Bayerischer Hof

Grand, stylish, glitzy clientele

Promenadeplatz 2, Munich 80333

(49) 89-21200

At a Glance

This family-owned grande dame has undergone numerous updates in recent years, infusing the historic setting with contemporary touches and amenities.

Indagare Loves

  • Central location in walking distance to most major sites/museums
  • Excellent spa/pool
  • Chic rooftop restaurant with panoramic views


Guests who check into the Bayerischer Hof in the morning are greeted by baskets of small Bavarian pretzels baked on the premises perched on the front desk. It’s a type of lovely touch that makes this formal grande dame, set along bustling Promenadenplatz close to the Fünf Höfe and the Kunsthalle museum, feel accessible and warm.

The Bayerischer Hof has been in the same family since 1897, and like a historic palace to which subsequent rulers added their own creative touches, the hotel has a host of details, some of which work better together than others. Comprising two buildings, including the historic Palais Montgelas, the Bayerischer Hof is a large property, with five restaurants, an impressive spa and fitness area and a cushy small movie theater. For the traveller who appreciates this kind of infrastructure, the Bayerischer Hof is a good landing spot for exploring the city, but those looking for personalized and high touch service might look elsewhere.

The 340 rooms, including 60 suites, come in a maddening array of interior approaches. There are twelve design schemes (among the more successful are Country House and the Princely Suite styles), plus specialty suites located on the 7th floor (with great views) and in the Palais Mongelas. Owner and manager Innegrit Volkhardt, is known as the “renovation lady” in Munich’s hotel circles, so there are constant updates being made.

One of the most successful additions in recent years has been the Blue Spa, designed by the late interior mastermind Andrée Putman, which has five treatment rooms. The rooftop space also includes a glorious pool beneath a sliding glass roof (for al fresco swimming in the summer) and a restaurant focused on spa cuisine. The latter is a lovely spot for lunch even if you’re not staying here. Another bright space for a relaxed midday meal is Garden, conceived by Belgian interior designer and art dealer Axel Vervoordt and focused on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. At night, Atelier restaurant is a more formal, Michelin -starred affair but even if you’re dining elsewhere, come for a drink at Falk’s Bar, housed in a stunning room whose embellishment dates from 1839.

Written by Simone Girner

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