Roomers — Munich, Germany
The first thing you notice on arrival at Munich’s new Autograph Collection hotel, Roomers – especially if you arrive at night – is the swathe of over 2,000 lightbulbs that line the ceiling of the porte cochère. This is backed by a full-length window that frames the energetic symphony of chefs in the double open kitchen at Izakaya, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant.
A smart move from the property, which is located in the Westend, an up-and-coming low-key neighbourhood – down the road from the landmark Augustiner Brewery – with little resemblance to the dynamic London version.
The hotel’s vibrancy continues inside, where the Amsterdam-based design studio Concrete has created a cosy lounge lobby with a curved central bar – that pulls double duty as a check in desk – muted leather sofas, modern mid-century-style chairs, marble coffee tables, dramatic pendant lighting and lots of knick-knacks, such as self-service sweet jars, that are revealed in an avocado palette with brass accents.
The 281 spacious and comfortable guestrooms upstairs are similarly furnished, while some of the suites are anchored with a deep-soaking tub in the bedrooms.
The city centre with its abundance of restaurants are just minutes away, but it hardly makes sense to leave the hotel, when Izakaya serves up such an inventive Japanese-Peruvian menu such as scallops dressed with a truffle and mushroom sauce or the perfectly crisp sweetcorn tempura.