Seen head-on from broad Kaiser-Josef Platz, the century-old four-story "Griffin" looks timeworn and undeserving of its four-star ranking. Looks are deceiving in this case, for interiors reveal sedate Old World panache. Each of the 78 refurbished guestrooms meets contemporary travelers' demands with anti-allergenic mattresses, speedy Internet hookup, telephone, TV, minibar, and espresso-maker. Downstairs lounge and restaurant tend toward outdated stuffiness, although the staff is perky and attentive. The Greif's supersized grand ballroom turns into a Theatersaal for full-scale operatic productions during the city's annual Richard Wagner Festival.
Daily Rates: Singles €59-85, doubles €83-125
Rating: Quality 11/20, Value 14/20