Hotels in the City of Munich, Germany

by Patrick M. Lind
A view of the Frauenkirche Cathedral in Munich.

A view of the Frauenkirche Cathedral in Munich.

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Most of Munich’s tourist sights and historic landmarks are located in the city center, so a stay at a hotel in Munich’s historic old town offers one of the best ways to explore the city’s rich cultural traditions. Many of these hotels emphasize Bavaria’s traditions in style and design and are surrounded by pedestrianized cobble stone streets, historic buildings, market squares with street-side cafes and regional restaurants.

Hotel Bayrischer Hof

The Bayrischer Hof hotel was established in 1841 at the request of King Ludwig I and has been run by the same family since. It is in a landmarked classicist building at Promenadeplatz, a famous square in the center of Munich. A magnificent atrium with glass cupola, marble floors, arcades and plush antique furniture characterizes the lobby area. For the rooms, guests can chose between six different interior designs from cosmopolitan design to colonial style to country home. Exclusive textiles, fresh flowers and paintings create a friendly ambiance in each room. A spa area with rooftop swimming pool, sauna and fitness room as well as an on-site theater, gallery and cinema lounge offer entertainment possibilities. Three restaurants and two bars serve traditional Bavarian and international specialties.

Cortiina Hotel

Cortiina Hotel is situated right next to Munich’s legendary Hofbrauhaus in the heart of the historic old town. Its modern facade opens to an elegant interior with natural stone wall paneling, open fireplaces and lacquered wood and designer furniture in the common areas. Guests sleep in 75 rooms and suites that feature a warm and welcoming atmosphere with dark oak or Swiss pine furniture, aesthetic wall covers and plush couches. Abstract art paintings and fresh flowers add colorful highlights. Some rooms feature fully equipped kitchenettes. Mornings at the hotel start with a rich breakfast buffet with homemade jams, local cheese, fruits, eggs fresh baked pastries and breakfast rolls. A bar lounge with summer terrace serves cocktails and snacks in a stylish surrounding.

Platzl Hotel

Platzl Hotel extends to its guests a touch of Bavaria at the famous Platzl Square outside the Hofbrauhaus. Cobblestone streets, boutique shops and traditional Bavarian restaurants fill the square and bestow a charming atmosphere. Its interior features a rustic yet friendly country home style. Wooden wall paneling, colorful patterned curtains and selected paintings decorate the 167 spacious rooms and suites. A complimentary breakfast buffet with original Munich specialities like veal sausages, pretzels, homemade waffles, a variety of egg dishes, fruits and pastries come with all room rates. Further hotel facilities include a wellness area with spa, sauna and steam bath, a fitness room, two Bavarian restaurants and a bar.

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, situated right at the Bavarian State Opera, is one of Munich’s more luxurious hotels. Its historic facade opens to a sophisticated interior reminiscent of an old world elegance. Mahogany wall paneling, chandeliers, antique arm chairs and a glass cupola decorate the lobby area. The design of the rooms and suites was inspired by the 19th century style of Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the Fairy Tale King. Noble furniture, exquisite fabrics, paintings and antique collectibles add to their design. An on-site spa with indoor swimming pool and fitness room provides a relaxation area with panorama views over Munich’s old town. A gourmet restaurant and a bar serve regional and international cuisine.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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