MARRIOT MUNICH HOTEL
I Arrived at the Marriot Munich Hotel at around 2330. I was met at the reception by an entirely friendly and professional member of staff, check in was efficient and one of the best first time arrival and check-in of any hotel that I have stayed in to date, this warm welcome set the tone for the rest of my stay.
Being the world most travelled person I am always asked where I go and why and where I stay and why I use a certain hotel..
I do a large amount of research when going to stay in a new hotel that’s new to me. I visit that hotel in the destination that I have carefully chosen. I never recommend any hotel, Travel Company that I have not used. I have never been paid for my recommendation or endorsement of any hotel.
The Marriot Munich Hotel is the essence of professionalism.
The hotel is a very happy environment, the staff are great, they all seem to speak English very well, they offer to help and ask is there anything they can do for you, without being asked, that goes from the reception, the restaurant staff, housekeeping and, the chefs who are around for all to see and speak to. The staffs here are brilliant this of course is not by accident it starts from the very top of the tree with the General Manager Mr. Erich Zuri a fine gentleman of international repute the epitome of the hotelier that makes the sort of hotel that we would all like to stay in in the future.


Eric Zuri GM and Fred
Marriot are running a travel brilliantly program throughout the company and it is surely working well in conjunction with good management.
I can safely say that without recourse that the Munich Marriot has charm quality and comfort, my room with a great view on the 7th floor with a day room which was great when my daughter visited there was room to put an extra bed there for her.
It’s no good me saying all the good things about this hotel without giving a view on the food and restaurants.
The breakfast buffet has something to suit everyone’s taste. Fresh fruit a terrific selection, freshly cooked eggs to your taste, bacon sausages, cold meats and cheeses, a variety of freshly baked breads, fresh juices, brilliant. I got my eggs sunny side up perfectly cooked., It all worked like a well-oiled Swiss watch, with many people coming for breakfast around the same times, there was nevermore than a few minutes to wait for your order.

Eggs sunny side up

Eggs Sunny side up to perfection with Hash Browns

The breakfast chefs
Here are the chefs that made it so great

For Lunch there is the lounge in reception very comfortable and good for meeting as you can see everyone coming into the hotel menu is from champions bar.
I had dinner in the Steakhouse grill 93 It is the more formal restaurant for fine dining with an International menu and flair.
I was recommended to try the steaks and was glad I did they are succulent and taste even better with the smoked pepper a real taste treat to bring out the best in the salsa and steaks.
Service here is as befits an international dining experience; the maître de there is a real gem, knows his menus and is extremely helpful. In case you many want to know what is


An amazing Starter. Followed by:


A succulent steak with accoutrements to match

Grill 93

available before you arrive here is the menu for you

It would be remiss of me not to mention the Food and beverage manager Manuel Falk he is so very anxious to please his guests know what he is talking about, has a great relationship with his staff and his guests, nothing is too much trouble for Manuel. I mentioned about how good the Smoked Pepper was and to my surprise there was a gift from the hotel to take away. This thoughtfulness towards guests is what makes this hotel stand out.


I had some drinks in the Champions bar just like a local pub. I had a great time with the staff, they were so friendly, we had dinner there one evening, they had live music this particular evening we had great fun. The steak dinner with dumplings I had was done to perfection and their Key Lime Pie is to die for.


Steak with Dumplings and Mushroom Sauce .
Here is the food menu something for everyone in and informal atmosphere with ambience to please.

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And we have the drinks menu again a massive selection and they bar staff will make you any cocktail you desire.
The Champions Restaurant is a place for friendly informal days and evenings.
I met in my days the executive housekeeper Tobias Halama, Nicole Sturm Director of Room Operations. I believe Nicole has had a well earned promotion I wish her well in her new position and finally to Christine of Public Relations, all of these people I met in walking around the hotel. I have to say that even top people in the hotel are asking guests if they are ok and is there anything they need, including me.
This is a wonderful Hotel I have been privileged to stay with you. To my readers I am sure you will have the same enjoyable stay that I have. I will be back.


Even check-in for younger guests
Best wishes and well done

The Marriot Munich Hotel near Marienplatz is conveniently close to the city center and subway, just 18 miles from Airport With Jaguar Taxis wow.


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Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich

The absolute professional and pleasant. Martina Grosswald Marketing Communications ManagerwithFred

The absolute professional and pleasant. Martina Grosswald Marketing Communications Manager with Fred

I visited Munich for the second time in as many weeks and this time having seen the rather amazing Kempinski Airport Hotel on my last trip I decided to stay,  it’s built into a hanger type glass building right in the airport complex The Hotel is located right between the two terminals.

