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  Munich - Where to Stay

The Germanic reputation for efficiency, orderliness and cleanliness is nowhere more apparent—or appreciated—than in the hospitality industry. It’s hard to find fault with hotels in Munich. Even less-expensive places to stay will, within their means, go out of their way to make guests comfortable.

Below is a sampling of accommodations recommended by our correspondents; it is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Expect costs to fall within these general guidelines, based on the standard rate for a single room: $ = 60 DM-180 DM; $$ = 180 DM-280 DM; $$$ = 280 DM-400 DM; $$$$ = more than 400 DM. Check for special convention or weekend rates that may be applicable.

At Or Near The Airport

Hotel Kempinski Airport—One of the most architecturally modern hotels in Europe and an integral part of Munich International Airport, directly opposite Terminal B. All rooms and business suites have soundproof windows. Conference facilities for up to 400 persons and business center with PC, fax and online services. Fitness center, indoor pool. $$$. Terminalstrasse/Mitte 20, phone 97820, fax 9782-2610.

Arabella Hotel Munchen Airport—One of five Arabella Hotels in Munich, this one is just five minutes from the airport. Conference facilities for up to 200 people. Free shuttle bus service to and from the airport. Convenient to the A9 autobahn (Nuremberg) and the A92 autobahn (Landshut). Freisinger Strasse 80, 85445 Schwaig-Oberding. $$-$$$. Phone 9272-2755, fax 9272-2800.

Dorint Hotel Freising/ Munich Airport—Very close to the airport, yet in the heart of old Bavaria in the historic city of Freising. Good S-Bahn connections into Munich. Conference facilities and equipment for business travelers. Breakfast buffet included. $$. Dr. von Daller Strasse 1-3, 85356 Freising, phone 08161-5320, fax 08161-532-100.

Near The City Center And Attractions

Advocat Munchen—Elegant, charming hotel without the upscale price. Only a five- minute walk from Marienplatz. Breakfast buffet included. $-$$. Baaderstrasse 1 (Isartor S-Bahn station), phone 216-310, fax 216-3190.

Bavaria Hotel—Charming, family-run establishment within walking distance of the Oktoberfest grounds and the Messegelande convention facilities. Near Hauptbahnhof, with good U- and S-Bahn connections. Conference facilities for up to 60 people. Breakfast buffet included. $. Gollierstrasse 9, phone 501-078, fax 502-6856.

Bayerischer Hof—Run by the same family for four generations, it’s the largest privately owned hotel in Europe. Charmingly elegant. Close to Frauenkirche and just a few minutes’ walk from Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz. Conference facilities for up to 1,200 people and a separate business center with offices. Jazz bands play in the remodeled Nightclub Bayerischer Hof, and there’s also a Trader Vic’s bar and restaurant. $$$-$$$$. Promenadeplatz 2-6, phone 21200, fax 212-0906.

Hotel Admiral—One of the most charming of Munich’s smaller hotels, located opposite the Deutsches Museum. Rooms with balconies and views of the hotel’s romantic garden. Breakfast included. $$. Kohlstrasse 9, phone 216-350, fax 293-674.

Hotel Europa Munchen—Quiet, central location and only a 10-minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof. Modern rooms. Staff caters to the business traveler. Breakfast buffet included. $. Dachauer Strasse 115, phone 542-420, fax 5424-2500.

Hotel Europaischer Hof—Comfort and convenience in the heart of Munich. Across from the Hauptbahnhof. Business rooms available with fax and answering machines. Early-bird breakfast from 5:45 am, full breakfast buffet begins at 6:15 am. $-$$. Bayerstrasse 31, phone 551-510, fax 5515-1222.

Hotel Excelsior—A splash of luxurious country charm, not far from the Hauptbahnhof. Conference rooms and audiovisual equipment for business travelers. The wine tavern features more than 400 tempting selections. $$-$$$. Schutzenstrasse 11, phone 551-370, fax 5513-7121.

Hotel Konigshof—Comfort and elegance at the doorstep of Munich’s Old Town. Ask for a room with a view of the 18th-century Palace of Justice. Home of one of Munich’s best-known restaurants, Restaurant Konigshof, as well as perhaps the city’s best-known doorman. $$$. Karlsplatz 25, phone 551-360, fax 5513-6113.

Hotel Rafael—Absolute luxury in the middle of Munich’s Old Town. Comfort is a big draw: satin sheets and a VCR in every room. Fresh flowers, antiques and only a short walk from Marienplatz and Maximilianstrasse. Outstanding view of the city from the roof-top swimming pool. Mini-bar use included. $$$$. Neuturmstrasse 1, phone 290-980, fax 222-539.

Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten—Welcoming guests since 1858, this grand hotel is on Munich’s most exclusive shopping boulevard, Maximilianstrasse. This luxury address is convenient to theaters, galleries and the opera. Lufthansa City Center is in the lobby. $$$$. Maximilianstrasse 17, phone 21250, fax 2125-2000.

Munchen Park Hilton—Quiet, central location near Englischer Garten and the Chinesischer Turm beer garden. Only five minutes from Schwabing. A virtual mecca for business travelers, with conference facilities for up to 2,700 people. Free computer notebook service. $$$-$$$$. Am Tuckerpark 7, phone 38450, fax 3845-1845.

In Schwabing

Munchen Marriott Hotel—Lots of amenities for business travelers, including voice mail, fax, translation and secretarial services. Conference facilities for up to 500 people. Swimming pool, fitness center. American-style Sunday brunch at the California Grill Restaurant. Near Schwabing’s Nordfriedhof U-Bahn station. $$-$$$. Berliner Strasse 93, phone 360-020, fax 3600-2200.

Occam Hotel—Quiet, family-owned hotel in the heart of Munich’s lively Schwabing district. Only a few minutes’ walk from either Englischer Garten or the Munchner Freiheit U-Bahn station. Breakfast included. $. Occamstrasse 7, phone 332-511 or 343-466, fax 390-530.

In Bogenhausen And Haidhausen

Arabella Hotel Munchen Bogenhausen—In Arabella Park and only minutes from the new convention facilities at Munich-Riem, which opens in early 1998. Convenient travel to the city center via the U-Bahn (Arabella Park stop). Munich’s highest fitness spa, the 22nd-floor Arabella Mar, has a landscaped pool and waterfall, steam bath and saunas. Separate conference center. Breakfast buffet included. $$-$$$. Arabellastrasse 5, phone 92320, fax 9232-4449.

Munchen City Hilton—On the east side of the Isar River in Haidhausen, directly above the Rosenheimer Platz S-Bahn station. Direct S-Bahn connection to and from the airport (30 minutes). Near the Gasteig cultural center and Deutsches Museum. Conference facilities for up to 350 people. Free use of notebook computers and software. Special rooms for the disabled. $$-$$$. Rosenheimer Strasse 15, phone 48040, fax 4804-4804.

Sheraton Munchen Hotel & Towers—One of the biggest meeting and conference hotels in southern Germany, with facilities for 2,800 people. At the Arabella Park U-Bahn station, a 10-minute ride from Marienplatz. Close to Englischer Garten, Schwabing and the new ICM convention site at Riem. Sunday brunch with live music. $$$-$$$$. Arabellastrasse 6, phone 92640, fax 916-877.