and the Jahreszeiten Bar provides and English-inspired setting with dark woods, open fireplace, and crafted international cocktails.

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Classic Hotels

The Charles Hotel

Sophia's Bar at The Charles Hotel Munich

Featuring a tranquil setting in the city's old botanical gardens, The Charles Hotel opened in 2007. Designed by Olga Polizzi, the chic property has The Charles Spa offering an urban spa experience with an indoor pool, beauty salon, steam room with color therapy and aromatherapy, foot baths with a heated bench, Finnish sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center. There's also Sophia's Restaurant and Bar with a modern Italian menu overlooking the gardens, and The Library serving traditional Afternoon Tea. 

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Hotel Muenchen Palace

Hotel Muenchen Palace

Family-run and personally-managed, Hotel Muenchen Palace is a luxury boutique hotel in the noble Bogenhausen quarter. Mixing classical style with contemporary elements, accommodations have minibars, satellite TVs, and evening turndown service. There's a garden for outdoor dining during the summer months, as well as the newly opened Palace Wintergarten with large windows and natural light, plus the Palace Restaurant with chef-prepared international dishes, and the Palace Bar with Afternoon Tea and evening cocktails. 

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Corner Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Set along the famed Maximilianstrasse in the city's Old Town, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich is set within a charming Neo-Renaisssance building that has been completely renovated. Guest rooms and suites incorporate the building's architectural style with state-of-the-art amenities like Bang and Olufsen entertainment systems, and incomparble views of Munich's red roofs and spires. Memorable dining experiences include Matsuhisa Munich with Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, The Lounge with Afternoon Tea and international cuisine, and the China Moon Roof Terrace with panoramic views. 

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Modern Retreats

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Guest Room

Situated within Munich's historical post office with curved lines and arches, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost transports guests into the modern era. Featuring contemporary interiors with one-of-a-kind modern works of art, glass-roofed lobby, and a wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness center. While the Schwarz & Weiz restaurant serves artisian cuisine in a creative environment. 

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Louis Hotel

Guest Room at the Louis Hotel Munich

Offering a design-focused setting, the Louis Hotel is located next to the famous Viktualienmarkt. Featuring panoramic views and a style reminiscent of the Parisian Metro, guest rooms and suites have handcrafted nut and oak wood furnishings, natural stone, elegant tiling, and handmade queen beds with natural rubber mattresses. There is a seasonal rooftop terrace, and the Emiko restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine. 

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Hilton Munich Airport 

Hilton Munich Airport Exterior

Featuring a distinctive glass-domed trium, the Hilton Munich Airport offers a relaxed setting between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Munich Airport. The Fit&Fly Spa has a heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, and there's a signature restaurant and bar on-site. Providing convenient access to the airport, the property also has transport links to the city center and Munich attractions, plus a business center and meeting rooms.

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The properties mentioned above are just a few of the Five Star Alliance luxury hotels in Munich. 

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Offering a secluded setting for guests seeking additional privacy, the Panorama Suites at the Bayerischer Hof is an exclusive collection of spacious suites overlooking Munich's rooftops. One of the floor's unique accommodations is Suite 725. Designed by Siegward Graf Pilati, this two-level, two-bedroom tower suite has a residential feel with a bedroom, study, and walk-in wardrobe on the ground floor. On the same level there is a spacious marble bathroom with double sinks, steam bath, separate shower, whirlpool soaking tub, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's glass-walled bedroom.

Suite 725 Bedroom at Bayerischer Hof

On the second level of the suite is a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling views of Munich's iconic monuments and red roof tops, as well as a separate washlet. There's a spacious living room with two dining areas, Nespresso machine, lounge areas, 55-inch flat-screen TV with a Samsung hi-fi system, and a French balcony. Read more below the living room photo. 

Suite 125 Living Room at Bayerischer Hof

In addition to the opulent decor and spacious setting, guests of the suite also receive complimentary access to the Blue Spa and the Night Club with live entertainment, as well as ironing services, dog packages, and choice of pillows and blankets. Read more below the photo of the Bayerischer Hof. 

Bayerischer Hof Blue Spa Pool at Night

The Bayerischer Hof is a historic hotel in the heart of Munich. Opened in 1841, the property has the Blue Spa with a pool, lounge, gardens, and a variety of treatments. Palais Keller has original Bavarian specialties and a bakery, while Atelier offers a Michelin-starred dining option. Closer to Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt, and world-class shopping, the property is an ideal base for exploring Bavaria's capital city. 

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Bayerischer Hof Blue Spa Terrace


Nestled between Munich and Salzburg, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a Relais & Chateaux property close to Lake Chiemsee. Set in the heart of Bavaria, the property offers "Cuisine Vitale"--culinary dishes with lightness, clarity, and the healing effects of herbs and spices, created by the hotel's owner, Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as spa treatments, the Venetian Gourmet Restaurant, and exclusive cooking classes with the Chef and his team. Continue reading below the photo. 

Terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler

The hotel's Venetian Gourmet Restaurant features an elegant setting with Italian ambiance, as well as a mountain view terrace and winter garden. Serving "Cuisine Vitale" by Heinz Winkler, guests can enjoy classic dishes and new creations infused with local herbs and flavors. In addition, the hotel's dedicated sommelier can assist with ideal pairings from the restaurant's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions featuring rare and noble wines from around the world. Read more below the photo. 

Gourmet Restaurant at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers Cooking Courses with Heinz Winkler. Providing guests with the opportunity to spend time with the star chef in his professional kitchen, participants will learn how to prepare dishes with the finest ingredients. The experience includes a welcome cocktail and 5-course dinner, then the following morning participants enjoy breakfast, followed by a Gourmet Cooking Course with Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as an apron and signed cookbook to take home as a keepsake. Continue reading below. 

Exterior of the Residenz Heinz Winkler

Created from a late Medieval building, the property was the Hotel Post for centuries. Purchased by Heinz Winkler in 1989, the property was transformed into a modern, yet traditional hotel blending luxury with local charm. Located in the Chiemgau between mountains and lakes, the hotel has 29 rooms and suites with balconies, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. Designed to offer a relaxing and revitalizing setting, the spa offers a variety of pampering treatments and beauty rituals. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a demi bottle of Champagne upon arrival. 

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Whether planning an Oktoberfest vacation, or a special excursion to the Bavarian city, the Magnificent Apartment at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers the ultimate setting for a luxurious excursion. Featuring 1,884 square feet of space, the apartment has two balconies and panoramic city views. There is a separate living area with a large white leather sofa and media wall, offering a presentation screen, Bang & Olufsen TV, and sound system. The dining area provides the ideal spot for a cocktail party with up to 12 guests, and the snow white Corian table is perfect for morning board meetings. There is a separate bedroom with a large walk-in closet, sumptous bedding, and a spacious spa bathroom with a steam bath, whirlpool, and Hermes products. To top it off, the suite includes butler service for arrival preparations, special requests, restaurant reservations, and more. Continue reading below the photo.

Magnificent Apartment at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers a downtown location, next to central station. Guest rooms and suites feature modern styling and high ceilings, plus themed suites. It's where French savoir vivre blends with Bavarian joie de vivre. The property offers a spa, wellness area with a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, and steam bath. For dining, Schwarz & Weiz serves an upscale breakfast buffet, and Delice La Brasserie offers chef-created French cuisine with an outdoor terrace and contemporary French ambiance. 

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Exterior of the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

 

Luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is the essence of a traditional European grand hotel. Since its opening in 1897, the elegant hotel at the Binnenalster Lake in the heart of Hamburg has welcomed guests from all over the world with its charming magnificence and timeless elegance.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

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The Regent Bar at The Regent Berlin offers the perfect ambience for night flyers and cocktail-connoisseurs alike. With its elegant British style, deep leather armchairs and sofas, wooden paneling, and warm colouring, the bar is a comfortable retreat for hotel guests and lovers of the traditional afternoon tea.

The Regent Berlin

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In addition to the 260-square meter spa, Das Stue features a 14-meter long indoor pool, a fitness area furnished with the latest Technogym equipment, and a Finnish glass sauna.

Das Stue

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Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that's why we're here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What is the pet policy for Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hamburg, Germany? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hotel welcomes you to the heart of the hanseatic city. Creative ingenuity meets French art de vivre in this luxury Hamburg hotel which rests by a quiet canal in the historic German citys heart. Near Alster Lake Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall is a harmonious union of high function and contemporary decor. A design aesthetic of opulent purism brings a bold chic blend of simple and luxurious materials marble and glass plush fabrics and steel. Inside the 5-star hotel in Hamburg taste international dishes at Ticino Restaurant and linger with a drink on the sunny canalside terrace. The Seagull Spa is a destination for those who wish to experience a world of soothing relaxation.

Dogs are welcome at the hotel. There is an additional fee per night for canine companions.

The hotel is a non-smoking property.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


Hotel Elephant
 With history dating back to the early 16th century, Hotel Elephant hotel has served as a rendezvous for international poets, artists, intellectuals, and statesmen ranging from Goethe to Schiller to Bach. Goethe was known to sip wine in the basement, and there is a secret tunnel dating back to World War II. 

Works of contemporary artists such as Elvira Bach, Markus Lupertz, and Hans Peter Adamski decorate the walls of guest rooms and suites.

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Europaeischer Hof Hotel Europa
Europaeischer Hof Hotel Europa
 
was opened in 1865 and was known as Hotel de l'Europe. It is currently managed by the 4th generation of the von Kretschmann family.

 

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