Sofitel Bayerpost, Munich, Germany – Hotel Review
Having stayed in a former monastery, a 17th-century army barracks, and the former home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, it did not seem terribly far fetched that I would also spend a few nights in a former post office. In this case, it was the aptly-named Sofitel Bayerpost, housed behind the classical Wilhelminian façade of the former Royal Bavarian Post Office (Königlich-Bayerischen Post) that dates back to the 19th century.
One of the first things I noticed as I entered was a display case full of rubber stamps that were discovered during the hotel’s construction and the hotel’s designer was wise enough to place them in a spot of honor instead of discarding them. There are no postal clerks here (not that I needed to mail a letter) but, as I pulled up to the main entrance, there were a doorman and bellman, both of whom gave me a warm welcome and offered to assist with luggage. Check-in was quick and I was soon being introduced to the features and amenities of my room.
My Junior Suite maisonette had two levels and excellent views of Munich’s nearby Hauptbahnhof. The windows, I soon realized, stretched from the floor of the lower level to the ceiling of the upper and had gigantic electrically-operated shades to block out light. The living room, located on the lower level had a comfortable sitting area done in a polychromatic color scheme that could only be described as eclectic – but it worked quite nicely. A Nespresso coffee machine was there to provide just the right jolt when needed.
Upstairs, the king-size bed was supremely comfortable and fitted with soft, luxurious linens. Above the bed a pop collage of photos with the legend “…définit l’architecture de notre conscience” (“…definines the architecture of our conscience”) struck just the right note and fit the décor perfectly. The next morning, I woke up completely refreshed and ready for a long day of meetings.
The bathroom, also upstairs, was small but luxurious, clad mostly in natural stone tile. The shower (there was no bathtub) was large enough to have a bench and also came with a Sofitel München rubber ducky, even though there was no tub for him to float around in.
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While my suite had no desk per se, a round table near the window fit the bill perfectly although, for longer stints of work, I would definitely have needed an ergonomic chair. Electrical outlets were conveniently placed at table level and the view couldn’t be beat. Internet was wireless and very fast.
The Sofitel Bayerpost has more than 19,375 sq. ft (1800 m²) of meeting space spread out over 20 rooms and a dedicated meeting concierge team. I was most impressed by the Nymphenburg Hall, which, despite its name, was modern and airy and is also the largest ballroom in the city’s center.
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