The result of a collaboration between top gastronome Rudi Kull and architect Albert Weinzierl, this small but cozy hotel features a modern, fairly Zen interior, a great restaurant, a lively bar, and intimate, friendly service. Spread over several buildings, the hotel’s 75 rooms are elegant and minimal, with sedate and earthy color schemes and fantastic use of regional materials from linen and Jura stone to bronze and bog oak. Aside from the parquet floors, kilim rugs, and custom-made furniture, there are eco-friendly bed linens, REN products in the bathroom, and big flat pillows you can crush into any shape you want. Some of the rooms and suites also come with faux fireplaces.
The bar and restaurant are popular among locals, and the courtyard patio provides ample mingling opportunities.
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Situated in Altstadt-Lehel, the hotel offers quick and easy access to the city’s main sights, shopping, and entertainment. Marienplatz, dominated by the Altes Rathaus and Neues Rathaus, is right outside the door, and there are some great museums nearby too. The State Museum of Ethnology has Germany’s second-largest collection of artifacts and objects from outside Europe, while the Bavarian National Museum and adjoining State Archeological Collections rank among Europe's major art and cultural history museums. The nearby Spatenhaus an der Oper serves up one of the best wiener schnitzels in town.
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Rooms: 75 rooms, from $172. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Cortiina Bar & Restaurant, with its comfy designer furnishings and warming fireplace, serves delicately-crafted regional specialties. The laid-back, street-level lounge bar presents a modern twist on a traditional tavern, and it’s a lively place for both guests and locals thanks to the great drinks and music. Spa and gym details: There’s a 24-hour gym in the hotel. Although no spa is on-site, the hotel does have a partnership with medical spa Die Ästheten a few blocks down the road.
Who it’s for: Designers, art lovers, urbanites. Our favorite rooms: The Maisonette Suite is furnished in stone pine, with two private balconies. The bathroom has superlative views of Munich’s Orlandohaus. Local highlight: Cross the street and head through the brown door with the “Sale e Tabbachi” sign over it to discover the hidden Bar Centrale, which serves delicious Italian espressos, lunches, and wines.