Bayerischer Hof Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayerischer Hof Hotel Munich
Great hotel in downtown Munich
I stayed in the Bayerischer Hof during Oktoberfest and regretted not getting more time to stay here. If you're in town on business or vacation and would like a nice quiet place to stay, this is a great place to do it.
The hotel staff were great, and our room was GIGANTIC with a great balcony overlooking the small quiet park outside it. The bathroom was new and very fancy. All of the furniture in the room was classy traditional stuff. It's probably one of the largest hotel rooms I've ever had..approximately 25'x25' I'd say. I'm not sure if I had a suite or what because it was through the Mercedes European Delivery Program.
The downtown attractions like the Marienplatz are only about 2 blocks away, so walking is no problem. And the top floor views with the amazing buffet breakfast let you see all the tops of the famous buildings as well as the entire cityscape.
There are some negative reviews on this site, but I am not sure why. My stay was excellent, and all I can say is that perhaps smaller rooms aren't as nice or perhaps staying in the hot summer with no air conditioning is not a good idea. But everyone I dealt with was very nice and helpful so all I can tell you is that the place really impressed me. If I ever go back to Munich I will want to stay here.
Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad !
Selected this hotel based on their website. Website is great, hotel is horrible. Although this hotel has a great location to the pedestrian zone the rooms are in terrible condition. Our room had a refridgerator that wet the floor each night. The room itself was a mess with worn upholstery and beat up wood furniture. The woodwork was missing in several areas of the room, the safe was laying on a shelf unattached to anything and you could just pick it up and carry it off. This room was so bad that there was not even adequate lighting or even a clock. I tried to open a window for fresh air because the air conditioning worked so bad but the window was broken and almost fell on me. The breakfast buffet included with the room was so bad we could not eat it. The package we reserved included a gourmet meal. This gourmet meal was 4 courses and did not include beverages. Our reservations were for 7:30 and by 11:00 we still had not gotten desert as there appeared to be an extreme shortage of wait staff with only one waiter and 2 assistants that we could see trying to wait on about 20 tables. The beverages were not included and prices for drinks were not listed on the menu. We had 2 bottles of mineral water and the bill was $30.00. I asked about beer, wine and coffe prices and if we had ordered 2 glasses of wine each and a cup of coffee each our bill just for drinks would have come close to $75.00 for a meal that was average and was suppossed to be part of the package and for service that was pathetic. We originally reserved 4 nights but changed hotels after 2 nights.
I visited the Bayerischer Hof in June of 2005 because I was doing a European Delivery program with BMW. The hotel was beautiful inside and out, BUT I could not believe that a 5 star hotel would not have air conditioning! It was one hot stay.
Also, the staff was not on the same page. When asking about there Garden Resaurant we where told no reservations were needed, but if you want a nice cool seat in the veranda you better make them.
If you are not going in the summer it is probably a good stay. The hotel was on a quiet street very close to the middle of town.
Stay salvaged by Concierge
We stayed at this highly recommended hotel for 4 nights. The room was in need of redecoration as it seemed it had the original furnishings. The maid service was phenomenal and the room was always made up perfectly. We tried to have a massage in the Spa and was told by the receptionist there that a male therapist was not available. We told our problem to the Concierge who picked up the telephone and immediately arranged one for us, surprise! at the Spa. He saved the day. Spa personnel too haughty but massage therapist was wonderful. Food in the "basement" restaurant was perfect and served piping hot. All in all, a good experience but did not seem worth the 5 stars it is given.
Grand old hotel - but probably not the best for a solo female traveler....
I stayed there recently for 2 nights. It is a lovely old hotel near the center of town. I got a great deal (145 euros p.n. w/ breakfast) by calling them directly. My only "complaint" would be that if you are not a well-heeled male business traveler, they seem to look down at you. I am a single female who was traveling alone. When I arrived, I had some questions for the concierge and was in the process of asking them when another male guest walked up. The concierge abruptly turned to the other guest to see what he needed, and when that guest's questions were finished, the concierge turned back to me. Also, my "mundane" questions about buying stamps, trains to Salzburg, etc.. seemed to be trivial to the conceierge and I could tell that he was ready to be done with me as soon as possible.
Having said all that, it is a lovely well-decorated hotel that is exceedingly generous with toiletries.
