A discreet Munich classic
Located away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Hotel München Palace is a luxe little spot to hang your hat. While not in the city center, the Munich hotel is situated in Bogenhausen, a wonderful part of the city with excellent restaurants and cafés, a first-rate theater and art museum, and a brief walk from the English Garden across the river Isar.
The Bavarian Kuffler family owns Hotel München Palace, along with several restaurants and the impressive (albeit partly rebuilt) neo-Renaissance Palais an der Oper. Guests return to the palace again and again for its restaurant, spa, its classically styled rooms and suites, and the highly valued personal service that marks top-notch boutique establishments like this one.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The inner courtyard’s garden is nothing short of supremely lovely. In warmer months, guests can take breakfast, lunch and dinner here, or sip a cool drink on a summer’s afternoon before heading off to the nearby theater.
• With 74 rooms, this is a boutique hotel. It may be modest in size, but it still has a wellness area, which is certainly adequate if you can’t do without your daily workout or run. In addition to cardio machines, there is a steam bath and sauna. Massages are available from outside masseurs, which the hotel staff will book on request.
• The English Garden is one of Europe’s most impressive city parks — locals and visitors alike love its vast expanse of greenery, its beer garden beside a boating lake (Seehaus, owned by the Kuffler family) and its Chinese Tower (this being Munich, it naturally also has a beer garden).
• Rent one of the hotel’s bikes and a single street, Prinzregentenstraße, will lead you to the English Garden in an easy 10 minutes. The city center is a leisurely five minutes or so from there.
What to Know
• Try to book a room with balcony facing the inner courtyard and garden.
• The Bogenhausen hotel is located across the river Isar on Prinzregentenstraße, and in one of Munich’s most sought-after places to live. The neighborhood is affluent, stylish and very safe.
• Kids will love the Prinzregentenbad (swimming baths), one of the hugely impressive series of swimming baths complexes run by the city, which includes outdoor pools.
• The nearest U-Bahn station is three or four minutes from the hotel (Prinzregentenstraße) and via two trains Marienplatz, the heart of the Altstadt, is nine minutes away.
• The luxury hotel has a small number of smoking rooms on the third floor — if you’d like to smoke indoors, ask about the smoking rooms when you book.
• Of the 74 rooms in the Munich hotel, nine are suites, ranging from five Junior Suites to the top-of-the-line Presidential Suite, which measures 1,500 square feet and has its own Steinway piano and sauna.
• All rooms have free Wi-Fi and they are similarly furnished in a refined, contemporary-classic style. Flooring is parquet and most rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows — the feel is a bit (but not over the top) neoclassical, with light, neutral shades, white crown mouldings and thick, sumptuous textiles.
• Rooms and corridors feature prints of historical Munich or of architectural features, landscapes and legends emanating from Ancient Greece or Rome.
• There is a Palace Pillow menu, which includes allergy-free options.
• The modern bathrooms have showers and/or baths and are stocked with Molton Brown body and bath products.
• The hotel has three spots where you can dine, the Palace Restaurant, Palace Bar and Palace Garden. Both the restaurant and the bar serve international cuisine (and some Bavarian favorites) and are both open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Palace Bar is a clubby space that is a popular meeting location for a sophisticated cocktail.
• Afternoon Tea is served in the restaurant and comes with a couple perks: a teapot from the TWG tea collection and a glass of prosecco.
• When the weather warms, a visit to Palace Garden is essential. It’s a quiet, pretty respite from the big city bustle and an ideal spot for lingering over coffee or a cocktail or two.