Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich
The Bayerischer Hof on Promenadeplatz in the northwestern part of Munich is a five-star Grand Hotel. Built in 1841, it remains a destination for celebrities and guests of state in Munich. It is very famous for hosting the Munich Security Conference and many celebrities.
The hotel was erected in 1841 on behalf of Joseph Anton von Maffei according to plans by Friedrich von Gärtner. It initially had about 100 rooms and two halls. Some of its renowned guests included Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Sigmund Freud. In 1897 the Hotel was purchased for 2,850,000 Mark by Mark Hermann Volkhardt, who converted the facade to its historicism style. Performances in the grand ballroom at this time were made by artists such as Enrico Caruso along with many others. After the reconstruction period in 1924, the Bayerischer Hof was the largest hotel in Europe. During the Second World War the building suffered heavy damage, but was rebuilt after the war.
In 1969, the Palais Montgelas, the neighboring building at the corner of Promenadeplatz / Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, was purchased and developed into the hotel by Erwin Schleich. The palace was built in 1811-1813 by Emanuel Graf Maximilian Herigoyen for Maximilian von Montgelas. From 1817 to 1933, the palace was the service building of the Bavarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (until 1918: State Ministry of the Royal Household and of Foreign Affairs) and from 1933 to 1945, the first official residence of the Bavarian State Chancellery.
The hotel offers 340 rooms of different styles, 60 suites, 40 meeting rooms, five restaurants, a breakfast room on the roof garden and six bars. The hotel's spa is located in the upper area of the hotel and stretches over three floors. It was built according to plans by the French interior designer Andrée Putman. It provides a sauna, a swimming pool with sun terraces, a bar and a lounge. The gym overlooking the Frauenkirche was designed by Ralf Möller. The entire seventh floor was renovated and offers a VIP area.
The Hotel Bayerischer Hof has received numerous awards, including:
- The Leading Hotels of the World
- World Hotel Award - Award in the category Classic Hotel 2007
- Veuve Clicquot - Entrepreneur of the Year 2000
- Gault Millau - Best Bar Germany, Falk's Bar
- Global Finance - Best Business Hotel Munich 2005
The Munich Security Conference is held yearly in February at the Bayerischer Hof. The Jazz Summer of Hotel Bayerischer Hof in July, as a continuation of the 1999 abandoned Münchner Klaviersommer, in which the Bayerischer Hof has been involved in since 1992.
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