With its world-renowned opera, star-studded art collections and purring BMW motors, Munich is a hub of German prosperity as much as regional Bavarian pride. Its thriving local economy and highly desirable location have made it the most expensive German city for real estate, not to mention the home of numerous extravagant hotels. But Munich need not blow your traveller’s bank. If you’d rather rather save your Euros for the city’s best bars, good cheer or many cultural showstoppers, these are some of the city’s best affordable hotels. Whether you opt for Altstadt affordability at the dependable Motel One, homely charms at the Laimer Hof or a classic backpackers’ haunt at the Euro Hostel, take your affordable pick and sleep cheap and well.
Best cheap hotels in Munich
It doesn’t get more affordable in the Altstadt. This bright addition to Munich’s hotel scene delivers on all the Motel One chain’s dependable service, cleanliness and box-spring bed comfort, with the added bonus of a super central location, as well as great historic views from some of the more upscale bedrooms. The chain’s regular white, beige and turquoise décor gains a touch of added opulence in the common areas, with elaborate light fixtures, rich upholstery and a cosy log burner in the dining room and lobby.
Time Out tip: Lucky you! The sleek Jaded Monkey cocktail bar is just around the corner.
The award-winning Laimer Hof is less about front-line style than it is about familial Bavarian hospitality. Dedicated hosts Alexandra and Sebastian Rösch, along with their twin boys, create a distinctly homely environment by greeting guests on arrival, offering numerous tips on what to see and do in the area and serving drinks each evening in the lobby or outside when warm. The light and peaceful bedrooms are furnished in simple, old-fashioned style with en-suite shower rooms. Particularly suited for visitors to the Nymphenburg Palace, Laimer Hof is also very family-friendly, with free breakfast for kids under six and the option to combine some rooms into a family suite.
Time Out tip: Don’t miss the nearby Königlicher Hirschgarten, the largest beer-garden in Bavaria (if not the world).
With its stylish minimalism and excellent location between the main train station and the Königsplatz, the downtown branch of the Vi Vadi chain caters well to both business and pleasure travellers. Rooms, ranging from singles to a lofty and airy suite, keep things beautifully crisp and fresh, with clean lines, generous windows and a simple palette of white, brown and beige. The en-suite shower rooms include pampering White Company toiletries. Breakfast and surprisingly good coffee are served in the on-site Vi Vadi restaurant, where you can also enjoy good Sicilian dishes come the evening.
Time Out tip: The Vi Vadi is located just around the corner from the Alter Botanischer Garten, a charming Munich park featuring planted beds, fountains, playground and café.
The upbeat Cocoon chain has three hotels in town, each channelling relaxed retro-chic for superb prices. We like the Stachus location for its proximity to the Altstadt and quirky forest décor, but the Hauptbahnhof branch will bring you even closer to the main train station, while the Sendlinger Tor location is a stone’s throw from the Theresienweise (take note, Oktoberfest travellers). Alongside its woodland concept, the Stachus venue is brightly lit and playful, with plenty of rounded edges, 70s-style greens and oranges, and trademark ‘ball chairs’ to kick back in. True to the Cocoon name, the rooms are compact and cosy, with integrated wash-basins and Raindance showers. Breakfast is available for an extra EUR 9.90 per person and there are plenty of bars, shops and eateries nearby.
Quaint is probably the best word to describe the English Garden Guesthouse, although that doesn't quite do it justice. This lovingly converted old watermill – it dates back over 300 years – provides olde wolde charm alongside mod cons. Watch a flat screen TV in your room amongst rococo revival furniture and utilise the free wifi beside the babbling brook. Things to do nearby include the classy Seehaus restaurant in the English Garden, Bavarian beer at Osterwaldgarten and the eighteenth-century Chinese Tower.
Time Out tip: Hop on your bike (or one rented from the front desk) in order to easily explore the English Garden.
With two decades of hostel hospitality to its name, the Euro Youth Hostel sure knows what it’s doing when it comes to budget traveler needs. Around the corner from Munich Central Station, it is ideally suited for backpackers on a tight budget, with prices for a dorm bed starting at EUR 15 — though not during Oktoberfest! The bedrooms are bright, light and spick-and-span, boasting some of the most comfortable beds on the European hostel circuit. Downstairs, the décor hits the right mix of tradition (think vintage brewery posters) and modern amenities (lots of computers, live screenings of FC Bayern games, good WiFi). Each guest has a private locker, with additional luggage storage available.
In a historic building right by the elegiac Siegestor, this no-frills guest house is a great choice for those looking for an independent affordable lodging. It offers 20 simply furnished, somewhat outmoded rooms, but more than makes up for its rather bland décor with its great location—a stone’s throw from the Englischer Garten and a pleasant 20-minute stroll from the Altstadt—and the sincere and helpful service from hostess Monika Clauss. Prices start at EUR 74 for a double, with a simple breakfast included. Note that the cheaper rooms share a bathroom.
Time Out tip: Strolling toward the Englischer Garten? Grab a snack at the cute little Milchhäusl kiosk.
With rainbow flags fluttering across its façade, the Hotel Deutsche Eiche is both an excellent value Munich hotel and one of the most historic LGBT establishments in town. Walking distance from Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz, it’s got a great central location, as well as a hearty on-site restaurant serving up good Bavarian fare from seven in the morning until after midnight. The simple rooms are clean and comfortable, but it’s the great friendly service, proud history and extensive hamam and sauna that secures Eiche its place on the list.
Time Out tip: Don’t miss the leafy roof terrace with its great views over the Altstadt spires.
Prices start at just EUR 39 for a single and EUR 59 for a double at the superbly priced Creatif Hotel Elephant, tucked away on a quiet street near Munich central station. With its bold red facade, this bright and affordable bolthole is particularly popular with tourists on a budget, while also appealing to no-frills business travellers making a flyover visit. Rooms are kept compact and simple, retaining the exterior’s penchant for colour in vibrant curtains and art prints. Fresh tulips in the breakfast room add further cheer.
Time Out tip: Up for some more bright colour? Take the short walk up to the Lenbachhaus, where you’ll find key Expressionist works from Kandinsky, Klee and Gabriele Münter.
The Hotel Mons am Goetheplatz channels something of the clean lines and monochrome one might expect from an upmarket design hotel, only with a somewhat shabbier finish and much softer price tag. Located above a fairly unassuming pharmacy, with ascent via an old-school elevator, the approach is hardly glamorous, but if you’re looking for simple affordability, you’ll find doubles starting at 60 EUR, with decent service, comfort and breakfast. Note that many of the cheapest rooms share a bathroom and that sound-proofing isn’t the hotel’s forte; if you’re a light sleeper, ask for a room at the back.
Time Out tip: Some travellers find the hotel under-insulated in deep winter, so pack extra layers!