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Updated: August 4, 2020
LOUIS – A chic and sleek foodie heaven overlooking the Viktualienmarkt.
LOUIS is probably the best-located hotel in the city, wedged right between Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt (where it sources the majority of its food). Luckily, it’s also one of the most stylish. No surprise really, as it was conceived by Rudi Kull and Albert Weinzierl, the chef-architect team behind many of the city’s most polished hospitality offerings (including the authentically Italian Bar Centrale, impressive Brenner Grill, CORTIINA hotel and its well-stocked winebar GRAPES, and the two Riva bar-restaurants). As befits a member of Design Hotels, everything about the LOUIS feels high quality and self-assured, from the bespoke furniture that lends the place its boutique feel to the menus which handle steaks as easily as vegan food.
LOUIS – Location
- Address: Viktualienmarkt 6 (via car: Rindermarkt 2), Munich.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn station is a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Area: Right in the heart of the Munich’s Altstadt, surrounded by all the major tourist sites (most within a 10-minute walk and nearly all within a 20-minute walk).
- How to Get There: From the airport, LOUIS is around 40 minutes (24 miles) by car or public transport (S-Bahn to Marienplatz).
- Handy to: Viktualienmarkt, Marienplatz, Residenz.
LOUIS – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel welcomes people of all ages (its team is very accommodating), but it is geared more toward adults. There are no specific amenities for children.
- View: Some rooms overlook the Viktualienmarkt. Top-floor rooms have views of the spires of the Frauenkirche.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: The hotel offers a laundry service (surcharge).
- Parking: On-site parking available at €22/day. Free electric car charging.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi in every room.
- Extras: Roof terrace, private dining room, bicycles, free newspapers.
- When to Book: There is a major accommodation shortage in Munich; book well ahead to get prime rooms, especially during Oktoberfest, which starts mid-September and goes on for a month.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +49 89 4111 9080
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: louis-hotel.com
LOUIS – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: There is a small fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel is accessible by elevator. Write to the hotel directly to discuss in-room accessibility needs.
- For Families: There are interconnecting rooms and the largest room can fit up to 4 people.
LOUIS – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The LOUIS Grillroom focuses on the highest quality steaks sourced from farms that provide the highest standards of animal welfare. There are mouth-watering grilled vegan and fish options too, all served simply with seasonal vegetables from the Viktualienmarkt. Served in the stylish dining room, whose warm tones and cozy quilted furniture give it a clubroom feel. Open daily 5:30-11 pm. $$-$$$$.
- Bar: The LOUIS Sparkling Bar, in the lobby, does classic and original cocktails and, as the name suggests, lots of sparkling wines. During restaurant hours, the Grillroom’s appetizers are available at the bar, and out of hours, there is a small 24-hour food selection.
- Breakfast: One of the hotel’s USPs is its vegan buffet breakfast, (with some non-vegan options a la carte). 7-10:30 am. €17.50.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
LOUIS – Rooms
- Room Types: Courtyard Single ● Courtyard Superior ● Courtyard Deluxe ● Market View Deluxe ● LOUIS Room
- Smoking Rooms: LOUIS is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The LOUIS Room can sleep up to 4 people comfortably, with 2 small double beds that can be joined together to make a super king. It has air conditioning, natural mattresses and bedding, underfloor heating in the bathroom, double vanity with heated mirrors, an ionic hairdryer, a safe, an iPod docking station, flatscreen TV with CD/DVD player, 2 balconies with views over St. Peter’s church and other historic buildings, spacious bathroom with bathtub and shower, separate WC, as well as a living area with armchairs and a chaise longue.
LOUIS – Local Transport
- Walking: Everything in the Altstadt is within a 15-minute walk of the LOUIS.
- Tram/Bus: There are easy bus and tram connections throughout the city with excellent maps and apps available.
- Subway: Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn station is a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the hotel.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber is available in Munich, but its growth has been limited by local taxis which have rallied to compete. Taxi-München uses TaxiApp which is nationwide, has multilingual phone operators (+49 89 21 610 or +49 89 19 410), and accepts text and email bookings. Another reliable local company is IsarFunk (+49 89 450 540), which uses the taxi.eu app.
LOUIS – What’s Nearby?
