With two children, quiet weekends are as rare as hen’s teeth. Not in the “not much going on” sense, for I usually covet those, but in the peace and quiet sense, and most of the time I wouldn’t have it any other way (it still puzzles me how both are able to easily sleep in on a school day but can be up with the larks on a weekend however!)… But once in a while (and believe me with no family on our doorstep, it really is once in a while), it’s really nice to have a weekend away sans enfants… A grown up weekend – quiet in the truest sense, peaceful and restorative, and with no routines of any kind. Perfect (thanks Granny for coming to stay and looking after everything so well!)…
Sofitel Bayerpost Munich has to be the perfect location for such a weekend, and we were truly spoilt by them with an upgrade to a Duplex Junior Suite for our anniversary. I think my first words when I saw the room were “I’m moving in”…
The downstairs was more than comfortable and stylish, with a Bose system to plug into, and a Nespresso machine to keep us wired, fresh flowers to admire, and my absolute favourite aspect of the lot – the floor to ceiling windows looking out over night-time Munich (when we arrived)… I actually insisted on sleeping with all the blinds open (much to the annoyance of Mr R) in the hope that I would wake up early for some sunrise appreciation photography, but instead we woke up in a giant cloud on both mornings.
Still eerily beautiful though, and still completely peaceful – for although the Sofitel might be next door to the Munich’s main train hub, we didn’t hear a peep.
The gorgeous 19th century Renaissance façade of the Bayerpost could tell a story or three – the clue’s in the name – it used to be home to the Bavarian Royal Post Office, but inside it’s about as contemporary and avant-garde as you would expect from such a hotel group. If you look closely though, there are enough echoes to remind you that you are staying somewhere historic – somewhere historic and central. I love this area of Munich anyway as it reminds me of London in so many ways, but you can’t get much closer to many of Munich’s main attractions.
We had intended to have a couple of (quiet) grown up lunches in Munich restaurants we’ve been meaning to visit for a while (we did manage one amazing dinner – more on that shortly!) but the breakfasts here proved so magnificent and vast, that any lunch plans quickly went out of the window thanks to our inner Augustus Gloops that just had to keep returning to the fresh waffles, pancakes, the tea bar, the juice bar, and on the Saturday morning the Prosecco bar (well it was our anniversary!).
That time again! They really have the nicest breakfasts here… A photo posted by Emma (@bavariansojourn) on
Much later that day, we also sampled the super friendly, super stylish Isar Bar which also scored highly on my incredibly fussy personal rating system (well it was our anniversary!)!
Sadly we didn’t make it to the spa this visit, but as I am determined to go back to look out over a cloud free Munich skyline (and as far as the Alps reportedly) from the comfort of my incredibly comfy bed. I will take my swimming costume next time, for there will most definitely be a next time.
Peaceful and restorative. Thank you Sofitel.
Sofitel Munich BayerPost
80335 – MUNICH
Absolutely properly lovely, I think I might not have left the hotel. I love those windows, view or no view, I would have done as you did (just in case).
Am super jealous! Glad you enjoyed! x
Thanks Gemma! xx
Happy Anniversary, looks like a stunning place to visit!
Thanks Kara! :)
Shell Louise says
Happy anniversary :) I’m glad you had a good time, it looks absolutely wonderful there xx
Thanks so much! :)
older mum in a muddle says
Happy Anniversary – I hope you both had a wonderful time – it certainly looks like you both did. You just can’t beat a lovely relaxing weekend when it’s all about the food….. isn’t it the great pleasure there is!?…. well it is for me anyway!
Ps…. I am shutting up shop for the holidays – so I wish you a fabulous Christmas, and will see you again in the New Year! X
Thank you, we did! Have a fabulous festive season! :) xxx
Oooh I’d love a quiet weekend – maybe next year sometime ;-)
Thanks Cass! :)
Sally Sellwood (@Recipejunkie27) says
Sounds fantastic – what a lovely place to stay for a couple of days. I like the sound of the prosecco bar too. Happy Anniversary x
Thanks Sally! :)
Elinor Hill says
That looks a fab place for sleepover without the children. Hotel decor when it’s right is wonderful isn’t it. Makes you want to refurb your entire home. Well for two days post sleepover before normality hits.
