InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden – Hotel Review

By Christian Stampfer on 23 August 2013
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“Alle guten Dinge sind drei,” a favorite German saying that means “all good things come in threes.”  DSC_2358Over the past years it has become a tradition for Frequent Business Traveler to visit the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps after taking delivery of a new BMW in Munich.  Now it was my turn to undertake the journey.

The hotel itself is located on a small hill in the former Sperrgebiet (restricted area) in Obersalzberg.  The area was restricted during the years 1933 to 1945, and only high-ranking National Socialist party officials and their friends could reside here.  Indeed, because of this, the hotel’s opening was hotly debated by both politicians and the public.

I arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and was greeted by the bellman, who opened the car door, helped with the luggage, and escorted me to the check-in desk.  Check-in formalities were brief and I was escorted to my room.


My Executive StudioDSC_2342 was located at the end of the hotel’s western wing on the second floor. I discovered that the written confirmation of my reservation had been quite accurate when it stated “amazing view of the mountains.”  After entering I was immediately drawn to the large floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls of the corner room. Despite the inclement weather, the mountain panorama was nonetheless spectacular.

The rooms are designed so that guests are able to enjoy the magnificent view from anywhere in the room, even when relaxing on the bed. In addition to the view, the room was also equipped with a sitting area, a flat-screen television (which I never turned on as it might have distracted me from the view), and an electronic safe. Drinks and snacks, all complimentary, were in a small refrigerator next to a Nespresso coffee machine.

The bathroom, clad in green marble, featured a large soaking tub as well as a separate shower with a rainfall-showerhead. Under-floor heating further enhanced the comfort level.DSC_2343


The mid-sized writing desk provided enough space for work and charging devices.  The desk chair was comfortable but did not provide an ergonomically correct seating position so necessary for longer periods of work.

Internet access was fast and reliable and was free of charge throughout the entire hotel. In past visits, we reported that mobile phone reception was somewhat iffy in certain parts of the hotel. However, we observed no such difficulties during this stay.

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