Arrived on the Ukraine International Airways flight from Kiev to Munich Airport the only airport with a brewery, the beer is great and cheaper than most in town, also its landside and well frequented by local people.

The Kempinski Hotel is a short walk from the terminals without any necessity to go outside at all and, is easily reached by road, train or taxi. The hotel is on two sides of the hanger type building lots of glass very attractive with large bookcases type shelves filled with geraniums, the reception and some rooms are on one side, there are rooms apposite the reception and the guest services. The Charles Lindberg Restaurant, the Night Flight Bar a very comfortable place to meet your clients or friends is on this side as well.

The reception is light and airy. I found the staff very welcoming in particular In some cases a slight hitch means that you get to know the hotel and what is has to offer much better, in my case my reservation wasn’t found, however I was attended to by Martina and Laura on the reception, they were pleasant, extremely helpful, they found me a very nice room saying the any problems could be sorted tomorrow which would be Monday and for the slight inconvenience my room was upgraded.

This slight problem led me to meet Lisa of guest relations and again extremely helpful and professional. I found out that Kempinski take any errors very seriously.  A beautiful bowl of fruit placed in my room very welcome it was too.

My room was extremely comfortable and looked over the gardens towards the airport; the rooms are sound proofed so being at the airport is not a discomfort in any way. Decorations is wood toned easy to relax in with very comfortable double beds , there would be room for another bed for a child in the room. The room is around 30meters square so plenty of room, there are good connections for your laptop, mobile phone charging and a high speed internet connection, the room had a Nespresso machine. I found the 24 hour service from the concierge front desk was great, my internet connection didn’t work , someone came from the front desk at 1130 at night and fixes the connection for me, turns out the system needed rebooting, again service polite helpful and courteous.

The bathroom had all that you would expect of a 5 star property and one really nice touch they placed a hand towel on the bathroom counter and arranged my toiletries carefully on it, that was first and will show in my photos.

The Charles Lindbergh restaurant is comfortable restaurant, with good ambience and seating on settees and the usual tables and chairs.  Service is attentive and courteous.

I stayed for three nights. I found that the Charles Lindberg Restaurant for breakfast with cereals, fresh juices, cold cuts, salads, hot dishes, eggs to order, selection of freshly baked breads,  altogether really good selection a great way to start any day.

I had the opportunity to meet with Martina Grosswald the marketing communications manager. Martina called me to see if all was ok from my slight inconvenience at check-in, we had the opportunity to have lunch together in the Charles Lindbergh Restaurant. I was keen to learn more about this uniquely built and attractive hotel.

The Lunchtime menu

Starters this was my choice

Tomato cream soup. With baked mozzarella cheese and basil cream

Other starters

Mixed green salad, dressing duo, Cucumber, cherry tomato, nuts

Marinated soft goat cheese, seasonal vegetable salad, pumpernickel bread   Sautéed scallop, fennel puree, grapes

Main courses

This was my choice

Pan finished veal liver, balsamic vinegar jus, mashed potatoes, onion duet, apple

Other Choices:

Gnocchi with herbs, roasted beech mushrooms, mountain cheese foam , salad

Roasted turbot, wheat and bacon risotto, rosemary foam

Wiener Schnitzel, roasted potatoes, bacon bits, cucumber salad

There are a great selection of grilled meats and fish and Prawns.


My Choice:

Apple strudel | vanilla sauce | raisin ice cream

Other Dishes

Crème Brule, citrus fruit salad, kalamansi orange sorbet

Fruit salad | lemon sorbet

Should you still have room there is an excellent choice of cheeses from the Cheeseboard

I tried the Charles Lindbergh restaurant for Dinner and found the atmosphere in the evening conducive to fine dining.

The menu in the evening featured some regional dishes

My Choice was actually the Chefs recommendation

Braised ox cheek | celery | carrots | bread dumplings

Other Choices

Turnip soup, smoked goose breast, chestnuts

Char carpaccio, horseradish cream, mustard vinaigrette, apple   Saddle of venison, lentil salad, quinces, herbs

Veal duet – filet and sweetbread, root vegetables, potato strudel    Pan finished veal liver, balsamic vinegar jus, mashed potatoes, onion duet, apple

There is an appetizing election of International dishes

Mixed green salad, dressing duo, cucumber, cherry tomato, nuts   Sautéed scallop, fennel puree, grapes

Roasted turbot, wheat and bacon risotto, rosemary foam

Duck, caramelized figs, parsley root puree, vanilla carrots, dauphine potatoes

Wiener Schnitzel, roasted potatoes, bacon bits, cucumber salad

In addition there is a good selection of grills to choose from

The restaurant also has a wide selection of vegetarian dishes


Chocolate cake, cherry-glogg ragout, Fior di latte*   Cinnamon parfait, hazelnut crunch, rum pot fruits   The Pièce de résistance created by Executive Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier William McCarrick   From Çirağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul.

