Fodor's Expert Review Eden-Hotel Wolff
Arnulfstr. 4, Munich, Bavaria, 80335, Germany, Munich, Germany See on Map
This stately old lady of the Munich hotel scene, in business since 1890, can't quite decide if it is old-school or modern. In some parts of the hotel that works beautifully; the rooms are a mix of the two styles, and both are attractive and unusual. But the lobby's chandeliers sit strangely with modern chairs, and the hotel's pink exterior doesn't float our boat particularly, either. However, good service and a convenient location right by the main station, plus a few more facilities than many mid-level city center hotels, including a spa, an elegant bar, and a small gym, are a plus.
Rooms are large, comfortable and quiet, with different themes - we like the log-cabin style ones the best, with white wooden panelling and little animal skulls on the walls. The modern ones are a little less interesting, although with the dark wood elements and splashes of colour, they still have more personality than most. There's air-con, WiFi and safes in all of the rooms, too.
Most bathrooms have showers, and come in varying styles, like the rooms. Toiletries are by Algotherm.
Staff are friendly and helpful, and the lobby gets plenty of light, but still lacks something of the sense of style the rooms showcase.
The small spa area has a steam room, sauna, and roof terrace. Massages can be arranged if booked in advance.
The hotel's Peter & Wolff restaurant is traditional and swanky, trading on its decades of history. It has a large menu, including Bavarian specialities and pastas, and some bistro favourites.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is delicious, but expensive, and not always included. There are other options nearby, too.
The hotel's newly renovated spacious bar, with wood-panelling ago-go, is a modern space with a fireplace that offers teas and coffees in the day and stiffer drinks as the sun goes down. Food is served from noon, and the bar opens at 10am.
Check out the Rembrandt room at the back of the restaurant - the only part of the hotel to survive the Second World War undamaged, and still presented as it was in 1890.
The hotel is brilliantly located for public transport in Munich and further afield, right by the station. It's also walking distance from the Old Town.
Blow the budget with a Michelin-starred treat at the beautiful Restaurant Königshof (7-minute walk). Or go traditional Bavarian in the vaults of an old mill, Restaurant Pfistermühle (22-minute walk, 10-minute train, by S-bahn).
The hotel is very close to the legendary beerhall, the Augustiner Keller (8-minute walk). Don't miss it. Or try the sophisticated Schumann's (4-minute train by U-bahn, or 20-minute walk) for cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Eden-Hotel Wolff is not short on personality, or history - the art nouveau building was severely damaged in the Second World War, but rose from the ashes with the help of some keen hoteliers. Nowadays, it's not cutting edge or top-end, but the price reflects that, and it's got a bit more going on than many of its close competition - both in terms of individuality and facilities.
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