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Beer, sausage, beautiful Bavarian architecture, explosive art, the latest in automobile technology, and lederhosen top the list of what our Gurus first think of when they hear the name: Munich. It’s quite a list, and it’s quite a city. One of the wealthiest in the world, and the sort of place where the trains run on time, Munich is also fun and laid back, one of the few cities we really think is deserving of that cliche: there’s something for everyone. And that goes for hotels too, our recommendations for the best places to stay in Munich includes some serious luxury alongside some seriously affordable treasures.
Munich’s surrounds are beautiful too. It’s positioned on a river-crossed plain in Upper Bavaria, and it’s lush and hilly. The rivers must surely lend something to the fame of Munich’s beer, which we have to mention almost first, because Munich’s beer, beer gardens, and the annual celebration of them, Oktoberfest, are what will draw many travellers to Munich. If that is on your to-do list, then whatever time of year it is that you’re reading this article book your accommodation now. The hotels on our list of the best places to stay in Munich book up quick for Oktoberfest! Art is Munich’s close second, but not for the variety of art on display in Munich, or for its fame, it’s only second because we’re not aware of there being a particular art-fest in Munich that draws a crowd all at once. Munich’s museums aren’t just limited to art either, and the museum quarters are also among the most popular, and best places to stay in Munich.
Munich’s legacy as the Bavarian capital means that it has some incredible architecture too, vast palaces, grand municipal buildings and breathtaking churches. It’s also got some beautiful Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, buildings, which are still some of the most desirable places to live in Munich, and the most desirable places to stay in Munich too. But Munich is also known for its technology and innovation, and even in the oldest, and most traditionally elegant Munich hotels, you’ll be surprised at the mod. cons. the Münchners consider essential conveniences.
Where To Stay - Which Neighbourhood?
- The Altstadt is the name for Munich’s centre, the part of town where you’ll find many of the museums, galleries and cultural attractions, and the best shopping, bars and restaurants. It’s within a central ring road, at the heart of which you’ll find the Marienplatz, which is the city’s central square. Among the many Altstadt sights worth mentioning is the Residenz, now Residenzmuseum, which is the former seat of power of all of Bavaria, the Münchner Stadtmuseum, which tells the story of Munich in a really engaging way, and the gorgeous, though tiny, Asamkirche, a Baroque wonder of gilt columns, garlands and cherubs, with an incredible ceiling fresco.
- Maxvorstadt is just to the north of Altstadt, and has more museums, including several of Munich’s most impressive art museums, but also two universities, so there’s a young, arty crowd. Maxvorstadt is where you’ll find van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait with a Fur-Trimmed Robe, plus some major Andy Warhols. Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky had their studios here, between the lively coffeehouses and the leafier streets on the edge of the Englischer Garten, a vast, informally landscaped public park, larger than Hyde park or Central Park. Maxvorstadt is also known for its impressive beer gardens.
- Schwabing is right next-door to Maxvorstadt and the Englischer Garten, and for many people they merge into one. But Schwabing is the part with the beautifully restored Judendstil, or Art Nouveau, buildings, which are still some of the most desirable places to live in Munich, and the most desirable places to stay in Munich too. Ainmillerstrasse and Gedonstrasse are probably the two most beautiful streets.
- Glockenbach is the best place to stay in Munich if you’re here of the nightlife, with an array of bistros, bars, clubs and restaurants. And some excellent cafes and coffee shops for the morning after.
- And, if you’re looking for quiet and eclectic elegance instead, you could try Haidhausen, which is often referred to as the ‘French Quarter’. It’s close to the river Isar, and home to its own collection of lovely local cafes and bars, and to the Gasteig, famed for its programme of classical music.
- Adjacent Lehel, is similarly lovely, but also has the dual bonuses of being Munich’s oldest suburb, with a wonderful warren of streets to prove it, and it has the second highest concentration of art museums after Maxvorstadt.
- Munich’s northwest is dominated by Olympiapark, which you might have guessed is where you’ll find the venues for Munich’s 1972 Olympics. This is a fun area to visit even if you don’t stay here, and the park itself is definitely worth visiting. Next-door is Nymphenburg, which is where to find the magnificent, commanding palace of Schloss Nymphenburg.
