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
It was a real pleasure staying at the Charles Hotel for a couple of days. Service is perfect and made our stay utmost comfortable. Special thanks to Katharina from the reception, the concierge and door man. Location, rooms and breakfast are great, hence highly can recommend this beautiful hotel.
Having visited Munich several times on business, I’ve been fortunate to stay in most of the higher end hotels. I had wanted to stay at The Charles previously, but for whatever reason it never happened.
Last month I visited Munich for a weekend break with my girlfriend, so this presented an opportunity to stay at the hotel.
We were highly delighted from the moment that we arrived to the moment that we drove away.
The door staff who greeted us were fast and friendly, unloading the baggage from the car and then taking it to the hotel car park - this is great if you’ve been traveling for a few hours.
After completing a very friendly and efficient check-in process, the young man accompanied us to the room to explain some of its features and equipment.
Our room was quite large with a French Balcony overlooking the park across the road from the hotel and also provided a rooftop view of the city. The furniture and decor appeared to be quite new and the bathroom was nicely appointed also a good size.
We ate in the hotel restaurant (Sophia’s) which offered an extensive menu with good service in very pleasant surroundings.
The hotel staff in all departments were very friendly and have clearly been well trained. We were delighted with every aspect of the hotel and would not hesitate to recommend it. The Charles fully deserves its 5* rating.
The hotel is around a 7 or 8 minute walk to the city (Karlsplatz). Around a 10 minute taxi ride to the BMW Welt/Olympic Park and around a 15 minute taxi ride to the Allianz Arena.
Stayed there for two nights last week. They never made up my room, incredible for an allegedly 5-star hotel. I am traveling extensively and have stayed in many of the Rocco Forte hotels before. I always had a great experience, but this one is appealing. I got to my room late in the evening, when I discovered that it had never been cleaned up. I called reception but no one even picked up the phone. When I went down only the concierge was there but she apparently was in no mood to pick up the phone and couldn’t help either. I asked to speak someone from the management, both in the evening and in the morning, but no reaction. A day later I get a lame email from a secretary, apologizing for a “late”(!) housekeeping service, blaming it on me having left the do-not-disturb sign on! No mention that this must have been switched on accidentally, was on all day - and the staff even brought my bags up in the afternoon and obviously could see that no one was in the room. Just excuses - incredible arrogance combined with really bad service. A shame for the Rocco Forte Group!
This is a boutique hotel across from a lovely park. The hotel is within walking distance to Marienplatz and all the other tourist destinations. The hotel is very nice, with a beautiful lobby, bar and restaurant. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant and all the food and service were not notch. My only criticism is that if you order room service the coffee pot for "two" is barely two proper coffee cups and it costs $14 Euros. The breakfast buffet is $42 Euros, it is quite extensive but a very nice breakfast for two, including egg dishes, can be had for $32 Euros.
Forte Hotels are usually very good indeed - this is no exception.
The rooms are beautifully kept and simply, yet stylishly decorated
For us, the fact that the hotel was located just next to the main railway station meant that it could not have been better located
Staff were simply brilliant - kind and nothing too much trouble