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Oh God, yes. Earlier this morning, we confirmed the existence of the Andaz Munich which will have 274 rooms when it opens in 2017 (note to self: we better start practicing some tantric sex right now.) Located in the a cultural district of Munich known as Schwabinger Tor, the Andaz will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge and rooftop bar, a spa, a pool and all that we've come to love about Andaz--free WiFi, complimentary mini-bar snacks, personalized check-in and lots of cool design and art.
While the renderings we discovered over the weekend, mysteriously disappeared, Andaz has now provided us with a bunch to fantasize about. It's only of the exterior but we'll just imagine what's on the inside. Enjoy!
[Renderings via Andaz Hotels]
UPDATE: Hyatt went official with the details after our story went up. Scroll to the bottom to keep Andazming.
A Twitter follower tipped us off to some renderings of the project. on Friday, which sadly, have been pulled since. Although we did find confirmation elsewhere on the site, that the Feuring design firm will be doing the interiors. The hotel will have 220 rooms and should open in 2017.
While the renderings have since disappeared, we did get another sort of confirmation from Hyatt Hotels' Chief Marketing Officer, John Wallis, who tweeted this to us:
@HotelChatter, Andaz Munich = more Andazsms in the making— John Wallis (@JWHyattCMO) February 14, 2014
[Photo: Andaz Hotels]
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Where are Munich’s well-heeled women sipping oolong these days? We’d venture to guess it’s at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which just partnered up with Jimmy Choo for an unusually shoe-centric tea service.
The Jimmy Choo Fashion Afternoon Tea takes place in the Lobby Lounge and Mandarin Bar, which is all leather club chairs and plush, patterned sofas. The tea, available through February 28, takes its cues from Choo’s 2014 Cruise collection. So think pointy toes, metal studs, and python skin—but, um, sugar-dusted? (Just go with it.)
The service starts at $53 a head, and offers goodies like chocolate-raspberry macaroons, fruit-caviar shooters, and organic green tea. And then, there’s the piece de resistance: pink candy purses, filled with chocolates. (Modeled, of course, on Jimmy Choo’s swanky bags.) There are some glitzy extras, too: Guests get a glass of bubbly and a gift set with the fashion brand’s perfume.
So, the tea service itself is definitely cheaper than a pair of Jimmy Choos. A stay at the hotel, though, is a different story. We took a peek at rates for this weekend, and they range from $783 to $1,460 a night.
[Photo: Mandarin Oriental Munich]
We’re all pretty good at playing Monday-morning quarterback when it comes to both good and bad decisions about the layout and amenities of hotel rooms, but have you ever wondered how the hotel industry comes up with the concepts and designs in the first place?
The general public is understandably kept in the dark about most of the development processes for multiple reasons, some no doubt related to competition, but we know hotel chains do indeed test out new room concepts on certain properties before rolling them out nationwide and that trade shows offer the opportunity to see new products in person. While the latter are "temporary," we learned recently that the first permanent exhibition is now under construction outside of Munich at the Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, a center/platform and adviser in all fields of the hotel and gastronomy industry.
One floor of the building is set to become a "hotel without guests" that features "eleven room types, from 3-star comfort to luxury suites, as well as a large reception area with a bar and a café." Each room is designed differently in an effort to try out and showcase various strategies. This allows those in the hotel industry to easily compare rooms, layouts, designs, concepts, etc.
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It's the same song every spring and summer--people begin to make their travel plans to Europe, but international airfares can sometimes kill a budget. However, if there's any consolation, you can make up for that top-dollar ticket by staying at these new and affordable hotels.
Generator Hostel, Barcelona
Imagine bedding down in one of Spain's most intoxicating city's for less than the average dinner tab? That's what's up at the new Generator Hotel, which opened mid-March.
Part of a popular, trendy chain, the rooms are located on the top floor of a building. Each unit has its own balcony with views of the city, as well as private bathrooms--a rarity. Fiesta Gracia, the restaurant, is a great meeting place to bond with other hostelers and is open until 2 a.m. There's a surprisingly long, world-wide list of beer, wine & cocktails and even local DJs come to entertain the crowd while they chow on tapas and Instagram using the free WiFi. Continental breakfast is served at La Plaça café. Anwar Mekhayech (of Soho House fame) is the design master behind this hostel's boutique look.
And since you're in Barcelona, more art is minutes away as the hostel is only five-minutes from both Diagonal and Verdaguer metro stations en route to local museums (and even the beach!).
A range of rooms and layouts are available, with rates for dorm rooms (6-8 beds) starting at €13($17) per night and go up to €41 ($53) for more private single/double occupancy rooms.
Remember all the hype when Starwood introduced its Aloft brand? They had us waiting and waiting for Lexington (MA) to be the first ever Aloft destination, and then Canada got the scoop. That was only four years ago, and believe it or not, there are now over 60 Alofts worldwide. On this side of the pond, we’ve so far had to make do with Aloft London ExCel (where we witnessed some Photoshop battling), and more recently Aloft Brussels Schuman.
