Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany – Review

By Eva Leonard on 30 July 2012
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Originally built in 1841 at the request of King Ludwig I, this massive hotel has been owned by the Volkhardt family for more than a century. Well-placed on Promenadeplatz in Munich’s city center, Bayerischer Hof  is a sprawling complex of multi-themed guest rooms, restaurants, bars, and lounges, and spa, fitness, and meeting and event spaces.

Entering the lobby, I was struck by the mish-mosh of décor: a combination of classic grand hotel style and 1980s “Dynasty” marble and glitz. But that was only a hint of the dizzying aesthetic spectrum to come.

When I checked in, the friendly front desk clerk handed me an old-fashioned metal room key rather than a key card, which I found to be a nice touch, and I took one of the elevators up to my room, #697. Had I taken the stairs, I could have taken in the wrought-iron Art Nouveau banisters paired with newer Donald Trump-esque chandeliers.


Continuing the mish-mosh motif, an African-themed décor, with leopard-print lampshades, and artwork and pillowcases depicting elephants, dominated my spacious and questionably-named “Colonial” room. (Six different room styles are available, from the contemporary Graf Pilati, to Laura Ashley style.)

The mattress on the king-size bed was comfortable, although I could have used a few more and softer pillows. The bed, with nightstands on both sides, faced a sofa flanked by end tables, coffee table, and chair. A large flat-screen TV hung between the room’s two windows, which looked out onto other windows.

The fortress-like bathroom, floors and walls covered in marble, had an apocalyptic-bunker feel, albeit one with a heated towel rack, plush towels, deep tub, and separate shower.

Room service was prompt, and the pasta Bolognese I ordered for dinner was delicious and filling.

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