Mary Gostelow finds ultimate quality in Munich

Girlahead checks in to Mandarin Oriental's German address

Mandarin Oriental, Munich hotel epitomises style. I went in through one of the pairs of glass doors off Neuturmstrasse, past a bin holding perfectly furled black umbrellas. I look over cream carpeting with gold squiggles to Ory bar, and up the spiral staircase, its wall bearing bigger gold squiggles. At the sixth floor, I look along a wide, well-lit corridor flanked by mushroom walls (its taupe carpeting has teal squiggles).

Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Room 607, a Panorama Suite, can be divided by ceiling-high pull-across screens and features lacquered wood framing various old-gold fabrics (the bathroom is off to the corridor’s right). As designed by Ralf Clausen, from Hamburg, the overall palette is cream, mushroom, teal and lots of lacquer. I sit at a tan leather-and-lacquer desk, looking out over my terrace at the city’s rooftops. Lush gold-embossed A4 notepaper and envelopes, and a chunky gold pen and hardback books, on Chopard, as well as vegetarian cooking, by Nobu-san, show culture. Social awareness comes from La Biosthetique toiletries, in wall-set dispensers.

Tower Suite 700, Living Room - Mandarin Oriental, Munich

The 73-room hotel introduced, from its late-October 2020 re-opening, Champagne O’Clock.  At about 5pm a Perrier Jouët trolley goes around all bedrooms, offering complimentary flutes. A couple of minutes later, therapist Johanna was ready to start my in-suite facial, far more civilised than having to go to a spa treatment room.

Suite 500 Bathroom - Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Dinner was at Matsuhisa – a less in your face, less noisy-on-arrival than a Nobu. I supposedly tasted, in fact, ate properly, my way through edamame, salmon karashi, mushroom, salad, white fish dry miso, black cod yuzu miso, nasu miso, grilled asparagus dry miso, and ribeye anticucho.

Needless to say, several hours later, after an excellent night’s sleep, a work-out in the small but well-equipped Technogym was really needed as was a walk outside. Then at breakfast, I opted for a whites-only omelette with my avo slices. However, it was impossible to hold the three-tier etrangère that comes automatically with the lobby lounge’s set breakfast (accompanying necessities included Nutella).

Sushi Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, Munich

A linen-lined silver salver had an assortment of baked items that included healthy brown bread slices up to Australian par. And then the BMW was ready and waiting, and we were away. Perhaps, in retrospect, the main science of this hotel is acute and omnipresent thoughtfulness, which is actually a tradition that is not found often enough in top-tier hotels today.

Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Mary Gostelow publishes the daily girlahead.com and the weekly 15-minute Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast.

Lead image: Presidential Suite, Living room – Mandarin Oriental, Munich

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