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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


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

 

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich was built in 1858 and is close to all the cultural attractions and to the major offices in the city center. 

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich's nightly rates startat 376 Euros >>

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Mandarin Oriental Munich

 

 

The (summer) bar is open at Mandarin Oriental Munich! Our sister publication, The Luxury Hotel Advisor, recently reported on drinks al fresco at the German luxury hotel:

 

 

Rooftop season has descended upon Munich, we hear, with the opening of China Moon Roof Terrace at the Mandarin Oriental, Munich. The seasonal venue has a 360-degree view of the city, including the Frauenkirche church and the Alps. Open from May through October, guests can enjoy Asian, Oriental and international specialties along with a long list of trendy cocktails. New this year: China Moon has a new corner bar with city views. Guests can also enjoy an art exhibition by painter Shirin Donia.

 

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The Turks and Caicos is one of our most popular destinations for Christmas break, and for good reason.  The sunny beaches and azure waters are the perfect scene for a tropical getaway.  Many of the hotels are sold out already, so I thought it would be a good time to let our loyal customers know that there's still some availability if you're looking for at least a full week stay the week after Christmas.  Both the Regent Grand Turks and Caicos and the Villa Renaissance still have suites available, so snap them up while you still can.  


I’m not sure there’s a city in the world that gets stereotyped more than Munich. While it’s certainly iconic for the fine German beer that flows freely from its taps, Munich is so much more than gardens of alcohol. Long the seat of Bavarian culture, Munich is the center of German tradition. For a lot of us that means fine beer and maidens donning dirndls, the traditional Bavarian dress you’ve seen in every German tourist brochure since Gutenberg invented the printing press. But as much as Munich has been reduced to stereotype of itself by the outside world, once you get beyond that, there’s a real heart to it. The medieval town is remarkably preserved, down to the clockwork performance of the city hall’s belltower. The English garden the accompanies is the royal residence is glorious to walk around in and even boasts its own outdoor Biergarten around a Chinese tower built in the center of it.

Of course, as much as I’d like to get beyond the stereotypes of the beer maidens handing out liters like it’s nobody’s business, I would be remiss if I didn’t go into just how the beer culture pervades this uniquely German city. Munich has embraced its stereotype, and beer houses like the iconic Hofbrauhaus offer everything that you could want out of a kitschy but simultaneously authentic drinking experience. The waitresses can carry at least eight liters of alcohol at one time, and you would be hard-pressed to find a vegetable on the menu that’s not a potato. In many ways, Munich is the distilled essence of all that is traditional about Germany.

The city itself is not large and almost any hotel will give you great access to all that it has to offer. Most of the big brands have left their mark on the city and some great independent hotels like the Bayerischer Hof join them in offering luxurious beds to sleep off your hangover. Munich is a city that revels in its wholehearted kitschiness, and there’s a certain honesty to that that draws you in the ritual of the city.


The Charles Hotel, MunichIt's our favorite time of year. Sunny days with a slight chill in the air... And Oktoberfest is here! Planning to hit up one of the world's biggest parties in Germany? (Munich is calling your name.) Do it right and don a custom-made dirndl for the occasion. The Charles, a Rocco Forte hotel, has partnered up with Schatzi Dirndl, the well-respected Bavarian costume designer, to dress its guests in style. Not only that, but the hotel will hook you up with beer spa treatments! Reserve the ‘Wiesn Warm-Up Spa Treatment’ and you'll be indulging with a beer footbath, a hops and salt scrub and a revitalizing back-and foot massage, followed by a refreshing Bavarian wheat beer. Did we mention the "Hangover Massage" for post-Oktoberfest recovery? Book the Oktoberfest Package, available from now until October 4 and priced from 925 euros for two nights, and you'll get: accommodations with breakfast for two, one personalized dirndl by Schatzi Dirndl, transfers to and from Schatzi Dirndl for fitting, Bavarian gift in room upon arrival, an welcome drinks.