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Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

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Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

I’m looking for a 5* hotel for special weekend in May. Location is most important, we want to be walking distance to the main city centre sights and attractions. We are both fit so walking is not a problem but do not want to rely on public transport to get back to hotel.

The Mandarin Oriental would be my perfect choice - the rooftop pool and bar being star attractions. However, as we are visiting 12th May, I suspect it might be a bit cool for pool etc. and as this hotel is at least £100 per night more than any other 5* I just don’t think we will use the facilities it has to offer. Any other suggestions would be welcomed but it is essential it has a good central location and nice bar – it does not matter if it’s a modern or traditional hotel.

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Sofitel and le meridien is within 3 minutes from th train station, useful if you want to do day trips. Marienplatz is about 20 minutes walk from both hotels.

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2. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

No, please don't consider the seedy area around the central train station where the Sofitel and Le Méridien are.

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I would suggest in following order of desirability:

- Louis Hotel, ideal location, directly on the Viktualienmarkt: www.louis-hotel.com/site/en/louis-hotel.php

- Hotel Bayerischer Hof, traditional, at the egde of the pedestrian zone: www.bayerischerhof.de/en/hotel/index.php

- Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, traditional, directly on Maximilianstr., the street where all the designer shops like Hermès and Louis Vuitton are: kempinski.com/en/munich/Pages/Welcome.aspx

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Regarding the price, the Vier Jahreszeiten and the Bayerischer Hof often pop up on lastminute.com as TopSecret hotels. See this thread for instructions how to identify them: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187309-i118-k3305…

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3. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Please also see this post for some identified TopSecret hotels: tripadvisor.com/…29509828

and further down in that thread, in reply 4, an algorithm how to identify any TopSecret hotel.

Edited: 03 January 2012, 12:17
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4. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

"seedy area"- what's with the seedy area, Panda74?

It's plain wrong. Any seedy area that there is, is south of Sofitel and Le Meridien, as I'm sure you know.

FWIW: I've stayed a couple of times in Bayerischerhof and now won't. It's a rip off. Louis is OK and is well located as P74 says.

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5. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Being a Munich native I'm very well able to discern a seedy area in Munich, thank you very much.

Although I do concur that my idea of seedy may not match yours, but for Munich this is as bad as it gets.

There's a reason the area is full of hotels, nobody would like to live there on a permanent basis.

It isn't dangerous (nowhere in Munich is), but I see no need for someone to spend their special weekend among middle-eastern shops and kebab places (plus some sex bars and casinos), when they can spend it in an upmarket area right in the historic city centre, with a beautiful farmer market (= Viktualienmarkt) right outside their window including a traditional Bavarian blue and white maypole and beer garden in the middle of it, please see for the view from the Louis hotel towards the Viktualienmarkt: http://g.co/maps/sve99

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As a comparison, here's the view outside the Le Méridien: http://g.co/maps/jk2xy

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So, in which area would you like to spend your special weekend?

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6. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Well, 'seedy' may not be best description of the actual street that houses Le Meridien and Sofitel but it's certainly not a great location on vacation IMO so I agree with the sentiment and general message from Panda in regard to looking at other locations in preference.

Convenience and 'useful' to describe the area around HFb is often overstated on this forum IMO, because any location with easy walk to a S bahn station is only marginally more inconvenient if going for day trips from Hfb and equally as convenient from the airport.

To be clear the 'seedy' streets are just off and away from the street that houses these hotels and it's not a problem but the street is a big busy main road that could be anywhere in the world, no redeaming features and a 20 min walk into the old town.....most vacationers would prefer the atmosphere of staying in the old town IMO as that's part of the charm they want to visit and experience rather than a dual carriagway.

I think Bayerischer is a nice hotel for facilities and location if you get a deal, but I do agree it's very expensive at full price and I'd not be willing to pay full whack, Ethelman.

Do you need the pool, Brum? I think that's where great location becomes difficult, some nice boutique places in the old town that ooze atmosphere but services more limited than in the big hotels that attract corporate clients.

It is a trade off, choose location carefully.

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7. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Thanks so much for your suggestions, all very helpful.

Stoofer - I don’t need a pool at all. Probably would not use it. The only reason I mentioned it was because Mandarin Oriental pool looked fabulous. We are only in Munich for 2 days and we want to spend as much time in the city as possible. We will not be taking day trips etc.

Other hotel which looked nice is The Charles – good neighbourhood?

I am looking for top end hotel so good 4* boutique in good location with a bar may be better than old 5* in wrong part of town.

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I've stayed at the Bayerischerhof maybe 20 times, it is always perfect. Just off Marienplatz. Breakfast is to die for. Food and bars are terrific. Service is sublime. It's expensive but search around for deals.

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9. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Hi Brum

Well if not worried about a pool and location is of prime importance I'd go with The Louise and as I said, maybe a cut-price deal at Bayerischerhof. If Louise appeals check on best rooms within budget, some have better outlooks than others too.

The Charles? I've never been inside but the location is ok (by The Park Cafe) but still a walk to many places you'll want to visit. It's not far from Le Meridien but in a greener outlook closer to Karlsplatz. IMO For just a 2 day stay you want to be close to Marienplatz, S Bahn and main square in Munich old town, have a look at a google map to get your bearings.

Also check out all the reviews here on TA, get a feel for places like Louise to see if it suits, it's not grand luxury but location is great. I do agree with Kim above about the common rooms in Bayerischerhof, really nice IMO and location is fine.

I'm a 3 - 4* traveller so hard to say what floats your boat exactly, I'm looking at this from the perspecive of location and value.

Good luck & have fun

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10. Re: Which 5* hotel in central Munich?

Thanks stoofer and everyone else. One final point, if I am considering 4* boutique - is The Anna Hotel worth considering?

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