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Motel One Muenchen City-Ost
Ranked #81 of 388 Hotels in Munich
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 February 2011

I can appreciate the concept - get rid of all the frills, put the hotel in a convenient location, and try to scoop up the Frugal Business Travel Euros. The one problem is that when you end up with a room to the street you can't sleep with the windows open because it's too loud, and the air con/ventilation was just not doing it for me. This resulted in a pretty poor sleep.
The room was clean, the staff was polite, and the location is convenient for the east side of town. The problem is always - how much comfort can you give up just to save a few bucks. For many I'm sure this is a good choice, and maybe I got unlucky with the room, but I don't think I'll be going back there any time soon.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

Booked this hotel to see a concert at TonHalle and this location looked perfect (it was, a 10 minute walk to the venue!) Also loved the look of it on the website and wasn't disappointed. A fab new building with a clean fresh colour scheme and a spotless large reception/bar area. Ultra modern with great English speaking friendly reception staff.
You pay as you book in so no hassle when you leave (a great idea, why do more hotels not do this?!) Our room though quite small was spotless, the bed was unbelievably comfy for a hotel bed and the aircon/heater did just the job without too much noise. The shower room though small was perfectly formed and again spotless and the shower was brilliant! Double glazing clearly worked well - the hotel is on a fairly main road and next to the railway line but there was little or no noise from outside and we slept like babies! The bar does drinks and snacks (not too overpriced for a hotel!) and the continental breakfast was well worth the 7.5 euros extra - plenty of choice, a wide selection of drinks and all fresh and replenished (no 'hot' option but really not needed after all the breads, fruit, cereal, meats, cheeses and eggs!) Free wi-fi too if you pay for breakfast! The only slight 'quirk' were overzealous cleaners early on the sunday morning but put the 'do not disturb' sign on and you'd be fine (we forgot!) Not many bars/restaurants nearby but that didn't bother us and it's more than made up for by all the plus points of the hotel.
Overall a great place to stay, great location right near a main rail station in Munich and only about a 20 minute walk to the Deutsche Museum and an extra 5 minutes to the old town.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

Nice staff decent breakfast which was extra. No internet access room small but clean. Loud construction going on in the am. Booked for Oktoberfest only a couple of stops away on the metro

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

I must have missed writing a review for Motel One last year, but not to worry, we just stayed there again. We've stayed their twice now for Oktoberfest and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Location: Though not very close to the grounds or the center, the hotel is a 5 minute walk to the Ostbahnhof station which is well communicated. Take the U5 direct to the Oktoberfest grounds without any exchanges (particularly of help on the way back!). Or take the U5 or any of the S-Bahns to the center of town.

Price: For staying there during Oktoberfest, the rates are actually cheap. However we noticed that if we waited until June/July before making a reservation, the rates actually came down to 120/night, which really is a steal.

Rooms: Are minimalist and contemporary. I myself like them though they are a bit on the small side and don't provide much in the way of closet space. In fact, no closet, just a bar on the wall. Bathrooms are spacious and nicely done. Rooms overlooking the street can be a bit noisy.

We were never up in time to experience breakfast, but what I remember from last year it seemed 'minimalist'

If visiting Munich, I personally would probably try and get someplace closer to the old town. But again, it is well communicated. For Oktoberfest, one couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

If you are abroad for a week, in a insense trade show, the only think you are looking for at the end of the day is to have some confort and relax in your room. In this hotel you can find a nice and new interior design, but a very veri poor confort set. No armchair, no frigo bar, no wardrobe (just a pipe running on the wall to hanging clothes, really noth enought), no soap, no slippers, no accessories, no strongbox, nothing. Just a little bottle of bubble bath never changed in all the week. The desk is a microdesk, no space for a confortable computer usage. There is not a chair, just a puff with a nice and modern design but not confortable. The wall and the bed were so near that I was not able to open a 20kg siuticase: one of the smallest room I ever saw in my life.
The bathroom si very small, without any windows, so if you take a shower you will have also a Turkish bath: condensation and fog...moreover, the towels was not changed evry day.
The hotel was quite full and for the breakfast you need to get up early to find a place, otherwise it will take too much time according to your personal shedules.
During the trade show the hotel is populated by a various characters of the human kind. I saw with my eyes a used condom ejected in the morning from the windows directly to the sidewals below. Lieing on the ground several bottles of bubble bath branded with the hotel log and tissue paper ejected from the windows of the rooms.
But the most funny thing is that on the hotel there is a big advertising saying rooms from 52 euro...unfortunately we spend 152 € each night for this misery.
Really the only point point: the hotel was clean.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

