Inhabiting a 100-year-old building refurbished by local architects Hild and K and Albert Weinzierl, the Louis Hotel riffs on the Baroque style professed by its namesake, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, while remaining unapologetically modern. Stucco windows, walnut bed frames, and French balconies lend the rooms old-school class, but the interiors are surprisingly chic. The fine Italian and German fabrics and polished oak and pine floors are matched to European design touches such as handmade furnishings, designer carpets, and pull-out closets influenced by suitcase designs. In the bathrooms you’ll find Paris-Métro tiles. The hotel also offers a gym and sauna, a solid Japanese restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with splendid views of the city’s landmarks, including historic St. Peter's Church.
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The hotel overlooks the vibrant Viktualienmarkt, a colorful market peddling a wide range of wares, from horse meat to garden furniture. All the main sights of the city, including the Glockenspiel, Hofbräuhaus, and neo-Gothic boulevard Maximilianstrasse, are a short stroll away. While the surrounding area is dominated by the Bavarian State Parliament, it does have some excellent restaurants. Brenner Grill has a glamorous pillared interior and some of the city’s finest Italian food.
Need to Know
Rooms: 72 rooms, from $193. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The trendy, ground-floor restaurant Emiko is justifiably popular in its own right. It’s run by a team of Japanese chefs who serve modern Japanese fusion fare that can also be ordered to the room. Spa and gym details: On the top floor, you’ll find a small fitness room and sauna.
Who it’s for: Relatively affluent travelers, and creative professionals. Our favorite rooms: The Louis Room suite at the top of the building has a unique “luxury cabin” interior that includes some interesting curved lines, a pitched roof, and two balconies with views of St. Peter’s Church, the Frauenkirche, and Munich’s historic buildings. If you forgot something: Some rooms have a Convenience Bar filled with useful things (like boxers and socks), as well as handy gifts for taking home to loved ones.