The Charles Hotel in Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany, the capital of Bavaria, is known primarily for its Oktoberfest and the Hofbrauhaus. But Munich also is home to a wealth of museums, culture, and shopping experiences not to be missed on a vacation to this luxury destination. Uniquely, most of Munich’s museums are located with just a few blocks, making travel much easier for tourists. Also, just a quick drive from the Museum Quarter is Maximilianstrasse, one of the most exciting places to shop when money is no object… although even window shopping is fun on Maximilianstrasse! Centrally located in Munich, a couple of blocks away from the Museum Quarter and minutes from Maximilianstrasse and the Hofbrauhaus, lies The Charles Hotel.
Built in 2007 as part of the revitalization of Lenbach Gardens, the Old Botanical Garden across the street, and considered one of the best hotels in Munich, The Charles Hotel was elegantly designed in the Art Deco style. With its curved façade, the structure itself is one of beauty. Additionally, much of this luxurious hotel, including its name, honors the late, beloved patriarch of the Forte family, Lord Charles Forte.
The Charles Hotel has 136 rooms all well-appointed and decorated with hints of the city’s Bavarian heritage. The hotel has many suites to choose from including the Presidential Suite. This 2 bedroom corner suite is complete with a circular master bedroom and a private balcony with views of the Alps and the Munich skyline. The Charles Hotel is also home to one of the most special suites to the Forte family. The opulent Monforte Royal Suite is named for the birthplace of Lord Charles Forte. This masterpiece is located on the top floor of the hotel with a lovely view of the Old Botanical Garden from its private terrace. The suite is decorated with artwork by Franz von Lenbach who lived just steps from the hotel. With a sitting area featuring a grand piano, study, dining room, and kitchen, this spectacular suite is a wonderful respite from touring Munich.
As Rocco Forte Hotel guests have come to expect, all suite guests are treated to special amenities such as personalized concierge services, unpacking and packing services, in-room mini bar, and garment pressing. The Charles Hotel also makes sure their youngest guests feel special with little touches. At check in, children can use a specially designed ladder to reach the reception desk. They are also presented with a Charly the Lion stuffed animal to welcome them to Munich.
Located within The Charles Hotel is a gastronomic delight, Sophia’s. With head chef Michael Hüsken at the helm, guests are treated to some of the best food in Munich. The menu focuses on bistronomy, the art of using quality ingredients to create quality meals in a warm and inviting environment. Chef Hüsken chooses the best regional and seasonal ingredients Munich has to offer.
The emphasis at Sophia’s is not luxury ingredients but rather to make common ingredients luxurious. This concept is carried over to Sophia’s Bar. Using natural ingredients and simple techniques, classic cocktails are reinvented. Guests can also relax in the plush, warm, and inviting environment of The Library, The Charles Hotel’s tea room which features the Rocco Forte signature tea blend.
The Charles spa features a variety of body treatments, a beauty salon, and a relaxation suite. For those looking to maintain or begin a fitness regime on their vacation, the hotel offers many services to help. In addition to a gym, personal training, private yoga, private Pilates, and private tai chi sessions are available. The fitness center also boasts the longest indoor pool in Munich, complete with heated stone lounge chairs.
With its desirable location in the center of Munich, The Charles Hotel is able to assist and host business meeting and conferences. The hotel has seven rooms available, each with access to the business center and coveted parking facilities. Some rooms even have lovely views of the Old Botanical Garden.
The Charles Hotel also makes a stunning site for a wedding celebration. The ballroom, with a separate entrance, is able to accommodate up to 300 people. As one of the best hotels in Munich, the staff at The Charles Hotel knows how to create the perfect celebration. A dedicated wedding planner will be provided by the hotel to make sure the special day is exactly for what the bride and groom are hoping. Guests will be treated to a menu created especially for the event by the skilled chefs at the hotel. The hotel even has a private access to the Old Botanical Garden which, with Neptune’s Fountain, colorful flowers, and park atmosphere, is a lovely environment for wedding photographs. For those planning to celebrate their nuptials in the luxury destination of Munich, The Charles Hotel will endeavor to make it a day that will not easily be forgotten.