That’s set to change with the announcement of two new hotels in Germany, Aloft Munich and Aloft Stuttgart, both scheduled to open in 2015.
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Oktoberfest began this past Saturday in Munich and will continue through October 7th. The traditional 16-day Bavarian festival, which was first celebrated 200 years ago to commemorate a royal wedding, is now feted all over the world. We’d like to do our part and give you a few places in the U.S. where you can get your beer and brat on if you can't get to Germany. Lederhosen is totally optional, but highly recommended.
The Standard, Downtown LA and New York
The good news is that these hotel’s biergartens stay open year-round. The better news is that the LA hotel is offering a Oktoberfest lunch special between 12-5pm every day. For $15 you get a tasting of three beers on tap (Bittburger Pilsner, Licher Heffeweisen, and Kostritzer Black Lager) and a choice of a sausage, salad, pretzel or strudel. Meanwhile at the High Line outpost, which becomes glass-enclosed during the cooler months, they’ve revitalized the Stammtisch. This lets guests pay an hourly rate for a table and get unlimited beer brought to them. Call 212-645-4100 or email email@example.com for a reservation.
Dupont Hotel, Washington, DC
Now through September 30th, the Bar Dupont’s patio, across from D.C.’s famous Dupont Circle, becomes a boisterous biergarten with live polka music, four Oktoberfest-style brews on draft from a Hefeweizen to a special Sam Adams Octoberfest brew, and a menu serving German festival fare. Mugs, steins, and pitchers are be available for all levels of drinking as well as sizes of sausage from brat to knock to kielbasa, depending on your appetite. Oompah music, polka bands and other entertainment will be provided on certain days throughout Oktoberfest
Germans may have a reputation for being buttoned-down types, but you’d never know it when visiting the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost’s hedonistic pool in their luxurious onsite spa. It is dark, inviting, and intimate.
Once you enter the wonderfully warm water, duck under the low-ceilinged overhang to your right to head into the main pool – a waterfall-filled spring with plenty of nooks and crannies for you to find your own private corner. Windows at eye-level give you a wee voyeuristic peek at the comings-and-goings of people in the sleek hotel lobby.
Now sneak back under and follow the curving, snakelike, dimly-lit tiled path to the next open space. You feel a sense of tingling anticipation as to what’s around the next corner. We felt like kids in an R-rated Disneyworld. And then, you feel it: Large whirlpool jets rushing directly up from the floor. It’s oh-so-tantalizingly risqué.
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Boobs. That's what the German Oktoberfest celebrations is all about, right? Wrong, but we're at least close. On September 18th, Munich will tap the first kegs to kick off the month-long festival of beer, brats, bretzeln (pretzels) and yesboobs too. You see, the Bavarian traditional costume for women is a Dirndl, a highly decorated peasant dress of sorts, which is typically specially made and heavy on the cleavage-baring.
If you're thinking of heading to Munich for Oktoberfest this year and you like the look of these Dirndls, the the Rocco Forte Collection property The Charles Hotel at the center of the city has a deal for you: their "Dressed for Oktoberfest" package.
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Sofitel hotels at select locations in Paris, London, Munich and Brussels, now offer iPads to guests at check-in loaded with "The Kiosk" app which features top daily newspapers and magazines from around the world. More specifically, guests can access six newspapers and magazines from six different countries--France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United States.
And that includes some pay-for publications like the Wall Street Journal and Vogue. Bonus!
Rates at Sofitels vary but we spied rates at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost for just $187 a night this summer. Of course, the London location at St. James is much pricier at $360 a night. Good thing you can get the news for free!
This was taken at the The Le Meridien Hotel in Munich and it caught our eye because the room looks quite pretty and modern, not really what we expect from the Le Meridien brand. Yes, the brand's been trying to upgrade its look (how about all that pink at Le Meridien Dallas?) but rooms like this still take us by surprise.
Even better, this photos looks so close to what you see in the room photo on the hotel's website. We approve! Or in our Flickr's members words, this place is a "swank ass hotel."
The hotel is located right across from the city's main train station, the Hauptbahnhof and rooms are currently going for 131 Euros a night.
The Oyster suite. 100 percent hot
Munich isn’t the first place when we think of sexy hotels, but we started to reevaluate that when some pictures of the new suites at the Sofitel Bayerpost there popped into our inbox. Turns out it’s not all lederhosen, white blouses and buxom wenches down there – and the hotel has just gone through a two and a half year renovation to prove it.
The hotel has just unveiled its ten new big suites and they’re pretty jaw-dropping. And not even for Munich – these would be up there with the funkiest looking stuff we’ve seen in ages.
Take the Oyster Suite (or technically, suite-apartment), above – designed to be “a protective shell for the traveler”.