The small, privately owned, tradition-rich Admiral enjoys a quiet side-street location and its own garden, close to the River Isar, minutes from the Deutsches Museum. The use of the minibar is included in the room price, a sign of the generally welcoming, relaxed vibe that the hotel has throughout. Breakfast is great, it's nice and central, and there's a comfy bar, too--although be warned, all of the hotel's welcoming plus points don't come particularly cheap.
Many of the warmly decorated, if a little old-fashioned, bedrooms have a balcony overlooking the secluded garden.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are not many electrical sockets and no air-conditioning, in line with the hotel's slightly old-fashioned, creaky feel.
Bathrooms are not large and could also do with an update, although they are clean and functional, with good water pressure.
The hotel staff are its shining stars: helpful, kind and friendly.
The breakfast buffet is a dream, complete with fruit, fresh bread, and Italian and French delicacies. An increasing proportion of the breakfast is organic and it can be enjoyed in the garden in summer.
Don't miss the homemade jams - the raspberry is a particular highlight.
A comfortable bar with regal-looking chairs is right behind the lobby.
The hotel is situated just on the edge of the sights of the Aldstadt, and close to Isartor S-bahn station, making it easy to get around.
Hit up Andy's Krablergarten (16-minute walk) for arguably one of the best schnitzels in town. Or there's decent Indian food nearby, at Indian Mango (5-minute walk).
Try the lovely organic wines at Walter & Benjamin (6-minute walk). Or if laidback jazz is your thing, check out Jazzbar Vogler (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Old-fashioned, yes, but in a good way, the Admiral combines great service, a welcoming feel, a lovely garden and a great breakfast to carve out its place in our hearts.