Things everyone should know about Munich:
- Cash is still king – never assume places will accept cards.
- Everything closes down for a holiday in August.
- September-October opening hours vary (especially for bars) because of Oktoberfest.
- Most places are closed on Sundays, even places that look touristy; it’s always worth checking.
Recommended Nearby Tours
- The Local Experience – For all things beer and Oktoberfest related, go to these guys with their range of fun, boozy options. Many of the tours start at Marienplatz. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Munich Walk Tours – As well as the normal range of city tours, this outfit offers a beer tour that takes you round a Paulaner brewery, a bike tour of the Englischer Garten, and a Bavarian food tasting tour. Tours start at Marienplatz. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Radius Tours – Huge range of tours in English, including many day trips to the surrounding areas (Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremberg), as well as city tours of Third Reich, Dachau, Bavarian beer, and bike tours and rental. Tours start from the Hauptbahnhof. 8 minutes by the S-Bahn.
Best Nearby Taverns
You cannot leave Munich without experiencing a traditional tavern (Wirtshaus). Expect wood paneling, hearty food, and lots of beer. Many are centuries-old and related to the city’s oldest breweries. Look out for features such as lockers for patrons’ Steins (beer mugs) and Stammtischen (tables reserved for regulars). All serve reasonably-priced ($-$$) draught beer and traditional Bavarian food; some close on Sunday.
- Bratwursthertzl – Tucked down a corner of the Viktualienmarkt in a little plaza, this place does great sausages and food from the Franconia region. 2-minute walk (125m).
- Der Pschorr – A contemporary convivial beer hall with traditional food, belonging to the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, right in the middle of the Viktualienmarkt. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Beim Sedlmayr – Hearty Bavarian food served in a bright dining room with staff in traditional dress. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Wirtshaus zum Straubinger – Slightly more intimate than many of Munich’s taverns, and a bit off the beaten track for tourists, but this place features a lovely garden and cozy interior. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Hofbräuhaus – Do not miss visiting the most famous tavern in the world. Complete with traditionally dressed waitstaff, oompah band, space for 3,000 people, a garden, and great food, it will fulfill your every Bavarian dream. (Interesting fact: Hitler loved this place.) 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Ayinger am Platzl – Owned by the same family that runs the Platzl Hotel and Restaurant Pfistermühle, this tavern serves the family brew with hearty food in a beer hall with modern quirky touches. 5-minute walk (0.3 mle).
- Hackerhaus – This tavern, built in the original 15th-century Hacker brewery, is still owned by what is now the Hacker-Pschorr brewery. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom – This has to be one of the most renowned Bavarian restaurants in the world. It has welcomed luminaries as varied as Walt Disney, Ingrid Bergman, John Huston, Ted Kennedy, and Karl Lagerfeld to its dark-wood-paneled dining room right by the Cathedral for their homemade brats. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Augustiner Stammhaus – Do not miss the Augustiner brewery’s flagship tavern on the pedestrianized Neuhauser Strasse. It has multiple salons, including one with a glass-domed roof, and an Italianate beer garden. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Tian – Michelin-starred vegetarian fine dining. Closed Sunday-Monday. Reservations essential. $$$-$$$$. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Ruff’s Burger – German mini-chain that evolved from a popular food truck whose epic burgers are not to be missed. $-$$. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) to the Rindermarkt restaurant.
