Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
What We Love
- Incredibly convenient: The property is a 30-second walk from the main Munich train station
- Full-service spa, an unusual snail-shaped pool, plus a luscious steam room and sauna
- High floors offer views of the Bavarian Alps
What To Know
- This is a busy area in the center of town, not ideal if you’re seeking solitude or direct access to green spaces
- Checkout is at a civilized 12 noon, but there can be lines; if you’re in a rush, come 10 minutes earlier
- The pool is an extraordinary work of art, but it's far too curvy to do proper laps in
- Breakfast costs an additional $44 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In its previous life this heritage-listed Italian Renaissance structure served as Munich’s central post office. In 2004 it was reincarnated as a five-star hotel complete with all the modern luxuries, yet still paying homage to its historic past. From its entrance, which is lined with black-and-white photos of mailmen and displays of old wooden postal stamps, to the lobby, where reception desks occupy the old postal counters, there are plenty of nods to the days of yore. An orange glass ceiling looms 88 feet overhead and casts a sepia-tinted glow onto everything beneath, from the marble pillars and slate-colored stone walls to the black-lacquered tables and plush sofas.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms vary in style, layout and view. There’s something for every taste, from two-story affairs and floor-to-ceiling windows to cozy spaces with bright throws accenting cozy windowseats. Each guestroom includes a Bose sound system with iPod dock, a flat-screen TV, a Nepresso machine and a kettle and free tea. Some bathrooms include separate bathtubs, and others feature expansive marble shower stalls with powerful rain showers, but all boast sumptuous Hermès toiletries and comfy robes.
First things first: Don’t forget your bathing suit. The hotel’s pool is more sensory experience than fitness destination, but that’s what makes it so fantastic. You start in an irregularly shaped rectangle with dim lighting, gray tiles and a glass ceiling that creates a flickering aqua light throughout. Beyond, an intriguing curved tunnel leads to an oval cavern with playful water jets bubbling away. Once you’re back on dry land, the Isarbar is a stylish spot to grab a cocktail as you perch on a slick leather banquette or at the polished mahogany bar. Or dine in the Délice, which serves top-notch French brasserie cuisine from an open kitchen in a rambling, elegant space.
In the Area
The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is smack dab in the center of town, next to the main train station, just a short hop from the city’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 a.m. daily (plus at noon and 5 p.m. in 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.
How to Get There
Very beautiful referbished hotel. The rooms are very elegant having everything you need. The hospitality level of the hotel personel is great always ready to assist you. The location is next to the train station and very close to the Marianplatz where all shops are located. Careful only at night if you are going to go around alone.
This is a beautiful hotel in what was once a post office. The rooms are well appointed and the staff friendly and efficient, it has a particularly nice bar. Being situated within walking distance from the main railway station it is very convenient, Marienplatz is within walking distance.
We arrived via train, and while we could see the hotel from the train station, we had to exit the station from the main area and enter the hotel from its car drop off point instead.
The room was very modern and we liked that it had wooden floors which was so much better than dirty carpets (a la 1970s). Pillows were not firm enough for me, so do ask for firmer pillows if you are not used to these.
Toilet was fairly spacious. There was an umbrella in the room for our use too. Generally it was a clean room.
Only issue from the room was that when you wash your hands at the sink, the water on the countertop flows out to the room.
Breakfast was great - we enjoyed the wide spread of hot and cold items. They even have gluten-free items, nursing tea for mothers and bottled still and sparkling water. We were very impressed.
We used the swimming pool and it is in an odd shape - would be nice if the water was a tad warmer. I also tried to book the spa for a massage in the same day, but got turned down as it was full. It seems like the spa treatments were quite popular and you should book in advance if possible. (I only decided to go after i had an aching back, which unfortunately my only solution then was to go back to the room to rest.)
Hotel staff were all fantastic and very nice and friendly to us and my baby.
When we left by our rented car, your staff (the one who looked like Ewan McGregor) even have us bottles of water that were good for making milk for babies.
We will return when we go back go Munich!
I stayed at this hotel for one night on a business trip to Munich. While the location is nice and the facility stunning for a surrounding that is not at all (next to railway station and its tracks) I was disappointed by the service. Being a platinum AccorHotels member I am used to a good service quality and good food. But here I didn’t get any of this. No one is asking how the satisfying the stay is and while I was trying to have dinner at the restaurant I was only offered a place in hallway. Disappointed I decided to go for a room service and give the few choices available decided to go for an old / good burger. Though that burger was not even eatable: the bread was hard as stone and same for the over cooked patty that definitely was not fresh and probably came from frozen to over cooked (24 euros...).
Disappointing for a five star hotel in which I will definitely go back not recommend moving forward provided the prices and that there are way better hotels on the area.
I'm on the fence on this one - beautiful hotel with a really nice ambiance, lovely rooms and great location right next to the station. An actual king sized bed and customer service were seriously.
We arrived a before check in and queued at reception for about 10 mins where we were checked in, took our bags etc but no room key which was fine. The receptionist told us to call back later and a room should be ready. This process took about 15 mins. We arrived back 2 hours after check in time and queued again to get a room key, this took 20 minutes, 3 mins to get the key card, 17 mins queuing. I asked the concierge if this was necessary and was told it was the only way.
We booked a room with king sized bed, in our room two beds were pushed together, both with separate bottom sheets and two duvets overlapping. It was a little uncomfortable to say the least, I woke up with a sore shoulder as it got stuck in "the gap". Our separate beds in their own right were very comfortable indeed but the gap was incredibly uncomfortable and irritating.
The S Bhann workers were on strike the morning we were checking out and leaving for the airport, this strike affected airport passengers only. This would have been know to the hotel on our arrival and was no mention of this on check in or departure. I would have thought a hotel with an even average level of customer service would let their guests know of anything which might adversely affect their journey. I know it is not their fault but I would have thought a hotel right beside the station (which is a great feature) might be a little more thoughtful and we certainly would have appreciated the information even on departure.
My last memory of Munich will be of the stressful taxi journey to the airport hoping. We didn't miss our flight, this could have been avoided with a little more consideration from this hotel to their guests.
I don't think I would go back here.