The Rosewood Munich recently made its debut in the heart of the city’s historic old town, marking Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Germany. The meticulous restoration and design process was led by locally based architecture firm Hilmer Sattler Architekten Ahlers, in collaboration with the London-based interior design firm Tara Bernerd & Partners, while DiPPOLD Interior Design Studio handled the interiors of the restaurant and bar.
Encompassing two iconic buildings—the former Bavarian State Bank headquarters and the adjacent Palais Neuhaus-Preysing, a former aristocratic residence—Rosewood Munich artfully conveys the spirit of Bavarian culture.
“Rosewood Munich was a fascinating project,” says designer Tara Bernerd. “In addition to being a privilege to work in the ‘Monaco of Bavaria,’ the property is a mix of exquisite heritage parts, which we have sought to preserve and enhance, that contrast beautifully with the newly reinstated elements of the property. The key to the design’s success was to ensure, through skillful space planning, that the flow is seamless from old to new.”
The commitment to preserving the structure’s history is especially evident throughout the two landmark structures and the central courtyard. Façades, and other spaces like the lobby and hallway, were restored to their original glory. The hotel lobby, for instance, includes remnants of the former bank building, such as the graceful staircase, vaulted ceiling, and preserved frescoes.
Rosewood Munich boasts two courtyards, with the Palaishof serving as a focal point for social gatherings. Meanwhile, the Wintergarten flows into the reception area, with warm wood paneling, indoor greenery, and a Bauhaus-inspired color palette complemented by natural tones.
The hotel features 73 guestrooms and 59 suites, including five exclusive houses that serve as the property’s signature suites. The guestrooms, suites, and houses exude a subtle-yet-refined elegance. Each room features intricate interior elements and is distinguished by a unique façade structure.
The houses offer a residential-style stay, with some that can accommodate up to four bedrooms. The Prinzessin Ferdinande House, for example, is characterized by a suspended glass bridge offering views of the bustling streets below, while the König Maximillian House boasts a vaulted ceiling and a central fireplace connecting living and dining areas.
Rosewood Munich also serves as a living art gallery, featuring illustrations by Olaf Hajek, wood-carved pieces by Rosanna Merklin, photographs by Michael Mann, and ceramics by Angelika Maria Stiegler.
Additional amenities include six event spaces and the two-floor Asaya Spa at Rosewood Munich.