Munich's best hotels
If ever a Munich hotel was like your most stylish friend’s apartment, it’s Cortiina. All of its rooms, and particularly its suites, are impeccably designed, with parquet flooring, smooth pine furnishings and an array of beautiful fabric textures from the soft-toned bed throws to the cosy armchairs. The on-site Grapes Wine Bar is a knock-out Munich restaurant in its own right, serving up the likes of grilled octopus with salsiccia and salmon with wild herb salad, as well as smaller bites to enjoy alongside one of the bar’s expertly-chosen wines. Grapes also hosts the hotel breakfast, which includes excellent coffee and dishes boasting a number of fresh and local ingredients. If all that weren’t enough, Cortiina is slap bang in the middle of the Altstadt, with Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt within easy walking distance.
Time Out tip: Like something you had for breakfast? You may be able to take home some of the same—Cortiina acquires much of its fresh produce from the Viktualienmarkt.
For those who appreciate sumptuous history and elegance in their hotel, look no further than the five-star Bayerischer Hof, the epitome of Munich luxury lodging dating back to 1841. Superbly located for the Marienplatz and other Altstadt attractions, it houses 337 rooms and 74 suites, as well as an exceptional line-up of bars and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Atelier and the opulently-mirrored Falk’s Bar. Bedroom décor ranges from warm, earthy tones in the new deluxe doubles to opulent interior themes in the classic suites, whether French Art Nouveau or Laura Ashley-styled English romance. The Bayerischer Hof has a superb gym, pool and spa with an extensive range of massage and Ayurveda treatments, as well as private yoga classes.
Time Out tip: Want a real treat? Take a look at the all-inclusive Bayerischer Hof packages, such as the Art, Culture and Architecture package, which includes a champagne breakfast and tickets to leading Munich galleries and museums.
Not yet ten years old, design hotel Louis delivers superb, understated elegance in a hard-to-beat location right on the Viktualienmarkt. You’re a minute’s walk (max!) from Marienplatz and five minutes from the lovely river Isar. The whole place exudes restful, pared-down comfort, with beautiful wooden floorboards, hand-woven rugs, soft lighting and a serene palette of whites, cool greens and mellow greys. Many rooms have a generous wooden writing desk, as well as delicate Japanese prints on the wall. Louis’ excellent Emiko restaurant continues the theme, serving modern Japanese cuisine in the luminous dining area or, in summer months, on the stunning rooftop terrace with views over St Peter’s, Frauenkirche and Rathaus.
Time Out tip: Take a look inside St Peter’s. It’s Munich’s oldest church, with an elaborate Rococo interior and some superb city views from the steeple.
Located just over a mile from the city centre, but within walking distance to Google’s Munich HQ and other big offices, Roomers is particularly popular with business visitors. Appropriately, the aesthetic in the common area caters to a certain kind of corporate cool, with lots of dark woods and leather, copper shades and metallic surfaces, all softly burnished by dim, warm lighting. All 281 rooms come with a flat screen TV, Bang & Olufson sound system, iPad, WiFi and Nespresso machine, as well as a deluxe, black-marbled bathroom. The superb Izakaya Kitchen & Bar fuses Japanese and South American flavours to create impeccable rolls, sushi, sashimi and Robata (charcoal grilled dishes).
Time Out tip: Feel like some old-school Bavarian fare instead? You’re in luck! The restaurant of Munich’s venerable Augustiner Brewery is just across the road.
The Munich branch of the Ruby Hotels chain wins on location and comfort alike. Around the corner from the Königstplatz, one of the finest squares in town, it is also excellently placed for the illustrious Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne, as well as the modern art collection at Museum Brandhorst. Behind its boxy, glass façade, it channels a philosophy of “lean luxury” with simple rooms, beautiful bed linens and all the makings of a superb night’s sleep, from the soundproofed walls to the blackout system and box-spring mattresses. Downstairs, the Ruby Bar and Café serves light Italian dishes and drinks around the clock, including an organic breakfast of fresh fruits, wholegrain cereals and bread from local bakery Mauerer.
Time Out tip: Need somewhere peaceful and quiet to work? Head to the cozy library area.
Lovelace is the loud and proud newcomer to the Munich hotel scene, making quite the splash with its claim to be not just a hotel but a “happening.” The pop-up venture in a 19th century building just beyond the Altstadt combines sweeping period features with a cutting-edge program of workshops, readings, film screenings and exercise classes, as well as an on-site barber shop and concession stores. With their high ceilings and vast old French windows, the 24 rooms and five suites are superbly airy and bright and kitted out to discerning contemporary taste with Vitra lounge chairs, Sonos sound systems and organic linens, towels and toiletries.
Time Out tip: Go soon! Lovelace is scheduled to run until 2019 only.
Around the corner—as the name suggests—from the Bavarian State Opera, the Hotel Opéra is one of Munich’s most charming boltholes. With its striking black and white façade, the place makes a refined impression from the start, further polished by its marbled lobby, elegant portraits and excellent, personalized service. The 25 bedrooms are individually (and sometimes idiosyncratically) designed, but the real boon is the hotel’s beautiful Italianate courtyard, an ideal spot for a sunny breakfast or relaxed evening aperitif.
Time Out tip: Check out the hotel’s affiliated eateries, Restaurant Gandl and Bar Lehel.
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).
In the heart of the Glockenbach district, design newcomer Flushing Meadows is a good choice for travellers looking to enjoy some creative flourish as well as the neighbourhood’s excellent restaurant and bar scene. Situated on the top two floors of an industrial building, the hotel promises great light, great views and artistic flair, with each of its third-floor rooms designed in collaboration with a creative luminary, resulting in an array of outstanding, individual interiors from the likes of Albert Oehlen and actress Birgit Minichmayr. The fourth floor penthouse rooms are more streamlined in style, but enjoy great private balconies with a wide city panorama. Breakfast is served in the Flushing Meadows’ rooftop bar, which is also a popular aperitif spot for guests and locals alike.
Time Out tip: Fancy some luxury grooming while you’re in town? Check out the top-notch Barber House down the road.
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.