Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- Perfect base for art lovers, near the Pinakothek galleries & Lenbachaus
- The spa has one of the city's biggest indoor pools
- Original artwork & a year-round outdoor terrace add to its charm
- Rooms are among Munich's most spacious
"Like a sculpted white seashell" in a sea of Baroque architecture, Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel is an elegant addition to Munich's skyline, says Condé Nast Traveler. The property sits next to the Old Botanical Garden, just a 5-minute walk from the city’s main train station, and its spacious rooms, Olga Polizzi-designed interiors and friendly service make it popular with travellers.
This is a great spot for sightseeing. 20 minutes on foot brings you to the New Town Hall on the Marienplatz and Munich's main shopping streets, and the Pinakothek galleries are within 10 minutes' walk. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Lenbachaus, artist Franz von Lenbach's former home and now one of Bavaria’s most important art galleries, according to The Daily Telegraph. Alternatively, appraise von Lenbach's talents at your leisure in the hotel’s glamorous bar, where you’ll find original artwork and an extensive range of cognacs, whisky and fine wines, plus daily afternoon tea on the menu.
The Charles's sleek bedrooms are among the largest in the city (starting at 40-square-metres), and have soundproofed floor-to-ceiling windows (many overlooking the Old Botanic Gardens). The Bavarian limestone bathrooms have under-floor heating and are "among Munich’s best", notes Frommer's. For more relaxation, head downstairs where there’s a fitness centre and full-service spa with one of Munich’s largest indoor pools, as well as an excellent gym, sauna and steam room.
Breakfast here is a veritable feast, heaving with cold cuts and freshly baked loaves, while the Davvero restaurant serves beautiful Italian fare at lunch and dinner. Settle in for goat’s cheese ravioli finished with shavings of white truffle and piglet ribs accompanied by olives and lentils beneath the dining room’s soaring ceilings. Guests can also admire the Old Botanical Gardens from a seat on the terrace -- it's open all year round, and there are roasted chestnuts and mulled wine on offer when the weather turns chilly.