We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Munich for four nights in December, including Christmas Eve and Day. This was our third and best stay at what is one of our favorite hotels in the world!
We booked a Superior Junior Suite which was the category we had booked on a prior trip. In retrospect I think we must have been upgraded on the first trip as the room we were initially shown to was nowhere near as nice as the prior room. We asked to be shown other available room options and the lesson we learned is that the rooms vary hugely so don’t hesitate to ask to see others if you aren’t happy with yours. One other thing to note is that they do negotiate on rates, so do not hesitate to make them an offer.
We decided to splurge and ended up in the Tower Suite which was incredible. It is on the top floor and is the room with the round, glass ceiling you can see in the pictures of the hotel. The round room is the living room with a very large couch, 2 chairs, a cabinet with the bar and such, and a huge television. Because it is round, you have a 360 view of the city; you just have to walk from window to window.
In another area there is a dining table and desk which was nice, though we didn’t use it. Just inside the entry door is a half bath. The bedroom is entirely separate and felt very secluded. The full bath was off the bedroom. The only complaint we had about the room was that the main bath had just a single sink – really a minor thing.
Again, the room was awesome and was a nice treat for Christmas.
We were lucky enough to dine at Die Alm twice during our stay. Obviously it is a seasonal thing, but if you are thinking of going in the winter, make absolutely sure you go to Die Alm. It was one of our favorite parts of our stay. The food was great (the fondue in particular) and the ambience incredible. The manager and rest of the staff were incredibly friendly and great to chat with.
We had Christmas Eve dinner at Restaurant Mark’s. We were a little nervous based on the menu as it was very over the top gourmet, but it was one of the best meals we have ever had. It was truly amazing.
We also ate at the downstairs restaurant (Bistromo?) and it was fine, but not comparable at all to either Die Alm or Mark’s.
The breakfast at Mark’s is one of my favorites and it was just as good as I remembered.
We used the new fitness center which was very nice though small (and too warm). They did a nice job with the space.
The Lobby Lounge is a great place to hang out between touring. Given that the city pretty much shut down for the holiday, we spent plenty of time there.
In short, this was an incredible stay. Highly recommended and one of, if not the favorite hotel in the world (so far). If they had a spa, I probably wouldn’t leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quietly tucked away in a side street, yet centrally located near the famed Maximilianstrasse, Mandarin Oriental, Munich is an elegant gem of Neo-Renaissance charm, providing the highest levels of personalised service in the city and award-winning restaurant and bars. The newly refurbished 48 spacious rooms and 25 suites offer the finest in contemporary luxury and, along with the stunning roof-top pool, feature views that stretch across the picturesque surroundings of the old town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental Munich Hotel Munich
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Munich
- Mandarin Munich
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