Lots of people flock to Munich for the epic Oktoberfest celebration, but there’s much more to this German city than just great beer with a long list of things to see and do. From the Munich’s parks and Christmas markets to its castles, cuisine, and art, Munich is a year-round destination that belongs on every traveler’s European bucket list. As you’re planning your stay, here are some top hotels that you’ll love staying at in Munich.
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If you’re looking for luxury and convenience, Bayerischer Hof is a great choice with modern rooms and suites. This five-star luxury hotel also has multiple restaurants and bars, 40 function rooms, a spa, and entertainment options. This hotel has a history that dates back to 1839 when King Ludwig I first shared his desire for the hotel. All of the rooms here have flat-screen TVs, CD albums, games, and internet access. There’s also a gym with great city views and massages and yoga offered by the spa. Package deals are available for holidays, romantic getaways, and other themes. Meanwhile, onsite entertainment options include a cinema, performance theater, nightclub, and piano bar.
The Louis Hotel is also in the heart of Munich and has beautifully designed rooms with handmade furniture and views of the courtyard, St. Peter’s Church or the Viktualienmarkt. The rooms here have a relaxing vibe that lets you really soak up the culture of the city. For dining and drinking, the Louis Hotel offers its own Grillroom, the Sparkling Bar, the Viktualienmarkt breakfast, and private rooftop dining. Vegans and meat lovers both enjoy dining here during their time in Munich. Short-term parking is available near the hotel, and seasonal and year-round specials are offered on the hotel’s website.
Mandarin Oriental is a familiar name in luxury accommodations that has a strong presence in Munich. Located in Old Town, the Mandarin Oriental is a luxury retreat within walking distance of Marienplatz and the Residence. You’ll also be about 35 minutes from the airport by car and close to lots of designer boutiques and great restaurants. There are elegant rooms with city or beer garden views, as well as luxury suites, some that have outdoor terraces. For food and drinks, there’s a Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, restaurant, exotic cocktails, afternoon tea, and the seasonal outdoor terrace. Guests here also enjoy the fitness center, Turkish steam bath, a Finnish sauna, and personal training sessions.
For more of a family-run hotel vibe, stay at Hotel Laimer Hof, which has cozy rooms in Munich’s Nymphenburg District. This historic hotel was built in 1886 and is one of the oldest buildings in the district. The romantic tower room is particularly popular with newlyweds, the hosts are very friendly and accommodating. The rooms here all have complimentary Wi-Fi, minibars, televisions, and other amenities. When you stay in this quiet location, you’ll have easy access to attractions, restaurants, and bars.
Another top five-star pick is the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, which is centrally located and has a luxury day spa. Various room options are available, afternoon tea is served in the lobby, there’s a buffet breakfast to start your day, and tartar is a signature dish served here. The spa is located on the sixth floor and offers massages, facials, a gym, sauna, steam room, and indoor heated pool.
The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar is located on the top floors of a chic industrial building and has sunny rooftop rooms. This is a modern place to stay with spacious terraces and great views. There are also unique rooms on the third floor that were created as part of a collaboration with celebrities and creative types. On the top floor, you’ll find the bar, which serves appetizers and cocktails with panoramic views. The bar also serves a buffet breakfast daily. Ask the front desk about the hotel’s free bike rentals.
If you want to stay in the Bogenhausen Quarter, the Hotel Muenchen Palace is a recommended option. This hotel has multiple dining options so you can enjoy traditional German dishes, seafood, local asparagus, delicious breakfasts, cocktails, and afternoon tea. Guests who stay here can take advantage of the sauna, massage services, digital magazines, chauffeur service, bike rental, the lovely garden, and valet parking. Near the hotel, popular activities include visiting Monacensia im Hildebrandhaus, the local jogging routes, Angel of Peace, concerts, and museums.
Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel offers exceptionally large guest rooms, which is great if you’re looking for a bit more space to spread out and relax. It is in the Lenbachgärten Quarter and offers fresh and seasonal cuisine at its Sophia’s restaurant. There are spacious rooms and suites here that are designed elegantly and with beautiful features. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Library, and stop by the spa for a holistic treatment. This is a family-friendly hotel that offers programs and perks for young travelers.
The Cortiina Hotel is another top-rated Munich hotel with beautiful rooms and an elegant vibe. Breakfast is served here with healthy superfoods for an additional fee. There’s an updated 24/7 fitness room here with a pull-up bar, treadmills, and kettlebells, and you can borrow the hotel’s bikes for free. Since you’ll be in the center of town, it’s easy to get to the opera, Marienplatz, and the Viktualienmarkt. Make sure to stop by the hotel bar’s happy hour.
The last great Munich hotel we’ll mention here is the Platzl Hotel, which is a traditional downtown hotel near the top sightseeing spots. A breakfast buffet is served here, the Josefa Bar & Kaffee is stylish and cozy, and the on-site restaurant serves sophisticated Bavarian cuisine. Guests who stay here can also use the sauna, steam bath, fitness area, and relaxation area with light therapy and a heat bench. It’s also nice to go for a jog in the nearby English Garden while staying here.