Opposite the Exquisit is a fine inexpensive option. If you spend only a minimal amount of time in your hotel but still require friendly service, nonsmoking bed and breakfast rooms, and a perfect central location, family-run Hotel Bristol is the place. It isn't a lot to look at—a post-war modular cube reminiscent of a late Brezhnev-era triumph.

Rooms are small, and the ones in back (though they have spacious balconies) have a view of what can be charitably described as an architect's rendering of 1970s Urban Utopia. But there are several mitigating factors, not the least of which is the warm hospitality of the Eggermann family, which keeps tight tabs on the hotel and watches out for guests. That non-smoking breakfast room is one of very few of its kind in a hotel in this price range, and a highly welcomed feature.

The location, right behind Sendlinger Tor Platz, puts you steps from four main subway lines and at a major tram interchange, and 10 minutes walk from the Main Railway Station, Marienplatz, and the Viktualienmarkt. And the rooms, though small, are spotless and all have TV, minibar and telephone. It's minimalist comfort, but comfortable all the same. If I were a visitor to Munich, I'd check in to the Bristol.

Street Address: Pettenkoferstraße 2
City: Munich
Country: Germany
Phone: +49 89 5434888-0
Fax: +49 89 5434888-111
Quality: Rating: 2 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel