Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel
What We Love
- Perched at the heart of Munich's sites and a stone's throw from historic Konigsplatz square
- Literally built inside a garden for great odds at a pretty view
- Festive rooftop terrace for light bites and cocktails
- High rollers enjoy ensuite check-in and, in the Montfort Suite, their own grand piano
What To Know
- WiFi comes with an added charge unless you’re in a suite
- Onsite restaurant Davvero serves fine Italian fare
- Kids get their own pool
- Parking is available underground
- Breakfast is not included like at many European hotels
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Inspired by the Belle Epoque hotels in the Cote d’Azur, Rocco Forte’s Munich five-star ably mixes old and new. Spacious rooms open onto living areas with French balconies, Bavarian limestone balconies and Italian toiletries. The property itself offers a comfortably elegant respite from city sights in the immediate vicinity, so guests can take it all in easily and return to chill out in the ultra-modern indoor pool, sauna and spa area, as well as at the hangout-friendly rooftop terrace and the refined Italian restaurant, Davvero.
In the Area
You’re perfectly situated for exploring Munich’s major attractions, such as the neo-Gothic New Town Hall’s glockenspiel, which springs to life with chimes, bells and figures of Bavarian knights, who spin as they perform a joust and dance. The show takes place at 11 am daily (plus at noon and 5 pm in the summer). Or wander through the Viktualienmarkt, one of Europe’s best gourmet food markets, before you toss back a gigantic mug of frothy bliss under the cross vaults at the Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s legendary beer hall. Also check out nearby sites like the Lenbachhaus (AKA “The Blue Rider”) Museum, recently reopened after a four-year renovation; the Marienplatz city center, and the Residenz Palace design museum at the edge of old town. The historically significant and visually striking Olympic Stadium is just a 10-minute drive away.
How to Get There
Room was comfortable and staff very accommodating. I stayed at the end of March/first few days of April 19, with the expectation that the lounge, restaurant, gym would be refurbished by then--they were closed (and opened the day after I left!). But manager Lucas Labbow made arrangements for me to work out with some of the weights and otherwise made the stay enjoyable. Location within a few minutes of train station; right across from a vibrant "farmers market." I will be back!
The Charles Hotel is not just another fabulous five star establishment. It’s the first of eleven hotels designed and built by the Family Rocco Forte. They will open three more hotels this year in Puglia, Rome and Shanghai. They exude elegance and warmth. Lauranne at the front desk was ever so personable and professional, right down to the personal handwritten message and chocolates in our room. Pierre and I had a lovely meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Sophia’s Restaurant & Bar. Towards the end of our dinner we were lured to the bar by the Butch Kellem Trio. We got hooked by Sandro the piano man, Gary on the double bass got us on the line and Butch made his trombone croon, and sinker. They captivated the crowd with songs from the 80’s, back to the 40’s and many other golden oldies. They even enticed us to dance. The gang at the bar were on their game as well. Not finding something to tickle my fancy on the menu I asked Roman and Sarah to be inventive. Sarah concocted a cocktail with vodka, fresh ginger with a nuance of burnt baby basil. It wet my whistle. Needless to say we stayed until the band finished their sets. We had a wonderful night’s sleep in our room fit for royalty. The bed was so comfortable that I could have slept in until noon. We did make it to breakfast. We feasted on the elaborate buffet and our special requests from the chef. We were served with a smile by one charming Sandra who was very attentive. She even gave me tips on places to visit in Munich. Mission completed; the staff at The Charles Hotel made us feel like guests of the family. We definitely recommend this first-rate hotel. We must come back soon for an interlude at their spa.
We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Within ten minutes walking distance to Marienplatz and only about five minutes to the train station, which was super helpful when we went to the castles and Salzburg early in the morning. The staff are eager to please and the breakfast buffet was delicious, with a large array of every kind of food you could ever want. I wish we had time to use the pool, we did go visit it and it looked just like the photos. Room was spotlessly clean and so quiet - I loved how you can't hear anything between the walls and also can't hear the other doors of the rooms around you slamming. I was on a pullout bed and I slept like a baby all four nights. Enjoyed being spoiled by heated floors and towel racks in bathroom. Also, valet/doorman with the tall hat was so kind to us. He always took care of us, gave us water, and great tips about where to go. All in all, this is a great hotel.
Great room, at least the one we had. Early check in accommodated. With 2 kids, upgraded us to a great room which was very considerate. Front Desk and concierge were on top of everything and very helpful. Good restaurant recommendations.
Bartenders were great mixologists.
From time to time I stay either in the Charles or in the Sofitel in Munich.
I really like the Charles because it is close to downtown, but located next to a park.
The breakfast is very good and European - wonderful bread, eggs cooked to order etc.
The rooms are cosy and modern. However, the rooms start to look a bit used and some slight renovation might be needed at a certain point of time.
The front desk team and the bell captain are amazing with high end service attitude.Nothing they can´t do. I just have been to the restaurant for lunch, but at that time it is fairly good priced and the quality was top. Really appreciated. Close by is the hearthouse. Thursdayy to Saturday you should go there - if you like to be in a club. There are certain levels for bar or restaurant.