Located in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it’s only appropriate that Munich boutique hotels match the metropolis’ romantic style.
When I’m traveling, luxury boutique hotels tend to be my favorite accommodation choice as they typically embrace local culture and exude hospitality. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re usually very easy on the eye.
Unfortunately, when I was in Munich for Oktoberfest, many of the boutique hotels in Munich were fully booked (then again, so were most of the large hotels also because the Wiesn causes the city to get that busy).
I didn’t get a chance to stay at any of the below hotels, but they all have exceptional guest reviews commending their high quality.
From classic, luxurious stays to sleek, modern haunts, these are the best Munich boutique hotels.
Thierschstraße 49, 80538 München, Germany
Inside a humble 19th-century house rests Splendid-Dollmann Hotel, an intimate property with classic style and simple elegance.
Rooms feature 18th and 19th-century antiques and drapery covered in delicate toile prints on a background of bright, white bedding. Guests boast that the staff is excellent, as is the daily breakfast on offer.
Hotel München Palace
Trogerstraße 21, 81675 München, Germany
Hotel München Palace is for the traveler who seeks sophisticated design and luxurious comfort with an air of coziness.
The intimate 5-star boutique hotel, run by the family-operated, refined Kuffler Gastronomie group, offers 89 rooms and suites, gracefully balancing old Munich with new.
Enjoy a view of Munich at the hotel’s rooftop terrace, or feast on Bavarian plates infused with international inspiration. Hotel München Palace touts its wood-paneled Palace Bar, which it claims is the most beautiful bar in Munich.
While I haven’t dined at Hotel München Palace, I have dined at Spatenhaus an der Oper, one of Kuffler’s most well-regarded restaurants in Munich, and can attest that the group knows what it’s doing when it comes to Bavarian delicacies.
For an extra-quiet stay, make sure to book a room facing the hotel’s Winter Courtyard.
Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 München, Germany
Across the street from Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s bustling food and craft market, is LOUIS Hotel, a property so tranquil that you’d never guess it was in the heart of Munich’s busy Altstadt.
The sun-soaked boutique hotel is rooted in Parisian poise, furnished with handcrafted pieces that leverage natural materials.
Guests can choose to stay in warmly decorated rooms facing the hotel’s courtyard or Viktualienmarkt. Olive green cotton bedding is laid over natural rubber mattresses surrounded by oiled oak and walnut furniture, while crisp white walls magnify natural light.
Also on site are the LOUIS Sparkling Bar, a lounge dedicated to avant-garde sparkling wines, and the LOUIS Roof Terrace, alleged to be a hidden gem among rooftop bars in Munich with a view of the Old Town.
Promenadepl. 2-6, 80333 München, Germany
Steeped in local history, rooms at Bayerischer Hof are designed to embrace timeless, subtle luxury. The relaxing, soft tones of suites glow as sunlight fills the space.
Bayerischer Hof’s history dates back all the way to 1839 when King Ludwig I told Joseph Anton von Maffei of his wish for a luxury hotel in Munich. Maffei then commissioned the Bayerischer Hof, which opened its doors in 1841.
In addition to classically styled rooms, the Bayerischer Hof also has a few modern, themed suites paying homage to notable figures in history, as well as lavish deluxe, presidential, and panorama suites that combine contemporary design with traditional style.
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Parking lot, Am Bavariapark 16, 80339 München, Germany
Located just above Theresienwiese, family-run Hotel Augustin brings understated, modern architecture to Munich boutique hotels.
The affordable hotel in Munich offers a range of room types, from hostel-style dorm rooms perfect for backpackers and solo travelers to private single rooms and full suites for families.
Despite its contemporary appearance, Augustin isn’t without some notable history. The hotel is only able to operate because, in 1996, the main heir to the Augustiner brewery, Edith Haberland-Wagner, transferred her shares of the brewery to the Edith Haberland-Wagner Foundation. The foundation was then established and now runs Augustin.
Unsöld’s Factory Hotel
Unsöldstraße 10, 80538 München, Germany
A stone’s throw away from the English Garden (Englischer Garten) as well as several Altstadt landmarks, stylish Unsöld’s Factory Hotel is one of the best Munich boutique hotels for its chic industrial flair.
The hotel’s crown jewel is undoubtedly its lounge, clad in brown leather upholstery, teal accents, and dark marble.
Unsöld’s Factory Hotel was built for the 1972 Olympic Games. Since then, rooms have been updated with tastefully minimalist, modern style. Rates stay relatively inexpensive, save for busy seasons like Oktoberfest.
MOMA1890 Boutique Hotel
Orleanspl. 6A, 81667 München, Germany
Like many of the best Munich boutique hotels, MOMA1890 Boutique Hotel is a family-run property that has survived four generations.
