Kempinski Airport Hotel München Review

By Jonathan Spira on 24 August 2009
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Most people think of an airport hotel as someplace one has to stay in between flights or for a specific meeting.  Meer 028The Kempinski Airport Hotel München, on the other hand, is a luxury hotel that just happens to be at an airport (Flughafen München/ Munich Airport Franz Josef Strauß).  In addition, its modern, soaring design that blurs the barriers between indoors and outdoor is intended to connect with the traveler’s feelings about the adventure of travel.

Glass and color are everywhere.  Enter the hotel and you are greetings by an airy 1400 m atrium with a glass ceiling, glass walls, and giant glass cases holding hundreds of geraniums. At night, the building is bathed in color.

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The hotel is located directly on the airport property, between Terminals 1 and 2, and is an integral part of the airport.  All airport gates and shops are minutes away by foot.  There is a certain luxury of being able to deplane and find oneself in a luxurious, comfortable hotel room 15 minutes later.  Downtown Munich is easily accessible via public transportation; the S-Bahn gets you to the city center, Marienplatz, in as little as 38 minutes. 


Rooms and suites are modern, elegant and quite comfortable.  Many have views of the runway, a feature that had me continuously chasing takeoff and landing photos. 


Internet access was quiet fast – but at €25, it was not inexpensive either.  Desk and chair were very comfortable and rooms were well lighted.

If you are attending a meeting, you will find that the conference and meeting rooms are comfortable and filled with the latest in multimedia technology, including sophisticated sound and lighting systems.  (My initial introduction to this hotel goes back several years to a three-day meeting I attended there; the combination of a convenient location and superb facilities contributed greatly to the meeting’s success.)


A five-star buffet breakfast is served in the aptly-named Restaurant Charles Lindbergh, as are lunch and dinner.  107_0740The menu will vary but the fish dishes were superb.  The Lobby Café, in the middle of the glass atrium, is a comfortable oasis suitable for informal meetings accompanied by coffee, tea, pastries, and light dishes.   Room service was a bit iffy; my Weißwurst arrived cold but the problem was quickly rectified.


Having an early flight is only one of several reasons to stay at the Kempinski Airport Hotel München.  If your meeting and travel plans are for north of the city, the hotel’s location may prove more convenient.  And finally, if you are planning a meeting or small conference, the on-airport convenience combined with the hotel’s unique ambiance makes for a combination that cannot be beat.

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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