Do you appreciate traditions? And do you enjoy staying as central as possible when traveling? Then the four star Platzl Hotel in Munich is probably something for you. The old hotel combines an ideal location in the heart of Munich with local culture and traditions in such a way that one stay is simply not enough. Welcome to Bavaria!
At Munich’s heart
The first thing you notice about Platzl Hotel is the impeccable location. Nestled in between old charming buildings and cobbled streets, tourists couldn’t possibly find a better basis in the Bavarian capital. With just minutes from the famous Maximilianstrasse and Marienplatz, it’s literally at Munich’s heart. The hotel and its famous restaurant Pfistermühle, which I will return to later, dates back to 1573. At this time it was a city mill and today it’s the only preserved mill in Munich. One can only imagine the things that have taken place inside this building and I caught myself several times during my stay thinking; “if only walls could speak”.
A team of smiling receptionists greets you upon arrival in their lovely dirndls – a traditional Bavarian dress, which admittedly is quite charming. This is not a regular 4 or 5 star hotel, but ‘a home away from home’, where everything seems to run its course and traditions are paramount. Like in many other Bavarian institutions, quality is key and you immediately feel that after spending some time here.
First stop: a classic double room on the 4th floor. Platzl offers a total of 167 rooms, which overlooks the court yard or Munich’s buzzing city center. Guests have seven different room types to choose from, but a classic double room goes just fine if you’re spending a weekend in the city and are satisfied with a king-size bed and a flat screen TV. There are obviously other amenities as well such as free wifi, free mineral water upon arrival and a full minibar, but the most original feature has to be the beer cosmetics in the bathroom. You cannot say Bavaria without saying beer, so why not add a bit of the healthy drink into the signature wellness products? Platzl did and it turned out great! The products are made by the historical and family-owned brewery Ayinger in Bavaria.
If you find yourself hungry or thirsty, there’s no better place to stay than at Platzl Hotel! Apart from the bar and lobby serving cocktails and snacks, the hotel offers two great restaurants, which are in the top of Munich’s food scene. Wirtshaus Ayingers is a traditional Bavarian restaurant serving draught beer and regional cuisine. Here you can enjoy either a business lunch or a hearty dinner accompanied by a selection of beers from the family-owned brewery Ayingers.
Restaurant Pfistermühle is a splendid alternative if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale. This is refined Bavarian cuisine wrapped in a beautiful location, which was once the old flour mill. The restaurant is divided into 4 rooms, which makes the experience both intimate and cosy. While the theme here is definitely Bavarian, the kitchen is heavily French-inspired – a combination that works very well, if you ask me. The pink fried breast of duck is highly recommendable, but so is the ragout of lamb and it’s hard to choose… Enjoy your meal here with a bottle of Franconian wine (regional) or a local draught beer.
After a long day of exploring Munich it’s nice to return to a hotel offering spa and wellness. Of course Platzl does this too. The entire fifth floor of the hotel is dedicated to relaxation offering a sauna, steam bath, a relaxation area and a fitness area.
Platzl Hotel is the obvious choice for both business traveler’s, couples and families looking for a cosy hotel with plenty of history and charm. The location doesn’t get much better and the staff is helpful and welcoming. What more could you ask for?
For more information go to www.platzl.de.