Do you ever imagine just whiling away your day surrounded by the warm waters of a thermal pool whilst succumbing to the luxury of a cruise ship?
Perhaps you are someone that has always been curious about a cruise-type holiday but are still unsure whether it is something you would really enjoy?
Or may, you like us, just enjoy staying in weird and wonderful places.
One thing is for sure if you fall into any of these categories a trip to the Hotel Victory Therme Erdingis one that will not disappoint.
Why Does Hotel Victory Stand Out?
Located just 20 minutes from Munich in Germany, this themed hotel is something quite unusual. Never before have we come across a hotel that has adopted its theme so thoroughly. Ok, so from the outside it looks just like any other nondescript hotel, but wander through the revolving door and you will instantly feel a sense of sophistication wash over you.
The Hotel Victory is far more than just another hotel that likes to follow a theme in its bedrooms. It is a hotel that has completely encompassed the cruise ship’s way of life.
When standing in line waiting to check-in, you catch a glimpse of what is in store. To the left, standing tall and majestic is a replica of Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory whilst looking above will give you the first glimpse of what it would be like to spend time on a luxury cruise liner about to set sail to some far-flung destination.
This is a hotel with a unique concept – not only does it attract those that enjoy a luxurious lifestyle with the desire to pamper themselves, but it also seeks out families with a sense of fun and business travellers who want to relax after a hard day in the office. It really is a hotel that has no particular customer in mind, and whilst this may sound bizarre, after spending time here, I can clearly see that it really does appeal to everyone.
Hotel Victory and its Luxury Rooms
With so many different styles to cater for, you would be forgiven for thinking that once inside the rooms they became a bit dull and boring.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. Each room has been distinctly designed with elegance and practicability combined. Whilst some rooms have a clear pull towards a family others would better suit the solo traveller or a couple looking for ultra-modern, smart, sleek lines.
For those among us that seek out the opulence wherever they travel, booking a night in one of the 21 Palazzo Suites will make you think that you are relaxing in a Venetian Villa with views out across the grand canal.
During our stay, we were provided with a family suite in the Lord Nelson bow which came complete with not one but two rooms, separately by a mechanical wall that could be either placed up or down depending on how many people where sharing or how much privacy you required and one and a half bathrooms – ideal not only for a family but for anyone travelling with others.
Whilst inside our particular room we felt like we were back on-board a ship heading for the Battle of Waterloo due to the sheer amount of wood used to create everything from the bunk beds to the nightstands, outside we were once again transported back to our modern-day cruise liner with each room being hidden behind a wall of chrome and fancy-lit walkways.
The rooms are not the only reason to visit the Hotel Victory, however. If you plan on spending any amount of time here, to come and not visit the spa area would be a great sin.
The Hotel Victory: Far More Than a Hotel
I would be lying if I said that the decor of the Hotel Victory alone is what attracted us to this particular hotel so close to Munich City Centre.
As with any city break we undertake, we are known for wandering around the streets trying to cram in as much sightseeing as possible knowing that we will never complete it all in the space of time we have allocated ourselves; but hey we are never a couple to shy away from a challenge.
What that tends to mean, however, is that after two days not only are we exhausted but our bodies want to kill us – seriously. My feet are screaming out to me to stop wearing the same Doc Martin boots I automatically pack on every trip we take, whilst Paul’s back is crying out for a bit of time away from his ridiculously heavy camera bag.
Hence to say that when I found this little gem of a spa online I heard no objections from Paul meaning that a stop here was quickly added into our already busy itinerary.
When you book a night at The Hotel Victory you also gain a free day pass into the Therme Spa area which can be taken either the day you arrive or the day you check out and trust me when I say, this is something you do not want to miss.
Boasting the title of the World’s largest hot water spa world, Therme Erding has a large wave lagoon, situated around palm trees and thanks to its retractable glass roof, is kept at tropical temperatures all year round. On top of this, you have an outdoor heated pool area with bubble jets and a swim-up bar which simply requires a swipe of your wrist band, just like a cruise ship would for all purchases made.
Back inside you have two further Jacuzzi pools and 100’s of sun-beds to relax on. Not quite enough for you…well hang on… there is still more to see.
Head through the tunnel to what Therme Erding has named the GALAXY ERDING, Europe’s biggest waterslide fun Park, which is a waterslide complex with rides suitable for all age groups and swimming abilities – trust me I can’t really swim and I still spent time here shooting through tubes and down slippery slides although there were some that I left up to Paul to experience.
On top of this, there is also a second relaxation area complete with two further Jacuzzis inside and one rather hot one outside that has therapeutic properties believed to be perfect for those ailed by muscle pain and arthritis.
Within this area, you also have the opportunity to purchase a lunchtime buffet-style meal which, considering where we were we both agreed it to be of reasonable cost, before heading off to get a free mud pack treatment, which seems to be a must for everyone visiting.
For Those That Want Something More…
Whilst this really is enough for some people, others have chosen to come to Therme Erding for something more.
For those wanting peace and serenity to relax head through to Vitality Oasis, where you will find hot pools reaching temperatures of up to 63 degrees, ideal for every aliment from skin problems through to sports injuries, muscle tension, and osteoporosis. Within this area, you will also find a pool that boasts anti-aging properties for both your body and mind, something that surely everyone would love to try.
Alternatively, if you are an individual that truly likes to sweat all the bad chemicals out of your body then time spent in the Wellness Saunas is a must for your visit. With over 26 different saunas to experience, it is a challenge to know where to begin but each one holds something special and different and really does add something to your trip. From the sauna that also has freshly made bread baking in it, to the sauna that serves up Bavarian beer throughout the afternoon to its occupants, this really is a sauna area like no other you will have experienced before.
Finally…when all this pampering gets too much for you there are several restaurants to choose from including Italian and Thai plus stylish relaxation rooms and, for those wanting to really indulge, private lounge areas in the Royal Day Spa.
They are true to their word when they say that all tastes and budgets have been catered for at the Therme Erding.
An Evening to Remember
As anyone who has ever been pampered knows, a day like this is truly exhausting so what better way to finish off your time at Therme Erding and the Hotel Victory then with an evening of extravagance in the hotel’s Al-a-Carte dining restaurant, The Empire. Here you will experience tastes from around the world and feel like you are experiencing a fine-dining experience back on that luxury cruise-liner.
Afterward, we would certainly recommend heading over to the Kaleidoscope bar for a night-time tipple before returning to the comforts of your stylish cabin.
If you are looking to mark a special occasion, make someone’s day or just want to over-indulge for a few hours, we both agree that Hotel Victory and Therme Erding is the place to visit.
Our Final Tip…
Make sure you book in for breakfast the next morning. The Hafen Restaurant is once again themed and each set of tables is set out into smaller ships. Being a buffet-style affair it really is the best way to start off your day and finish off your trip to this wonderful hotel.
And for those living closer to Munich… make sure you check out their weekly events programme which includes among other things a cinema night on giant inflatable rings.
If you are looking for more information or would like to book a room for yourself at the wonderful Hotel Victory Therme Erding then head over to their website for direct access to all the room designs and more information on the thermal spa area.
Have you been to Hotel Victory? We would love to hear about your thoughts on this type of themed-hotel?
We would like to thank all of the staff at Hotel Victory at Erding for their fantastic hospitality during our stay. We did receive a complimentary stay, however, as always all views and opinions are our own.