The Flushing Meadows
Comparable to Berlin’s Mitte district, Glockenbach in Munich is a vibrant place to stay, packed with cool cafés, organic bistros and sharp young designers. The Flushing Meadows hotel is the perfect fit for this hip area and each of the hotel’s 11 loft studios has been created in collaboration with a different local creative, including musicians and designers. Based in a former post office, the hotel is sleek and modern, with beautiful luxury textures such as velvet sofas and fabric-covered walls. Three of the five penthouse studios offer personal terrace access with views in the direction of the alps – a lovely touch. The real draw of this cool boutique hotel, however, is the rooftop bar, which offers great views as well as top cocktails.
The Flushing Meadows, Fraunhoferstrasse 32, 80469 Munich, +49 (0)89 5527 9170
Those looking to stay a stone’s throw away from Munich’s best attractions should head to the beautiful Louis Hotel. Located on bustling Viktualienmarkt, the Louis Hotel is perfectly located for the main sights of the city. Enter the hotel and you will be met with soothing, elegant and modern Parisian interiors. Each of the 72 rooms has been thoughtfully designed with custom-made furniture and soft textiles, as well as natural wood, stone and bronze. The rooms feature spacious sleeping and living areas, while details such as the Gentleman’s Bars, filled with custom-bottled spirits, take this hotel to the next level. A big draw is the Emiko restaurant, which offers top Japanese cuisine and a roof top terrace, open in good weather, that overlooks the towers of the Frauenkirche church and the town hall.
Louis Hotel, Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 4111 9080
Fuss-free or ‘lean’ luxury is the philosophy at the Ruby Lilly hotel. Here, luxury means laid-back comfort with character and soul replacing prestige and polish. All the rooms at the hotel have been designed in collaboration with sleep scientists and artists to create the most comfortable and relaxed experience. Beds are made with super-soft, extra-large and hypoallergenic bed linen, while rooms are equipped with high-quality soundproofing and a blackout system to ensure you get the best sleep possible. With vintage furniture, oak-wood floors and cherry-wood wall panelling, the rooms are comforting and relaxing, while the open glass rain shower, full HD flat-screen TV and smartphone are the perfect modern amenities. The sleek bar and café is a great place to start or end your day, with the terrace open until 10pm.
Ruby Lilly, Dachauer Strasse 37, 80335 Munich, +49 (0)89 9545 70820
For an urban retreat in the heart of Munich’s old town, the Cortiina Hotel is the place to stay. The result of a collaboration between gastronome Rudi Kull and architect Albert Weinzierl, it is a calming hub in the city, with an emphasis on sophisticated design and impeccable service. The 75 rooms at the Cortiina all exude the same soothing aesthetic: dark oak furnishings, natural stone and local pine feature throughout, creating a feeling of well-being and comfort. For added luxury, book into one of the Cortiina suites -the open bathroom with bathtub adds an extra sense of sanctuary. Breakfasts here are impressive, with healthy superfood cereals, organic egg dishes, home-made jams, fresh fruits and berries available to help you fuel up before a day of exploring.
Cortiina Hotel, Ledererstrasse 8, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 242 2490
Beyond by Geisel
Every aspect at the Beyond by Geisel hotel has been designed to make guests feel perfectly at home. The 19 rooms are beautifully designed with soft neutral colours and wood furnishings, while state-of-the-art modern amenities such as Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth speakers, 55-inch TVs and sound-absorbing windows ensure this is will be your sanctuary in the busy city. The hotel boasts an open kitchen with chefs on hand to cook whatever dish you like and, with no opening hours here, you can help yourself to something delicious day or night. The hotel’s unique location on Marienplatz boasts impressive views of the city centre, including the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. If you need some any tips about where to go, the concierge service is on-hand to guide you through the city, with recommendations for going out, shopping services and restaurant bookings.
Beyond by Geisel, Marienplatz 22, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 7007 46700