- Restaurant Pfistermühle – Set in a 16th-century mill covered in vines, this romantic place does Bavarian haute cuisine that looks pretty as a picture. $$$. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Buffet Kull – Popular spot, inspired by New York/Parisian bistros, where the food is great and the service, swift. $-$$. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Prinz Myshkin – Superb setting and wonderful vegan and vegetarian food with inspirations from India and Italy. Great value lunch. $-$$. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Conviva im Blauen Haus – High-quality low-cost set menus aimed at theatergoers in an industrial-style canteen, run by a worthy non-profit that helps people with disabilities into the workplace. $. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Brenner Operngrill – Huge restaurant in a spectacular old vaulted building, where the kitchen (an open grill and a pasta station) is set in the middle. $$-$$$. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Vegelangelo – Vegan and vegetarian dishes dishes from around the world, guaranteed non-GMO, and cooked from scratch. Cash only. $-$$. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Restaurant Jin – This place, just outside Altstadt, has a Michelin Plate for its inventive Chinese fine dining. Closed Monday. $$$$. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Atelier – Jan Hartwig’s Michelin 3-starred wonder in the magnificent Bayerischer Hof Hotel. Dinner only; reservations essential. $$$$. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Schmalznudel Café Frischhut – Specializing in schmalznudels, a frisbee-shaped donut, this rustic old bakery offers a taste of Old Munich. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Bar Centrale – Owned by the same team as the LOUIS, this place transports you to Italy with its daily menu, great breakfasts, aperitivos, as well as some of the best coffee in Munich. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Schumann’s Tagesbar – This daytime café-bar in the Fünf Höfe is a relaxed, classic meeting place and complements its sister establishment in the Hofgarten. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Bars
- GRAPES Weinbar – Serves delectable wine and food in a refined yet relaxed bar. Its huge cellar is overseen by seriously good sommeliers who also organize events for oenophiles. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Lump, Stein & Küchenmeister – Like a traditional beer hall or beer garden, except with wine. Dozens of wines on tap and by the bottle, along with great food that puts Bavaria front and center. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- The High – Achingly hip cocktail bar on the border of Altstadt/Glockenbach. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Ned Kelly’s Australian Bar/Killians Irish Pub – Basically the same place with 2 names, these 2 bars share a cellar in the corner of the Frauenplatz. There’s live music and karaoke and a hub for English-speakers. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Pfälzer Residenz Weinstube – A long-standing favorite in the beautiful buildings of the Residenz, focusing on wines from the Palatinate region (known as die Pfalz in German). 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Munich Altstadt has it all in terms of stores: quirky independents, international mega-chains, luxury brands, and historic local artisans. Good places to hit include Kaufingertorstrasse and Kaufingertor Passage, Orlandostrasse, Maximilianstrasse, Brienner Strasse, Residenzstrasse, Fünf Höfe, and, of course, the Viktualienmarkt.
- Kustermann – Historic kitchen and cookery department store that’s over 200 years old. 1-minute walk (25m).
- Hofpfisterei – What more do you need to know other than the fact that this bakery has been here for around 700 years? Just go. 2-minute walk (125m).
- servus.heimat – Sick of the usual tourist tat? Head here for unique and quirky Bavarian souvenirs. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the shop on Tal.
- Galeria Kaufhof – Five-story department store on Marienplatz where you’ll find pretty much anything you need. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Elly-Seidl – 100-year-old Munich-based confectioner specializing in pralines with various outlets in the city. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile) to shop on Tal.
- Dallmayr Delikatessenhaus – Head to this temple of gastronomy for gifts, fine foods, a bite to eat at the cafe, or fine dining at the Michelin 2-starred Alois restaurant. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Kräuterhaus Lindig – Experts in herbal remedies since 1887. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Manufactum – Quality German-made goods. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Hofbräuhaus Kunstmühle – This is the only active flour mill in the city, selling ancestral grains and flours from its historic building. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Globetrotter – Enormous travel superstore featuring specialist gear for just about any outdoor pursuit, as well as guidebooks, cafe, and pool for trying out kayaks and SUPs. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Radspieler – The founder, Josef Radspieler, was a master guilder, and his business (founded in 1841) has flourished into an emporium for fine goods, from fashion to interiors. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Lodenfrey – Luxury department store featuring all the international megabrands, but specializing in fine traditional clothing. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Most attractions are within walking distance, but some of Munich’s must-sees are worth a trip outside the center on public transport.