This city is a popular year round destination both for leisure and business travellers, so if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Munich (especially during the Oktoberfest) get organised and book well ahead.
The Best Places to Stay in Munich
For a city break
- Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor is a big hotel in a fantastic spot, with a look and feel that’s more akin to a block of chic flats than a hotel — except for when it comes to the service, the luxury spa, indoor pool and the fine dining restaurant. The 277 rooms and suites are decked out chicly, with pale hardwood parquet, grey shades, plenty of natural materials and clever metallic lighting.
- The Excelsior by Geisel is a smart hotel positioned on the border of the centre of town and Maxvorstadt. We’ve included it in the city break section, but its decor isn’t standard city break fodder, it’s got more of an Alpine chalet feel with pine furnishings, a cosy, yet luxurious, lounge with fantastic frescoes, and a Bavarian bar and restaurant. There are 114 rooms and suites, and they’re all light and tasteful, making this a simple, sophisticated choice.
- If you want somewhere chic and unfussy, close to Marienplatz, and with good facilities, the Cortiina Hotel is worth considering. It has 75 rooms and suites, decorated with wood flooring covered with killim rugs, solid, elegant furniture and faux fireplaces. The bar and restaurant are lively, and popular with locals as well as guests, and there’s a lovely terrace too. And a gym. They also have a couple of two room suites which sleep four.
For top-notch luxury
- The Bayerischer Hof is arguably one of the finest hotels in Europe, with five stars worth of varied luxury, designed to suit a range of aesthetic tastes, and culinary tastes. There are 220 rooms and suites, many of them huge, with private terraces, spas and incredible city views. The hotel also has a roof top spa, a private cinema, a night club with live jazz, and a choice of bars and restaurants, including the three Michelin-starred Atelier.
- Small, perfectly located, and elegantly exclusive feeling, Beyond by Geisel has just 19 rooms and suites, all decorated lavishly with artistically positioned drapes, parquet flooring, big windows and some memorably designed furniture. The best rooms have views of the grand town hall or beautiful Rindermarkt Square, and while there’s no restaurant they do have private chefs on hand at all hours of the day to look after your culinary needs should you have some.
- The Mandarin Oriental Munich is a particularly elegant property, in a fantastically central spot, just minutes from major museums, galleries, shops and restaurants, the Opera House and the celebrated Hofbräuhaus beer garden. Its 73 rooms and suites are all large and very comfortable, with glossy cherry wood Biedermeier-style furniture and Oriental fabrics. The views over the rooftops are memorable and there's a superb Japanese Peruvian fine dining restaurant on site.
- Hotel Splendid Dollmann has certainly used the word ‘splendid’ correctly, for this townhouse hotel has been carefully decorated with splendid, yet understated taste, giving an air of luxury in its 36 rooms and suites. The rooms aren’t too fussy, but there are elegant bow-legged, antique chairs and tables, plenty of gilt, chandeliers, original oil paintings, lamps and toile du jouy fabric. The Lehel location is ideal for strolling, and they serve an excellent breakfast in the dining room or on the leafy patio.
Hip Hotels in Munich
- Only a few minutes stroll from Munich’s central station, Anna Hotel has an understated style and a sense of cool that allows for friendly staff and unfussy, but hip, decor. It has 75 rooms and suites, so it’s big enough to have all the facilities you might conceivably need, plus courteous, helpful service. There’s cool art, jazzy coloured lights and rooms on the upper floors have great views. The food is good too.
- Roomers Munich is slightly off centre, close to Friedenheim, so we haven’t included it as one of our top picks for the best city break hotels in Munich. But if you don’t mind being a stroll from Karlplatz, then consider it. It’s hip too, with fantastic retro-modern decor involving beautiful shaped furniture in great colours, brushed brass and glass, dark parquet, and a colour scheme in the 280 rooms and suites that involves grey and brassy-gold. It’s cool, timeless and sophisticated. As you can see by the number of rooms and suites, it’s big, and has the facilities to match.
- Flushing Meadows is a new and chic, a boutique property with spacious, loft-style suites, converted from a cool industrial space in lively Glockenbach. The interiors are stylish, eccentric and individually decorated. But the pièce de résistance has got to be the roof terrace bar.
