While most of the Rocco Forte Hotels are situated in historical old buildings, The Charles
Hotel in Munich is a completely newly built hotel. When planning the hotel together with the
renowned Munich architect Christoph Sattler, Sir Rocco Forte had the guests of today and their
wishes already in mind. The Charles Hotel, which was named after Lord Charles Forte, the
father of Sir Rocco Forte, and which was built on the site of the former university library for
natural sciences at the Old Botanical Garden, tells with its interior design three different stories:
one of the Forte Family, one of the Old Botanical Garden and one of Munich and its art
In The Charles Hotel one should feel the ambience and the discreet charm of travelling.
The lobby, restaurant and terrace overlooking the Old Botanical Garden give a feeling of
tranquillity and harmony in the middle of the busy city. Large windows and a glass dome in the
middle as the heart of the hotel allow pleasant natural light in the floors, lobby and restaurant.
Noble materials such as lime sandstone, stylish furnishings, cherry wood panelling, crystal
chandeliers and selected home accessories convey elegant and simple comfort when entering
Olga Polizzi, the sister of Sir Rocco Forte, together with her design team, the Agency Art
Consult International from Mainz as well as the interior design studio Markus-Diedenhofen
impress with soft decorations and friendly, muted colours. The lighting designer Mrs. von
Kardorff from Berlin was responsible for the entire lighting project.
Themes from nature and especially botany are the leitmotifs throughout the hotel. Also
the colour schemes of the rooms, with brown, violet and green are reminiscent of discrete
earth colours. High quality natural products such as cotton and silk were preferably used.
A characteristic feature of all Rocco Forte Hotels is the fact that every hotel reflects its
location. The Charles Hotel is no exception: Already the f loors, which are unusually light-f
looded due to the windows to an inner courtyard, shine white-sky blue, the typical Bavarian
colour combination. The white room doors have been treated with clear varnish, normally not
used in the hotel business.
In the rooms, large art photographs of Hubertus von Hohenlohe are an eye-catcher. The
pictures show the artist against a background of Munich scenery. A further connection to
Munich is the wall decoration in each bathroom — the architect Sattler had this especially
made for the hotel in the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory. With Adam or Eve as theme,
this also tells the story of creation — this time from a religious perspective.
In The Charles Spa the natural theme is continued in its interior design: The walls of the
pool area are decorated with extensive, elaborately made coral mosaics from Bisazza. The
nature theme connects with that of Munich: The members of the royal family Wittelsbach were
passionate coral collectors and even used them in their coats of arms.