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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This recent conversion of the old General Podt Office building offers a great location (next to the Hbf- Main Railroad Station - and 15 minutes walk to the Old City) with contemporary design rooms and public areas. Prices are on the higher side but the accomodations are generally worth it although breakfast at 40.00 p/p seems excessive - by stepping outside and walking two blocks you can find something comparable for half as much. Rooms are clean, beds are comfortable, blankets and pillows are up to par (mattresses sre beginning to sag though). Bathrooms are of modern variety with a sliding mirror allowing a full view of your partner in the shower if you - and the partner - are so inclined. Being a nitpicker, I found the low countertop combined withe towel bars mounted not underneath and flush with the counter lip but rather attached to the lip itself rather uncomfortable since the bars added goodly two inches to the counter's depth - nessesitating a bend toward the sink - but also located at the right height to hit you in the places unmentionable were you not careful enough. In addition, the tiled sloped floor under the showerhead serving as a water conduit to the drain had a depression just prior in which water from the shower pooled and had to be swept toward it's egress point with your feet. Did I mention that I am a bathroom freak?
Rooms in the front face a busy stree; the ones ib the back face the rail yards. Pick your poisin, although the noise levels are generally not excessive.
Great concierge staff; many thanks to Rene and his colleagues for their recommendations and directions.
Good multiunit hotel in a great location.
Room: Clean, modern and spacious. I can't really find any drawbacks, great design, all kind of services and facilities were available. Floor in my room was damaged, but it was just a minor issue.
Breakfast: Traditional 5-star hotel buffet with extra large selection of juices. Selection of fruits and cakes could be improved, but especially fruits. I can't complain about anything else.
Location: The hotel is around 2 minutes (by foot) from the central station and 20 minutes from the Munchen city center.
Personnel: Efficient and service-minded. Great.
Overall experience: A very solid 5-star hotel, nothing draws down. Not the best hotel that I have ever been at but undoubtedly a great choice.
Price/what you get: Rather expensive or very expensive stay. I'm not quite sure if the price reflects what I get, I think that it is too high.
In conclusion, satisfying stay, breakfast could be slightly better, price could be a bit lower but Sofitel Bayerpost is certainly a great hotel.
Complained about no wifi yesterday..a technician came and confirmed there was an issue...asked them to look at this morning and make sure it is fixed as I'm on a business trip..more than 24 hours passed and still no wifi. Just spoke duty manager and he said whole hotel is having issue...for the sake of God, I'm not in a third world country...and not a cheap hotel...this is Germany - one of the most technologically advanced country and I'm staying in Sofitel...
I come from a tiny island that's from a third world and we have backup internet..and I have to believe that Sofitel Munich which would have several businessmen staying and it has no wifi..??