When visiting the beer-swilling, sausage-chomping, and lederhosen-wearing capital of Bavaria, one of your first hurdles is choosing where to stay in Munich.
Finding accommodations in Munich isn’t always straightforward. The best hotels in Munich often come at a price, especially if you decide to visit during tourism high season or during the world-famous Oktoberfest. (In that case, be sure to book your hotel months in advance.)
Ready to start your Munich accommodations search? Get your travel plans settled with this complete guide to the best places to stay in Munich including the top areas, neighbourhoods & districts.
Best areas to stay in Munich
For travellers starting their quest to find accommodations in Munich, there’s both good & bad news.
The good news? Much of the action in Munich revs up in the city centre. Choosing the areas in and around Altstadt (Old Town) will put all of the best things to do in Munich at your fingertips. The bad news? It’s likely going to cost you.
In choosing one of the top hotels in Munich in the centre of town, you’re going to watch your Euros drain faster than last night’s pint of Augustiner. In any case, if you’ve got the budget for it, staying in one of the central areas & neighbourhoods is the easiest way to experience the city to its fullest.
The best areas to stay in Munich are:
- Altstadt-Lehel: The best choice for first-time travellers and for anyone keen on spending much of their Munich itinerary sightseeing.
- Maxvorstadt: The top area in Munich for a central location that’s close to plenty of relaxing parks, chilled-out cafés, and great restaurants.
- Ludwigvorstadt-Isarvorstadt: Home to both the Theresienwiese and Hauptbahnhof, this is the top neighbourhood for travellers attending Oktoberfest or planning to escape the city on a day trip.
- Au-Haidhausen: With the raucous Ostbahnhof party zone in its midst, this area is recommended for travellers interested in nightlife and relatively central accommodations without the high price tags of Altstadt.
- Schwabing: A quieter mostly residential neighbourhood that’s a top-rated area for both younger travellers and families thanks to its assortment of amenities including great restaurants, hip cafés, and excellent transport connections.
- Neuhausen-Nymphenburg: One of the best places to stay in Munich for experiencing some of its lesser-known charms including quiet, leafy beer gardens and the district’s namesake palace.
- Sendling: A little further afoot than other neighbourhoods, this is the top choice district for longer-term travellers looking for cheap accommodations options for an extended trip.
✔ Best area to stay in Munich for first-timers & for sightseeing
The at-times-sky-high prices of Altstadt-Lehel might knock it down a notch or two in the minds of some travellers. If you can squeeze out a couple extra Euros though, staying in Altstadt-Lehel will make your experience in the Bavarian capital unforgettable.
Munich’s historical Altstadt area radiates from beautiful Marienplatz, a Gothic-tinged central square that’s undoubtedly the finest in the city. Plying through a list of things to do in Munich, a good number of your checkboxes will be ticked off without ever leaving the tourist bubble of Altstadt-Lehel.
Even if with its more sanitized Disneylandish vibe, walking about Altstadt is always mesmerizing. I’d be doing you an injustice to not recommend grabbing a room here—if it’s within your budget.
Recommended hotels in Altstadt-Lehel
Don’t expect to find bargain basement hotel rooms in Altstadt-Lehel. In the touristy centre of Munich, property owners know they’re sitting on a tourism gold mine. And they won’t be afraid to charge you for the privilege! Here are a couple ideas to start your search…
- Hotel ADRIA München: A comfortable 3.5-star hotel in a quieter corner of Altstadt-Lehel. Rooms are simple, but ultra-clean and cozy. The relaxing Englischer Garten is 5 minutes away by foot. The closest metro station, Lehel, will get you to the city centre in 5 minutes. Otherwise, it’s a lovely 20-minute walk from Hotel ADRIA to the heart of Altstadt.
- Hotel Torbräu: A delightful 4-star hotel set in a beautiful historic building. Located about 4-6 minutes walking distance from most of Munich’s star attractions including Hofbräuhaus, Viktualienmarkt, and Marienplatz. Rooms showcase classic German style with modern touches. The more expensive suites offer stunning views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
- Platzl Hotel: A newly renovated hotel located within a 2-minute walk of Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, and Hofbräuhaus. Besides the cozy (and soundproof!) rooms, the hotel features a traditional Bavarian restaurant, pub, gym, and spa.
