The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar, Design Hotels’ newest member, is in Munich, Germany and gets its name from the fields surrounding both it and the scenic Isar River. With sixteen rooms and 11 loft studios have been designed individually in collaboration with a similar number of prominent creatives.
Architects Sascha Arnold and Steffen Werner, along with gastronomy and marketing guru Neils Jäger, have combined talents to build both a haven and design-led hotspot.
The 16 room hotel has 11 loft studios on the third floor and an additional five penthouse studios on the upper level. The loft studios boast four-metre high ceilings, and each has been handed over to selected personalities including for interior design: Austrian actress and singer Birgit Minichmayr, musician Michi Beck, pro-surfer Quirin Rohleder, DJ Hell, and industrial furniture designer Norbert Wangen.
The five Penthouse Studios were designed by the architecture firm of Arnold and Werner. Three of them feature private terrace access, and all offer impressive views over the Munich cityscape or the mighty Bavarian Alps.
While the room designs were a collective effort, the elements unifying the overall concept came from the harmonious use of natural materials. Neutral hues of wood, walls stretched with cool grey canvas panels and copper details create an uncomplicated atmosphere, dotted with artwork by Berlin artist Maximan Rödel.
Also from the German capital city, in-room amenities from eco-cosmetic brand Walachei provide guests with vegan and organic options in the well-appointed bathrooms.
For the tech inclined, rooms are fitted with wireless sound systems with Bluetooth connection, by Ultimate Ears.
With a set-up this cool and connected, does the restaurant and bar scene follow suit? Munich mornings begin with breakfast on the top floor while afternoons see bar chef Manu Pinciroli serving up classic cocktails alongside his own creations. Teak wood, oak, and the same canvas panelling seen in the rooms render a sleek sophistication and an open fireplace draws in cocktailers both local and visiting.
With a state-of-the-art light concept by .PSLAB and a south-facing rooftop bar, there’s no shortage of atmosphere. For those seeking a boost, the ground floor organic liquid store Superdanke! is juicing and blending fresh fruit and veggie concoctions.