The Best Hotels in Munich, Germany

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is our top choice for Munich accommodations

Cityscape of Munich with Alps in the background
Cityscape of Munich with the Alps in the background.

 

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A cosmopolitan city with bountiful German history and classic architecture, Munich is a must-see European city—but with so many options to choose from, finding the best hotels in Munich isn’t such an easy task. It’s tempting to choose hotels close to the center of the old town for easy walkability to landmarks like the Marienplatz and the Residence, but you may trade convenience for smaller rooms or higher prices. However, with some solid research, you can easily find something that checks all your boxes and fits your budget. Note that it’s important to book early for the best options, especially around Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest. Here are our picks for the best hotels in Munich, Germany.

The Rundown

01 of 07

Best Overall: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Why We Chose It

This top-rated hotel is steps away from the city’s main train station and has the amenities of a luxury resort with reasonable rates.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Pool and spa on property

  • On-site bar and restaurant

  • Pet-friendly

Cons
  • Parking is $43/night

  • Some reviews mention dusty rooms

  • Some reviews mention difficulty rectifying front desk issues

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost brings in rave reviews for its amenities and spacious rooms—not always the easiest to find in historic European cities. In the center of the city and within easy walking distance of Munich’s central train station, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost has extensive amenities, like a pool, spa, restaurant, bistro, and bar on property, as well as French touches like fresh croissants in the morning. Some of the top floor rooms have views of the city, while others offer vistas of the Alps. 

Notable Amenities

  • On-site fitness center
  • Babysitting services
  • Room service
02 of 07

Best Budget: Novotel München City Arnulfpark

Novotel München City Arnulfpark

Novotel München City Arnulfpark

Why We Chose It

For a wallet-friendly option that doesn’t feel like a budget hotel, try Novotel München City Arnulfpark, top-rated by guests for both its comfort and pricing.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Pool and spa on property

  • Pet-friendly

  • Kids stay free

Cons
  • Parking is $25/night

  • Close to train station but a little far from major attractions

  • Some reviews mention housekeeping issues

Novotel München City Arnulfpark offers what guests describe as clean, comfortable accommodations at a price point that’s easy on the wallet. However, as a modern hotel, it doesn’t have the historic feel that many other hotels in Munich and throughout Germany can offer. The spacious rooms have plenty of space to stretch out, and there is a restaurant and bar on the premises. While Novotel is close to a train stop, some reviewers note that it’s about a 20-minute walk to get to the city’s best shopping and dining, so be sure to bring some good walking shoes.

Notable Amenities

  • Fitchess center
  • Room service
  • Business center
03 of 07

Best for Families: Steigenberger Hotel Munchen

Steigenberger Hotel Munchen

Steigenberger Hotel Munchen

Why We Chose It

This modern hotel has a movie theater, a cigar bar, and an extensive wellness area that’s free for guests—in short, there is something for everyone.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Extensive resort amenities

  • Bicycle rentals available on site

  • Pet-friendly

  • 5-min. walk to train station

Cons
  • A far walk from city center

  • Bathrooms are separated from bedrooms by glass walls

Guests rave about this family-friendly hotel, which is just about halfway between the airport and the city center, in a location that reviews praise as quiet, safe-feeling, and convenient for finding on-street parking. Plus, it’s only about a five-minute walk from the train to downtown. The hotel’s free wellness area has a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, and what the hotel calls “experience showers.” There’s a movie theater on the premises, as well as two restaurants, a cigar bar, and a self-service snack area. 

Notable Amenities

  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Fitness center
  • Dry cleaning
04 of 07

Best Luxury: Mandarin Oriental Munich

Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Why We Chose It

In the heart of Munich’s old town, the Mandarin Oriental is among the city’s top-rated hotels for service and amenities.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Rooftop lounge overlooking the city

  • Top rated for service and comfort

  • Hotel offers a famous signature brunch

Cons
  • Parking is $35/night

  • Pet fee is 50 euros per pet per night

Just steps away from old town Munich’s must-see attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Munich is one of the city’s most sought-after luxury hotels, so much so that in busy times of year like Oktoberfest,MO Munich's spacious rooms book up weeks in advance. Guests rave about the hotel’s signature Sunday brunch, and the fine dining Japanese restaurant from legendary Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Amour Fou Spa de Beauté offers spa treatments and beauty services, and it has a Turkish steam bath and a Finnish sauna. All children get a special welcome gift at check-in, babysitting services are available, and the hotel offers bicycle rentals with helmets for kids aged 4-7. Pets of all sizes are welcome, and more than one pet per room is allowed.

