Inside the luxury hotel where Thailand’s playboy king is reportedly self-isolating with 20 women during the coronavirus outbreak

The king of Thailand has reportedly rented out the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria, Germany.

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The king of Thailand has reportedly rented out the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria, Germany.
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King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reportedly rented out a four-star hotel in the Bavarian Alps for himself and his entourage of 20 women. The remainder of Germany’s hotels have closed to tourists to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and Thailand declared a month-long state of emergency on March 26.

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Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn attends the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Bangkok, May 2019.
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Thailand’s “lèse majesté” laws protect King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other members of his family from bad press, but this didn’t stop Twitter users from tweeting “Why do we need a king?” in Thai over 1.2 million times following reports that the king had fled Thailand for Bavaria.

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While press about the royal family is restricted in Thailand, the king made headlines in October when he stripped his royal consort, a longtime girlfriend, of all titles after she allegedly disobeyed and tried to make herself equal to his wife, the queen.

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Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, the former royal consort of Maha Vajiralongkorn, flies a plane in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters, August 27, 2019.
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Royal Household Bureau/Reuters

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Maha Vajiralongkorn is a known womanizer. He has been married four times and has fathered seven children by three women. He is also avid cyclist and gave his pet poodle a four-day Buddhist funeral in 2015. It is unclear whether his wife is with him in Germany.

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The Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl where the king and his female entourage are reportedly staying is located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, about an hour south of Munich. Maha Vajiralongkorn is believed to own a lake house on nearby Lake Starnberg.

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Google Maps

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According to German news publication Bild, the hotel received “special permission” from local authorities to remain open for the king and his party.

The king of Thailand has reportedly rented out the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria, Germany.

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© Leuchtende Hotelfotografie/Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

Source: The Times of London


Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known for its skiing, Alpine scenery, and hiking trails. This live webcam streaming from the region’s 1936 Olympic Stadium offers a glimpse of the town and surrounding mountains.

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The Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl dates back to 1890 and was used by the Nazis as a medical hospital during WWII. It returned to its former operations beginning in the 1960s.

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© Leuchtende Hotelfotografie/Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

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Today, the 130-year-old hotel touts spectacular views of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. In the warmer months, guests can soak up the scenery from the Panorama Terrace.

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View of the Panorama Terrace.
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© Leuchtende Hotelfotografie/Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

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The indoor swimming pool is another scenic spot, boasting a large window front and panoramic view of the Alps. In addition to the pool, the hotel has a sauna and fitness studio.

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The hotel’s interior spaces feature warm, neutral tones.

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Hotel lobby.
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Peacocks seem to be a theme. The lobby features a peacock statue …

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Hotel lobby.
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… and the hotel bar is called Peacock Gin & Co. Bar. In addition to the bar, the hotel offers guests a 24-hour room beverage service.

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The Peacock Gin & Co. Bar.
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© Leuchtende Hotelfotografie/Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

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The hotel has a total of seven rooms including two “King Ludwig II” suites. Named after a former King of Bavaria, they boast views “fit for a king,” the hotel website says.

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A hotel room.
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The Red Salon is where the hotel serves its weekly breakfast buffet, which offers “everything your heart desires,” according to the website. On the weekends, the hotel serves a champagne breakfast.

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The Red Salon.
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The hotel features a number of other dining and event spaces, including this Stone Pine Room where, from November through March, guests can order fondue, among other seasonal delicacies. It is not known what services the hotel is offering at this time.

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Stone Pine Room.
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© Leuchtende Hotelfotografie/Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl

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