✔ Recommended area to stay in Munich for a central district with great parks, cafés & restaurants
Located just north and northwest of Altstadt, Maxvorstadt is one of the best places to base yourself when travelling in Munich. The district is Munich’s hub for art, culture, and education, hosting a number of the city’s best museums and galleries as well as several universities.
There’s a strong student presence that gives the Maxvorstadt area a buzzing vibe. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are strewn throughout the district. Grabbing a late-night döner kebab in Maxvorstadt is one of the finer pleasures of resting your head here.
Maxvorstadt’s central location means that you’re never far from the pleasures of Altstadt. From nearly everywhere in the district, you should be able to reach the fringes of the old town within 30 minutes or less by foot—and even quicker with public transportation. The Englisch Garten, one of Europe’s best urban parks, is equally accessible.
Recommended hotels in Maxvorstadt
Staying in Maxvorstadt instead of Altstadt-Lehel should shave a couple Euro off of your accommodations. Here are a few great options…
- Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich: A hip modern hotel near the heart of Munich’s art district. The comfortable and soundproof rooms include unique add-ons like iPads and a Marshall amp to plug in a rental electric guitar to rock the night away.
- Eurostars Grand Central: A 4-star design hotel built for relaxation. Contemporary styling in the room sets the Eurostars Grand Central a cut above most “cookie-cutter” chain hotel rooms. The hotel includes a spa, featuring a steam room and sauna, an indoor pool, and a gym for guest use. From the closest S-Bahn station, Hackerbrücke, it’s a quick 5-minute journey to Marienplatz in Altstadt.
- King’s Hotel First Class: An elegant 4-star hotel located within a mere 5-minute walk of the Hauptbahnhof. Rich wood panelling throughout gives the hotel a stately air. Guests are free to use the spa, featuring a Finnish-style sauna and relaxation room, to chill out after a long day of sightseeing.
✔ Best district to stay in Munich for day-trippers & experiencing Oktoberfest
Along with Altstadt-Lehel and Maxvorstadt, Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt rounds out the three best districts for travellers. The area sprawls to the southwest of the Altstadt.
For backpackers with a rail pass, Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt is the most convenient location in Munich for finding accommodation. The area clings to the Hauptbahnhof to the north, a prime location for those wanting to tackle some awesome day trips.
And who could forget that Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt is home of the Theresienwiese, the venue for Munich’s most festive time of year, Oktoberfest!
Ludwigsvorstadt, the area south of the Hauptbahnhof where most of the hotels are located, has a strong international vibe. The area is often called Little Istanbul for the heavy concentration of Middle Eastern shops and eateries. If you need a break from the meat-and-potato-heavy German diet, you’re sure to find some tasty street eats to satisfy your cravings!
The selection of accommodations in Isarvorstadt, the district’s other neighbourhood, is slimmer. Isarvorstadt is, however, one of the more interesting areas in central Munich. It’s an even more residential area than Ludwigsvorstadt, giving it an interesting local vibe.
The Glockenbachviertel and Gärtnerplatzviertel in Isarvorstadt are particularly vibrant areas, full of cafés, restaurants, and bars.
Walking to the edge of Altstadt at Sendlinger Tor should take no more than 20-30 minutes from nearly anywhere in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. Hopping on one of the many U-Bahns, S-Bahns, or trams scattered throughout the district will make the trip even quicker.
Recommended hotels in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt
Compared to Altstadt-Lehel and Maxvorstadt, the value of hotels in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt is excellent. Hotels of the same (or better) quality here could require an extra handful of Euros in the other two central districts. Start your search with these recommendations…
- Cocoon Hauptbahnhof: One of the coolest and quirkiest hotels in Munich. Design reflects an alpine theme, drawing inspiration from traditional Bavarian ski chalets. It’s like a countryside escape amidst one of Germany’s biggest cities! The hotel is located just 4 minutes from the Hauptbahnhof by foot. Head over to Marienplatz with a short 20-minute walk (7 minutes by U-Bahn) for easy access to the best-of-the-best in Munich.
