THE CHARLES HOTEL – MUNICH
Conveniently located in the lush Lenbachgärten quarter and only a stone’s throw away from the iconic Königsplatz, The Charles Hotel poses to be the best hotel in terms of convenience. Both leisure and business travelers will greatly appreciate the accessibility of this hotel. Commuting to and from the iconic building is a breeze as the train station and hop on/hop off bus are within walking distance. Major shopping centers like the Galleria are also minutes away. The Bavarian Biergarten also sits right across The Charles Hotel. Take advantage of the opportunity and give it a peek when you’re at The Charles!
Excellent customer service is almost on everybody’s lips when it comes to The Charles Hotel. From the moment guests enter the lobby to the check-in process, concierge and room service, most guests give The Charles Hotel the thumbs up as one of the best places to stay in. This is almost quite surprising since the people of Munich are not known to be friendly folks. It’s common for past visitors to say ‘Munichians’ are quite reserved if not snobbish. Granted, these are people who simply explored the city but did not stay at a hotel, let alone at The Charles Hotel.
To find guests gushing over The Charles Hotel staff is almost a compliment to the entire city, not just the Hotel. Suffice to say, because of the coldness of the people I met when I personally gallivanted around the city previously, I could not wait to leave the city with no intentions of returning someday. But now I think it’s worth giving a second chance, big thanks to the staff at The Charles Hotel.
That said, The Charles Hotel is truly a stylish and charming hotel worth trying. Don’t forget to look up when you enter through the main lobby and take in all of the hotel’s awe-striking architecture. It’s magnificent and will surely take your breath away. Dive into the pool, splurge in the spa, rejuvenate, detoxify. Relax and enjoy. Because you’ll definitely be in for a fun and exciting adventure at The Charles Hotel.
The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel, is centrally yet quietly located between the Karls- and Königsplatz at the Old Botanical Garden. Due to its unique location guests can reach museums, the lively art scene and the English Garden, one of the world’s largest city parks, by foot in only a few minutes. The Main Station with suburban train and underground connections is only 300 metres away and the International Airport can be reached within 40 minutes by car or suburban train.
The Charles Hotel was built in 2007 as part of a newly developed Munich quarter – the so-called Lenbachgärten. The Lenbachgärten were built from 2006 until 2009 between Karls- and Königsplatz as well as the Main Station at a cost of 440 million Euro and consist apart from the hotel of several residential and office buildings. The Old Botanical Garden and many green areas give the feeling of a large garden. The Lenbachhaus Museum, the former residence of Franz von Lenbach, is only five minutes walking distance from The Charles Hotel.
The building is located on the site of the university complex with natural science faculties, such as chemistry and biology. On the exact spot of the present hotel there was once the university library. Olga Polizzi, Director of Design and sister of Sir Rocco Forte, interprets the theme „botany“ as well as the book theme in the interior design of the hotel.
Sir Rocco Forte dedicated The Charles Hotel in Munich to his father, the famous hotelier Lord Charles Forte, who passed away shortly before the opening. That is also the reason why the Royal Suite is called Monforte named after the Southern Italian village between Naples and Rome, where he was born.
Quiet natural colours, high-quality natural materials such as cotton and silk, noble wood and natural stone of traditional Bavarian origin – the unmistakable design signature of Olga Polizzi meets Munich themes and regional accents. Carefully selected art objects of artists working in Munich as well as furniture and decorative elements custom-made for the hotel complete the design concept.
There are 160 rooms of which 24 are suites including the Royal Suite Monforte
Sophia’s is a restaurant, a bar and a cosy lounge, next to the Old Botanical Garden in the centre of Munich. The concept of “Botanical Bistronomy” is inspired by the international neo-bistro trends in Paris, New York or London and, of course, by the Old Botanical Garden right on the doorstep. Sophia’s Restaurant & Bar menu stresses the importance of regional and seasonal products, with some guest appearances from more exotic flavours and ingredients. Though the highest quality meats and freshest fish are also available from Executive Chef Michael Hüsken’s specialist butcher and fishermen, vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs take centre stage.
The bar concept with its unique drinks also follows the botanical idea. Herbal essences are prepared, fruit and vegetables dried or liqueurs powdered. This is how extraordinary cocktail creations such as Sage Smash, Thyme Plane or Earl Pepper are created by Bar Manager Roman Kern.
The conference area on two floors and with a total size of 700 square metres has a separate entrance. Seven conference rooms with daylight are equipped with state-of-the-art technique and have a flexible room structure. The 300 square metre divisible ballroom with daylight and a large foyer can be let for receptions and product presentations.
The Charles Hotel has the largest standard rooms in town with a minimum size of 40 square metres. Due to the floor-to-ceiling windows the rooms are especially light and offer a view over the Old Botanical Garden or the historical streets of Munich. From the higher floors, guests may enjoy the Alpine panorama during clear weather conditions. All rooms have a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, a bathtub, a separate toilet and bidet. Neutral colours, stylish design elements and high-quality materials provide an elegant and at the same time homely atmosphere. The standard rooms have a sitting area with a settee and a table as well as working area. Most rooms have a French balcony.
Full-HD Smart TV
Free Wi-Fi internet connection
Individually adjustable air conditioning
In Room Safe/Minibar
Organic care products
The hotel accommodates a total of 24 suites. The heart of the suites is the Royal Monforte Suite on the eighth floor with a size of 200 square metres and a large terrace with a view over the Old Botanical Garden. The suite distinguishes itself through the open plan concept divided into bedroom, living and dining room, working area as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a separate entrance. Moreover, the Monforte Suite is equipped according to the highest security standards.
The remaining 23 suites have a size of 67 to 146 square metres and are situated between the second and eighth floor. All suites have separate sleeping and living areas and are individually designed. Guests of our suites may enjoy the Rocco Forte Suite Experience Programme with check-in at the suite, included breakfast, packing and unpacking service and much more.
Additional Suite Equipment:
Flat-screen TV in the bathroom
DVD player upon request
Ironing service on arrival
Free Wi-Fi internet connection
Free unpacking and packing service
Free use of the Video-on-Demand-System
In Room check-in
iPod docking stations
24 hour Business Centre
Wi-Fi, also in the guest rooms
24 hour room service
Twice daily room cleaning
Same day laundry service
Free shoe cleaning service
Spa and Wellness
Sophia’s Restaurant & Bar
In Room Dining
The 800 square metre The Charles Spa is located in the basement of the hotel and accommodates Munich‘s longest hotel indoor pool. Heated relax loungers, steam bath, sauna, wellness showers and a relaxation room are at the guests’ disposal. The modern gymnasium which is equipped with the latest TechnoGym appliances allows an especially effective workout.
Private training sessions such as Pilates, TaiChi or Yoga round off the programme.
The spa range includes massages, facials and body treatments with the specially developed cosmetic line Irene Forte Skincare or Cellcosmet products from Switzerland. Classic cosmetic beauty care, manicure, pedicure and innovative treatments such as spray tanning, eyelash extensions or Vela Shape are also offered.
Use of the spa area is included for hotel guests. Non- residential guests have the possibility to buy a Day Spa ticket.
Sophienstrasse 28, 80333 Munich, Germany
+49 89 544 555 0
+49 89 544 555 2000
Sir Rocco Forte
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Summary Excellent customer service is almost on everybody’s lips when it comes to The Charles Hotel.