Housed in a former Bavarian Royal Post Office building, the swank Sofitel Munich Bayerpost oozes upscale class from its neoclassical facade right through to its contemporary interior. The 339 rooms merge classic and contemporary design, featuring materials such as leather, natural woods, and glass—plus extra-comfy beds and natural stone bathrooms—while the additional 57 suites include family suites and two So FIT suites that come with in-room treadmill, cardio bike, and free weights.
The two Prestige suites resemble a city loft, but it’s the four Opera suites, designed by Harald Klein, where the style really shines. Inspired by unlikely characters like Charles Baudelaire and Scheherazade, these suites offer not only an extra level of indulgence (from a 40-inch flat-screen TV with DVD player to Hermès products in the bathroom), but striking and playful interiors that veer refreshingly far from 5-star formality. If you can tear yourself away from such plush amenities, you’ll also find a fantastic spa and some suitably upscale dining and drinking areas.
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The Karlsplatz/Stachus pedestrian areas are just a 10-minute stroll from the hotel, as is the Theresienwiese, which annually turns into the rowdy Oktoberfest. Those who don’t have a head for hops can visit Padres, a trendy sports bar, or catch a performance at the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera House. The Alte Pinakothek and the Deutsches Museum are just a couple of minutes away, and Munich Central Station is pretty much next door.
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Rooms: 396 rooms and suites, from $232. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: If French classics like boeuf bourguignon and salade niçoise are your thing, head to the dignified Délice La Brasserie. For post-meal cocktails or a designer currywurst, the cozy leather-and-wood Isar Bar is the place. Spa and gym details: Intricately detailed stonework and mosaic tiles create a dazzling backdrop to the Sofitel’s spa, which includes various treatment rooms (treatments are based on the latest in French cosmetology), a gym, and an indoor swimming pool.
Who it’s for: Well-heeled business and leisure travelers, and well-behaved families. Our favorite rooms: The Les Fleurs Du Mal suite is an inspired take on Charles Baudelaire. Playing on the theme of good and evil (light and dark), it features flamboyantly-patterned black-and-white carpets and wallpaper, and contrasts modern white sofas with black designer lamps. Summer highlight: The hotel holds an annual Fête de Musique, whose enticing barbecue and well-mixed cocktails attract visitors from all over.