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Hotel Bayerischer Hof & Spa
A Grand Hotel and Wellness Oasis in Munich
With a history spanning more than 150 years, the Bayerischer Hof is one of Germany‘s most traditional Grand Hotels. The opera house, concert halls and Munich‘s exclusive Maximilianstrasse are all within easy walking distance. The house is very international but at the same time impressively mirrors Munich's local colour. Four generations of the same family have run the hotel since 1841. Today it is managed by proprietor Innegrit Volkhardt, a very successful and dynamic young lady who has been rewarded with the renowned "Prix Veuve Clicquot" several years ago. Within the last 8 years her hotels „Bayerischer Hof' as well as the Hotel „Zur Tenne” in Kitzbühel ,Austria, have been extensively refurbished without loosing their charm. "Tradition", says Innegrit, "has never stood in the way of improvement and innovation in our hotels".
The Grand-Hotel ‘Bayerische Hof' provide the guest with 395 rooms and all kind of stylish suites: English romantic style rooms designed by Laura Ashley with the famous chintz wallpaper, drapes and bedspreads. Or you can live like a Lord, in suites where the variations of colour tones from red to apricot together with the fine wood work and floral decorations create a typical south European country house ambience. Rich fabrics and colours typical of the French royal palaces can be found in the 'Palais Montgelas' from 1811, which is now part of the hotel. It houses numerous antiques, which radiate a unique atmosphere of bygone times. I have always had a preference for rooms which are both elegant and modern. My preferred suites (see photos above) are No. 725 (140sqm) and 705 (120sqm), located on the 7th floor. Besides high studio windows with an amazing view over Munich and an open fireplace, suite No. 705 offers a terrace of 80 sqm with a picturesque fountain. In suite No. 725 you will enjoy the terrific view over the town of Munich and the Bavarian Alps from the penthouse bedroom. All rooms are equipped with Pay- and Cable-TV, PlayStation Games, Internet and modem facilities. Munich‘s famous architect Sigward Graf Pilati was responsible for the modernisation, which now makes the Bayerische Hof one of the most distinguished addresses in Munich.
Click to enlarge pictures. From left to right: The fassade at night. A tradtional room. The hall with lounge. Historic Falk's Bar.
Have your last drink at the legendary 'Trader Vic's', the Polynesian speciality restaurant and cocktail bar. Or may be you'll join me where I usually relax when I am a guest in the Bayerischer Hof. My preferred place is the opulent 'falk's Bar'. The historical bar warrants a visit. Since two years the Mirror Salon, the hotel's oldest chamber houses this bar which is named after Falk Volkhart. At the end of the Second World War he gave the hotel a new lease of life by opening Munich's first restaurant here - the only salon not damaged by bombs. Today, a unique glass counter blends past and present styles. The barand and its head barkeeper, Holger Keller, were voted "Bar of the Year 2003".
There are also several restaurants in the hotel which are worth the visit…
Have your gourmet-lunch at the ‘Garden Restaurant' and enjoy the elegant Mediterranean atmosphere. The picturesque terrace is open right the way through from Spring to the end of the Summer. If you prefer a typical Bavarian dish - for example a typical Münchener "Weisswurst", then try the 'Palais Keller'. It's a typical Bavarian brasserie with a wide selection of draught beers, wines and Bavarian specialities. Daily fresh pretzels and breads are delivered from the hotel's bakery.
BEAUTY & HEALTH
All hotel guests have free entrance for the roofgarden-pool, sauna and steam baths. The hotel also offers you massage, solarium, cardio fitness, cosmetics and hairdresser. 700 employees are at your service and your private secretary is waiting for you at the Multiplex Business Center.
New in 2005: The fitness & wellness-centre
The latest 'coup' of entrepreneurial Innegrit Volkhardt is a new 1.200 square metres fitness center with roof-top view of Munich. At the end of 2004 hotel guests will be treated to a new health & beauty area which extends from the fifth to the seventh floor. Designed by one of Europe's foremost interior designers, internationally renowned Andrée Putman, and equipped by bodybuilding world champion Ralf Möller, it will be the 'hot spot' for all those who like to stay fit in style.
So instead of jogging through the 'Englischer Garten' which certainly takes too much time, get some physical exercise in the Bayerischer Hof's new glass-encassed fitness studio where one has a stupendous view of Old Munich's red-tiled Baroque skyline, the Frauenkirche's twin towers and the Alps. "What more do you want to motivate a workout than a view like that"? smiles Ralf Möller, who made it to 'Mister Universe' and 'Mister Olympia'. To ensure a varied programme geared to both beginners and advanced fitness fans, Möller has devised a circuit where alternating cardio and bodybuilding machines bring every single of the most vital muscle groups into play, under the supervision of professional trainers. And to round things off one does a few lenghts in the new pool.
Spa Expert Heiko Wenzig, who was a consultant with Thailand's Chiva Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, is in overall charge. He is running the massage, hydrotherapy and fitness departments. He has integrated shiatsu, yoga, massage and meditation into the thearapies, and it is planned to blend in ayurvedic, Thai and other Asian appraches, too. Two open fireplaces guarantee a cosy atmosphere.
- Recently the banqueting hall was thoroughly refurbished.
It now has an elegant Art Nouveau look to it which belies all the new hi-tech gadgetry which has also been installed. Clou: the glass roof can be opened, revealing the sky over munich. Up to 2.500 guests can pretend their event in the open air thanks to this latest addition.
- Have a look at the hotel's new publication "InSite" .
It supplies you with abundant information and tips for an unforgettable stay in Munich.
Raffaele Sorrentino is the new head concierge
in the Bayerischer Hof since September 2004. The 41-year-old Neapolitan speaks five languages and has a lengthy track record to look back on. At his young age, Raffaele Sorrentino has already reached the top echelon of his profession's hierarchy and has been ordained with the most prestigious orders the latter has to bestow. In March 2002 the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences declared him the World's Best Concierge. since July 2004 he has been president of the German branch of the "Golden Keys"
, an international amalgamation of porters whose overall ambition it is to work daily miracles by fulfilling their guests unfulfillable requests.
To offer Nathalie's Lifestyle Members the best concierge service in Germany and Europe, it is planned that the
"Golden Keys" Concierge Service - represented by Raffaele Sorrentino in Germany ,
will become in 2005.
Promenadeplatz 2 – 6; D – 80333 Munich; Germany
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