Platzl stands in the historic heart of Munich, near the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall and a couple of minutes' walk from Marienplatz and many other landmarks. It has a lot of old-fashioned Bavarian charm itself, too, with dark wood floors and staff in traditional uniforms who do their best for guests. And while communal areas like the restaurant and breakfast room have that old-school feel, the rooms themselves are more modern.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is some street noise (not least from revellers at the Hofbräuhaus itself) when windows are open, but the hotel does have A/C.
The egg-shell walls, wooden tables, cupboards and accents, and light blues and greys carpets and curtains, provide a stylish modern backdrop to the rooms' best feature: the generously-sized, very comfortable beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all rooms have coffee and tea facilities - only from the superior class and up.
Bathrooms are in white with brown wood, with cosmetics made from beer for the hotel, a nice touch.
The lobby is large, old-fashioned and comfortable, with dark wood and chandeliers.
The hotel is big on its green credentials, from using heat recyclers in the kitchen to environmentally friendly detergents and recyclable materials.
There's a fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Personal trainers are available.
Pfistermühle restaurant, with 16th-century vaulting, is one of the area's oldest and most historic establishments, and the refined food ain't bad, either. Wirtshaus Ayinger has a similarly traditional vibe, with hearty roast meats, sausage, and fresh fish available, all accompanied by local beers. Breakfast is expensive if not included in your room rate, but it's a good spread if you splash out or get it included.
The hotel couldn't be better located, right in the heart of the gorgeous Old Town.
Take a break from all that heavy German cuisine and head for EMIKO (4-minute walk), the rooftop Japanese restaurant at the Louis hotel in Viktualienmarkt. Or give in to the inevitable and enjoy the full Bavarian experience at Ratzkeller (4-minute walk).
You're so close, how could you resist the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall (1-minute walk)? Or for a more refined evening, try Pusser's (3-minute walk) for cocktails and live piano music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Traditional and comfortable: the Platzl has a nice balance, helpful staff, a good dining offer and a pretty much unbeatable location, as well as more personality than some of the city-center chains. That location doesn't come cheap though.