For a traditional stay
- The Platzl Hotel is a large, traditional looking hotel in a fantastic central position. On the inside the 167 rooms and suites have recently been refurbished, and now they’re fresh and contemporary, with a natural colour palette. Plus they also boast an excellent Bavarian fine dining restaurant.
- The opulent Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is splendid and generously proportioned, from the room sizes to the bed sizes. There are 298 rooms and suites in the hotel, elegantly and comfortably decorated, plus all the facilities you might be able to dream of needing, including private butlers, personal shoppers and limousines.
- Schwabinger Wahrheit by Geisel, in beautiful, leafy Schwabinger, of the Judendstil architecture, is a chic, contemporary hotel with a Scandi feel and 80 rooms and suites, with plenty of choice on offer for families. The palm wood floors, pine furniture and crisp, white linens will offend no-one, and they do a delicious breakfast. There’s no restaurant, but there is a spa.
- The Cocoon Hauptbahnhof is a fun, Alpine themed hotel close to Karlsplatz, with great design touches, generous breakfasts and a cosy bar with an open fire. Expect bare Swiss-pine panelling, exposed brick walls, solid, rustic-chic furniture and cows or alpine pictures on the walls. The family rooms tend to have a mezzanine level too.
Some of the Best Value Hotels in Munich
- Moma1890 is a chic choice in Haidhausen, on the other side of the river from the Altstadt. It’s a good size, with 51 rooms and suites, and each of its rooms is individually decorated in styles that range from simple, to traditional, to bold, to contemporary (prepare for statement wallpaper!). There’s no restaurant but you’re surrounded by them, and they do offer breakfast and snacks, and an honesty bar.
- When you’re looking for great value accommodation you often have to compromise on something, and in the case of the Bavaria Boutique Hotel it’s centrality of the location. It’s certainly a nice place to say, as far as the location goes, and ideal if you’re staying for more than a few days, because you’re still just a short journey from the centre of town, but this isn’t one of our most central recommendations. It’s chic, though, with 50 attractive rooms and suites, with a sort of mid-century-Danish-modern feel, and plenty of natural materials. There’s no restaurant, but they serve a very good breakfast and they have a hip bar.
- Ruby Lilly Hotel is also off-centre, this time in Maxvorstadt, but aside from the location it’s another great city break option, with 174 small, but well formed and planned, rooms and suites, with a minimal white on white colour scheme and a musical theme. The breakfasts are generous and there’s a swanky, 70s style bar which is open 24hours a day. The best rooms have great city views.
Prefer an Apartment?
- If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or self-catering property we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.
- Munich Airport is 29 km northeast of the city. From there you can catch an S-Bahn train to the centre of town, which takes about 45 minutes, or the Luftansa Airport Bus, which takes about 35 minutes.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Munich is a year round destination, with an obvious peak around Oktoberfest and summer months, when the weather is beautiful and the beer gardens overflowing. Christmas is a popular time to visit too, because Munich has some really wonderful Christmas markets. The rest of winter is the quietest season for travel to Munich, with spring and autumn somewhere in the middle, both for weather and visitor numbers.
Still not sure which to book?
- Take another look at our list of the best places to stay in Munich and start to plan your trip?
- Or expand your search to include our recommendations for the best places to stay in Bavaria or in Stuttgart.
- Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personal advice.
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Best Hotels in Munich
Hotel Laimer Hof Munich (Nymphenburg) 23 rooms from £56Value chicFamiliesSights nearby - A short walk from the Nymphenburg PalaceGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Frommers
Hotel Schrenkhof Munich 17 rooms from £60Local exploring - A traditional styled property just 15 minutes from Munich city centre.Local markets - Visit the enormous farmer's market, Viktualienmarkt.TraditionalSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Michelin Travel
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. See More
Hotel M120 Munich (D-85774 Unterföhring) 20 rooms from £77Families - With spacious apartments and family suites kitted out with a kitchenette, this is a great choice for a family with kidsLocal markets - Wander around the enticing Viktualienmarkt, Munich's main food marketSights nearby - Visit the ornate Asam Church and the Neues Rathaus town hallRomantic - Good for couples.