- Müller Inn B&B: A small pension in the lively Glockenbachviertel area. Rooms are simple but comfortable. It’s perfect for younger travellers and foodies with a wide selection of bars and restaurants within earshot.
- Aloft München: A sleek and modern design hotel within steps of the Hauptbahnhof. Contemporary stylings blanket the property from the common areas to the soundproofed guest rooms. From the hotel, it’s less than 20-minutes walking distance from the centre of Altstadt and the Glockenbachviertel area for plenty of entertainment and dining options.
✔ Best neighbourhood to stay in Munich for nightlife & more budget-friendly central accommodations
Although a little further afoot, Au-Haidhausen is one of the most popular residential neighbourhoods among Münchners.
Younger people especially love living in the Au-Haidhausen area, thanks no doubt to the two raucous party zones, Kultfabrik and Optimolwerke, emanating around the Ostbahnhof.
The insanity of the nightlife is offset by finer moments in Au-Haidhausen like chillin’ along the Isar River with a radler or grabbing a Paulaner in a local beer garden.
The Au-Haidhausen area is well connected to the city centre by both S-Bahn and U-Bahn via the Ostbahnhof, making it one of the most convenient choices for your trip to Munich.
Recommended hotels in Au-Haidhausen
Prices for hotels in Au-Haidhausen gravitate towards the more reasonable end of the spectrum, though still couldn’t be considered “cheap” in most worlds. Here are a few ideas to start your search…
- Derag Livinghotel am Deutschen Museum: A 3-star hotel with 4-star amenities located just steps away from the Deutsches Museum and River Isar. Guests are welcome to use the spa, including a steam room and sauna, and get their heart rates up in the fitness centre. Marienplatz is about a 20-minute walk or 3-minute S-Bahn ride from the nearby Rosenheimer Platz station.
- Courtyard by Marriott Munich City East: A stylish Munich hotel in a quiet neighbourhood near the Ostbahnhof. Includes an on-site restaurant, Bistro-eat.drink.connect, serving up local and international fare, and a bar for after-hours cocktails. Munich’s most famous nightlife at Kultfabrik is within stumbling distance. Get the best price for your room by booking directly on Marriott.com.
- Holiday Inn Munich City Centre: A centrally located hotel that’s surprisingly chic for a Holiday Inn. The sleek and newly renovated executive rooms queue up some awesome city views. Only 20 minutes to Marienplatz by foot. Get the best price by booking directly on IHG.com.
✔ Top area to stay in Munich for great amenities in a quieter residential neighbourhood
North of Maxvorstadt, the borough of Schwabing is one of the most coveted residential areas in Munich. In many ways, Schwabing continues where Maxvorstadt leaves off, co-mingling the student crowd to the south with more mature bohemianism.
The two main avenues of Schwabing, Leopoldstraße, and Hohenzollernstraße, are lined with cafés, restaurants, shops, and bars that seem perpetually in motion.
Of all the reasons to stay in Schwabing, there’s none more compelling than its proximity to the Englischer Garten.
Munich’s token urban park is less than a 30-minute walk from most of Schwabing. Spending a sunny afternoon walking among the breezy greenscapes and sipping brews in the shade is one of the truest pleasures of visiting Munich.
Several U-Bahn stations as well as tramways criss-cross Schwabing. Connections to the rest of the city are quick and plentiful.
Recommended hotels in Schwabing
The prices in Schwabing will provide little relief from other central districts, but the unique combo of both quiet quarters and lively action nearby could sway your decision. Check out these best hotels in Schwabing…
- Pullman Munich: A sleek modern property steps away from the quiet northern expanses of the Englischer Garten. The outdoor terrace and “beach” patio are a nice touch for evening relaxation. The Nordfriedhof U-Bahn station, a block and a half from the hotel, connects to Marienplatz in Altstadt in just 8 minutes.
- Hotel la Maison: A unique design hotel with a blend of elegance and modernity. The incredible Englischer Garten is a short 5-minute walk away for the ultimate breather. Marienplatz in Altstadt is just a 5-minute transit ride via the closest underground station, Münchner Freiheit.