I stayed in a room categorized "standard single," but it was far too poor to represent anything but a substandard hotel. The size of the room was that of a very cramped, claustrophobic single in a college dormitory. The main light source was a lamp with a single 40 watt bulb, and there were two small "candlestick" bulbs on the wall, the result being gloom. The small single bed was placed lengthwise against the wall, hardly a position for comfort. If you feel that you really want to try the Bayerischer Hof, take care to avoid "standard single" rooms on the seventh floor. The attitude of some staff members was quite friendly and cheerful, but many were surprisingly arrogant. I presented my grievance to a member of the reception staff, and he bluntly refused to offer me a more suitable room. If I could have canceled I would have. This hotel is composed of a number of buildings that range in quality according to what appears to be first class, business class, and economy. The latter category is not worthy of even a medium quality hotel, let alone a top-ranking one. I had imagined that the Bayerischer Hof would be comparable to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, which is truly a work of art, as its rooms and halls are of museum quality, and its restaurants are among the best in Europe. Part of the Bayerischer Hof, the Palais, is also of this rank, and perhaps surpasses the Bristol in some ways. But another part is so poor in quality you would think you are in a struggling motel in the outskirts of Chicago's suburbs - and I exaggerate not. Unless your budget is quite generous, this is a hotel to avoid if you wish to experience the truly wonderful hospitality Europe has to offer. Even the "first class" part of the hotel could strike some visitors as overdone and gaudy. It seems to be more a superficial tourist trap than a real hotel. Consider that one of its main restaurants is a fake polynesian place called "Trader Vic's", which of course has nothing to do with Bavarian culture - but neither is it a true taste of Polynesia or Asia; rather it would be at home in Disney World. Munich has many, many beautiful and fulfilling treasures to discover. Unfortunately much of the Bayerischer Hof in no way represents the real or the good about this city. For sheer beauty, tasteful elegance, professionalism, and friendly hospitality, Hotel Bristol in Vienna is far superior. In Munich, for an excellent sophisticated hotel at a good price try Annahotel.
If you want to make sure she says "Yes!"
It was a very pleasant surprise when my boyfriend upgraded our hotel from a 3-start hotel to the Bayerischer Hof while visiting Munich in April. Little did I know, he had big plans - he asked me to marry him! It was the perfect hotel with the perfect setting in the perfect location. Our room was beautiful, our reception was greeted with champagne, and my specially requested vegetarian meal was delicious. We both highly recommend it!
I stayed here for a professional meeting this month. The hotel has a great location in the old city, which gets little car traffic. The hotel is located near the MarienPlatz and is just two blocks from the heart of the Old City shopping areas. The hotel is also only a brisk 10 minute (or leisurely 15 minute) walk to the Hauptbahnhof (Train Station). Gray Line city tours begin at that location. The wings of the hotel seem to have been built in different eras. Be sure to request a room with Air Conditioning. My first room did not have air. The next day I requested a move to a room with air, and it turned out to overlook the PromenadPlatz, which is a very nice view to see. The buffet breakfast that comes with the room is served in a beautiful room on the top floor. This meal is a great way to start the day with excellent service and foods. Room service food was also excellent. The hotel provides internet service with available access to their cable (which is located in an odd part of the room with only a short length of cable), however dial-up internet service is not possible with their older phones. The furnishings in the rooms were a bit dated and tired. I stayed in two rooms and both were large, and they had large bathrooms. The service from the front desk staff was friendly and efficient. Don't count on being able to have an iron and ironing board (which are in limited supply at the hotel) delivered to your room unless you request these more than one day before you need them. Several bars, restaurants and night clubs, which remain open very late, are located in the lobby and basement of the hotel. I felt that I was staying in a nice old-fashioned 4-star (not 5-star) hotel which also was situated in what is probably the best possible location in Munich for a hotel to be.
This is truly one of the grand hotels of old Europe. Superb service without expecting constant tips. Concierge staff has several times overseen shipping things back home for me(everything arrived just fine), or encouraging me to take with me on the plane Christmas presents & ornaments in a box they provided so that my family would have the gifts by Christmas. This hotel is elegance & refinement at reasonable prices if you know how to shop, and when to go. Request a room facing Promenadeplatz. On one visit I arrived late at night and was given a junior suite at the regular room price. Get one of their package deals and you can get a souvenir mug from their beer cellar. The champagne breakfast is wonderful-enough for the day! Beautiful views from the roof top restaurant. This is a marvelous hotel which I have stayed at several times. Can't say enough positive things about this hotel and its very fine staff. They will take care of you.
The Bayerischer Hof was in a prime position. Walking anywhere was never to far away. We dont usually do the 5 star hotel thing, but we broke tradition this time. The rooms are very large and luxurious. The staff very attentive and we were not made to feel uncomfortable, when we, dressed in our Gortex's and walking shoes, compared with the majority of guests in furs and stilletos. The breakfasts were amazing with champagne and prawns right down to every meat, cheese and pastry that you could dream of. This place has to be experienced to be believed.
Only bad thing is some of the guests that it attracts. Expensive hotels dont always house the nicest people......
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