5 of us stayed on business and overall comment: weird. It is very stark and minimal, we decided it was overdesigned to the point of being unwelcoming. Reception really looked like an office entrance for an office that doesn't want visitors!
Rooms overall beige and grey with a splash of colour behind the bed with a fuzzy picture. This, with the open plan bathroom arrangement - two ways in to a small cube but neither with a door, had so much frosted glass we felt disoriented! the fuzzy picture behind the bed added to disorientation, I began to wonder whether I had my contact lenses in or not! Whether this is to your taste is a personal matter, our German colleagues who stay there love it so maybe it just seems weird to the British sense of style.
It just didn't quite hang together for me, there was a chair that was placed at 90 degrees to window but faced a blank wall - why not put it at an angle and face the TV?! the mirror was in the bathroom opposite the sink, so you couldn't stand back to get a good view. Soap was in a dispenser rather than a bar, several colleagues never found it. Design statements, but not quite functional.
More important than decor though is sleep. It was too hot and however much I tried to turn the system down or off it still blew warm. The windows are floor to ceiling, the blinds do not cut out all light and the curtains are not blackout, being pretty design gauze (beigey grey of course), so I was woken up by light. My colleague was woken up additionally by noise as her room faced onto the main road.
We were on the first floor (there are 5), you could wait a long time for lifts and stairs were difficult to find (I now know that Treppenhaus means stairs) but there was no indication at all on the ground floor as to where the stairs were. You could wait a long time for a lift. Annoyingly, the toilets servicing the breakfast area and the bar are in the basement and there are no stairs down - so you have to wait for the lift.
Breakfast was excellent!
Location - middle of nowhere.
Checkin - inconsistent. Some colleagues given a cable to use internet, others not (and signed up for 4 euros for half an hour of wifi).
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- With 160 large Guestrooms, Premium Rooms and Lifestyle Suites, Munich's 'in location' in Schwabing, designed by star-architect Helmut Jahn, offers light-filled, air-conditioned rooms with Queen- or King-size beds, exemplary comfort, and modern bathrooms with rain showers.A hot tip for guests from all over the world – an extravagant hotel with the look of a new era, superbly situated at the foot of the HighLight Towers with excellent transport links. ... more less
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