The Innside is a Melia hotel (known for their Latin American properties) should you happen to be familiar with this "chain". It is a high-end, stylish, contemporary property that is nested within an office park. While that contributes to the property's quietness it does have negatives, namely services within walking distance from the hotel. There are no restaurants or attractions surrounding the property. Think if the area as a suburban office park and you will understand what the area is like.
The U-Bahn (U6 I believe) is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel and you will be in Marktplatz or Odeonplatz in 5 stops or so @ 4.10 Euro each way. So, late nights out in Munich is a slight chore b/c of that walk back to the hotel from the station after the train ride.
So much for the location. The rooms are modern and clean. Even #s face south so be warned - it gets very hot as a result. They have louvers/shutters to help deflect the sun but the room heats up quickly. The AC is not like in the U.S. - they are very slow and weak. And, they only work when you insert your room key into a slot when inside the room. TIP - get 2+ keys so that you can leave the room and keep one key in the slot to keep the AC on. It took a half day just to get the room temp down to an acceptable level and even then I had to sleep on top of the comforter since the room was still warm.
The bathroom is a modern one. The clear glass shower stall is strange. If you are in the room with people who you wouldn't want to see you naked or with those who don't want to see you naked this may be an issue. The toilet space is adjacent to the shower so you can't overlook the shower if someone is using it. To enter/exit the room you pass by the shower stall and so can easily see the person using it. As for the shower itself, it is an enclosed tub with a hand-held shower wand. The step up into the tub from the bathroom is easily 2' - not an easy climb if you are short or elderly or someone with balance issues. Getting out of the shower is even more difficult since your feet are wet, so be careful.
The hotel has a restaurant which I did not use since I spent my time in Munich. The front desk staff - excellent, very accommodating and friendly, a pleasure to deal with. The maintenance guy - scoffed when I questioned the AC effectiveness, said that it was on full blast (full blast for Germany perhaps, but when the AC takes 8 hours to drop the temperature by a few degrees it isn't up to the job IMO), but otherwise was polite and timely after my "complaint".
Internet access is free but only via a Cat5 cable, otherwise they charge you to access it via WiFi. They do offer you a cable to use (who carries Cat5 cables anymore?) so that was convenient, though you can't use your computer away from the desk b/c of the cable connection.
Overall - very nicely styled hotel with friendly and professional staff in a quiet setting that will take you 20-30 minutes to get into the heart of Munich. Ask for an odd-numbered room to avoid the excessive heat and for an extra key to keep the AC running when you are out and you'll be fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sol Melia Munich
- Munich Sol Melia