Just a short walk along an underpass from the Hauptbahnhof station, the Excelsior's smart front entrance welcomes you with a slightly odd lobby, complete with a kitsch trompe l'oeil-style painted curtain around the ceiling, and a vague sense that it can't quite decide how fancy to be (prices, which can be on the high side, suggest that this decision has been made, at least in some areas). Look past this slightly odd opener, though, and rooms are spacious and inviting, and the hotel restaurant is cozy, with tasty meals.
Rooms are large and mainly in beige, with comfortable king-size beds. Some overlook the courtyard, some the street, and some have pleasant tree-top views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no tea and coffee-making facilities in the rooms, although staff will bring a kettle.
The beige theme continues in the bathrooms, some of which have baths and some showers. The hotel has its own rosemary and thyme toiletries.
We're not sold on the lobby's faux-old vibe, although its high ceilings and plush armchairs do make it feel comfortable if you can get past the slightly odd decorative choices.
The Vinothek restaurant has excellent food and an attractive buttress-style ceiling. Breakfast - a buffet, with eggs to order - is not always included in the room rate. There's a coffee shop nearby if that doesn't appeal.
The hotel is sitting pretty in terms of location: a pedestrianized area right by the main station, it's also within easy walking distance of the Old Town.
Pageou (14-minute walk) is a beautiful restaurant on a beautiful Munich street, with a good business lunch. Or go traditionally hearty Bavarian and see quite how much schnitzel you can manage at Andy's Krablergarten (15-minute walk).
Jaded Monkey (11-minute walk) is a cool cocktail bar with particularly good gin concoctions. Or go old-school at the beer hall, Augustiner Keller (13-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
It can be a bit pricey, but it's a great location, with quiet, calming rooms and a great restaurant and bar in Vinothek. Get past the odd lobby and Hotel Excelsior is a great base for sightseeing in central Munich.