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
I have just returned home from what was the best hotel experience I have had yet. We booked the Sofitel for one night in order to unwind and explore Munich. Having travelled by train, the location was excellent being situated right next door to the Hbf. It is also conveniently close to the centre points of Munich and we were able to walk everywhere.
We were amazed by the customer service. As we were checking in, a Guest Relations Agent (the amazing Lara Koller -thank you!!) joined us and told us we had been selected as guests of the day! As a result, our room was upgraded to a suite and we were given champagne, chocolates and vouchers for the bar! It was such a wonderful surprise and really made our weekend special.
The hotel is beautifully designed - very classy and luxurious. The spa and wellness area is a retreat and having a pool, sauna and steam rooms is the perfect place to unwind after a day sightseeing. The suite we stayed in was incredible with views across Munich. We had two bathrooms (Hermes toiletries), two plasma TVs and undoubtedly the most comfortable bed either I or my partner have ever stayed in. They even provide you with a pillow menu to ensure the best possible nights sleep! Before we came back to the room to go to bed, they had carried out a turn down service and placed tea downstairs (the suite was two storeys) and put Evian glasses of water beside the bed with slippers on the floor and chocolates on the pillow.
I could not recommend this hotel more and we are already looking forward to returning!
What's an amazing experience for our annual meeting this year. I love the coffee break and the coffee of course help us a lot from the sleepy moment. Meeting room is pretty great with the set up and the AV system. Our meeting went successfully and I would give the big credit to the team here at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost!
This hotel is so classy and unique out of many hotels I have visited, it is quite an experience.... the bedrooms are so warm and comfortable that helped me forget about the long meetings I had the whole day. Very helpful and quick staff, I got my iron board like in few minutes after I asked the reception for it.
The breakfast is delicious with different varieties... loved it.
I great hotel I would love to stay if I am back to Munich.
With so many options to choose from in Munich, we had a hard time deciding where to stay. In the end, we decided to "risk" being outside the old town and near the train station and it proved to be an excellent decision. Cleverly built into the old post office building, the hotel is stunning. The walk into the old town is fairly short (at most 10 minutes), but the entry to the train station is half a block from the hotel and trains run every 2 minutes into Marientplatz.
Our room was beautiful and well equipped — including a gorgeous kids robe and slipper set for our four-year-old, but it was the staff who stood out. Especially the breakfast team, who welcomed our child every morning like he was family and took such good care of us. We're heading back to the Sofitel in another day (to wrap up the trip) and I can't wait.
Situated directly agt Munich main station, it is of course a very good hotel with lots of amenities, a super friendly staff, spacy rooms, great air condition and quite. Yet, I couldnt say that it became a lasting experience. It had just not enough personality. But this might be a very personal opinion. Try it out yourself!