Vier Jahreszeiten Munich, Kempinski’s commitment to revive one of its most celebrated properties
Built in 1858 by King Maximilian II and enjoying the best location in the Bavarian capital , right on fashionable Maximilianstrasse and steps from the Opera, Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten is witnessing its revival as one of the finest properties of the German hotel chain. Extensive renovation works, now in their second year, are bringing back its iconic interiors with a strategic decision to reduce the number of rooms to improve comfort.
The property, which served as an inspiration for Isadore Sharp when he set up the Four Seasons brand, half a century ago, reflects Kempinski’s commitment to luxury hospitality excellence, proving that customer service must be fully synchronized with a similar quality product.
Overseen since 2010 by its young and hugely passionate General Manager, Axel Ludwig, the multi-million dollar renovation of the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten preserves the hotel’s iconic atmosphere while adding the facilities and amenities which define a luxury hotel in the 21st century – state of the art led SmartTv’s, high speed wi-fi internet, automatically controlled room features including reclining of the bed and air-conditioning etc.
My newly renovated Superior Suite with corner views provided me with a most serene atmosphere, achieved through impeccable sound-proofing, both outdoor and indoor. The abundance of daylight of the suite which is vital to personal comfort has been a top priority for the hotel in renovating the courtyard view rooms as well as the rooms in the newer wing with lower ceilings. Room decors subtly blend contemporary and classic styles achieving a very warm and cosy feel.
The lobby of the hotel is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the hotel, attracting patrons and guests alike, for a sophisticated afternoon tea with the exquisit selection of sweets. Gentlemen in business meeting…ladies glamorously surrounded by shopping bags of the world’s top luxury fashion brands – most of the shops comfortably within walking distance from the hotel…couples preparing for a ballet or opera evening – recreate a genuine lifestyle experience, otherwise, impossible to achieve for many other hotels.
From the largest and most expensive top suite in Munich (the Royal Ludwig Suite), to a Junior Suite, the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten has a unique suite product offering among luxury hotels in Munich, ideal for business and families on longer stays. Besides its variety of sightseeing and tourist attractions, Munich is recognized as a cultural destination, with unique art galleries, museums but also one of Europe’s classic music and ballet destinations, with the most famous classic artists hosted by the State Opera.
Few may be aware of Munich’s growing importance, worldwide, as a top choice destination for the very best medical services at its hospitals and private clinics – the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten welcoming the most discerning guests from around the world who visit Munich for medical purposes too. The hotel’s Concierge is another guest loyalty motivational factor, ready to respond to the most demanding requests.
The VUE Maximilian Restaurant impresses not only with its glamorous views but in how traditional Bavarian cuisine is combined with innovative specialities, whether for a lavish breakfast, casual lunch or sophisticated dinner. Service throughout the F&B outlets is flawless – with a unique passion to serve which each and every member of the team provides.
For a property which is often recognized as an institution, I was glad to learn about the commitment of the management to constantly improve customer service – I personally felt room for improvement, especially Front Office and Housekeeping. Once the renovation works complete, the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten will boast one of Munich’s top SPAs, its swimming pool with outdoor terrace on the 5th floor commanding beautiful panoramic views of the city.
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Oliver Petcu in Munich