One of Munich's unsung treasures, this small (38 rooms) delight is in one of Munich's up-and-coming neighborhoods, between Sendlinger Tor Platz and Gärtner Platz. Before Schwabing was Schwabing, it was like this area, with interesting but reasonably priced little stores and boutiques, cafés and food shops. Despite its fabulous central location most of the rooms in this family-run hotel are dead quiet, thanks to the hotel's being flanked by leafy gardens.

All the rooms are furnished somewhat differently. The doubles and small suites are excellent value for the money, with airy rooms, spotless bathrooms (many with shower only) and comfortable and tasteful furniture. But singles are small (some impossibly so; think train compartment) and just not worth the money.

There's no elevator, but all rooms are located only one flight up.

Downstairs in the lovely breakfast room, with high-ceilings and very homey wood floors, there's an atrium-style window on the southern side of the room, and if you get down there early enough you can breakfast looking out into a small forest in the center of town. Smoking is permitted but discouraged in here, and if someone lights up and you complain, management will ask the puffer to head to the lobby.

  • Price Category: Moderate
  • Contact: Hotel Olympic, Hans Sachs Strasse 4, D-80469 München, tel. +49/089/231 890, fax 231 89 19, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://www.hotel-olympic.de/
  • Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 15/20

Thirty yards to the right leaving the hotel is Zweistein (as opposed, of course, to Einstein) a delightfully arty café with seats outside when it's warm enough, and a cozy, Bohemian atmosphere inside year round. There are wonderful coffees and cocktails, and light meals from noon to midnight (from 5pm on weekends and holidays) like pastas, pancakes and baguette sandwiches.

  • Hans Sachs Strasse 12, tel. +49/089/266 454)