Short Stay: Louis Hotel, Munich, Germany – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 10 September 2014
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If one were picking out the ideal location for a hotel in Munich, one might very well consider a street along the Viktualienmarkt, a 240,000-square-foot (22,000-square-meter) gourmet farmers’ market in the center of the city. The owners of the Louis Hotel, a Design Hotel, did just that in 2009.

Located in a 100-year-old former bank building, and designed by the Munich architectural firm of Hild und K, the Louis Hotel overlooks the market and is centrally located. Just minutes from Marienplatz, Alter Peter (St. Peter’s Church, climb the 306 steps to the top for the best and most far-reaching view of the city), hundreds of shops and restaurants, and dozens of other attractions.

It’s just not easy to find.



Arriving at the address, directly across from the Viktualienmarkt, after a flight from Rome, European Editor Christian Stampfer and I were ready to drive a brand-new Audi A6 TDI to the Geneva Motor Show the following day. We pulled up in front of what we thought was the entrance but it took us a while to actually find it because of confusing signage.

Once inside, check-in formalities were simple and I was in my room forthwith, although the floors didn’t seem to align to the button labels on the elevator (details to follow). The Louis Hotel should really furnish an instruction booklet, since it’s well worth learning how to deal with the hotel’s idiosyncrasies.


My Courtyard Superior room was small but smartly decorated in not quite 50 shades of green, wicker, and a natural-looking oiled walnut floor.

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