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Where to stay in Munich: The Charles Hotel by Rocco Forte

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Never mind the Summer showers or the long drive from Flughafen München (the airport) that is if you’re about to check in at The Charles Hotel. This was exactly how we felt when we set foot in the lobby of the hotel, ushered in by the friendly and polite doorman.

Gone were the exhaustion from the flight and the long drive and the disappointment with the crazy weather – we were simply amazed by the posh beauty of the lobby that led us to our equally charming and elegant room on the fifth floor.

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We must admit that the room was a little romantic for our needs, given the panoramic view of the heart of Munich. Everything from the bed to the wall art to the bathroom to the state-of-the-art technology that breathed life into the hotel room was divine. And the view from the balcony is definitely as fresh as the air that gushed in as soon as we opened the glass door.

Located on Sophiestraße, The Charles Hotel is close to the historic square of Königsplatz, the old town and the superb shopping area. It’s a few steps away from the idyllic Old Botanical Gardens, which brings peace and tranquillity, away from the city’s bustle, to the hotel. Train stations are just two pedestrian crossings away, an easy task for travellers like us who were billeted in this ultra-fine hotel.

Privileged as we were to have had stayed in this sophisticated hotel, we got luckier as we had the opportunity to tour around the area, paving the way for us to marvel at the unique personality of this piece of architecture which is actually part of the famous Rocco Forte Hotels collection.

The tour made us realize that each room has a character of its own, decorated in a fresh contemporary style chosen to blend with the history of this Bavarian city, and includes all the touches you would expect from a five-star Rocco Forte Hotel. The executive suites, built into the corners of the fortress-shaped building to allow for as many windows and as much light as possible, are a must-see when checking into The Charles.

The rich and the famous can go straight up to the eighth floor, where the Presidential Suite occupies the entire 3,000+ square foot area of the top floor, for about €8,000 (AED 42,400) per night.

In addition, the hotel has a superb 15-metre swimming pool (28°C), sauna, steam room and five treatment rooms, where guests can be pampered with a variety of well-being and beauty treatments.

Then, of course, we did let slip the chance to dine al fresco at its elegant Italian restaurant Davvero. Our delectable buffet for breakfast was coupled with the charming view of the Max Palais and to the Old Botanical Garden. It was indeed the best way to start the day.

With these wonderful experiences, it was hard to hide our sadness as we bid the hotel and Munich good bye. Our visit to Munich wouldn’t have been as exciting, and as memorable, if we hadn’t checked in at The Charles. Our stay in this posh yet comfy and welcoming hotel made us wish to travel back to Munich. The Charles Hotel in Munich is certainly one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in – definitely worth every euro.

For more information or to book your stay the The Charles Hotel Munich, call +49 (0) 89 544 555-0 or visit their website.

*From the hotel, walk two blocks towards the Hauptbanhof U-bahn and take the U4 train bound for Arabellapark or the U5 Neuperlach Süd. Hop off two stations down at Odeonsplatz and head to the Munich Residence. A few steps from the tourist spot will reveal Maximilianstraße, Munich’s most important shopping destination.

Fly to Munich via Berlin with airberlin from €490 or AED 2,600. To book a flight or for more information, visit airberlin.com.