Every year we plan a few big trips together, Timothy and I. When we heard ÖBB’s proposal to launch Nightjet service to Brussels in December 2019 we jumped on the occasion and included a ride back home from Austria to Belgium on the Nightjet after our autumn Berlin, Czechia and Slovakia trip. However as we all know in early 2020 an annoying new coronavirus COVID-19, appeared and shook up travel all over the world. We changed our plans to an itinerary in ‘safe’ Germany including stops in Leipzig, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Munich, Lindau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen from where we would take a short train ride to Innsbruck to board our Nightjet back home.
Munich would form the longest stop during our German trip, we would stay here for four nights and thus selected a good hotel to stay at. Our choice was the five-star Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, located right next to the Munich main station. It is located in the former post office built in an Italian renaissance style between 1896 and 1900. It was rebuilt in 2004 to house the Sofitel, in which one of the wings was replaced by a new hotel tower where most rooms are located.
At check-in we had a warm welcome by the staff, even though they struggled a bit to get us checked in as we had 3 different reservations (originally we only planned to stay two nights, we added two more later as our plans changed). I was positively surprised that the hotel provided hygiene kits, disinfecting gel and mouth masks at check-in, a very nice measure in these corona times.
We received a room on the 7th floor, overlooking the station. We very much liked the styling and furniture of the room, despite it being relatively small it was well designed and practical. We had separate beds and plenty of power plugs to charge our devices.
The minibar charged automatically upon taking stuff out, so we did not touch it. The tea and coffee facilities as well as one bottle of water each night where complimentary. We also received a welcome gift in the form of some delicious macarons. The WiFi worked pretty well, but Timothy found the desk not the most ergonomically to work on.
The bathroom was semi open, if you wished you could leave it fully for everything to be on full display, but luckily there was a blind covering the window between the bath and the bedroom. The side could be closed using frosted glass sliding doors, which where unfortunately very noisy to use and did not close off very well. Leaving big gaps.
The shower and toilet where both in separate cubicles which could closed by using the same sliding frosted glass door.
The sink and surrounding area was rather small, but they cleverly solved this by putting some extra racks above the bathtub to store your stuff. The amenities used where the typical Sofitel Eau d’Orange Verte, with a smell I personally adore. If you wished you could have some extra’s delivered like bath foam and bath salts if you wished to take a bath (which we did).
Unfortunately the hotel was rebuilding its spa, pool and gym facilities located in the basement. Only the spa and wellness area for treatments was open at its usual spot, the gym equipment was put in different stripped rooms on the first floor a bit of a weird sight. If you wished to go swimming you could buy a day pass at the Meridian opposite the street, but this had to be paid out of your own pocket as the hotel did not make proper arrangements, which was a bit of a bummer as it would have been nice to be able to have a short swim after a busy day of sightseeing and museum visits.
In the morning the normal breakfast area with a buffet was out of service, instead the guests where directed to the hotel restaurant next to the entrance where you could order an a la carte breakfast. The first morning we ordered the full Sofitel breakfast, which was priced a bit steep at €40 , the other mornings we ordered just the continental or vegetarian breakfasts. Of course if you wished you could also order separate plates, but everything was rather expensive so a bundled option still offered better value for money. Everything was presented beautifully on the table using étagères and baskets. They also put smaller extra tables so they could put everything near to you as it was a vast offer. Remarkably the contents of the bread basket differed each day, just as the provision of juices and yoghurt.
The last evening we enjoyed a complimentary drink (as an ALL gold member) at the hotel bar, where we tried one of their delicious cocktails. The bar itself was a bit dark with lounge music, which I personally like a lot but might not be to everyone’s taste (as some guests where complaining of it being too dark inside).
We had a good stay at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, it was a good hotel with a solid product. It was unfortunate that we were not able to use the pool, but I’m sure it will be splendid when the renovation is finished.
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