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Room Report: Louis Hotel Munich, Germany

Louis Hotel Munich
Louis Hotel Munich
Louis Hotel Munich

Arrival Experience: This boutique hotel sits tucked away in a corner away from the hustle and bustle of the Marienplatz yet only 15 seconds from the action. Its atmosphere is quiet and serene, and the entrance is tucked down a nondescript passageway. Past a popular café is the entrance to this design hotel that attracts the sleek, cosmopolitan crowd. Dapper reception staff greets arrivals at the dimly lit desk where the feeling is calm and collected. In plain view is the hip lobby lounge, which if arriving on a Friday or Saturday night, is packed to the brim with Munich's brightest and most beautiful. Staying here is akin to a W Hotel, but with more efficiency and functionality (this is Germany, after all).

Dining: Emeko, the hotel's Japanese-inspired dining room, is a popular local hot spot and retains guests more than other hotel restaurants would. In the evenings, the menu is purely focused on Japanese fusion cuisine offering a menu of light bites or a complete tasting menu featuring everything from fresh sushi to edamame and sashimi. In the mornings, the same contemporary space, with enticing views of Viktualienmarkt, transitions into the breakfast room with a full buffet of standard and vegan selections including unique Indian and Asian offerings plus a cooked-to-order eggs menu.

Accommodations: Guest rooms vary in size and shape with differing views as well. With only 72 rooms, this boutique hotel has numerous options, but the majority is of junior suite-size and larger. The Courtyard Deluxe rooms are much larger than Courtyard Superior. All boast handcrafted oak and nut wood furnishings of contemporary design and windows that open for fresh air. Sleek hardwood floors are topped with Oriental-style rugs and platform beds with soft mattresses and traditional German duvets. Bedside are individual reading lamps and plentiful power ports to charge electrical devices, something most hotels in this city have yet to grasp. Amenities include complimentary wireless high speed Internet, flat-screen cable TVs, iPod docking stations and stereo speakers, aromatherapy linen spray for beds, and spacious work desks with high-tech telephones. The bathrooms with soaking tubs and power showers featuring windows facing the bedroom and outdoor courtyard views are most popular. Privacy curtains and window shades are also in place. Massive towels wrap guests in comfort, and the deluxe REN Neroli toiletries are a nice treat.

Conclusion: Fitness buffs have a small, rooftop gym within arm's reach and a sauna to decompress. This design hotel could have no better location for tourists, and business travelers devour its city-central location. The staff is as competent and friendly as can be, and nothing beats a local hotel with contemporary style over a big-chain property. Less than a minute is all it takes to walk to the nearest subway station putting the entire city and the airport within easy reach.