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With its carefully restored Bavarian architecture, pretty setting on a river-crossed plain in Upper Bavaria, high quality of life and reputation for producing great beer and sausages, Munich has a lot going for it. The city has a vast selection of hotels to suit all budgets, and our pick of the best places to stay in Munich features great value B&Bs and guesthouses as well as five star luxury properties which can claim to be amongst the finest in Europe.
Where To Stay
- If you're here for the culture then most of Munich's museums are in the centre of town, the Altstadt. Accommodation may be fairly pricey though so consider staying nearby in Schwabing-West or the city's West End, Schwanthalerhöhe.
- Schwabing is the ideal base for those wanting to get stuck into the city's bustling nightlife.
- The Alstadt is where most of Munich's business takes place, so stay near here if you're visiting on work.
If you’re more interested in the beer and sausage fuelled nightlife, be sure to come for Oktoberfest in September and October.
If on the other hand you enjoy architecture, museums and less raucous entertainments, come at any other time! The city’s motto is ‘München mag dich’ (Munich Loves You.).
What Not To Miss
- Spend an afternoon wandering around the English Garden (or Englischer Garten), a 900-acre park with 78km of hiking and cycling trails as well as a Greek temple, Chinese pagoda and Japanese tea house. Plus, there's even a beer garden - the perfect place to stop off for a refreshing libation or two!
- Take in the stunning architecture at Marienplatz and watch the various street performers as you grab a coffee in a bustling cafe or sit down for lunch at a restaurant. One of the city's main spots, this is a great base from which to start your explorations.
- Germany is well known for its automobile industry, and perhaps no company is more emblematic than BMW. Head over to the BMW Museum and learn all about the technical developments of its cars and motorbikes. With a wide range of vehicles on show (including Minis and Rolls-Royces amongst the BMWs), this is a super spot even if you're not a petrol head!
- Sports fans will love a trip around the Allianz Arena, home to the city's famous FC Bayern Munich. Their tour guides all speak English and they'll take you round the locker room, trophy cabinet, press room and tunnel entrance. Or, even better, head along and watch a match - you'll be truly blown away by the atmosphere!
- Nymphenburg Palace is brimming with architectural splendour (from a variety of classical periods) and breathtakingly ornate interiors. This magnificent palace also boasts extensive gardens, a lovely spot in which to enjoy a picnic.
- Come in December and get into the Christmas spirit. Munich hosts not just one, but several atmospheric Christmas markets, spread throughout the city centre.
This city is a popular destination year round, both with business and leisure travellers. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Munich, don't leave it till the last minute.
The best places to stay in Munich
For top end luxury
- Book a room at the Mandarin Oriental Munich for guaranteed luxury, superb service, wonderful food and a fabulous location. The attention to detail here is second to none - it offers a truly five star experience.
- Hotel Splendid Dollmann is a townhouse turned chic hotel, with elegantly traditional accommodation harking back to another era. This charming property is also superbly located for exploring all that the city has to offer.
- The Hotel Munchen Palace combines classical style with contemporary features, and has lovely rooms with creamy furnishings and private balconies, as well as a good restaurant. Subtle yet luxurious.
- Hotel Konigshof is a sumptuous stay, offering romantic traditional accommodation, a Michelin starred restaurant and a wonderfully central location. A divine city spot.
- The opulent Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is a stunning 5* stay complete with elegant accommodation, a splendid spa, private butlers and limousines if you so wish!
For those on a budget
If you're feeling the pinch, we think that the best places to stay in Munich are our choices slightly out of the centre of town.
- The Laimer Hof is a charming 19th century villa turned B&B in the heart of a quiet residential district, which has been welcoming guests since 1937. Family run, it offers twenty-three fresh, simply decorated bedrooms, each slightly different.
- The Hotel Schrenkhof is a modern alpine style chalet with 17 bedrooms - all decked out in Tyrolean style. The welcome is very warm and it offers accommodation at excellent value.
For sleek and contemporary styling
- Anna Hotel is perfect for those who appreciate good design. Its interiors are sophisticated, there's an excellent restaurant and a trendy bar. Some of the suites have a private balcony.