The boutique hotel in Munich pays extra attention to detail, designing each of the 51 rooms on the property individually. While the design of some rooms is contemporary, reflecting the trendy nature of the Haidhausen neighborhood the hotel is located in; others nod to timeless florals.
L’Occitane toiletries are used in the hotel’s bathrooms, emphasizing the care MOMA1890 Boutique Hotel has put into ensuring a relaxing stay.
Free breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily and includes a buffet of staple dishes made with regional products and locally sourced ingredients.
25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian
Bahnhofpl. 1, 80335 München, Germany
Though I love staying at boutique hotels, I have to admit that they’re not the best for travel hacking. Standalone boutique hotels often don’t have their own loyalty programs or credit cards that reward frequent guests with points, free stays, and complimentary upgrades.
25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian is the best of both worlds. Operated by Accor Live Limitless, guests can earn Accor points on their stay at The Royal Bavarian and other hotels in the 25hours boutique hotel chain.
Unlike some boutique hotel chains, no two 25hours hotels are alike. The brand emphasizes the importance of staying mindful of its surroundings and embracing local culture, design, and history.
The Royal Bavarian, in a building once home to a post office and telegraph station, is a nod to the Bavarian Alps with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan design.
The funky boutique hotel in Munich is located across the street from the Hauptbahnhof, the city’s central train station—perfect for those taking day trips from Munich.
Marias Platzl Hotel
Mariahilfpl. 4, 81541 München, Germany
A cozy hotel with just 34 recently renovated rooms, Marias Platzl Hotel, has all the charm of a bed and breakfast on a tree-lined street in Munich’s expansive urban area.
Dainty floral wall coverings made of dirndl fabric grace the walls in calming, muted colors, illuminated by sun flooding through room windows as part of the hotel’s aim to embrace Bavarian tradition.
Family-run brewery Ayinger Privatbrauerei runs Ayinger in der Au, their first inn in Munich, where Marias Platzl Hotel guests can enjoy cold beer and Bavarian cuisine in a cozy, wood-paneled space.
Excelsior by Geisel
Schützenstr 11, 80335 München, Germany
Hotel Excelsior by Geisel is named for its objective—excellence. A five-minute walk from Karlsplatz, the hotel is a mix of traditional Bavarian country house hospitality and up-to-date amenities. Uncomplicated rooms are designed to provide guests with a refuge from the bustle of Munich.
Munich is a city of beer, making the hotel’s focus on wine a welcome change, especially for those who aren’t a fan of the amber beverage. Hotel Excelsior by Geisel’s restaurant, Vinothek by Geisel, boasts a wine list of over 800 bottles.
Diners looking to take local wine home can browse the hotel’s robust wine shop, while those looking to learn more about Bavarian fare can enjoy cooking classes at the property.
Splendid-Dollmann Hotel is located steps away from the upscale Maximilianstraße shopping district and is near other top attractions in Munich, like the Residenz and Bavarian State Opera.
Sparkassenstraße 10, 80331 München, Germany
There are few Munich boutique hotels with a better location than Platzl Hotel. The conveniently located property is just a few blocks from Marienplatz (home of the Glockenspiel and the city’s stunning New Town Hall).
Platzl Hotel is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular luxury boutique hotels in Munich. The 4-star accommodation is surrounded by things to do and top restaurants in the city and offers private, underground parking for those with cars (parking in Munich is notoriously difficult).
Stately rooms are designed with large windows and plush beds to welcome guests into the urban oasis.
Looking for something in a similar location with a different vibe? Try LOUIS Hotel or Haus im Tal.
Haus im Tal
Tal 24, 80331 München, Germany
Aimed to bring luxury that isn’t over the top or pretentious to the Munich boutique hotel scene, Haus im Tal’s moody rooms earn high marks from guests.
The nonchalantly cool hotel offers five different room types with amenities ranging from private balconies to kitchens. Bath amenities are organic, and rooms feature handwoven rugs and custom furniture.
Those who don’t choose to stay at House im Tal can still imbibe at the hotel’s rooftop bar overlooking the Old Town.
Munich Boutique Hotels: FAQ
The Altstadt (Old Town) is the best Munich neighborhood to stay in for tourists visiting the city. The city’s historic center boasts incredible landmarks and traditional Bavarian restaurants, plus is extremely walkable. Munich’s Old Town is also great for travelers taking day trips, as the city’s main train station, the Hauptbahnhof, is nearby.
As a major city in Europe, hotels in Munich aren’t cheap. Munich hotels are expensive because of the city’s tourist traffic, incredible safety, cleanliness, and overall high standard of living.
Book at least four nights in Munich to ensure that you have at least three full days in Munich. There are tons of things to do in Munich and amazing day trips from the city that you don’t want to miss out on. A first-time tourist in Munich could easily spend six or seven nights there.
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