Review: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, Munich, Germany

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A Straßenbahn running on the Maximilianstraße

A Straßenbahn running on the Maximilianstraße


Built at the behest of King Maximilian II., the Vier Jahreszeiten is, appropriately enough, near the Residenz, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach royal family of Bavaria, a central point in the Altstadt (old city).  It’s less than a third of a mile (500 meters) from the National Theater and Englisher Garten, as well as from Marienplatz (the main pedestrian shopping zone) and the Rathaus (city hall).  The Maximilianstraße features arcades and individual and elegant shops where one can walk amongst the Schickeria (Munich’s chic crowd).  Indeed, this is the place to purchase one’s Schiki-micki (trendy goods).

The following morning I received a key for the AMG S 63 sedan, boasting a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.  The AMG S 63 has multiple personalities: it’s a luxury car, it’s a high-performance sedan with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h), and it was as beautifully appointed as a guestroom in the Vier Jahreszeiten.   My six-hour round-trip drive to Salzburg was a tour de force and, despite overcast weather, I was able to enjoy lunch at the Hotel Sacher there.

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The room’s large writing desk was paired with a modern and somewhat ergonomic chair that was quite comfortable for working.  Lighting was excellent overall.

When the hotel first opened in 1858, it boasted state-of-the-art technology such as gas lighting in all rooms.  Today, rooms boast fast – and free – Internet (I clocked it at over 2 Mbps) and excellent (electrical) lighting to read by.  Desk and work area, including chair, were quite comfortable.


As a young visitor, I stayed at the Vier Jahreszeiten numerous times in the month of August after driving over from Vienna.  Because it was August, the hotel’s rather august restaurant, the Walterspiel, named after the two brothers who took over the hotel in 1926, was closed.

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