A smart, attractive aparthotel with self-catering units. Bright rooms have large windows, soft grey hues, light wooden floors and simple contemporary furniture. Suites offer a well-equipped kitchenette and there's a traditional Bavarian restaurant belonging to the property down the road. See More
25 Hours Royal Bavarian Munich (Ludwigsvorstadt) 165 rooms from £90Sights nearby - Ten minutes walk from Frauenkirche and Marienplatz & Town Hall.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Restaurant - Recommended.Spa
Smart, modern hotel in the centre of Munich with comfortable rooms, an excellent restaurant and on-site spa facilities. As you'd expect from the 25 Hours brand, interiors are quirky and range from single box rooms to exotic suites. A great affordable choice for a city break in a lively part of town. See More
Hotel La Maison Munich from £99Sights nearby - Muenchner Freiheit, English Garden, and Chinesischer Turm.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Michelin Travel
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. See More
Cocoon Hauptbahnhof Munich (80336 München) 103 rooms from £86Local exploring - This centrally located hotel is a lovely quirky base from which to enjoy the citySights nearby - There are lovely churches worth visiting such as the Theatine Church, Frauenkirche and the opulent Asam ChurchLocal markets - Wander around the tantalising stalls of Viktualienmarkt, one of the city's main food marketsLively area - In the thick of the action.
Gasthof Neuwirt Munich (85774 Unterföhring) 50 rooms from £86Local exploring - A lovely inn and hotel close to Munich ideal for exploring both the city and the surrounding regionSights nearby - Head to Munich to visit iconic sights such as the Munich Residenz Palace and the Neues Rathaus town hallGreat walks - Go for a walk in the nearby countryside to sample some rustic Bavarian charmLocal markets - Wander around the weekly market and sample some local produce
A charming family-run hotel with a restaurant serving delicious local Bavarian fare. Interiors feature lots of Swiss-pine panelling giving a contemporary yet traditional feel, and this aesthetic continues into the bedrooms. Some rooms have multiple beds, great for families or groups. See More
Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich 174 rooms from £90City Style - Explore Munich in style from this beautiful hotel in a superb central locationRestrictions on children - Adult onlyLively area - In the thick of the action.Short break
A sleek design hotel offering generous breakfasts and boasting a swanky 70's-style 24 hour bar. Cosy rooms feature great city views and a sleek minimal aesthetic, with a pale palette and luxurious wood paneling along the lower walls. A hip city launchpad ideal for the young and sophisticated. See More
Flushing Meadows Munich from £91Roof 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 - Design Hotels, Tablet
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. See More
Bavaria Boutique Hotel Munich (80339 München) 50 rooms from £95Local exploring - This is an ideal spot away from the hustle and bustle yet a short distance from the attractions in the centreGreat walks - Wander around the very large and picturesque Englischer Garten, where you can observe the impressive Eisbach river surfersLocal markets - Browse vintage goods at the Midnightbazar, Munich's buzzing night-time flea marketRomantic - Good for couples.
Schwabinger Wahrheit by Geisel Munich 80 rooms from £111Local exploring - This hotel in its super central location is a great choice for those wanting easy access to the city's sights and attractionsGreat walks - Go for a lovely stroll in the large Englischer Garten just down the roadSights nearby - Head to the iconic Neues Rathaus town hall and the buzzing nearby areaLively area - In the thick of the action.
Das Nikolai Hotel Munich 25 rooms from £121Local exploring - Boasting a prime location this original hotel is an ideal launchpad for exploring the cityGreat walks - Stroll through the Englischer Garten, one of the world’s largest urban parksSights nearby - Visit the Munich Residenz, a magnificent royal palaceLively area - In the thick of the action.
A fine hotel set in a historic building located in a handy central spot. There is a small, cosy bar area ideal for relaxing after an active day sightseeing or for having a tipple before heading out to dinner. Elegant rooms feature mod-cons and comfy beds, with attractive parquet floors. Delightful! See More
Moma1890 Munich 51 rooms from £124Local exploring - In a prime central location ideal for exploring the city's attractionsLocal markets - Kick off the day at Munich’s most famous foodie market, the ViktualienmarktGreat walks - Stroll around the Glockenbachviertel, the city’s prettiest districtLively area - In the thick of the action.
