Hotel Königshof, Munich, Germany Review
Karlsplatz, more often referred to as “Stachus,” is the gateway to Munich’s historic city center and pedestrian zone. It is also one of the busiest squares in Europe.
The Hotel Königshof, which first opened in 1862, is situated directly on Karlsplatz, making it minutes away from just about everything. Many of Munich’s museums (including the three Pinakothek museums) are practically at the hotel’s doorstep as is great shopping. An S-Bahn (Karlsplatz/Stachus) station is just steps away, making it possible to quickly go from airport to hotel without the need to change trains.
Looking through the windows, with a wonderful view in the direction of Stachus, I could see automobiles and streetcars passing by non-stop, thousands of people leaving work, yet all was quiet within. Despite the traffic outside, my elegant and spacious Deluxe Room was peaceful and tranquil.
A large, flat-screen television was mounted on the wall opposite the bed. There were numerous closets with more than sufficient space for an army of business travelers.
The bathroom had a separate bath and shower and I was impressed that three bath mats were provided. The evening turndown service included placing a mat and complimentary slippers next to the bed.
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Wireless Internet was free and reasonably fast. My guests were pleasantly surprised that they could connect to the Net for free during our meetings. The writing desk provided more than sufficient workspace and the desk chair was comfortable. Lighting was excellent both for reading (there are halogen reading lamps above the bed) and computer work.
The front desk staff responded quickly to several requests including one for packing tape for a homeward-bound package. Guests arriving at the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) are picked up at no charge.
For business travelers who want to take advantage of some of Munich’s best stores, a shopping package includes two nights lodging, champagne breakfast, a welcome gift, and discounts at stores ranging from Ludwig Beck to Karstadt (Hauptbahnhof).
Breakfast is served daily in the Restaurant Königshof, whose windows look out over Stachus. The selection of hot and cold dishes, cheeses, breads, cold cuts, cereals, yogurts, and juices was excellent.
The Restaurant Königshof, which also serves lunch and dinner, is one of the finest in Munich and its kitchen is well known for innovative and flavorful cuisine. I didn’t have an opportunity to dine here during my all-too-brief stay but I hope to try it during a future visit.
The Königshof Bar is a pleasant venue for a drink or two with friends or colleagues and live piano music is provided on the weekends.
At the check-in desk, I was offered coffee, tea, or water (I opted for coffee), a nice touch that made me feel especially welcome. Throughout my stay, service was impeccable and the combination of location, service, and food made for a memorable stay.
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.