Germany: Hotels

Review: Schloß Elmau, The Bavarian Castle Hotel and Spa Hosting the G-7

It was only seven years ago that President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps to discuss affairs of state that included sanctions against Russia.
While the roster of leaders may have changed, the topic of Russian sanctions remains on the agenda, and that country’s invasion of Ukraine will also be a topic of much conversation.
Nestled at the foot of …

Review: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, Munich, Germany

Just when you start to think that one of the best hotels in the world cannot top past experiences, it happens. But allow me to set the scene.
After a short flight from London in British Airways Club Europe, I arrived at Munich Airport and took the S-Bahn to the city center.  It was a glorious fall day and the walk from the Marienplatz S-Bahn Haltestelle to the hotel on the bustling …

EU Plans 30-Day Ban on Non-Essential Travel

EU Plans 30-Day Ban on Non-Essential Travel

PARIS—The European Union is planning to introduce a 30-day ban on non-essential travel into the bloc to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus, the president of the EU Commission said.
If approved, the plan would cover 22 EU countries and possibly four non-EU countries that comprise the border-free Schengen Zone.  The ban would not restrict travel within the bloc, although individual countries have already in several cases already closed their …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich City, Germany

The Munich City Hotel on the Rosenheimerstraße near the Gasteig cultural center is just a little over 30 years old yet it isn’t at all showing its age, thanks to a recent top-to-bottom $50 million renovation that left no area of the property untouched.
I hadn’t been at a Hilton in the city since I was 11 and we stayed en familie at the Hilton am Tucherpark during that visit, so …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich Airport, Germany

The night before my flight from Munich to London, in order to get an early start on things and because I love great airport hotels, I stayed at the Hilton Munich Airport which, the last time I stayed there, was the Kempinski Munich Airport.
I’ve always looked forward to my stays at the airport in the past. While they signify the end of visit to one of my favorite cities in …

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich – Review

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 …

Schloss Elmau: The Resort Hosting the G7 Summit – Photo Essay and Review

President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps this week to discuss affairs of state that include Greece’s debt and sanctions against Russia.
Nestled at the foot of the Wettersteingebirge, a range of mountains that includes some of Germany’s tallest, including the 9,740-foot (2,969-meter) high Zugspitze, stands Schloss Elmau, a 100-year-old castle turned luxury resort.
Just 62 miles (100 kilometers) from …