Notable Amenities

  • Heated floors in bathrooms
  • Notable spa
  • Four restaurants and lounges on the premises
  • Late-night dining available
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05 of 07

Best for Adults: Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Hotel Bayerischer Hof München

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Why We Chose It

One of the most respected and sought-after hotels in Munich, the Hotel Bayerischer Hof has a storied reputation and guest offerings to match.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Extensive dining options

  • Live music and entertainment

  • Spa overlooking the city

Cons
  • Parking is $47/night

  • Reviews mention expensive amenities

  • Reviews mention some rooms need updating

There are historic hotels, and then there are hotels like the Bayerischer Hof, which opened in 1841 on special orders from the king and has been run by four generations of the same family for more than a century. Updates and amenities have been added over the years, like a rooftop spa with a retractable glass roof, an on-site cinema and live performance theater, and rooms individually decorated by leading interior designers. Michelin-star dining is available on-site, and the hotel has 11 restaurants and lounges, ranging from a piano bar to a winter ice bar to an outpost of the famed tiki bar Trader Vic’s. 

Notable Amenities

  • Electric car charging available
  • Live entertainment
  • Indoor and outdoor dining
  • Pool and fitness center on site
  • Bicycles available for guest use
06 of 07

Best Pet-Friendly: 25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

Why We Chose It

This top-rated hotel is affordable, with enough free perks to offset the pet fee.

Pros
  • Pet-friendly

  • Prime location near central train station

  • Free minibar

Cons
  • No on-site parking

  • Smallest rooms have single beds only

  • Only one pet per room, with 20 euro per night fee

This modern hotel is beloved by guests, who consistently rate the Royal Bavarian highly for its cleanliness and service. Dogs are welcome at the hotel, but only one per room, for a fee of 20 euros per night. However, with free bicycles for guest use and a free minibar in the room, that fee is easily offset by the value of the perks. Parking at the hotel is at a nearby paid garage, not on the premises—and the hotel offers a mini car hire service for those traveling without a vehicle. 

Notable Amenities

  • Fitness center
  • Bicycle rental available on site
  • Room service
  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour front desk
07 of 07

Best Boutique Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof

Hotel Laimer Hof

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Why We Chose It

This historic property only has 23 rooms and all the Bavarian charm you could hope for.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Close to public transportation

  • Pet-friendly

  • Free parking

Cons
  • Limited dining on-site

  • No pool or spa

  • Reviews mention small rooms

Built in 1886, the Hotel Laimer Hof is a gorgeous, historic property with only 23 individually-designed rooms (though two of them are tower suites). The hotel is very close to the Nymphenburg Palace and a short walk to the Königlicher Hirschgarten, Europe’s largest beer garden. The hotel’s size means that dining options are limited, though: only breakfast is available daily. 

Notable Amenities

  • In-room mini bar
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Blackout curtains

Final Verdict

If you can splurge on a luxury hotel like the Mandarin Oriental or Hotel Bayerischer Hof, you can’t go wrong with the level of service and the extensive amenities at those high-end properties. But for something more affordable that also offers excellent perks, the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is a great choice. The pet-friendly property is very close to the city’s main train station and walkable to many desirable areas, but it’s easy to linger at the hotel with its restaurant, comfortable lounge, and spa. Plus, French touches like fresh croissants will add a bit of a luxurious feel to your stay.

Compare The Best Hotels in Munich

Property Rates  Resort Fee  Rooms  Free Wifi 
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Best Overall $$ No 396  Yes
Novotel München City Arnulfpark Best Budget $ No 185 Yes
Steigenberger Hotel Munchen Best for Families $$  No  292  Yes 
Mandarin Oriental Munich Best Splurge  $$$$  No  73  Yes 
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Best for Adults $$$$  No  337  Yes 
25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian Best Pet-Friendly $ No 165  Yes 
Hotel Laimer Hof Best Boutique  $ No  23  Yes 

Methodology

We evaluated dozens of hotels in Munich before settling on the best each chosen category in this list. We considered elements such as the proximity to downtown, ease of access to city attractions, and the status of current and planned renovations to the properties. We also assessed the property’s dining options, resort fees, and the types of experiences (on-site activities, etc.) included. In determining this list, we evaluated numerous customer reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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