The key here is price and location. We have stayed at the Karlstor four times and been very happy. It is safe, very clean and run by two nice people. The new owners speak German and English. Double room with shower is 115 DM ($68). Doubles with the shower and toilet down the hall are 91 DM ($55) plus 5 DM ($3) each for a shower. Not a bad price considering it includes breakfast and is just a short walk from three of the most famous saloons in Germany: Mathser Bierstadt, Zum Pschorrbru, and the Hofbräuhaus.

Fifty meters from the Karlstor is another great beer restaurant, the Augustinerbru. Cost of meals in these places is about $10-$15, the same as at an inexpensive to moderately priced restaurant in the U.S. If going to the city from the airport, take the S-8, S-Bahn from the new airport direct to the Karlsplatz/Stachus stop (cost $6). From there its a three-minute walk to the hotel. Riding the escalator out of the underground you'll spot the huge Karlsplatz Fountain on your left and the three arches of the Karlstor Gate straight ahead. The hotel entrance is just inside the smaller arch on your right.

Auto travelers will find it a little tricky getting to the Karlstor requiring some map reading. Park the car two blocks away in the parking garage ($15 for 24 Hrs.), or find a parking space on the street. By rail, walk the six blocks from the Hauptbahnhof or take the S-Bahn one stop (Karlsplatz/Stachus).

Street Address: Neuhauserstr. 34
City: Munich
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 89 59 35 96
Fax: 011 49 89 52 34 681
Price Level: $$--
Type: Hotel