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
- 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
Exzellent Hotel Not far from main station. Even the stands rooms are exceptionally large with very nice and, again, large bathrooms. Breakfast can be enjoyed in a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere, staff overall very friendly. Check out could be delayed to 1pm and when I checked out at 2pm, nobody made a fuss about it.
We spent 4 nights at the Charles ahead of a two week ski vacation
Munich was cold but clear and the Charles was terrific
The staff are normally the difference between a good and an excellent hotel and the staff here are wonderful
You are greeted with enthusiasm by the doorman; the team at the front desk catch your eye and smile and the concierge went to a great deal of trouble to solve a logistical challenge for us
The location is perfect for exploring the old city and the outlook over the old botanical gardens is charming
Small but adequate gym and wonderful pool and spa
Buffet breakfast probably one of the best we have had
We spent one night on the way home at another hotel marginally closer to station and definitely would go back to Charles next time
Amazing hotel. Amazing Staff.
Really enjoyed my recent stay - the hotel was top level, with every small detail thought out. Housekeeping team was FIRST CLASS, at turn down even rolling my cell phone charging cords organized in little flexible wraps. The hotel staff has gone above and in every way without even being asked. Perfect location.
I travel frequently the globe over. This by far is my new hotel brand of choice! Cannot wait for my next stay
Fantastic location, nice rooms, dine lobby, excellent service: bell staff, front desk, Sophia’s restaurant. Spacious well appointed bathroom with great shower pressure! Only issue is the breakfast buffet is very lacking in selection, especially at $42 per person, but the service in the restaurant was excellent.
We arrived from Austria with two other couples and were informed that our room would be ready in fifteen minutes. I had heard that before, and so we readied ourselves for a longer wait. To my astonishment, we were approached by a reception representative after 15 minutes who accompanied us to our room. I especially liked the security measures. The elevator will only rise after you press your room key card against a pad. Likewise, you gain entry to your room by using your room card against a pad which is next to the door.
Our room was very attractive with muted colors, a large tasteful abstract on one wall, a loveseat, and an easy chair that had an ottoman. The room was very clean, as was the bathroom, which had HEATED floors. This was the first hotel room I had been in that contained slippers in medium and large sizes. The only detraction was the thermostat which could only be varied by + or - two degrees. We like to sleep in a cool room and the only way to accomplish this during our stay was by opening the balcony door slightly at night.
We ate in the hotel restaurant “Sophia” for two nights of our stay, and these were our best dinners in Munich. The selections were very creative and perfectly prepared. The staff was extremely professional and engaging, from waiters, bartenders,reception, housekeeping, and the concierges.
Ah, the concierges. A little story. My wife left a jacket at our previous stay in Salzburg. I contacted the hotel there, and they promised to send the jacket to us by post on January 3 to arrive in Munich on the 4th. When it did not arrive I enlisted the services of Concierge Ann, who did a professional job of tracking it. It was finally determined on the 5th that the German Postal Service in its wisdom, had sent the package to Cologne! To summarize in was through the efforts of Ann and her colleague, Antonia, that we did receive the jacket at our home on January 8. It is little things like that which endear me to a hotel. It is the concern for the guest and the extra effort that counts.