Thanks Elinor, if my house was as grand as this place, I would be really pleased. I would also like constantly changing lights like they have in one atrium! :D x
Such a shame about the spa, but like you said… there is always next time :-)
Thanks Agata! :)
Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer says
Wow – looks wonderful. I can’t believe that you didn’t let yourself sleep in – such is your dedication to your photography and I can’t blame your OH for not being best pleased :) Great pics anyway tho – glad you had some restorative time and that there will be another.
Thanks Anya! Yes, poor Mr R! :D
stacey kirkbride says
Looks like you a fantastic relaxing break
Thanks Stacey! :)
That looks absolutely heavenly. In the 8 years that we’ve had children, we’ve had one night away together. That was last February. If you’re going to do it, you have to go somewhere as nice as this.
Thanks Donna. Completely! :)
Clare Nicholas says
I’m desperate for a night away.
It looks so beautiful, fabulous pictures.
Thanks Clare! :)
Love this review, Emma – tells me just what I need to know but with style and humour. We find we always do an Augustus Gloop in hotels at breakfast so miss out on many a good lunch opportunity.
Will make a note of the Sofitel as it looks fabulous, even with the cloudy views.
Thank you Trish. It’s a beautiful place to stay, quiet in the right way! :) xx
What a lovely place to stay. We went to Munich years ago for a day trip and always said we needed to come back and spend more time there but we never have done!
Thank you, and now you know where to stay! :)
I sooo need to get away again.I only seem to manage it when it’s a blogging/social media conference.Beautiful photos as ever Emma.
Thank you Aly! x
The diary of a jewellery lover says
Ive stayed at two Sofitel hotels and both were lovely.
Munich looks an interesting place I need to visit in the near future!
Thank you Mel! :)
The views are stunning and it looks like such a beautiful place x
Thank you Rachel! :)
What a lovely way to recharge the batteries.
Thanks Emma, it was perfect! :)
What a luxurious hotel, I will feel like a movie star going there .
I did at times! Thank you! :)
Boo Roo and Tigger Too says
I’m incredibly jealous that you managed a weekend without the children. So disappointed that you didn’t get the sunrise you wanted during your stay but a great reason to go back for another stay.
Definitely next time! Thank you! :)
Donna @ Little Lilypad Co says
Oh my goodness, that looked divine!
We went away for our “mini-moon” recently, a small honeymoon without the children and I went from feeling totally guilty to totally self indulgent. I think if you can have some “us” time, it is definitely worth it ….. especially somewhere as stunning as this!!
Thanks Donna, love the sound of your mini-moon too, hope you had fun! :)
Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely says
How uh-mazing??!!! I’m craving a night like this but no family member is brave enough to take on both of my little horrors. I love that bar! You must look up the Dolder in Zürich. Don’t take the kids. Definitely one to sneak away a deux.
I am writing that one down! Thank you Rachel! :) x
Wow, it looks absolutely stunning! The breakfast also looks amazing x
Thank you Stephen! :)
Frau Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden) says
What is this “peace and quiet” you speak of? Happy you having such a wonderful weekend – the hotel looks amazing… and that breakfast! I’m impressed you managed to leave :)
Thank you… This was last weekend. It has taken this long to get back into a routine to write about it! Amazing place! :D xx
I want to stay there & go to that cocktail bar!! Glad you had such o lovely weekend xx
Hurry up and come over then! Thank you. :D xx
I can’t remember the last time Hubby and I had a week-end without the children, lucky you! The junior suite sounds just like my kind of place and having a Nespresso machine at your disposal there is just brilliant! I have never been to Munich but your photos, despite the clouds, have made me want to go there!
Thanks so much Mel! :)