Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 20 November 2015
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The Bayerischer Hof is perhaps Munich’s most traditional (i.e. Bavarian) hotel, one built in 1841 at the behest of King Ludwig I. who wanted comfortable lodgings for his guests and, at least based on one source, hot running water for his own bath, something his palace apparently lacked.

Once Europe’s largest (in the early twentieth century), the 340-room hotel, located on the Promenadeplatz, continues to attract heads of state as well as other prominent visitors.

I hadn’t been there in a while. It isn’t as if I had not wanted to stay there or wasn’t in town (I am in Munich several times a year). It just never happened. Recognizing the serious omission, however, I was determined to rectify it and arrived at the property on a sunny fall afternoon.

View from the Roofgarden of the hotel

View of Munich’s skyline from the Roofgarden of the hotel

“Have you stayed here before,” the friendly woman at the reception desk asked me in German. “Yes, when I was 11,” was my reply. “Things have changed a bit since then,” she advised.


My spacious junior suite was done in the hotel’s Cosmopolitan R&B style and used fabrics from Manuel Canovas. Other room decors (there are six) include Laura Ashley and Colonial. The small vestibule led me to a living room section with a comfortable black-and-white sofa and a rich red leather side chair. Sophisticated blacks, reds, and vivid stripes and checks dominated the room.

The king size bed, in the far corner, was exceptionally comfortable and prompted the posting of #notgoinghome messages on Facebook.

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