Valrhona chocolate | Turkish dried apricots | nougat

To follow if you can

Selection of seasonal cheeses, with a delightful selection of specialist cheeses.

I would recommend the Charles Lindbergh for dining during your stay you will not be disappointed

The Nightlight Bar is the Atrium beneath huge palm trees is an ideal spot for meeting people,  or to sit and people watch very comfortable,  very pleasant in the evening  the ambiance with the palms all illuminated  is just the place for a relaxing cocktail made up by the friendly barman.

I believe whatever you wish to drink here, cocktails, whiskeys,  cognacs, liqueurs, champagnes ,aperitifs  your name it you will find it here , should you feel  like eating in this informal atmosphere then the bar menu is fully satisfying to the taste buds . I try the food there on one evening excellent, with a lighter menu, with enough to satisfy your hunger and, a tasty selection of sandwiches

The Kempinski Hotel Munich Airport is a great airport hotel with good professional staff anxious to help and management is very visible so staffs are on their toes

I found all the comforts that a seasoned traveler, an occasional traveler or a holiday traveler, or anyone between flights, there is something for everyone here

I will most surely stay at Kempinski again in the future






















My Birthday 11th and `15th June 2013

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My Birthday Celebrations 11th and 15th June 2013

My birthday started the minute I arrived at the wonderful and beautiful Impressa Hotel in Kiev.

My dear friend Ozzy from Shooters told me explicitly I must not shave for three days however, since I was at a speaking engagement that was not possible but managed one day. I went to Shooters Entertainment Center to meet Ozzy.  Then we set off to the First Turkish Barber Shop in Ukraine Bello on Leiptsyz’ka 2/37 in an amazing thunderstorm. I was immediately sat in the chair of this modern, comfortable and beautifully appointed barber shop. My treatment began with haircut, then shaves and steam treatment, I was shaved, massaged, pampered and had the best and most re-invigorating shave and haircut in my life, if you haven’t tried a Turkish Pampering go ahead you will love it.

Then back to Shooters for my birthday dinner where my dear friend Stuart McKenzie has most kindly put together a table of friends to join me in the celebration which I usually try to share with Stuart who had become very much like family to me.  The party started with two delightfully presented platters of sushi and of course Shooters is recognized as the best Sushi in town. Needless to say it was totally delicious , We were joined at the table By Nickolas Dumbell the GM of the new Marriot Renaissance Hotel to open in Kiev early next year, Neil Campbell and his beautiful lady in waiting, Paul Niland the delightful Lana, Lyuba Kuts as always looking completely fabulous, Peter Willats  and new friend from UK, Naj Mohamed  great friend from previous Burns Nights from Glasgow just to top up the Scottish element, after all this is Shooters, Benoit Kulborn the departing GM of the amazing Opera Hotel and great friend , and last and not least Sasha and Triana from Euro 2012 now deputy Tournament Director of the Fiba Euro Basket in Ukraine, so good to see them both again. We had an evening of culinary delights followed by the surprise birthday cake, yes even at 55!! I still enjoy the cake bit. We had dancing and karaoke with everyone joining in the fun,  Triana had the best voice and sang beautifully.

A truly great evening was enjoyed by us all.  A super big thank you to Stuart for arranging and, entertaining us, a truly wonderful host. Thanks also for the brilliant gifts that you generously gave to me all were terrific to receive many thanks again.


The next part of my birthday was at home on the following Saturday on the beach.  I made Gazpacho, Croquets and Sangria which, I had learnt to make just a week before at the hands Of Ferran Brufau the most congenial GM of the Radisson Hotel in Podil.  Ferran must have been a good teacher because my Ukrainian friends all were delighted to try the dishes and the Sangria just got added to as the evening went on making it a very potent mix indeed,

We had a great time with my friends Sergey, Artem, Vitally, My mother and father in law, my beautiful and loving wife Alla, Katya our wonderful daughter Larisa and her Husband, Sergey on whose property we had the party on took out guests on his amazing powerboat for a trip on the Dnieper.

We had a great time and thanks to my good friends and family for making my days so brilliant



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