Beaches and Mountains: Sheraton Arabellapark Munich

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After a fairly long drive from Salzburg we made it to Munich around 4PM. The Sheraton is locateed in Arabellapark, which is located in a business development consisting mostly of office buildings, though it’s only a quick subway ride from the heart of Munich.

We had only booked the trip about a week in advance and the Le Meridien was sold out. Between my Starwood, InterContinental, and Hyatt status, the next best thing was the Sheraton, which was 109 Euros per night. Munich really is lacking good hotels between those three brands!

At the door the porter helped us with our bags.


Hotel exterior

It’s obvious the hotel is on the older side based on the exterior, though it was recently renovated.


Lobby

Within a few moments we were helped by an agent who informed us we had been upgraded on account of my Starwood Platinum status. We headed up to our room, where we once again found a (more or less) standard room. I connected to the wifi and saw they were still selling junior suites, so I decided to head back down to the front desk.

I got the same agent again, and just nicely showed her spg.com, which was still selling suites. After talking briefly to her supervisor she upgraded me to a junior suite with apologies. So at least I can appreciate that there was no attitude when I confronted her about it.

We had been upgraded to room 1252, a corner suiteon the 12th floor. It looks like they skimped out on the renovations a bit for the hallways, as they looked ancient.


Hallway


Room

Anyway, the room itself was perfectly nice, typical of a Sheraton hotel. It was by no means luxurious, though modern, clean, and well appointed, which is all I expect given our rate.

The living room featured a couch, desk, and flat screen TV, along with the bathroom (I found it a bit weird that the bathroom was connected to the living room instead of the bedroom).


Living room


TV


Desk


Bathroom


Shower

The living room lead out to the balcony, which somehow felt a bit like a prison between the netting and dirty tiles.


Balcony

The balcony overlooked the Westin (which is located right across the street) and in the distance Munich.


View from balcony

The bedroom featured two twin beds pushed together, as is often the case in Europe.


Bedroom


TV

Because I’m a Platinum member we also had access to the club lounge, which is located on the top floor.

Club lounge entrance

The lounge is fairly small though was never too crowded. It featured a nice couch area and also several tables.


Club lounge


Club lounge

The evening spread in the club lounge was one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen. They had a hot dish, which was nice, and also had chips, nuts, etc. But the weird thing was that the other half of the spread looked like breakfast — yogurt, fruit, croissants, pastries, etc.

The service was friendly and attentive, though. The server let me have all of the Fanta my heart desired.


Evening snacks


Evening spread

The spread in the morning was also pretty decent, consisting mostly of pastries, yogurt, fruit, and scrambled eggs.


Morning spread

The most interesting feature of the hotel had to be the pool on the top floor, which I also found a bit strange with fake palm trees and rocks. Not what you expect in Munich!


Pool

On the whole I had a perfectly pleasant stay. The Sheraton is by no means a luxury hotel, though you can’t beat 109 Euros per night for a suite with club access in summer as a Platinum member. The hotel was only a few minutes from the city by subway, and the subway stop was only about a five minute walk.

When I return to Munich I’ll probably give the Le Meridien a try availability permitting, though I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Sheraton again.

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Comments

  1. I wouldn’t worry about missing out on the LM. Other than being across from the Hbf there is little to speak of. Dodgy ‘hood, still a train ride to the city, and the second most un-LM hotel I have been to is no great draw (there is an active FT thread on this property).

  2. I liked the Sofitel in Munich, its the old main Post Office right next to the central station. Downside is that Accor/Sofitel program is dire. On the other hand, you can get good rates for the hotel via the DB site.

  3. I stayed at this hotel a couple of times many years ago, I remember the proximity to the Subway stop and if I remember correctly it is a convenient walk to Englisher Gardens sp? (Munich’s Central Park)

  4. I don’t see anything wrong with the Sheraton Arabellapark. We had a business meeting there where we discussed sales tactics and all of us liked the hotel!

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