AFTER a long flight, treat yourself to a night at the five-star, Helmut Jahn-designed Hotel Kempinski. Uber-trendy, this glassy showpiece is integrated into Munich airport’s terminal two so you can wheel your bag right in. If you have only hours to spare, there’s a fabulous day spa where a range of treatments is available; a charge of ($37) will provide you with a robe and use of the indoor pool.
In the city proper, Geisel Privathotels has three centrally located properties, all very different in character. The Anna Hotel is modest but contemporary and its boutique feel is assisted by colourful decorating accents, timber floors and sleek surfaces. Some suites at the Anna stand out, especially those with curved, full-length bathroom windows. A postcard vista of Munich transports you back in time as you linger in the free-standing tub.
The Anna’s mood contrasts with the Bavarian-style comfort of the Hotel Excelsior, which is a homely place where staff wear traditional garb. It provides a good sightseeing base, has an excellent restaurant serving varied fare, and inviting outdoor cafes occupy the immediate vicinity.
Even more up-market is Hotel Konigshof, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. Sumptuous traditional furniture, swagged curtains and elegant finishing touches such as fresh tulips and bowls of strawberries gladden one’s arrival. And why go out when its restaurant bears a Michelin star? Leonie Coombes www.kempinski-airport.de www.geisel-privathotels.de www.lhw.com
Swags of style: Deluxe room at the Hotel Konigshof