A chic hotel offering an individual and stylish stay in a very central location. Rooms, recently renovated, are individually designed offering a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary styles. The honesty bar is a nice personal touch. A handy city launchpad to suit varied tastes. See More
Hotel Splendid Dollmann Munich (Thierschstraße 49) 36 rooms from £130Local 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.Restaurant - Breakfast is servedFull of characterRecommended by - Great Small Hotels
Roomers Munich Munich 280 rooms from £139City Style - A luxurious hotel in the centre ideal for stylish city slickersGreat walks - Stroll around the Glockenbachviertel, one of the city’s most picturesque areasLocal markets - Browse the vintage wares at the indoor night-time flea market MidnightbazarViews - Great views from hotel
A luxurious design-led modern hotel boasting a popular fine-dining restaurant and a swanky bar. The decor downstairs is dark and sultry with dim lighting and plush fabrics. While , elegant rooms are classic and timeless with whitewashed walls, high ceilings and modern art. A sophisticated stay. See More
Hotel Munchen Palace Munich 74 rooms from £141Local 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
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. See More
Excelsior by Geisel Munich 114 rooms from £144City Style - A stylish hotel from which to discover this buzzing citySights nearby - Visit the iconic town hall, 'Neues Rathaus' and St Peter’s Church for some great views and artworkGreat walks - Wander around the idyllic and enormous Englischer GartenRomantic - Good for couples.
A smart hotel in a handy central spot with a restaurant and an Alpine-style bar featuring Swiss-pine fittings. The luxurious lounge has classically elegant furniture, sumptuous furnishings and fine artwork. The attractive bedrooms are tastefully simple; a sophisticated choice. See More
Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor Munich (80804 München) 277 rooms from £191City Style - A luxurious central hotel ideal for exploring the city in styleGreat walks - Stroll around the Glockenbachviertel, the city’s prettiest districtLocal markets - Browse the wares at indoor night flea market MidnightbazarSwimming Pool - Indoor poolRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
A gorgeous modern hotel in the heart of the city with a fine-dining restaurant. Downstairs, the bar and lounge combine swanky design and homely modern comforts with retro style furniture and grey hues. Large rooms have blissful sink-into beds and big bathtubs; the indulgent spa seals the deal! See More
Cortiina Hotel Munich 75 rooms from £199Lively - The bar is one of Munich's hotspots.City StyleLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Tablet
Platzl Hotel Munich (80331 München) 167 rooms from £216Local exploring - In an enviable location bang in the centre, a great base from which to explore the city with easeSights nearby - Visit the iconic town hall 'Neues Rathaus', and St Peter’s Church for some great views and artworkLocal markets - Wander around the enticing Viktualienmarkt, Munich's main food marketViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Fodors
This established hotel has recently undergone a makeover maintaining its traditional style while giving it a fresh contemporary feel. Rooms feature pine furniture, whitewashed walls and steel grey hues. Boasting an excellent fine-dining restaurant serving superb Bavarian fare. See More
Louis Hotel Munich 72 rooms from £233Foodies - The Louis Grillroom - A meat restaurant with a cauliflower steakRestaurant - The Louis Grillroom serves superb meats accompanied by the freshest seasonal vegetablesSights nearby - Climb the narrow staircase of St Peter’s Church for sky-high views over the cityLocal markets - Stroll the Viktualienmarkt for local food, drink and handicraftsRecommended by - Tablet
Anna Hotel Munich 75 rooms from £266City 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.BoutiqueRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel, Tablet
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. See More
Beyond by Geisel Munich 19 rooms from £304Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploring the city on foot, set on the Marienplatz across from the New Town HallGreat walks - Stroll around the picturesque Englischer GartenDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.
Charles Hotel, Munich Munich 160 rooms from £351Foodies - Excellent Italian restaurant.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSights nearby - Short walk or metro ride from all the major attractionsRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich 298 rooms from £390City StyleFoodiesSpa breaks5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Bayerischer Hof Munich 411 rooms from £399Spa 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, Michelin Travel
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. See More
Mandarin Oriental Munich Munich 73 rooms from £553City StyleSpa - With Turkish bath and saunaSwimming Pool - Rooftop infinity poolTraditionalRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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. See More