Home away from home
The private hoteliers Geisel have created a residence in Munich that its guests will never want to leave. Thanks to the spacious reading room, around-the-clock kitchen service and sumptuous seating by Walter Knoll, guests feel as if they are staying with generous friends.
High above Marienplatz in Munich, at eye level with the glockenspiel of the New Town Hall, is Beyond by Geisel. You can take the name quite literally: Beyond is your second home located on the fifth and sixth floors above the city and far away from everyday life. It is a refuge for people who want to have some time to themselves, invite friends over or get to know like-minded individuals. Just like in a country house, guests settle into their rooms and can meet up in the central two-story library or the wine room, where they can help themselves to the exquisite selection. Hand-crafted furniture by Walter Knoll, such as the timelessly elegant 375 or the sumptuously upholstered seats and sofas from the Isanka range, provide the perfect setting for relaxing and chatting.
Inviting comfort in intimate spaces: with this concept, the hotel – or city residence – is following an international trend. The Munich-based private hoteliers Carl, Stephan and Michael Geisel have created a place with character where guests feel as welcome as they would in the home of a good friend. By perching on a 375 bar stool at the counter of the open-plan kitchen or sinking into a Foster 520 in their rooms, guests can take in their surroundings of brass details, wood in reddish hues and textiles in shades of honey and ocher. They exude coziness and warmth. The renowned designers from the Madrid-based agency Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos have worked with Walter Knoll to create a landscape of earthy tones in a spacious grotto that soothes body and soul. All the while, the city is at the guests’ feet. Behind floor-to-ceiling windows, the towers, tiled roofs and the neo-Gothic façade of the town hall become part of the place. Guests feel as if they are floating over the Marienplatz in the Isanka sofa.
The hotel is open to private functions, exclusive parties and corporate events. Once inside, there is no real reason to leave. The kitchen is open around the clock, and meals and drinks are included in the room price. Those who still want to experience everyday life in the city need only step outside the hotel. Guests are immediately engulfed by the hustle and bustle of Marienplatz, drifting between commotion and gritty Munich charm, before the craving for a cozy retreat catches up with them.