Stay & Play
25hours Hotel, The Royal Bavarian, Munich
by Michael Morcos
Funky is a good way of describing this hotel, so is cool, hip or even psychedelic! The 25 Hours Hotel is anything but a cookie cutter property, far from it. The designers and decorators of this hotel took every opportunity of making things abnormal. Even the hotel name throws you for a loop.
Our hotel adventure started upon arrival where we climbed to the first-floor reception and found a red, antique, tissue covered couch in the elevator. On arriving to the welcome desk our senses were again attacked as we would feel like we were in a Sargent Pepper album cover. The scenario continued past the check-in through the blue coloured hallway to our dazzling room. It was wonder at first sight! Just about every detail in our room was a conscientious work of art. Like books that fill in for bed legs. An all-black toilet – tiles, walls and bowl. How about the new washroom sink, faucet and counter that resemble something from a century ago. It was all very puzzling and yet it worked.
As for location, Munich was practically at our doorstep. Located directly in front of the train station, getting to and from any European destination was easy. At the corner of the street was a metro station and Munich’s major attractions were just a short walk away.
Breakfasts at the hotel were delightful. Served buffet style, the choices were varied and plentiful, starting with wonderful fresh and hearty German breads, fine cheeses and delicious cold cuts to eggs prepared in any style. The atmosphere in the breakfast room echoed the hotel. Weird, wild and just about right, as were the mostly young to middle aged clients.
Travelling is all about the new and different. A stay at the 25 Hours Hotel was refreshing and certainly memorable. After a stay like this, it sure did make me think about how boring some hotels really are and with properties across Europe; the experience can carry on and on.