Originally constructed in 1880 and having served as the city’s opera house, the Neo-Renaissance building which houses the Mandarin Oriental Munich became a hotel in 1990. Hong Kong based The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group acquired the building in 2000 and has since established itself as one of Munich’s finest luxury hotels.
The hotel which enjoys a perfect location in the heart of Munich’s Old Town, steps from all major attractions, most notably the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich Opera), the prestigious luxury shopping high-street of Maximilianstraße as well as the famous brewery Hofbräuhaus. The location is ideal for both leisure and business guests, but also a much revered dining and entertainment venue for locals.
The hotel has an ideal mix of accommodations which have been maintained at the highest luxury standards from opening. This year, the hotel underwent an extensive renovation of its rooms and suites, culminating an ample renovation which debuted in 2015 with the public spaces and the launch of the Matsuhisa Restaurant, a Japanese Peruvian concept by Nobu Matsuhisa. The restaurant ranks among the best in the city, being a favourite of celebrities and personalities from all walks of life.
A bright and daring mix of colours as well as superb furnishings, which exquisitely combine modern with classic – define the new renovations. Most importantly, comfort and functionality have been further enhanced, with impeccable bedding, seamless AC, state-of-the-art technology, sophisticated lighting with a general focus on making all spaces bright and last but not least, Spa standard equipped bathrooms, with a splendid combination of black and white marble.
The attention to details, the quality of all materials and the finishes reflect the expertise which the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has garnered as one of the world’s leading luxury hotel groups. The long term approach is also evident in the consistently high service standards which have been maintained throughout the year and even more importantly nowadays during the challenging pandemic.
Advanced sustainable technologies to minimise energy and water consumption were implemented, including large bathroom amenities in ecological dispensers. Locally produced biodegradable coffee capsules for Nespresso machines and a private bar with daily creations by Matsuhisa Munich are among the other exceptional novelties which were introduced. Suites also feature butler service for enhanced comfort and pampering.
For the renovations, the hotel collaborated with renowned brands such as Ligne Roset, Bavarian-based and family-run carpenter Felix Graf and House of Tai Ping, the esteemed manufacturer of textile floor coverings headquartered in Hong Kong. New art concepts can be enjoyed in each room, which feature individual mountain images by local artist Felix Rehfeld – student of Karin Kneffel, one of the most well-known female contemporary artists in Germany and master pupil of Gerhard Richter.
The centrepiece of the collection, an art installation of 100 miniature mountain paintings, is prominently displayed in the lobby of the hotel. The art in all suites includes a mountain massif exclusively produced for the hotel by Royal Bavarian porcelain manufacturer, Nymphenburg.
During my visit, I was pleased to reflect on the passion and energy which the entire team exert. Despite the hardships posed by the pandemic, the company’s unique approach to persistently nurture, train and motivate talent is undoubtedly a major competitive asset. A number of exceptional luxury hoteliers started their careers at the Mandarin Oriental Munich, considered by many a true institution.
The rooftop Manjong Garden has also been enhanced, with new luxury outdoor furnishings by Roche Bobois. The spectacular 360 degree views and the infinity pool with a new menu have propelled the venue as a favourite for locals. It gathers an exciting guest profile mix and with the pandemic easing, entertainment with a live DJ is also returning. The expertly trained and highly experienced Concierge of the hotel is perfectly equipped to recreate an ideal stay for those visiting the city, with unique attractions and experiences.
Having experienced over 30 hotels in 11 months during the pandemic, the Mandarin Oriental Munich can also take pride in firmly and consistently implementing the local / national and company / group safety and hygiene protocols to ensure the utmost safety of both staff and guests – all in an effortless manner, without guests feeling any of the hardships with no compromises in service standards. The team is going of their way to please the most discerning travellers, the capacity of the property being ideal for the highest levels of personalisation.
The evolution of the exceptional luxury property is nowhere slowing down, with a construction of a new building right in front of the existing building, which will double the accommodations inventory. By 2023, the hotel will include additional rooms and suites and a luxury Spa, with underground hallways connecting the two buildings.
Oliver Petcu in Munich
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