- Marienplatz – Munich’s showstopping main square, named after the Virgin Mary, houses the distinctive Altes Rathaus and Neues Rathaus (old and new townhalls). The Neues Rathaus is the one with the wonderful Glockenspiel that chimes at 11 am, noon, and 5 pm daily (a must-see). One street south is the church known as Alter Peter (Old Peter, St. Peter, or Peterskirche). You are rewarded by marvelous views of Munich by scaling its 300+ steps (alternatively, take the elevator to the Neues Rathaus viewing tower). 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Sankt-Jakobs-Platz – This pleasant urban plaza hosts two of the city’s best specialist museums: the Stadtmuseum, where you can get your questions answered about Bavaria’s curious traditions at the “Typically Munich!” permanent exhibition and the Jüdisches Zentrum (Jewish Center), which includes the Ohel Jakob Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Frauenkirche – The full name of Munich’s cathedral is Dom Zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), but it generally goes by its colloquial name. The 15th-century cathedral sits in a pleasant plaza and has distinctive Arabic-inspired towers. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Residenz – Just off Odeonsplatz is a cluster of buildings known collectively as the Residenz: the largest palace in any German city center and home to the rulers of Bavaria from 1508-1918. Open to visitors are its many courtyards, a museum, the former treasury, and the Cuvilliés Theatre where Mozart premiered one of his operas. Expect Renaissance treasures and Baroque-style rooms. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Hofgarten – The elegant old garden of the Residenz (just off the Odeonsplatz) is now a lovely city park, well used by citizens and tourists alike. There are often concerts in the Diana Temple – the bandstand in the center. Make sure to factor in an aperitivo at the beloved city bar Schumann’s on the park’s northwestern corner. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Odeonsplatz – Magnificent Italiante plaza with regal and Nazi history. Hitler attempted his infamous putsch at the Feldherrnhalle – the central structure with columns and lions – in 1923. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Deutsches Museum – One of Germany’s best museums with wonderful interactive exhibitions that will delight kids and adults alike. For transportation aficionados, the museum has a fabulous outpost, the Verkeshrszentrum, just north of Bavariapark. The main museum is on an island in the Isar. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Englisher Garten & Maximiliansanlagen – Munich’s “English Garden” is the largest inner-city park in the world, spanning the Isar. There’s a lot to explore, including a fabulous contemporary art gallery in an imposing fascist building (Haus der Kunst), a Chinese pavilion, woodland areas, hiking trails, taverns and beer gardens, fields for nudism, a boating lake, and an area for surfing (it has to be seen to be believed), to name a few features. The leafy riverside extension, the Maximiliansanlagen, starts opposite the Deutsches Museum, a 17-minute walk (0.8 mile) from the hotel, while the main park starts in the northeastern corner of the Hofgarten, a 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Maxvorstadt/Kunstareal (the Art Quarter/Museum Quarter) – To have these many museums, galleries, and architectural gems crammed into a few city blocks is a marvel and a must-see. For classical art, don’t miss the Alte Pinakothek. Contemporary and modern art lovers are spoiled for choice: there’s the Pinakothek der Moderne, Brandhorst, Lenbachhaus, and Neue Pinakothek (closed for renovation until 2025). Then there’s the Königsplatz, whose remarkable and grand Grecian-style architecture was the backdrop to many a Nazi rally. There you’ll find the Glyptothek art gallery, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (state antiquity collection), and the NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism). 18-minute walk (1 mile).
- Olympiapark – There’s tons to see and do at the park built for the 1972 Olympic Games, including ascending the tallest structure in the city, the Olympiaturm (go on a clear day for spectacular views of the mountains); exploring the fabulous park and it’s landscaped hills; activities like zorbing, rowboats, pedalos, climbing, abseiling, and ziplining; a Seaworld aquarium; and the nearby BMW World for car-lovers. There are several routes into the park depending on where you want to go, and it takes around 30 minutes (3 miles) on public transport.
- Schloss Nymphenburg – Nymphenburg Palace’s beautifully preserved buildings, which date as far back as 1664, and manicured grounds, make a splendid day trip. 35 minutes (4 miles) via public transport.
- Allianz Arena – Soccer fans will not want to miss the home of one of the world’s most famous teams, Bayern Munich. There are guided tours and souvenirs galore. It’s an easy 35 minutes (7 miles) by the U-Bahn.
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site – This notorious ex-concentration camp, where over 40,000 people were killed under the Nazi regime, makes for a gruesome but educational experience. Entry is free and no reservations are needed. It takes around 50 minutes (12 miles) via public transport.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Viktualienmarkt – The unmissable Munich marketplace with dozens of stalls selling some of the best food in the country is right outside your door. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Rewe City – Convenient and modern mini-supermarket chain. Open Monday-Saturday 7 am-8 pm. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to store on Tal.