Munich’s oldest hotel welcomed its first guest in 1497 and has been owned and operated by the Kirchlechner family since 1890. These are pretty sound credentials for a hotel and a good indicator that you will find a special atmosphere within…and without, too, for the long-lived hotel overlooks the medieval Isartor (gate) that used to be part of the medieval city walls. Because of its age and location, the Torbräu offers a cozy and close-to-everything stay. Completely refurbished in 2012, the hotel mixes the warmth of traditional wood paneling and antiques with comfortable, contemporary furniture and a light, fresh palette of colors and fabrics. Ask for a room on the fifth floor if you want an unobstructed view of the Altstadt with its church spires, or a room overlooking the Isartor if you want to enjoy the sight of that memorable landmark. Need quiet? Ask for a room facing the courtyard. In all cases, you’ll be treated to the sound of church bells in the morning, afternoon and evening, as they have done for centuries. The standard rooms and bathrooms are rather small, so you may want to upgrade to the deluxe category for some extra legroom. Schapeau is the hotel’s excellent restaurant, and the bar has a lively happy hour. And, most importantly, the staff here seems to work overtime to help make their guests happy.