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Deciding where to stay is the most important decision.

After a long day in a foreign city the less you have to worry about the better.  In Munich, Germany's wealthiest city, there are plenty of options that will more than address every conceivable need a guest could want. From family run hotels like the famous Bayerischer Hof Hotel to the corporate business style hotels such as Hilton or Sheraton, you cannot go wrong with anything on our list.  Unique or standard is your choice and sometimes location is the only factor you care about, but that is certainly no reason to compromise any of the other features.  As you go through this list note that some have rooftop terraces with pools, some have multiple restaurants and bars, some are downtown, some are better for public transportation while others are better for the car, some are better for tourists while others are better for business trips, some cost several hundred euros and others only a couple hundred.  If the hotel is on the list, it meets the highest of standards and one should not worry.

The standard for any hotel on this list includes breakfast although internet access is usually an additional fee. but with reasonable speeds and no hiccups unlike at the budget hotels.


The Hilton Park is located right next to the famous English Garden and Chinese tower beer garden and about a fifteen minute ride from the center of the city. It is an ideal location for business meetings as it is near the city yet not really a tourist hotel. Hilton of course handles all of the usual needs and more with a fine restaurant, concierge service, and exercise facilities. Hilton's worldwide reputation, rewards program, top mattresses, silent construction of rooms, and ease of booking are just a few of the reasons you will come back again and again to one of the most famous chain hotels.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A quiet location at the English Garden makes this hotel awkward for tourists, but great for businessman.

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Haidhausen - Bogenhausen

One of the largest hotels in Munich, the Sheraton München Arabellapark hotel has everything. Everything except a nice location. Despite this, it tries to make up for it in modern everything, high end dining and bars, and large rooms. The downtown hotels are smaller and oftentimes are fully booked making the Sheraton München Arabellapark a reasonable option if you do not mind cab rides or long subway trips. For many, the hotel perks offered by this major chain along with excellent service, beautifully done restaurants and bars as well as parking without a hassle make this hotel a major option.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Sheraton München Arabellapark is a massive hotel at the edge of the city, but it offers it all.

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If you want to stay near the airport it is impossible to get better than the Kempinski Hotel Airport München. It is actually the only hotel connected to the airport itself, offers a beautiful spa experience, and is dead silent in the night. Although it is certainly not the cheapest in the area, you do get what you pay for in this case. It is super modern with a casual international restaurant as well as anything the airport offers which includes its own microbrewery as well as supermarkets and shopping. The Kempinski is actually a reasonable option for visiting the towns of Erding (for the thermal bath and water slides) or Freising (for the cathedral and world's oldest brewery) as well.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Kempinski Hotel Airport is the most prestigious and rewarding hotel near the Munich Airport.

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Haidhausen - Bogenhausen

Hilton Munich City is just a short walk from the city center and directly on the main S-bahn lines making it convenient for both tourists and businessman alike. It is located in the upscale and trendy part of town known as Haidhausen, which has its own shopping area that competes with the downtown area, but with much less hassle. The hotel offers all services one would expect from a Hilton, has a pool, concierge, fitness facilities, high end mattresses, soundproof rooms, double paned windows, and within walking distance of Marienplatz. Since there are two Hiltons in the city, this one is more suitable for tourists as it is closer to public transport and the sights of the city.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Located conveniently next to an S-bahn stop in trendy Haidhausen, the Hilton City is great for businessman as well as tourists.

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The prestigious Charles Hotel has an ideal location and all possible amenities. Located just North of Munich's main train station and across the street from the old botanic garden, it is only a five minute walk from the old town. Being a high end luxury hotel is great, but since it is directly across the street from a large and lively beer garden as well, this hotel's location alone makes it worth choosing. You get the best of both worlds with being close to the train station without being so close that the train station's seediness detracts from the hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Charles Hotel is luxury just enough off center of the city to make it quiet and classy.

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The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München is a historic hotel located on Munich's most expensive shopping street. Fitting with its location it is a five star hotel that really has it all and an impressive history. Heads of state and celebrities have stayed at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München since it opened in 1858 when the famous King Ludwig II was in power. It has been continuously updated to remain considered as one of the best hotels in Munich if not all of Europe. Facilities include a spa, pool, fitness center, and multiple bars and restaurants all under its roof.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München has an elite location, top service, and an impressive history.

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The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is the top choice for a luxury hotel at Munich's main train station. Although it is easily the most expensive hotel at the main train station, it is ideal for businessman on the go as well as for the world famous Oktoberfest since it is located within walking distance. Beautiful from the outside as well as inside, the hotel is modern and sophisticated and respected as one of the top hotels in town, not just at the main train station. Downtown Munich is just a short walk from its doors and literally all parts of the Munich public transit network are just steps away from a room at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Located directly next door to the main train station with everything one could hope for from a luxury hotel.

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For the average tourist or businessman this is the perfect hotel. Located directly across the street from the main train station makes this ideal for anyone who wants to be able to move around the city, or take day trips, as easily as possible. Its attentive staff and concierge service is the best in the city, it has a swimming pool for the kids, and the rooms are absolutely silent for the perfect night of sleep. The hotel also features a modern decor, casual bar, and can handle tour bookings without the need to go to the tourist information or tour company office.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Location and service is the key to this hotel, although it checks off all the other boxes too.

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Mandarin Oriental München
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The Mandarin Oriental is a classy and sophisticated gem of a hotel located right behind the most famous beer hall in the world, the Hofbräu Haus. Its location is only eclipsed by its attention to detail in its rooms, restaurants and bars. The rooftop terrace and pool area has one of the best views in the city and during the colder months in transformed into a typical alpine chalet with mulled wine and alpine specialties to match. If you are a fan of the opera, the famous National Theatre is located just a two minute walk North of the hotel making this ideal for those who just want to walk to the performances.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The perfect location in the heart of the old town and just steps from both the National Theatre and hofbäuhas make this an easy win.

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This is without question the best known high-end hotel in town. Its reputation for celebrity guests and high rollers has been hard earned as it is not part of any greater chain and is still family owned since 1897. The Bayerischer Hof has a rooftop pool with an excellent view of Munich's cathedral and the city center.There are several restaurants and bars within the building which offer guests a wide range options from laid back lounges to a live music club. Its location directly at the former salt market and only a few steps from Marienplatz is ideal as it is quiet, but just a stone's throw from the action of the beer halls and main sights.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Bayerischer Hof is without any doubt the hotel best known for the elite visiting Munich. The best of everything can be found here.

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