- Flushing Meadows is a chic, boutique property with large loft suites. The interior design is stylishly eclectic, whilst you can take in the wonderful Alpine views from the private balconies.
- The Cortiina Hotel offers chic sophistication with parquet floors, killim rugs and faux fireplaces. Plus, there's a lively bar that's one of the city's hotspots - what's not to love?
- The Louis Hotel offers homely accommodation with pine floors, killim rugs and earthy tones. Their Japanese restaurant is to die for, whilst the bar has a daily changing cocktail menu for you to enjoy.
For Business Trips
- Hotel La Maison is a contemporary spot offering simple yet chic accommodation. With its own extensive business centre and well located in the north of the city, it's a great option for those in Munich on business.
- Charles Hotel, Munich is a contemporary 5* property. With elegant accommodation and an extensive spa, there's also an excellent Italian restaurant that you'll fall in love with.
- The Bayerischer Hof Munich is a truly fabulous stay. The rooms are luxurious, there's a rooftop spa, a private cinema and a nightclub. What's more, there are no less than six restaurants to choose from, including the Michelin-starred Atelier.
For An Apartment
- If you think you'd prefer a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.
- Whilst the weather is nicest during the summer months, (with July and August experiencing average temperatures of 18°C), this is peak tourist season and so expect there to be many tourists and for accommodation to be on the pricier side of things.
- Visiting between March and May may be your best bet if you want to avoid the crowds, though it's quite a bit chillier at this time of year. Low season is technically the winter months, but December and January can still be fairly busy and the temperature hovers around 0°C - so remember to pack a warm coat!
- Munich Airport, is 29 km northeast of the city. A number of airlines fly directly from London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff including, among others: Easyjet, Lufthansa, KLM, British Airways, Ryanair, Air France and Vueling.
- From the airport, you can easily hop on a train or a bus to the city centre.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in Munich
Hotel Laimer Hof 23 rooms from $74Munich (Nymphenburg)
Warm and personal service at this cosy 19th-century villa B&B. A hideaway from the bustle with bright, fresh rooms - white washed walls, wooden furniture, brass bedsteads. A great choice for families and those on a budget.Value chicCity StyleFamiliesSights nearby - A short walk from the Nymphenburg PalaceRecommended by - Frommers
25 Hours Royal Bavarian 165 rooms from $117Munich (Ludwigsvorstadt)
Smart, modern hotel in the centre of Munich. 25 Hours Royal Bavarian plays host to comfortable rooms, an excellent restaurant and on-site spa facilities. A great choice for those in Munich on business or a city break.Sights nearby - Ten minutes walk from Frauenkirche and Marienplatz & Town Hall.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Spa
Hotel La Maison from $129Munich
A contemporary hotel with an excellent business centre in Northern Munich. Sophisticated rooms and suites in blacks, whites and chromes have all the mod cons. Cosy bar, conference facilities and well located to get to the attractions. A great choice for business visitors.Sights nearby - Muenchner Freiheit, English Garden, and Chinesischer Turm.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Flushing Meadows from $120Munich
A designer chic boutique with spacious loft studio suites. A very cool industrial space conversion decorated with stylish eclecticism. Suites have private balconies, views of the Alps and all the mod cons. A lively roof-top terrace bar is a popular spot. A great choice for a young couple.Roof terrace - Roof top terrace bar with a wood-fired oven and a delicious drinks menu.City StyleDesigner - Spatial industrial style renovated with cutting egde eclecticism.Lively - The bar is a lively spot.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Splendid Dollmann 36 rooms from $171Munich (Thierschstraße 49)
An old townhouse turned chic hotel, in the historic Lehel district. The plush rooms exude an understated elegance, with original artworks and fine fabrics. A sumptuous breakfast is served in the dining room or on the leafy patio. Ideally situated and bursting with charm.Local exploring - A super central location, right in the heart of the historic old town and within walking distance of restaurants and shops.Sights nearby - The Bavarian State Opera and Munich Kammerspiele, Residenz Palace and Haus der Kunst are all within walking distance.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotel
Cortiina Hotel 75 rooms from $182Munich
