Munich beckons both business and leisure travellers all year round. Accommodation is among the most expensive in Germany, especially during the famous Oktoberfest, when prices hit the ceiling. But don’t hesitate to ask for special rates.
Hotel prices usually include VAT at 16% and a buffet breakfast.
There are many hotels within walking distance of the main train station. The average price of a reasonable hotel with private bath and breakfast is around 100 €. Hotel Europäischer Hof charges 99 €. The Hotel Monaco, nearby on Schillerstrauss, was voted the best two star hotel in Germany. Doubles at the Monaco start at 110 €.
There is a youth hostel nearby Senefelderstrasse. Euro Youth Hotel is number 5 on the left side of the road coming from the train station.
If you are looking for all the luxuries of a good five-star hotel this is the place to be in. Like most hotels belonging to this international chain, including the older Park Hilton at Am Tucherpark, the City Hilton spoils its visitors with pleasantries of life.
Franz Josef Strauss Airport is just 35 minutes away via a subway connection beneath the hotel. Catering for the hectic lifestyle of the business traveller, laundry, ironing and shoe polishing services are promptly available. Spacious rooms equipped with TV, mini-bar, air conditioning and modem point come as standard.
The hotel is well geared up for conferences, corporate functions for up to 550 people and presentations of all kinds. Guests can enjoy the relaxing massage, fitness and spa facilities after a hard day’s work.
The Hilton has a fabulous restaurant and moreover there is also round the clock room service.
Rosenheimer Strasse 15
Tel: (089) 48040.
Located next to the Isartor Gate, the start of Munich’s main shopping district, the hotel has 50 rooms, each with private facilities and Internet access. Hotel Advokat offers a great base from which to explore nearby galleries and museums. The atmosphere of this exquisite and tasteful design hotel is calm, light and fresh, which attracts young and trendy professionals.
Its bright rooms and elegant layout present a welcome haven from the hustle of the city. The colour schemes and furniture are kept in creams and whites, natural woods and plush fabrics. Business travellers will enjoy the opportunity to relax on the quiet roof terrace; reading, resting, being spoilt by complimentary hot and cold drinks, fruit and snacks. Its impressive breakfast buffet is well suited for morning business meetings.
Even though there are no conference facilities, the hotel is just a short walk away from the Forum der Technik, which provides such facilities.
Tel: (089) 216 310.
Privately owned and run by one family for over 100 years, Bayerischer Hof, located in the heart of Munich welcomes an upscale international clientele. This prestigious residence houses a legendary institution on Munich’s hotel scene. Apparently, the industrialist Ernst von Siemens rented one of the luxurious suites here for most of his life.
Bayerischer Hof boasts classical halls and foyers, a swimming pool on the top-floor terrace, designer shops, a theatre and a jazz nightclub all under one roof. Its opulent rooms vary in decorative style – some are very romantic and English, designed by Laura Ashley, others feature a south European country house theme or a French 19th-century palace ambience.
This grand hotel hosts many prominent functions and award parties for Germany’s high society. However, the hotel also offers special rates on rooms or wining and dining in its various restaurants and bars.
Tel: (089) 21200.
Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
This renowned hotel is one of the most luxurious and stylish places to stay in Bavaria’s sophisticated metropolis. The hotel accommodates the rich, famous and beautiful. It is situated on the splendid boulevard of Maximilianstrasse, amid the finest art galleries, theatres and shops of the city.
The rooms are very elegant and are divided into business, classic and deluxe categories. Whatever be the category, they combine historic charm and magic with every possible high-tech comfort, such as telephone with voice-mail, modem point, TV with Internet and PlayStation games. The hotel’s restaurant serves award-winning traditional cuisine.
If the budget is too tight for all of this, then at least the hotel bar is worth a visit. The best pianist in the world, the hotel claims, plays at the bar.
Relaxation is also at hand, with access to the large fitness area featuringa sauna and solarium.
Tel: (089) 21250.
Hotel Mercure Königin Elisabeth
Situated in the pretty but more remote quarter of Neuhausen, with the airport only half an hour away and Munich Hauptbahnhof within ten minutes, Königin Elisabeth is a traditional hotel that offers good value for money. All rooms are a comfortable size and come equipped with shower, TV and mini-bar; the ones facing the courtyard at the back are quieter. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, this is the place.
Tel: (089) 126 860.
The Garni Hotel, a highly reliable chain with an affordable reputation, owns this fairly small hotel. Even though the location is not be the most fashionable, it is conveniently close to Munich Hauptbahnhof, which is the hub for the urban as well as the national transport network.
The hotel fulfils general basic standards, with TV and telephone in every room, and so is for travellers with simple needs. There are 25 en-suite rooms, ten with baths and 15 with showers and five rooms without en suite facilities. The professional team offers a friendly and generous service which does not give any ground for complaints.
The hotel also operates a special scheme for the young traveller on a low budget, called McBed.
Tel: (089) 555 281.
Certainly a hotspot to be seen at, but right now, it is only the in-crowd who frequents it. .
Olympic is the perfect hotel for anybody who requires comfortable but stylish living – and will satisfy the modern traveller. This is where spoilt journalists and actors love to stay – partly because of its beautiful and trendy location and partly because of the combination of English colonial style and traditional Bavarian architecture of this rather unusual hotel. Its 32 rooms are tastefully furnished and follow a unique design scheme throughout.
Tel: (089) 231 890.
Centrally located, only a short walk from the English Garden and the Bavarian National Museum, the charming Opera Hotel has great style and originality. It was restored with attention to detail and each room has been decorated in a different colour and furnished with original antiques. Opera has a special private ambience with marble floors adding a majestic touch to this intimate little hotel.
All standard facilities, such as TV, telephone and en-suite bathroom are available and the rooms are spacious. A concierge service provides assistance for business or leisure arrangements.
The Renaissance-style garden, with its shady arcades, provides peaceful shelter in hot summers, while the luxurious conservatory can be enjoyed on cold winter days.
Tel: (089) 210 4940.