A former monastery in the heart of the Altstadt, the De Medici is a one-of-a-kind overnight experience. With a private art collection, the renovated apartments are uniquely luxurious, with only the masonry left reminiscent of the building’s once-barebones history. The decadent decor is a reminder of the value you get for your money in a place which has everything you need, from an in-room kitchenette to the fitness studio to the spa and massage area. Wrapping a city block and adjoined to a church, the hotel feels private while remaining in the midst of things.
Neighborhood: It doesn’t get more central than this. Lined with bars and restaurants, the walking streets of the Altstadt are packed with visitors from the world over eager to get a glimpse of old-fashioned European aesthetics. It’s especially charming in December, when the Christmas markets set up shop and the lights twinkle in the snow.
Time Out tip: Come here at Christmas time for an especially cheery, magical atmosphere.