- Hilton Munich Park: A classy hotel in a quiet neighbourhood to the east of the Englischer Garten. Rooms offer incredible views of the city and the park. Sweat, soak or massage out all the day’s stresses in the hotel’s modern spa, indoor pool, sauna, or gym. The nearby Tivolistraße tram stop gets you to Marienplatz in about 14 minutes. Book directly on Hilton.com to get the best price and make your stay eligible for Hilton Honor Points.
✔ Top neighbourhood to stay in Munich for quiet palaces & beer gardens
Just far enough to be quiet and just close enough to avoid being inconvenient, Neuhausen-Nymphenburg is a lesser-known corner of Munich among tourists.
The area’s famous namesake, Nymphenburg Palace, is one of the most important cultural attractions in the city. One that, unfortunately, gets ignored because of its further-flung location.
Staying in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg might save you a couple Euros on a room but the real reason is to escape the bustle of central Munich. Many corners of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg are quiet residential areas where you can experience the city’s tamer side.
Besides Nymphenburg Palace, the district is also home to the Königlicher Hirschgarten, the largest beer garden in the city, a 8,000-seater set under the shade of chestnut trees beside a deer park.
Recommended hotels in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg
Compared to the more central areas of Munich, there isn’t a huge selection of hotels to choose from in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. Here are a few ideas…
- Laimer Hof am Schloss Nymphenburg: A small family-run hotel, set in a historical Neo-Renaissance villa built in the late 19th century, that’s located in a quiet neighbourhood two blocks from the palace. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure your comfort. The city centre is easily accessible by public transit via the nearby Romanplatz or Laim stations.
- Holiday Inn Express Munich City West: A modern hotel with super convenient public transportation connections just out the door. Rooms are more stylish than the average chain hotel room with cool contemporary design touches. Munich’s biggest beer garden, Königlicher Hirschgarten, is a 15-minute walk away. Get the best price for your room and collect IHG Rewards on your stay by booking directly on IHG.com.
- Novotel München City Arnulfpark: A clean and quiet 4-star hotel in the far east of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg near Maxvorstadt. Guests have access to a beautiful outdoor terrace, fitness centre, and sauna. From the nearby Donnersbergerbrücke S-Bahn station, Marienplatz is just four stops away.
✔ Top district to stay in Munich for longer-term travellers seeking budget-friendly accommodations
If all else fails when searching out your Munich accommodations, there’s always Sendling. Not that Sendling is bad. Like most of Munich, it’s got lovely moments. But as a mostly residential neighbourhood, Sendling tends better towards those looking to settle down rather than travellers just passing through.
You’ll often hear Sendling described as somewhere between chilled-out and dull. By far the best feature of this neighbourhood is Sendling West Park, a relaxing greenspace replete with some shady beer gardens.
Although it’s a little outside of walking distance from Altstadt, getting from most main areas in Sendling to Marienplatz in central Munich is no more than 20 minutes by metro or commuter train.
Recommended hotels in Sendling
As a mostly residential neighbourhood, there’s a limited selection of tourist accommodations in Sendling. Here are a few options…
- Leonardo Hotel Muenchen City West: A modern hotel offering good value rooms in a quiet neighbourhood. On-site spa, featuring a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, is available to guests. The closest underground station, Brudermühlstraße, gets you to Marienplatz in just 10 minutes.
- Hotel Säntis: A small family-run hotel located within a 15-minute walk of the beautiful and relaxing Sendling Westpark. From Holzapfelkreuth, less than a 10-minute walk from the property, it’s about 12 minutes to Marienplatz on the U6.
- Holiday Inn Munich Westpark: A funky design hotel with cool international touches that give it a unique flavour. The outdoor terrace offers serenity from the city outside. A fitness centre and sauna help guests sweat out all the sweet malty and hoppy indulgences Munich offers. The hotel is located close to the Harras U-Bahn station with quick connections to Altstadt. Get the best price guaranteed and collect IHG Rewards on your stay by booking directly at IHG.com.
