Mystery-Check: Cortiina Hotel, Munich
At least in Munich, they say Italy begins in Munich. It is right compared to other German cities, Munich denotes a relaxed and chic Italian touch. However, it is not that easy, for an Italian moment to occur, one still has to be at the right place in Munich. May I suggest the appropriately named Cortiina Hotel in the very heart of Munich that I visited some days ago?
The Cortiina Hotel is located at Lederstrasse, one of the most charming streets in Munich with a mix of many independent small stores and some good bars and restaurants. The Cortiina Hotel - opened in 2001 by the duo Kull and Weinzierl - has been fantastically well maintained and is still in perfect condition. The timeless, understated and earthy mix of patterns and luxurious materials has earned the hotel a longlasting reputation for its design.
On my arrival on a sweltering summer afternoon, I was friendly welcomed at the reception and guided to my room, located in the quiet apartment building attached to the hotel. The spacious superior room faced the backyard and had a reassuring apartment feel to it. Next to the comfortable bed was a desk with a BOSE speaker. In front of the bed was a sideboard featuring a LOEWE TV and a CD/DVD player. A minibar and a big wardrobe were handily located next to the entrance door. The lush red satin sofa looked very inviting; unfortunately, it was because of its large backrest that it turned out to be disappointingly uncomfortable. The bathroom was separated with a light Japanese-looking wall from the room. The bathroom again confirmed the previous impression regarding the high-quality and functional design that seemed to be present throughout the entire hotel.
The Hotel also offered a Gym. Due to its central location, the Englischer Garten was not far away for a walk or a run in the park. Also, they had some bikes available.
The breakfast was served in the Grapes Wine Bar that is as well the Lobby of the hotel. Breakfast, which could be consumed in the room too, included an extensive buffet with refined food options mainly from the nearly located Viktualienmarkt. Eggs were ordered à la carte. The staff of the entire hotel was exceptionally well-trained, helpful and friendly. They were able to deal with every request during my stay.
After all this, you may ask where all the southern glory from the Bel Paese that I promised earlier is? Here is what you have to do: Choose a warm and sunny summer morning, exit the hotel, put your sunglasses on, walk down Lederstrasse, say “Ciao” to everyone who crosses your path, enter the Bar Centrale (owned by the Cortiina Hotel), order a Cappucino with a Dolce and everything will make sense. A presto Cortiina!
Disclaimer: This is a review by travel & style contributor David Minoretti who visited Cortiina Hotel for editorial purposes however paid for his stay and the hotel was not aware of his presence. Opinions are our own as usual and have not been influenced. Luxury Executive is a blog published by tourism experts and all reviews purely focus on the hotel and destination.