You already know where you’re drinking at Oktoberfest. At least roughly: upon tables; within cavernous beer halls; wedged between various associates you’ll refer to as “fräulein.” But no need to sleep on those tables—we’ve scouted you a few places with even more character. And beds.
Five Options for Oktoberfest Supremacy:
Your Oktoberfest Psyche, in Hotel Form
Oktoberfest puts your mind through many emotions. Nobody knows this better than Bavarian hoteliers. In particular, the ones who designed this boutique hotel, with rooms themed according to feelings like ecstasy, sadness, pride, fear and drunkenness. That last one has surprisingly tasteful lampshades.
411: $50-$180, Hotel Achterbahn, Schwanthalerstrasse 88, 80336 Munich, Germany, +49 89 536482, more info here
Sleeping Like the Count of Bavaria
Your glass-blown boot theatrics resulted in a beer hall named in your honor. To celebrate, have at the Royal Suite in this palatial, if unpronounceable, hotel on the parade route. You’ll have a 24-hour butler, leather floors and a balcony for presiding over the processions. Or conducting very dramatic long pours.
411: Price on request, Royal Ludwig Suite at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Maximillianstrasse 17, 80539 Munich, Germany, +49 89 2125 2799, more info here
Rickshawing Your Way from Bier to Bier
There are two types of accommodations: those whisking you where you please in a rickshaw, and those leaving you to your own pedestrian peril. This is the former. Also: they’ll set any female companion(s) up with custom dirndls by the top designers in the haute dirndl scene. Yeah, it’s a thing.
411: Sep 22-Oct 7, $2,270, Oktoberfest Package at The Charles Hotel, Sophienstrasse 28, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 544 5550, more info here
This Place Helped Invent Oktoberfest
You prefer to take your beer with some beer-related cultural heritage. You’ll get it at this 500-year-old inn, which once housed a 16th-century brewery and actually catered the very first Oktoberfest back when kings still drank from bejeweled chalices. So maybe consider taking yours out of storage.
411: $354-$523, Hotel Torbräu, Tal 41, 80331 Munich, Germany, +49 89 24 2340, more info here
THE OTHER HOF
The In-House Pretzel Bakery You Need
Somewhere between stein numbers 7 and 74, you’ll get an urge for pretzels. By some miracle of precognition, this place is baking you fresh ones every morning. And when you need hot-chocolate massages in a bamboo-roofed penthouse… they’ve got that covered, too. Germans know you like that.
411: $2,270-$4,550, Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 89 21 200, more info here