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Traditional Bavarian architecture mixes with contemporary buildings in Glockenbachviertel.

Will Aitken for The Globe and Mail/will aitken The Globe and Mail

Louis Hotel, Viktualienmarkt 6, 089-411-190-8-0;

Ideally placed overlooking Munich's celebrated Viktualienmarkt (open market), the Louis Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Glockenbachviertel. This elegant boutique hotel offers the perfect simplicity only pots of money can buy - handcrafted furniture, natural stone, French balconies. A deluxe room overlooking the bustling market starts at $386.

Hotel Olympic, Hans-Sachs-Strasse 4, 089-231890, This former private villa, located in Glockenbachviertel, is small (55 rooms), discreet and arty without being ostentatious. The high-ceilinged lobby is fin-de-siècle haute bourgeoisie, but the rooms are modern and minimalist, with original artworks scattered throughout. Ask for a courtyard room - they're quieter. Doubles start at $218.

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