So I find myself back in Munich again but this time it is an extended weekend break with Meine Reizende Frau. 'Central' was the primary requirement and that was exactly what we got in the Platzl. We like to walk and explore when on holiday so churches, museums, architecture and palaces are our bag. Here we were right smack at the centre of it all. The Rathaus,three great churches, the opera house, the Royal Residence and a museum all little more than a few minutes stroll from the hotel.
We knew what to expect from the comments read on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. The reception being our first point of contact was a joy. Pretty girls in traditional Bavarian costume, bright smiles and speaking superb English attended to our registration with predictable teutonic efficiency but with a delightfully unexpected charm.
Room was good and fronted onto a street. Timber double glazed windows easily took care of the sound barrier that some contributors suggested to be a concern. The twin room was comfortable and well appointed. Would have liked a kettle but its absence was not an issue.
This is an old hotel in the old town that has had a major make over. The style of the period was given a nod towards without replicating it. The breakfast room is bright and airy with verdigris green with gold detail on newly installed panelling. It does not look out of place in the four hundred year old hotel. Bedrooms had nice natural wood gothic style headboards that formed part of the link with the past. In short the renovation seems cleverly managed to address modern requirements yet not losing all the character of age in the process.
Still slightly on that subject the hotel has two restaurants. The Pfistermuhle and the Ayinger both of which form part of the block that is the hotel. The former is immediately beside the entrance and the other is at the back, opposite the Hoffbrauhaus. The Pfistermuhle is a great restaurant serving great Bavarian fayre. The setting is delightful within an ivy wrapped building with the real origins of the hotel clearly visible in its panelled walls and vaulted ceilings. The Ayinger is a little more germanic style that one could find anywhere but nonetheless a fine eatery though with little to indicate its origin in 1573.
Earlier I referred to the Breakfast Room and now must remind that the Breakfast is very good. While predicable in its array it is the standard that makes it notable.By that I mean down to the jams (jelly or conserves) which were obviously hand made.
Mentioning at the beginning the reception and the receptionists I must return to there again. Having decided to do a tour to Ludwig's castles we were pleased to find that the reception could supply the tickets. We were even more pleased when the offered to pack a breakfast for us should we not have time to dine. It turned out to be a great picnic.
This leads me to an important lesson for the traveller. We were advised to get the bus at the Kempinski Hotel in Maximilian Str.at 8 a.m and that we should leave the hotel at 7.45 a.m to arrive on time. Now we know why. The bus arrived a 7.58 am and left the hotel at 8.02a.m. On these tours think and be German is my advice !
Again I return to matters to do with the reception. Discovering with the aid of yet another charming receptionists that we could visit the Nympenburg Palace by tram and that they could also sell us tickets for trams, bus or underground, Meine Frau was busy getting tickets while I was waiting by the free internet boot.
A guest arrived through the street door, sauntered past the reception towards the lifts where I was standing. Instantly I thought this guy looks just like Gerry Flannery, one my great sporting heros from Ireland and Munster Rugby. Naw ! I thought I must be wrong anyhow he is bigger. The guest pressed the lift button and glanced in my direction as I scrutinised him, lift opened and he got in.
On the plane home my wife glanced up from her newspaper and said 'did you know Gerry Flannery is in Munich attending the Bayerne Munich Football Team's doctor for his injuries' ? That missed opportunity was capped by the fact that I had taken a picture of Meine Leibe Frau at the reception immediately before he came in the door. Possibly the only negative in a wonderful visit to Bavaria and the Pratzl !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You place great importance on quality and want to be right in the middle of Munich's city life? Then Platzl Hotel Munich and its culinary offerings are the address for you. This traditional four-star Superior Hotel and its two popular restaurants - the Pfistermuhle and Wirtshaus Ayingers - are located in the heart of Munich's old city, right beside the famous Hofbrauhaus. And just a short walk from the Marienplatz, the Bavarian State Opera, Maximilianstrasse and Viktualienmarkt. The Inselkammer family and its team combine Bavarian hospitality and traditional style elements with a modern lifestyle and state-of-the-art technology. It begins with a warm welcome in the foyer, continues through the 167 guest rooms and only ends when you leave Munich through the city's historic quarter. This combination of tradition and modernity also creates the ideal setting for private celebrations such as birthdays or weddings, but also conferences and seminars. Your visit should also include a taste of the culinary offerings at our two restaurants - because gastronomy has a long tradition at the Platzl. As early as the beginning of the last century, the Platzl stage was graced not just by cabaret giants such as Karl Valentin. Good Bavarian food also made repeat appearances, being served to guests before and after the performances. Today, the Pfistermuhle is synonymous with sophisticated Bavarian cuisine - at Munich's only preserved city mill. Since the year 2000, people from Munich and elsewhere have enjoyed the hearty regional dishes at Wirtshaus Ayingers, which is next door, while the charming stores and eateries in the "Platzlgassen" add to the lively atmosphere in the Platzl. Our outside bar the Platzl Karree presents a unique bar concept in Munich's old town. Because of the stylish and yet down-to-earth design the fine balancing act between tradition and modernity with the Platzl Karree is perfectly realized. The dominating colors anthracite with burgundy and the dark parquet flooring create a bar to relax and enjoy. In the new Josefa Bar & Kaffee we serve locally produced unique spirits, cool beverages with herbs freshly from the Viktualien market and own cocktail creations. ... more less
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