A chic boutique hotel with a sophisticated tone. Parquet floors, killim rugs, solid elegant furniture and faux fireplaces in elegant rooms and suites. The bar and restaurant are lively hot spots. Lovely terrace and a gym. Understated cool.Lively - The bar is one of Munich's hotspots.City StyleSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Munchen Palace 74 rooms from $185Munich
A beautiful hotel in classical style with contemporary elements. Sumptuous rooms and suites have creamy furnishings, subtle lighting and private balconies. Lovely roof top terrace deck, good restaurant, and a lively bar, plus fitness suite and spa. For those who like subtle luxury.Local exploring - An excellent base for exploring the city. Perfect for a luxury city breakLuxury - A classic luxury hotel with contemporary elements.Roof terraceSights nearby - Close to Prinzregenten Theater and the Munich Philharmonic.Recommended by - Tablet
Louis Hotel 72 rooms from $211Munich
A homely boutique hotel with a fantastic Japanese restaurant. Pine floor bedrooms have killim rugs, private balconies and natural fabrics in earthy tones. A family friendly choice with excellent food and a warm atmosphere.Foodies - Fantastic Japanese restaurant.Local markets - Right next to the Viktualienmarkt, one of Europe's best.Sights nearby - Right in the centre of town.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Konigshof 71 rooms from $217Munich
A hotel with the wow factor. Seamless rooms and suites decorated with romantic flair, a Michelin star restaurant, fitness centre, and an unrivalled location in the heart of the city. A destination for the luxury traveller.Foodies - Michelin restaurant.Good wine list - Famed wine cellar.LuxuryCity Style
Hotel Schrenkhof 17 rooms from $239Munich
Traditional Bavarian charm away from the bustle. A modern Alpine chalet with quintessential decoration - wooden panelled bedrooms with handsomely carved wooden beds. The breakfast room carries on the same theme, plus a pretty a Renaissance tiled stove. A really cosy spot.Local exploring - A traditional styled property just 15 minutes from Munich city centre.Local markets - Visit the enormous farmer's market, Viktualienmarkt.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Traditional
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski 298 rooms from $320Munich
Seriously opulent Five Star hotel, only for the luxury traveller. Behind a traditional facade are elegant rooms and suites, restaurants, a bar, and a fabulous spa. All accompanied by private butlers, personal shoppers, and limousines, if you wish.Spa breaks5* Luxury - Very high service standards.FoodiesCity Style
Anna Hotel 75 rooms from $350Munich
Reasonable rates at a colourful, boutique-esque hotel with sophisticated designer edges. Modern paintings, sculptures and jazzy coloured lights create sleek interior spaces. Fantastic views of the city from the top suites, to be enjoyed from two private balconies. Trendy restaurant and bar too.City Style - A contemporary boutique hotel in Karlstor, with chic teak flooring, black granite details and design furnishings.Great walks - Take a stroll down to the nearby Hellabrunn zoo, great for kids.Sights nearby - Walking distance from the imposing Frauenkirche church.SpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Charles Hotel, Munich 160 rooms from $463Munich
Contemporary Five Star Forte hotel. Crisp, elegant rooms and suites with parquet floors, cream furniture and private balconies. Fantastic Italian restaurant, extensive spa, and lovely terraces. Luxurious, but grounded.Foodies - Excellent Italian restaurant.City Style5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Short walk or metro ride from all the major attractionsRecommended by - Tablet
Bayerischer Hof 220 rooms from $560Munich
One of Europe's finest hotels. An iconic FIve Star in central Munich. Luxury on a grand scale includes sumptuous rooms and suites (with terraces, spa, views), multiple restaurants including a Michelin starred, roof top spa, private cinema, night club, and lively bars. For the luxury traveller.Spa breaks - The iconic spa has a 13,000-square-foot rooftop spa offers a pool, saunas, steam bath, sun deck and fitness studio.Foodies - Six restaurants including Michelin-starred Atelier.City Style - One of Munich's most legendary hotels.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Tablet
Mandarin Oriental Munich 73 rooms from $600Munich
Five stars for luxury, service, location and food at this stunning city hotel. Outstandingly situated next to a hive of cultural activities. Immaculate contemporary, but subtle, decoration with Asian influences. Unrivalled views from the rooftop pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Magnificent.City StyleSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolSpa - Turkish bathTraditionalRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection