Festive piazzas and white-columned temples, neoclassical monuments, medieval castles and baroque churches, Munich is fashionable, leafy and full of historic charm.
The capital of Bavaria is also awash with cutting-edge art, architecture and expansive green spaces, home to internationally acclaimed breweries and the annual Oktoberfest. Main attractions include Marienplatz, home to the late 19th-century Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and the city’s Stadtmuseum or City Museum, which showcases the ups and downs of Munich’s history.
The city serves up every imaginable cuisine, from street food markets to fine dining restaurants and Bavarian beer halls. Tantris in the north of the city has been a big name on Munich’s dining scene for decades. Its two Michelin-starred cuisine combined with its retro interior architecture make it one of the best places to dine in Germany. Maximilian Street is home to the most exclusive galleries, jewellers, and boutique stores, complemented by Kaufingerstrasse – the city’s so-called ‘shopping mile’. Known for celebrations, Munich offers rich festivals and cultural events. Enjoy Oktoberfest in the Fall, surf the Eisbach river in the Summer, and enjoy Christmas markets in the Winter.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best luxury hotels in Munich:
Hotel Bayerischer Hof - 10/10
Steeped in history and one of Munich's premier accommodations, Hotel Bayerischer Hof was originally conceived by King Ludwig I, and has been hosting discerning guests for over 150 years. With wonderful views towards the Alps and chic sophistication, it is situated in Munich’s fashionable shopping district and within walking distance of the Opera House and The Church of Our Lady. The iconic Blue Spa terrace, created by Andrée Putman, offers barbecues in the summer and a unique ice bar in the winter. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier was conceptualised by interior designer Axel Vervoordt, who also designed the Cinema Lounge, the South and North Wings, and the unique 340 square meter Penthouse Garden Suite – which occupies the entire eighth floor.
The opulent rooms and suites have original designs that range from cosmopolitan to imperial-era, each individually decorated by a famous architects. The top floor suites include views, private spa access, terraces, and open fireplaces. The hotel is home to its own nightclub, five restaurants and six bars. The 1,300-square-meter rooftop spa offers views over Munich, a pool, saunas, steam bath, sun deck and fitness studio. The plush Cinema Lounge is ideal for company and private celebrations. A premier hotel, Hotel Bayerischer Hof has regularly been voted one of the best grand hotels in Europe.
Mandarin Oriental, Munich - 9/10
With legendary hospitality In the centre of the atmospheric old town, Mandarin Oriental, Munich offers a blend of elegance and comfort. Combining timeless charm with a contemporary, modern design and subtle Oriental influences. The hotel has 48 rooms, some with views over the city, others overlooking the Hofbräuhaus beer gardens. The 25 suites have outdoor terraces and are of the largest in Munich, with stylised decor with boutique furnishings. Elegant neo-Biedermeier design combined with chic Asian influences, spacious marble bathrooms with heated floors and mirrors.
Matsuhisa Munich, by world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers award-winning ‘New Style Japanese-Peruvian’ cuisine. The Lounge is great for all day dining, afternoon tea and cake specialties. Open during the warm summer months, The Terrace is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets, with a wonderful menu and fabulous 360 degree view of the city. There’s a fully equipped fitness centre, or opt to relax in either the Turkish bath or Finnish Sauna. Within walking distance of Marienplatz and the Residence, the hotel is well located for exploring and a private shopping consultant or guide can be arranged to guide the way.
Effortlessly elegant, The Charles Hotel is located in the leafy Lenbachgarten district close to historic Königsplatz. Here contemporary style meets traditional Bavarian hospitality. The Classic Rooms are generous in size and style. The Deluxe Panoramic View Rooms live up to their names with wonderful views towards the adjacent Old Botanical Garden. Large-scale artwork by Hubertus von Hohenlohe depicting the artist in the city, grace the walls. The rooms are air-conditioned with flat-screen TVs, a limestone bathroom with a bathtub and a separate walk-in shower. Upgraded rooms come with balconies and sofas. Suites have separate living areas, some have kitchenettes and additional balconies.
Sophia’s Restaurant is one of the best in Munich, envisioned by the hotel’s Executive Chef, it serves fresh, seasonal cuisine and innovative drinks from an innovative cocktail menu. There's an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating, plus a bar offering afternoon tea, drinks and live entertainment. Pamper yourself in the spa, using exclusive products made from plants grown at their Sicilian resort, and swim a few laps in our luxurious pool – the longest of its kind in the city. There’s a sauna, steam room, and a modern gym. Additional features include a business centre, meeting rooms and an elegant ballroom.
A grand dame of Munich’s hotel scene, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich was once a trailblazer of modernity. Opened in 1858 as the Zu den vier Jahreszeiten, it graced a boulevard that was to become one of the most prestigious addresses in Europe. At the time, the hotel’s renowned architect, Wilhelm Gottgetreu, combined classicism and gothic designs with newfound modernity: running water, gas lights and baths. The original architecture and furnishings in the lobby still transport you to yesteryear. Topped by a colourful glass dome, the lobby serves British-style afternoon tea, a firm favourite. Major investment has seen the hotel grow to host 65 superb suites and 230 rooms.
Warmly decorated they feature flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as street or courtyard views. No two rooms are alike. You’ll find marble bathrooms, fine art, designer chairs and period pieces, even some items by Philippe Starck. Suites have separate living rooms and baroque murals. The Maximilianstrasse-facing Ludwig Suite is top of the line with superb finishings, silver candelabras, silk curtains, a Jacuzzi and a Finnish sauna. On the top level is a lavish spa complex with an indoor pool flanked by loungers pointed towards the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant serves posh Bavarian inspired cuisine. The hotel has its own limousine service.
BEYOND by Geisel - 8/10
BEYOND by Geisel is more than an award winning hotel in Munich, it is devised to be your home from home on the Marienplatz. A large open living area stretches across two floors, with a common kitchen and dining area. The hotel has just 19 luxury rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Town Hall and Rindermarkt Square. Decorated in rich ochres and brown with warm wooden floors, touches of brass, brushed metals and refined lighting in the ultra-deluxe bathrooms. Bedding is soft and generous, with headboards facing floor to ceiling windows. Bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in rainfall showers, and Aesop amenities.
Meals from breakfast to midnight snacks are prepared by the private in-house chef, with drinks available throughout. Groups and families can exclusively reserve the hotel. When you’re not enjoying a relaxed evening in The Library, or sipping on a glass of wine in The Wine Lounge, the central position means you simply step onto the lively streets to seek out traditional foods, or visit one of the many beloved beer halls.
A luxury lifestyle hotel for design lovers, Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor is located in Schwabing near the Englischer Garten and offers stunning views of the city and the Alps beyond. The hotel’s 277 rooms and suites have sophisticated, slick detail from wooden floors and unique fabric sofas to modern amenities and inspiring works of art. Some have floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as separate dining and sitting areas. The Lonely Broccoli restaurant is a modern meat house, specialising in charcoal-grilled and slow-roasted dishes typical of Bavaria. The rooftop bar M’Uniqo is one of the highest in the city, popular with Sunday brunch and late night small plates paired with a cocktail. Sip on a drink at Andaz Lounge Bar, the chic lobby lounge, or visit Bicicletta for upscale coffee and pastries.
The hotel’s expansive spa features six exclusive treatment rooms, a 17 meter indoor pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, sun decks, and fitness centre. The spa offers a full menu of facials, massages, body treatments, and beauty treatments. From Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor stroll through the expansive park Englischer Garten or wander through the picturesque Old Town.
Hotel Munchen Palace - 8/10
Located on the upper banks of the Isar River, the Hotel München Palace is in the upscale Bogenhausen quarter. Furnished with great attention to detail in a classic-modern style, the 89 luxurious rooms, including 15 suites, are completely new. Tastefully and individually styled interior designers Kuffler Inn Design, they have parquet floors, marble bathrooms, and high-tech finishes, silk curtains, velvet armchairs, and neutral palettes with gold-framed art adorning the walls. Some have balconies. Consider a suite for a separate living area, or the Maisonette Suite for a private roof terrace. The Presidential Suite has a Steinway piano and a private sauna.
Three separate restaurants allow you to choose between Bavarian specialties, typical Kuffler-cuisine, afternoon tea, or Asian delicacies. The Palace Restaurant has street views and paintings adorning the walls. Palace Wintergarten is airy and elegant with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows. The wood-panelled Palace Bar is the place to go in the evening for a specialty cocktail, or a glass of crisp German Riesling. Work out in the Technogym fitness facility on the fourth floor. Unwind in the steam bath, sauna, or rooftop terrace. Explore Munich on one of the hotel's complimentary bicycles, and take a chef-prepared picnic lunch to the English Garden. Children are welcome, and the hotel offers a chauffeur service, and two meeting rooms for functions.
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost - 8/10
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is a contemporary design hotel in Munich’s former Bavarian Royal Post Office Behind the historic building’s neoclassical façade, find a blend of avant-garde architecture, high technology and French-inspired design – something that the Sofitel brand is known for. Each of the hotel's 339 elegant guest rooms and 57 suites focus on attention to detail and modern design, with a successful mixture of leather, natural wood, polished chrome and glass. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a European king-size bed, flat-screen TV and an exclusive Nespresso coffee machine and Hermes toiletries.
Enjoy French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at DÉLiCE La Brasserie. A varied breakfast buffet is available in the morning at Schwarz & Weiz which claims to have the best croissants in Munich. The elegant ISARBAR and lounge with library and terrace is ideal for taking a break. Relax at the Sofitel Spa in Munich with its heated spiral shaped pool, steam bath, sauna, infrared cabin and softly lit relaxing rooms built out of stone and beautiful tiles. Invigorating massages and treatments are offered using Cinq Mondes and Carita products. The Sofitel is a 10-minute walk from the Karlsplatz/Stachus pedestrian area and the Theresienwiese, the location of Munich’s Oktoberfest Beer Festival.
Roomers Hotel Munich - 8/10
Roomers Hotel Munich, is a unique lifestyle hotel specialising in modern, indulgent and sensually styled accommodation in the heart of the Westend. The 280 extravagant rooms and suites are styled in elegant wood and dark marble complemented by inspiring art, modern amenities and a seductive ambience – with just the right touch of quirk. High-quality linen adorns comfy beds, while black-walled bathrooms are tastefully kitted out with white basins, silver taps and modern rain showers. Clever lighting accentuates the calming overall effect.
The legendary Roomers Bar, RED, the Japanese restaurant IZAKAYA and the cinema are just a few highlights the hotel has to offer. The Roomers Spa by Shan Rahimkhan has a varied menu with massages, beauty treatments and specials like HydraFacial offered. There’s a large sauna and Hamam style steam room, an attractive infinity pool and well-equipped gym. The hotel specialises in intimate events and occasions, and has two large terraces in the courtyard for barbecues, car launches or open-air fashion shows. The Westend is a lively neighbourhood where historical sites meet high-tech businesses such as Apple and Google. It is less touristy and offers a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars – both Bavarian and international. Roomers Munich sits opposite the impressive 19th-century red-brick Augustiner Brewery, and is a member of Autograph Collection Hotels.
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