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For the second part of our trip, Ford’s mom was joining us to to visit the Christmas markets in Munich and Vienna. While we were arriving from Jakarta by way of Singapore and London, she had landed from Boston earlier in the day.
We were spending two nights in Munich, and in the end we decided to book two rooms at the Le Meridien Munich at the rate of 140EUR per room per night. Munich isn’t a great hotel market, in the sense that there aren’t many centrally located hotels for which you can redeem points. While I’ve stayed at the Sheraton and Westin in Munich in the past, their locations aren’t great, as they’re a bit removed from the center of town.
While some of Munich’s luxury hotels are sometimes reasonably priced, that wasn’t the case for when we were visiting. The Mandarin Oriental, for example, was going for over 600EUR per night.
The Le Meridien Munich is located right across from Munich’s main train station, within a block of the Sofitel and Aloft. This was convenient, as we decided to take the train to Vienna after our stay. Furthermore, the hotel was within about a 10 minute walk of some of Munich’s beautiful pedestrian zones.
We arrived late at night, and were welcomed by a front office associate working the overnight shift. He clearly loved his job, which is fantastic, and was every bit as thorough as anyone would be during the day (which isn’t usually the case in my experience, for better or worse).
He apologized that no suite upgrades were available because the hotel was sold out, proactively offered us late check-out, etc.
The Le Meridien’s lobby was a nice enough space, though perhaps what I enjoyed most about it was the people watching, given that several airlines put their crews up here.
There’s a lobby bar which has service throughout the day, with coffee in the morning, and a more extensive selection later in the day.
Given that it was just before Christmas, there was a cute gingerbread house display in the lobby.
The elevators were down the hallway from the lobby, not far from the hotel’s restaurant.
Our room was located on the third floor, and as we got off the elevator the first thing I noticed was the aviation-themed art, of a Lufthansa A330 parked at Munich Airport.
We were assigned room 371, which was a king room.
The room featured an entryway with a mirror on the left and the bathroom to the right.
The room was a very good size, to the point that it almost felt sparsely furnished with the “standard” hotel room furniture.
The room had a comfortable king size bed facing a wall-mounted TV, a sitting area by the window with a chair and ottoman, and a desk.
On the table next to the chair with the ottoman was a small welcome amenity consisting of Christmas cookies.
I found the desk setup to not be especially comfortable, as the seat didn’t have much padding.
Underneath the tea was a kettle with instant tea and coffee, as well as an empty mini-fridge.
The room had pretty non-existent views, largely due to the scaffolding on the outside of the hotel, which could remain there for a while, since the hotel is undergoing a major renovation.
Next to the bed were four bottles of complimentary water.
On the wall closest to the entrance was a closet.
The bathroom was back near the entrance, and was on the small side. It featured a sink, walk-in shower, bathtub, and toilet.
The shower was small, and when the door was closed the water still seemed to leak into the rest of the bathroom.
Toiletries were provided by Malin + Goetz, which I quite like.
On account of my Platinum status we received complimentary daily breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. Technically Platinum members only get complimentary continental breakfast, though like most Starwood hotels in Europe, this property gives Platinum members access to the whole buffet.
The food spread was pretty good, though it took a lot of self-control not to go to town on the fresh pretzels and Nutella. Mmm…
In terms of the hotel’s other features, there’s a spa on the basement level, which is also where the gym and pool are.
The gym was reasonably well equipped, and the fact that the hotel has an indoor pool is a pretty cool feature that you often don’t see in German city hotels.
Le Meridien Munich bottom line
The Le Meridien Munich is a perfectly nice option if visiting Munich. The hotel has a great location, clean and spacious rooms, and a great breakfast for Platinum members. At the same time the hotel isn’t especially charming or luxurious, and doesn’t seem to have many suites to upgrade Platinum members to. However, at the right price I think this is the best option for a Starwood loyalist.
Do you have a favorite hotel in Munich?