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Belgian designer reboots Munich’s Bayerischer Hof

Nadja Beschetnikova
March 29, 2018

Originally conceived by King Ludwig I, the Bayerischer Hof is one of Munich's most legendary hotels. The hotel was built in 1841 and rapidly became a destination for the rich and the famous. In the 1920s it was the largest hotel in Europe. Today it is known for hosting the Munich Security Conference and many celebrities.

The hotel’s location on Promenadenplatz is perfect: a few minutes from the city center Marienplatz, Altstadt and central shopping streets.

The hotel boasts 280 rooms, 60 suites, own jazz club, spa and 3-Michelin starred restaurant. Recently, the already luxurious amenities were boosted to the extremely high level.
Axel Vervoordt, a Belgian designer, and antiquaire redefined the interiors and you could hardly find a better man for this work.

Behind its 19th-century-looking façade you van find both history-focused rooms and modernity of  the state-of-the-art luxury cinema.

As an apostle of good taste, Axel Vervoordt equips the luxury palaces of Calvin Klein, Bill Gates and the US entertainment couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. He is celebrated for his capti­vatingly minimalist interiors infused with a serene sense of history and timelessness. And this gentle mixture is a core value of the hotel.

The mission is to preserve the old with respect and breathe new life into it.

The Munich five-star hotel invited Vervoordt to design a new wing with rooms and suites - including a 350 square metre panorama penthouse suite with its own fitness studio, roof terrace with a panoramic view of the city and an outdoor hot tub.

Vervoordt brought his signature style into the renovation: pale-washed walls, salvaged beams, rustic slab tables, linen-slipcovered seating, antiques with rich patinas, juxtapositions of ancient sculpture and abstract paintings. His aesthetic are based on the natural materials, which often are left untreated, and quiet colors. 

The most significant new addition to the hotel is its 15,000 Euro per night penthouse suite. The individually styled room offers calm, neutrally decorated space with a wraparound terrace overlooking Munich’s turrets and towers.

The vases are handmade in Japan, and the side tables are unique, Vervoordt made them out of old wood. The penthouse covers a total of 350 square metres and occupies the entire new eighth floor.

Two bedrooms have a direct access to the bathrooms. A kitchen with adjoining bar, dining and living area with fireplace and sofa should be more suitable for the target group of the specially assigned kitchen brigade or the bookable butler. In addition, there is a separate spa area with sauna, steam bath, massage and lounge area as well as an outdoor hot tub.

The rooms’ bathrooms in the newly unveiled wing of the hotel are designed in the grey Valverde stone.

The Palaishalle and the adjoining alcove were completely renovated by Axel Vervoordt and transformed into a multi-functional event location.
With the shelves mounted all around, equipped with books and selected decorative elements, the Palaishalle retained its original library character. Three sofas, two seating areas, and the parquet flooring give the room a unique club atmosphere.

The luxuriously simple design of the Atelier, the Michelin-starred restaurant, spreads the flair of an artist's studio with an intimate atmosphere. In the bohemian ambiance created by Vervoordt, chef Jan Hartwig and his team prove that enjoyment also mutates into a piece of art on the plate.

Another in-house restaurant, the Garden, also designed by Vervoordt boasts sun terrace and fireplace, so it’s reasonable to peek inside for a lunch all year round. You can enjoy an inspiring mix of proven classics and contemporary cuisine being surrounded by the  stylish interior with industrial-style touches.

The selection of the materials and colors happened during many meetings and conversations between Axel Vervoordt and Innegrit Volkhardt, general manger of the hotel (Bayerischer Hof has been run by the Volkhardt family since 1897), as well as a working group under supervision of the interior designer Gregor Baur, who has already worked in the reconstruction projects in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof.

Innegrit Volkhardt has invested over 150 million euros in architectural projects, conversions, and renovations since 1992.