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Above: Sebastian Rösch and his wife Alexandra renovated the hotel in 2003. Left: The antique rooms are as German as it gets. No two rooms are alike. Far Left: The exterior of the Hotel Laimer Hof on Laimer Strasse in Munich gives guests a glimpse at the warm, quaint, and friendly atmosphere they’ll fi nd inside when greeted by hotel owners Sebastian and Alexandra Rösch. | Photo courtesy of Hotel Laimer Hof


T e yellow villa with two whimsical tow-


ers on its front was built in 1886 as a brewery and beer garden. Behind the check-in desk in the lobby, there is a room used for stor- age and booking. Otherwise regular, there is something special about this room — a trap door leading to the brewery. T e brewery was the meeting point for all


of western Munich and one of the biggest beer gardens at that time. It is hard to picture the hotel, with its three levels and 23 rooms, as a communal beer hall. “I calculated one night, and I think they


must have served around 700 glasses of beer every day,” Rösch said. In the early 1900s the restaurant became a


hotel. Its ownership changed multiple times throughout the century. When the Rösch family came across it in 2002, it was hardly known and not well managed. “You would have never known about it.


Maybe if you walk from the palace you will see it on the way, but other than this, it was secret,” Rösch said. At that time only two percent of Laimer


Hof guests were international. “And we completely changed this,” Rösch


said proudly. ALPINE LIVING 2011 | 63 He said last year there were guests from 15


nations staying in the Laimer Hof at once. In the dining room French, German and


English conversations can be overheard over fresh fruits, local cheeses, breads and meats at breakfast. Alexandra and Sebastian’s two twin boys grin and run to the front door for school with backpacks. T e family lives on the second fl oor of the hotel. Alexandra puts on the boys’ coats and helps them out the door. T e guests are treated no diff erently. Service is the only aspect of the hotel that


rivals its great location and amenities. As a family-operated hotel with the feel of a bed and breakfast, the Rösch family goes out of their way to accommodate their guests. “I have happiness to work. Some people


work because they have to. I do not watch the time when I am working,” Rösch said. “I guess it’s…” Alexandra speaks in German from be-


hind the front desk across the room while busily fi ling papers. “Ah, yes,” Rösch turned around and said,


“It is my passion.” Visit www.laimerhof.de


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