The Charles reveals October debut

The Rocco Forte Collection has announced that its Munich property will
open on 4 October 2007.It will be called The Charles Hotel, in honour of Sir Rocco
Forte’s father, renowned hotelier Lord Charles Forte. 

The Charles Hotel is The Rocco Forte Collection’s third German property, joining
Hotel de Rome in Berlin (which opened in October 2006) and Villa Kennedy in
Frankfurt (which opened in March 2006), and confirms The Rocco Forte Collection as
the key player in the luxury hotel market in Germany.

Located in the heart of the Bavarian city of Munich, guests of The Charles Hotel
will be guaranteed a peaceful stay with great views over the area known as Lenbach
Gärten (which lies on the edge of the Botanical Gardens).  Ideal for business and
leisure travellers, the hotel is within walking distance of the commercial district,
popular shopping areas and entertainment facilities.  It is also well located for
transport links, being close to the city’s main train station, The Hauptbahnhof,
with the Franz Josef Strauss airport lying just 28 km northeast of Munich.

A stylish new-build, The Charles Hotel is set to significantly raise the standard of
visitor accommodation in Munich.  The design has been overseen by The Rocco Forte
Collection’s Director of Design, Olga Polizzi, and - as with all the other
properties in the Collection - will have its own personality that reflects its
location. 

For example, there will be Bavarian limestone on the floors, ceramic artwork from
Nymphenburg porcelain in the bathrooms and original paintings by Munich’s celebrated
19th century portrait artist Franz von Lenbach in the bedrooms, alongside works by
contemporary artists living and working in and around Munich. 

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The eight-storey, Euros 71.5 million (approx £47 million) hotel will have 132
40-square-metre rooms, nine Junior Suites (measuring 48 square metres each), 18
Master Suites (70 square metres) and a Presidential Suite (100 square metres). 
Located on the eighth floor, the stunning Presidential Suite boasts a large terrace
with breathtaking views over the city and can be combined with a further three
suites, creating an entire private floor of 455 square metres.  Virtually all the
rooms have views over the Botanical Gardens.

The hotel also comprises an Italian restaurant with floor to ceiling windows
overlooking the Botanical Gardens, a terrace for outdoors dining in the summer
months and a private dining room; a bar; seven conference rooms equipped with
state-of-the-art technology and all benefiting from natural light; a ballroom
accommodating up to 400 guests for a drinks reception; and a large spa with sauna,
15-metre swimming pool, five treatment rooms offering a range of wellness and beauty
treatments and a gym with all the latest cardiovascular machinery.

Once in operation, The Charles Hotel will provide the same attention to detail,
exceptional levels of comfort and personal service for which The Rocco Forte
Collection has become so well known. 

Hotel De Rome, Berlin and Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt were both recently nominated for ‘Germany’s Leading Hotel’ for the regional World Travel Awards, European ceremony, which will take place later this year.
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