Munich is as renowned for its classic Bavarian architecture as it is for its annual celebration of beer – Oktoberfest. The capital of Bavaria, and Germany’s third largest city, it maintains a relaxed pace that makes it a pleasure to go out without ever feeling crowded or rushed, even at weekends. Nature is also right on the doorstep, so if it’s outdoor pursuits you’re after, these hotels make the ideal base for hiking the mountain trails and surfing at the Eisbach.
It makes total sense that a stylish central hotel such as this should house one of the coolest places to drink in town. At the award-winning Amano Bar, lovingly curated mid-century furniture provides the perfect setting to browse the innovative cocktail list, which makes creative use of a variety of eclectic ingredients including sesame, popcorn and mascarpone. The drinks slide down even easier when accompanied by some of Munich’s finest DJs.
At the behest of King Ludwig I in 1839, renowned industrialist Joseph Anton von Maffei commissioned the king’s favourite architect to build a first-class hotel in Munich. Today, Ludwig’s Suite remains the most exclusive and is frequented by visiting celebrities and heads of state. Fans of fine dining secure their favourite table at the three-Michelin-star Atelier, helmed by chef Jan Hartwig. The menu has clearly been crafted by a maestro, featuring a star dish, the evocative Memories of My Apprenticeship, comprising quail galantine, Perigord truffle vinaigrette and side salad.
Conveniently located by the central train station, it may be Munich outside, but Cocoon promises to transport guests to the mountains as they step through the door. The decor is a playful alpine lodge, while ensuring comfort and style. It’s great for working in the communal areas, where the light changes according to the time of day, and there are plenty of romantic opportunities in the form of various packages, including a stay in a retro ski chalet.
The decor at this former post office varies between room types. The Classic opts for a bright modern feel with splashes of colour, while the Superior is more muted, with beds begging you to curl up in. The emphasis is on being pampered – whether that’s a massage using products from the prestigious Parisian brand Carita, or tucking into a dry-aged steak at the Délice La Brasserie.
During extensive renovations in 2020, this hotel near Maximilianstraße and the National Theatre used the opportunity to replace all single-use items in the bedrooms and bathrooms with eco-friendly alternatives. New artworks in the rooms feature mountain images by contemporary local artist Felix Rehfeld, and you have access to complimentary Mercedes-Benz bikes to explore the city. Although well placed for access to Munich’s finest restaurants and cafés, there’s an in-house Matsuhisa restaurant, by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, with a selection of his sushi dishes also served at the rooftop bar.
Formerly housing the postal service and a royal telegraph station, this historic site is ensconced as part of Munich’s rich history. Nowadays, it’s firmly established as one of the funkiest hotels in town with a seriously convenient address. Opposite is the central station, and a few minutes’ walk leads you to the main shopping street. The fourth-floor wellness area offers a respite from the city, where the quiet terrace awaits post-sauna guests and NENI serves Israeli-inspired cuisine.
Bold by name and by design, this bolthole in the centre of town exudes a no-nonsense modernity. Unusually for a central hotel, many of the 85 rooms have balconies or a roof terrace, incentivising a bout of fascinating people-watching. A short walk away is the highly Instagrammable former Slaughterhouse, covered in colourful street art, which has been repurposed as a festival site. Top and tail the day in the BOLD Hotel lobby café, grabbing a hot coffee in the morning and a pre-bed schnapps.
A fine example of neo-Renaissance architecture, this quaint hotel has a loyal following amongst world travellers and romantic couples, lured by the Turret rooms and the attentive staff. Located in the heart of Nymphenburg, it’s moments away from the resplendent Baroque Palace, former summer residence of the Bavarian rulers. The adjacent Nymphenburg Palace Park is cited as one of the most exceptional examples of garden design in Germany.
Bursting onto the Munich hotel scene in 2018, Marias Platzi has carved a niche out for itself with its soothing non-formulaic decor in the bedrooms. Blonde wood and blue-grey hues make any weary traveller feel at home. Based in the trendy Au-Haidhausen district, the first independent inn of the hop-loving brewery Ayinger Privatbrauerei is conveniently next door. Across the road on Mariahilfplatz, the local market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
As the name suggests, this hotel is slap bang in the heart of Munich’s action. Guests new and old are welcomed by bronze wiener dog mascot, Waldi. Close by is Marienplatz, the city’s main square where you’ll find the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) designed in a neo-gothic style. Restaurant Oléo Pazzo specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and makes a cracking homemade pasta. Garnished with herbs from the hotel garden, this dish is best enjoyed – weather permitting – on the outside terrace.