Best hotels in Munich
Few cities in Central Europe inflate your accommodation budget like Munich. It’s a perennial traveller favourite, poking its way onto most Central European itineraries and the beefed-up prices reflect it.
If you stick within the most interesting districts in central Munich, private rooms at “budget” hotels will run up to about $110. There’s generally a trade-off between price and location: the closer your area to the touristic centre during your visit, the more you’ll expect to pay.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean your budget binds you to a bad hotel experience. Here are a few of the best budget hotels in Munich to check out…
Address: Bayerstrasse 95, Ludwigsvorstadt
Conveniently located between Hackerbrücke and the Hauptbahnhof, Hotel Jedermann is hard to beat for central accommodations on a budget. The hotel is decidedly no-frills but offers clean and comfortable rooms that are a cost-effective alternative to the more mid-range offerings elsewhere in Ludwigvorstadt.
Another bonus at Hotel Jedermann is the fantastic breakfast included with the cost of your room.
After a long day of sightseeing and beer-drinking approaches its twilight, the laid-back Jedermann’s bar provides the perfect excuse for a relaxing nightcap.
Derag Livinghotel am Deutschen Museum
Address: Rablstr. 10, Au-Haidhausen
The three-star Derag Livinghotel am Deutschen Museum straddles the border between the budget and mid-range. Extra amenities such as a sauna, steam bath, and fitness centre are available to all guests add huge value for those who choose one of the hotel’s economy rooms.
All the rooms at the Derag Livinghotel am Deutschen Museum are comfortable and clean, from the economy single rooms to the family rooms.
The prime location in Au-Haidhausen near the Deutsches Museum makes exploring a cinch. Marienplatz in Altstadt is a picturesque 20-minute walk or a 3-minute S-Bahn ride from the nearby Rosenheimer Platz station.
Cocoon Sendlinger Tor
Address: Lindwurmstr. 35, Ludwigsvorstadt
When you book yourself in a Cocoon hotel, always expect some fun. The Cocoon Sendlinger Tor doesn’t disappoint, featuring a wickedly modern and quirky design aesthetic that catches your attention from the first second you walk in.
The rooms are decked out with slightly space-age contemporary fittings and well-kept private bathrooms at prices surprisingly reasonable for Germany’s most expensive city. A cozy lobby bar and lounge is the perfect place to unwind and meet other travellers.
Although the property is located in Ludwigvorstadt, Altstadt is a pleasant 15- to 20-minute walk up Lindwurmstraße and Sendlinger Straße from Cocoon Sendlinger Tor.
Alternatively, the U-Bahn will zip you to Marienplatz in 3-4 minutes from the nearby Goetheplatz station.
With a mid-range travel budget, more accommodations options open up. Most of the top Munich hotels fall into this price range, especially when you start looking at the most central districts.
Expect most of the best mid-range hotels in Munich to stretch between $110 and $180 per night.
Address: Bayerstraße 13, Ludwigsvorstadt
Located between the Hauptbahnhof and Karlsplatz, Hotel Bayer’s is a modern hotel that spars among the top hotels in Bavaria’s capital. Besides the central location, one of the most convenient in Munich, rooms at Hotel Bayer’s feature airy yet colourful contemporary designs.
Comfort extends beyond the bedding and furniture to the staff who work tirelessly to ensure a pleasant stay. There’s no restaurant on-site, but the area around Hotel Bayer’s teems with the best international food selection in Munich.
Not far from the hotel is the area of Ludwigvorstadt called Little Istanbul. Steal a taste of a döner kebab, street food that seems as common in Germany as bratwurst, on the way back to your room.
Novotel München City Arnulfpark
Address: Arnulfstrasse 57, Neuhausen-Nymphenburg
There’s a predictable pleasure when staying at a Novotel. And the Novotel München City Anrulfpark easily falls into that line. While this is hardly the most central among the mid-range hotels, the value of the rooms here is impressive. It’s unlikely you’ll find the same amenities at these prices elsewhere in Munich.
The rooms at the Novotel München City Anrulfpark are clean and with a simple elegance. Among the most compelling features of the hotel are the fitness centre and a sauna that’s free for all guests.
