Stayed at the Eurostars Grand Central in Munich last month as it was part of a package through lastminute.com. It's a fantastic hotel with easy access to Hauptbahnhoff, the central station as well as the AIrport which is about 40 minutes away on S1 & S6 lines, the station for which is a few minutes away from the hotel. We arrived at Munich International Airport early Saturday morning and got ourselves a partner day ticket for the entire network. It costs18.80 Euros for 2-5 people and is of good value if you are five. Hopped on to S8, (S1 would do too) as both these trains ply on opposite directions but pass thorugh most cety centre stations. We got off at Hackerbrucke. Once you exit the station through a flight of stairs, turn left towards Arnulstrasse (where you can see frequent trams plying). Once you get to Arnulstrasse turn left and walk about a hundred metres until you reach Eurostar. The hotel has coloured windows and is a very modern building on the outset, but no different from other group hotels in terms of character. The entry to reception is bland, though, the restaurant looks grand. The small lifts overlooking the apartment block, which I suspect is a part of Eurostars is enough to accommodate a small family and luggage.
The rooms itself are either side of each corridors, with one side devoted to darker colours and the other side for plain white. The rooms are extremely clean, has great lighting and the has made use of space perfectly, with sliding doors for wardrobe and bathroon. Once complaint though is the bed and the sliding glass door for the bathroom. For couples it should be a single bed, and not a twin bed joined in the middle. The bed is extremely mobile and you sure to fall in between if you tyr reaching your other half. Again, the bathrooms great if you are couple, but can get a bit embarassing if you are with a friend. Anyway, the staff speak English, and are professional rather than friendly. The free wireless internet access is a bonus, but you have to ask at the reception while checking in (You will be given a short slip with the username/password), or you will never know.
In terms of ease of access, the hotel is about 10 mins walk to Hauptbanhnhoff or two stops away on the trams. Marienplatz should be about 20 mins. Get out of the hotel, turn right and keep walking straight until you come across the station to your right. On yoyur way, watch out for Augustine Keller, a beer garden which has fantastic food, great beer and friendly staff. If you want truly enjoy Bavarian style, enjoy sitting under the sun in the midst of trees at Augustine Keller, or if its a rainy day, I would go a level down via lift to the hidden jewel. It's bit harder to find, but ask the staff or make your way towards the toilets and you should see a lift to your right which brings you to the basement. Try Suckling Pig and potato dumplings, which is aptly called something like spanwerkel, or get a knuckled pork depending on your appetite. It's a fantastic Bavarian experience.
Plenty to write about Munich, but just realised that this is a hotel review. The hotel also has a roof top closed swimming pool and fitness centre, which we didn't use due to lack of time. Breakfats wasn't a part of our deal, but we were offered for 18 Eur which I thought was extremely steep. You can get a filling of great bavarian breads and sausages for less than 3 Eur, so I would look our for those Bavarian bakeries. Breakfast at the American Coffee place, Coffee Fellows is quite good and filling. So I would avoid hotel breakfast if its not a part of the deal.
All in all, a nice hotel recommended for a short getaway with friends or family.
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