Mandarin Oriental Munich, Germany – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 3 March 2014
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One of Munich’s smaller hotels is also one of its most interesting.  As I discovered on my first visit to the Mandarin Oriental Munich, the hotel hides many wonderful secrets.  On that visit I discovered the pool, which is located on the roof, as well as Mark’s restaurant.  This time I would discover more delights.

I arrived at the 1880 neo-Renaissance building far later than planned due to weather caused delays in New York.  It was evening, I was tired, yet, once I walked in, I immediately felt energized.  I didn’t know this from my first visit but I soon learnt that the building had been built as the city’s opera house.  (It was converted into a hotel in 1990 and became a Mandarin Oriental ten years hence.)


The Superior King Room was quite spacious, with the layout of a small junior suite.   The décor had a Biedermeier-meets-the-Orient feel to it with a rich but neutral palette revolving around browns and tans. The furnishings were sumptuous, especially the extremely comfortable, heavily stuffed, armchair with matching ottoman.

All guests receive a welcome gift of fruit and mine awaited on the side table with a plate, cutlery, and napkin at the ready.


In the large walk-in closet were far more hangers than I would ever need, a yoga mat, and a welcome detail that showed someone was truly paying attention: a tie rack.

A Bang & Olufsen television sat on the credenza, which contained a minibar and storage cabinet.  The minibar was complimentary and held a pleasant  election of water, beer, and soda that would be stocked to my preferences upon request.  Glasses and thick black leather coasters with the Mandarin Oriental fan logo were also provided.

The bath area provided a separate walk-in shower and soaking tub, something I filled shortly after my arrival.  The bathroom sported a heated towel rack but it also had radiant floor heat and a small television built into the wall.

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