Munich is a city with one foot in the past and another in the future, and it's all the better for it. Its historic attractions, centuries-old beer halls, and intriguing museums will delight history buffs. Travelers more interested in the here and now will find plenty to enjoy in the vibrant nightlife, world-class boutiques, and innovative restaurants. But regardless of whether you prefer the traditional or the contemporary, you'll need to find a great hotel if you want to make your stay a memorable one. After all, the wrong choice of accommodation can easily turn even the best vacation into a nightmare. Fortunately, the city is packed with great options. If you're looking for a helping hand in deciding which one to choose, check out our round-up of the 10 best hotels in Munich, Germany.
10. Hotel Schrenkhof
If you're looking for a cozy, intimate little hotel oozing with Bavarian charm, look no further than the Hotel Schrenkhof. Reminiscent more of an Alpine chalet than a city hotel, the Schrenkhof offers guests comfortable accommodation in wood-paneled bedrooms complete with carved wooden beds, rustic fireplaces, and warm woolen rugs. Despite feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle, it's still just a short 15-minute drive into the center.
9. Cortiina Hotel
If you're on a tight budget but don't want to comprise on quality, the Cortiina Hotel is an excellent choice. Located next to Marienplatz, it offers guests the chance to stay close to the action but without having to pay a premium for the privilege. Comprising of 75 rooms and suites in total, the accommodation is spacious, well-appointed, and elegantly decorated. Amenities include a lively bar and restaurant where you can rub shoulders with the locals, a delightful terrace, and a very well-equipped gym.
8. Hotel Kreis Residenz München
The Hotel Kreis Residenz München offers excellent value, luxurious rooms, and the kind of service that's designed to make you feel right at home. Free WIFI is offered throughout. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, and equipped with all the mod-cons (including air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, wine glasses, ironing boards, dishwashers, fridges, coffee machines, and kettles) you'll need for a restful stay. The hotel's location in the eastern part of the city is just as good as everything else, putting you in easy reach of all the main sights and attractions.
7. Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental has enjoyed an outstanding reputation for years. Having recently benefitted from some major renovations to the lobby and bar, that reputation is only set to get better. The rooftop terrace with swimming pool is an obvious highlight, although the recently opened Matsuhisa restaurant doesn't exactly leave a lot to be desired either. The rooms and suite are old-school luxe, with just the right amount of mod cons to keep things convenient. If you want a restful, relaxing stay in the kind of hotel where your every need is catered to, it could well be your perfect match.
6. 25hours Hotel
If you're planning a fleeting trip to Munich, you'll find few better places to stay than 25hours. Set directly next to the city's main train station, it couldn't get more convenient if it tried. That said, you might find yourself planning a slightly longer stay once you've had time to check out its stylish rooms, its spacious sauna, and its very tempting bar. There's even a free MINI rental service available for guests who'd prefer to see the city on wheels rather than foot. It may not be the cheapest hotel in Munich, but it's unquestionably one of the best.
5. Beyond by Geisel
If luxury boutiques are your thing, you're going to love Beyond by Geisel. Named by The Culture Trip as one of the best boutiques in Munich, this gorgeous little hotel is about as far from a Super 8 as it's possible to get. Located just next door to the 13th-century St Peter’s Church, the hotel offers luxury accommodation in spacious, comfortable rooms. Each guest suite is decorated in warming shades of mustard and midnight blue. Most have balconies, while those that don't still offer stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The real highlight is the breakfast, which is cooked to order each morning in quantities that will leave even the biggest appetite sated.
4. The Louis Hotel
The Louis Hotel may be one of the newest hotels to hit the scene, but it's already established itself as one of the best. Its location next to Viktualienmarkt is hard to fault, as are its super-luxe rooms, superb Japanese restaurant, and rooftop terrace. It also boasts a couple of very cozy bars that are perfect for an evening cocktail or two. It's not cheap, but if you're willing to blow the budget on one of the best hotels in Munich, you'll struggle to find much better.
3. Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor
Recommended by The Hotel Guru as one of the best hotels in Munich, the Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor is big, chic, and perfect for travelers who want to stay right in the heart of the action. The service is outstanding. The amenities (which include a luxury spa, an indoor pool, and an extremely fancy fine dining restaurant) leave nothing to be desired. When it comes to the rooms, neither the elegant, contemporary decor nor the fabulous range of comforts and conveniences will leave you feeling short-changed.
2. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
The Telegraph has awarded the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski an outstanding 9/10 for excellence. When it comes to style, grandeur, history, and location, it has it covered. Guests can expect faultless accommodation, high-end amenities, and first-rate service. The bill at the end might bring you out in a cold sweat, but your stay will have been worth it.
1. Bayerischer Hof
The Bayerischer Hof has it all. Set just minutes from the shops and attractions of the center in a surprisingly quiet, peaceful street, you couldn't ask for a better location for a city break. The exterior of the hotel is charming enough (that's what being housed in the Montgelas Palace does to a place), but it's the interior's stunning marriage of the traditional and the contemporary that really sets it apart from the competition. If your budget will stretch to it, treat yourself to a night in the mammoth-sized Penthouse Garden Suite. At €12,000 per night, it's certainly not cheap, but it is divine.
Written by Dana Hanson
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