Europe for Visitors - Home

Photo (c) iStockphoto/Tom GuflerimageimagePhoto (c) iStockPhoto/Andreas Weber

Home Main Index About Us Munich (300+ hotels)

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich photo

ABOVE: The glass roof of the Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich soars high above an atrium lobby.

When you have an early-morning departure, it's reassuring to know that the airport check-in desk is only a 5- or 10-minute walk from your hotel room. And when your room is in a handsome building that was designed by architect Helmut Jahn, sleeping at the airport becomes an even more attractive proposition.

The hotel under discussion is the Kempinski Hotel Airport at Munich International Airport, which is the gateway to Germany's most popular tourist region. Although the Kempinski caters primarily to business travelers, leisure travelers are certainly welcome--and on weekends, room rates drop to less than half the normal price, making this luxury hotel more affordable for middle-class travelers.

An oasis of air and light

Helmut Jahn is the German-born Chicago architect whose "New Modernism" is evident in buildings such as the United Airlines Terminal at O'Hare International Airport and the Sony Center in Berlin. In designing the Kempinski Hotel Airport, he created a spacious, light-filled atrium hall between two rectangular wings with hotel rooms, suites, and conference space.

The atrium is 24 meters or nearly eight stories high, with a curved skylight roof and glass curtain walls at both ends. Imported palm trees, tall glass shelves of potted (if artificial) geraniums, red chairs, and translucent green floor insets add warmth to the glass-and-terrazzo lobby. The overall effect is both spectacular and welcoming. It's also quite distinctive, avoiding the institutional look or the gratuitious glitziness that one finds in so many modern hotels.

Next page: Rooms, restaurants

In this article:

Also see:

"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post

Photo (c) Ahle

Need a car in Europe?

Auto Europe guarantees the lowest rental rates for standard cars, sports cars, SUVs, luxury cars, chauffered sedans, and RVs. Its Web site also has driving information for 38 countries.

If you live outside the EU, a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance. See: Short-term car leasing.