From the closet S-Bahn stop, Donnersbergerbrücke, Marienplatz is just 6 minutes away.
Address: Mittererstraße 9, Ludwigsvorstadt
If Munich doesn’t feel enough like Bavaria for you, Cocoon Hauptbahnhof should tip the scales. Designed with the rusticity of a Bavarian ski chalet mixed with European modernity, this hotel sits among Munich’s most unique.
A number of room styles are offered, from cozy doubles to split-level studios and suites. Aesthetic touches like ski-lift patterned bathroom doors and rustic reclaimed wood panelling add a countryside air to this city central property.
For connections to the rest of Munich, Germany, and beyond, the Haupbahnhof is just a block away. Walking to the historic centre from Cocoon Hauptbahnhof takes less than 20 minutes.
As you’d imagine, the upper end of Munich’s accommodations market starts a tad higher than many other world cities. When 4- and 5-star properties start popping up in your search, expect your minimum budget to drift upwards to about $180-200 per night.
Need some classy ideas? Here are a few of the best luxury hotels in Munich…
Platzl Hotel Superior
Address: Sparkassenstraße 10, Altstadt-Lehel
Getting front and centre in Munich doesn’t get easier than staying at the lovely 4-star Platzl Hotel Superior. Located just minutes from Marienplatz, Hofbräuhaus, Viktualienmarkt—and plenty other top attractions—Platz Hotel Superior occupies one of the best locations in Altstadt among Munich hotels.
Rooms include all the usual amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel: free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, soundproofing, and modern bathrooms.
The hotel’s historic restaurant, Restaurant Pfistermühle, serves up haute Bavarian cuisine while the traditional Bavarian pub, Wirtshaus Ayingers, pours sudsy home-crafted beers along with classic Bavarian favourites to soak it all up. There’s even a beer garden to chill out in!
For pure relaxation, end your day in the Platz’s spa, featuring a sauna and a steam room. A fitness centre is also available for guests who want to sweat out their Weißbier intake.
Address: Tal 41, Altstadt-Lehel
Even if it weren’t one of the best Munich luxury hotels, Hotel Torbräu would stand out. The hotel is situated in a beautiful historic building outside of Isartor that’s impossible to slide past without a second glance. And this impeccable family-run boutique hotel answers to every need during your trip to Munich.
Rooms at Hotel Torbräu are decorated with both classic and modern German touches. If you’re lucky, some rooms feature incredible head-on views of Munich’s most recognizable landmarks like the Frauenkirche. What a sight to behold as you lay your head down for the night!
All reservations throw in a free German buffet breakfast to fuel yourself for the day ahead. The on-site Schapeau Restaurant serves up fresh and tasty local cuisine and drinks just in case you’re in the mood for a quiet night in.
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Address: Bayerstraße 12, Ludwigsvorstadt
The grace of the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost goes well beyond its beautiful historic façade. Stationed in the stunning former Royal Bavarian Post Office building, this luxuriant 5-star hotel always leaves guests with an overwhelming desire to return for more.
Whether you’ve settled on one of the smaller superior doubles or the chic prestige suite at this top-rated Munich hotel, the experience is much in the same: memorable.
All the rooms come standard with air conditioning, cloud-like European beds, TVs and extra amenities like Nespresso coffee makers.
Relaxing beyond your room is as easy as dipping into the indoor pool or sweating out some toxins in the sauna. A fitness centre is also available for those who want to kick the cardio up a notch while visiting Munich.
If the French specialties at the on-site Délice La Brasserie or the Bavarian bent of brunch at Schwarz & Weiz doesn’t interest you, the areas south and east of the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offer an excellent selection of international cuisine.
Summary: The best places to stay in Munich
- Need a funky hotel on a budget? Step into the futuristic/modern Cocoon Sendlinger Tor located just outside Altstadt in the Ludwigvorstadt area.
- Fancy a quirky hotel for a short memorable stay? Transport yourself to the countryside with the Bavarian alpine charms of the rustic and hip Cocoon Hauptbahnhof.
- Looking for a spectacular luxury hotel in the heart of Munich? Splurge for a prestigious suite at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost and spend your vacation like a rock star.