On a recent visit to the city of Munich, I had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Laimer Hof. Having never visited the city before, combined with coming during the last leg of an European adventure, the hotel was a breath of fresh air. Set slightly outside the central part of the city in a charming neighborhood, the hotel is housed in a neo-Renaissance villa that was constructed in 1886. Not only is it a proud homage to its heritage, but it’s family-run and the hotel’s owners are fully invested in their guests. They want to make sure that not only are guests comfortable, but also that visitors fully enjoy their visit to Munich. I truly don’t think I have had such a warm welcome to a hotel in a very long time! It included a big glass of German beer, maps, train tickets and some of the biggest smiles I came into contact on my trip across Eastern Europe.
Here’s the CultureMom low-down on the Hotel Laimer Hof:
Our Room: The hotel offers 23 rooms with a total of 46 beds, of which three are family rooms. It’s incredibly family-friendly and I saw several visiting with children of various ages during our stay. Each room has its own unique décor and comes with free Wifi (a win-win for any hotel these days), a mini bar and television with free English movies and news channels (definitely of importance during our post-American election visit). The rooms are somewhat basic but overall comfortable, and the extra space is key. We were incredibly comfortable during our visit.
Service: The owner, Sebastian, and his wife were very helpful during our stay — so helpful that Sebastian actually drove us to the train station more than once to help us shorten our travel time to the center of town (the station is one mile away). They provided maps, complimentary train tickets, and a welcome glass of beer which was perfect after a day of travel.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast awaited us both mornings of our visit, and we appreciated the wide variety of fresh food, which included German delicacies like sausage and soft pretzel, and most importantly for me, great cups of coffee.
Location: The neighborhood is coined Nymphenburg, due to its proximity to the palace and garden. Nymphenburg is an architectural highlight of the city of Munich and Hotel Laimer Hof and it’s just a 5-minute walk away. Dachau, the first concentration camp, is also relatively close by train, and the subway ride to the city center is just 15-20 minutes.
Eateries nearby: We really enjoyed dinner at the Hirschgarten, formally the Königlicher Hirschgarten. The restaurant is noted for its beer garden, which is the largest in Munich and probably the largest in the world. The food was authentic and delicious, especially the soft pretzels and cheese German starter.
The final verdict? We really enjoyed the pleasantry of the owners. Their hospitality was a welcome delight after a two-week journey around Eastern Europe, and it felt like a rare exception. Other travelers clearly felt the same way as they were open to conversations withus while sitting in the hotel lobby sipping beer.
If you’re headed to Munich, definitely consider a visit to Hotel Laimer Hof and leave questions below if you need more information.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary stay to facilitate this review and others but any opinions expressed are my own.