This chic Altstadt hideaway is the only hotel in Munich that has rooms overlooking the lively Viktualienmarkt. But despite this marquee location it truly is a hideaway, because the hotel entrance is so unobtrusive that you pass right by and never know it’s there. While it may be unobtrusive outside, the Louis is rather remarkable inside, showcasing modern European design that looks and feels effortlessly natural instead of making a “statement.” The rooms are relatively large but carefully planned to maximize space (with concealed closets that pull out from the wall) and provide an aura of calm elegance. They’re filled with custom loomed fabrics and carpets, fine wood and stone finishes, and handmade furniture—in short, you feel like you’ve stepped into a spread from Architectural Digest. The Market View rooms with Juliet balconies overlooking the market square are the best; other rooms face a quiet inner courtyard. Louis is known for its exeptional Japanese restaurant, Emiko, just off the lobby, and its splendid summer roof terrace (the perfect place to relax with a cocktail). The breakfast buffet goes beyond the norm too, with Asia and Middle-Eastern inspired plus vegan options and green smoothies.