My husband and I stayed at this Motel One in Munich for two nights at the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area.

My overall impression was that the hotel was a good value; we paid €75 per night for a very clean and modern room. Some may be put off by the small rooms or the lack of amenities, but for that price I was quite happy.

My only negative comment is that the location is a bit residential and we were hard pressed to find any restaurants in the immediate vicinity. But there is an S-Bahn stop right out the front door of the hotel which brings you into the city center in about 10 minutes, so not a huge problem.

Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2010

In August 2008, on recommendation of a friend, we stayed three nights in the Motel One Munich City Ost.

It is important to mention the "City Ost" part in its name, as currently Munich has four Motel Ones. Currently, in Germany they are expanding rapidly.


Why do I believe it is the Ultimate Pod Hotel?

Recently I reviewed the CitizenM Amsterdam Schiphol, the first of a chain te be rolled out, and I was really impressed by its philosophy and its design.
However, Motel One has four plus points when compared to CitizenM:


1. Its double beds are old fashion placed and accessible on three sides. Not via one side.

2. You can shower and use the toilet in a separate very cleverly designed small bathroom

3. Has its own car parking in the cellar

4. Has windows you can open

Motel One Locations
Are preferably inner-city locations or in peripheral areas of cities and then, with convenient access and visually prominent locations, next to motorways and surrounded by arterial routes and/or in busy locations such as commercial, industrial or mixed-use areas.

Motel One's Lounge
Has designer chairs and a wide screen with a fake fish aquarium program that I hate and have seen in other places as well. At the back of the chairs you see one of the structural columns that have brick or stone strips as wall covering. They have a function as separation of several compartments of the ground floor. They give the whole a bit homey feeling.

Has a triple function as reception, bar and breakfast room, while the breakfast buffet is cleverly hidden when not in use by a folding separation. The people at our place were very friendly and check in is very simple: It is done by real life people and not by computer screens with the usually necessary assistance from people. Check out is very easy: At Motel One you are required to prepay for your whole stay, so at check out you don't have to do anything else than return your key card. There are no mini bars and you are required to pay cash or by card when you order something from the bar which is open at least till one AM, but I presume you can get something during the whole night as the reception is staffed 24/7.

One of my photos shows the seating area for the breakfast part of the lounge with the folding separation that covers the breakfast buffet area.
Granted The CitizenM lounge is flashier, but this lounge is also okay.

Motel One rooms
Are small, no question about that. Hence I'm coining it a Designer Pod hotel rather than a Motel.

But as you can see they are cleverly dimensioned. You can move around. At your left side you see a small sort of cupboard where you can hang some clothes.

The bed, accessible from three sides, with clever easy to clean headboard and no footboard (I'm 6"4). good reading lights.

On the Photo taken in the direction of the bathroom and entrance you see part of the open cupboard with places for stuff.

Motel One Bathroom
I have yet to find a pod hotel bathroom that has this good lay out and design. There is no bath, but a shower stall that measures 80 by 160 cm. I really like the huge horizontally placed white tiles. The floor of the shower stall is a simple Bette polyester shower floor. Easy to clean and not slippery at all. It matches fine with the black tiles of the floor and the under side of the sink. You can easily reach for your towel from the shower. Waste basket under the sink where you anticipate it to be. The glass separation is partly glued to the side of the table holding the Philippe Starck designed sink. That gives it great strength. In addition the accessibility is good, even if you are a big fellow like me, and you don't have to wrestle with a shower curtain while the Bette shower floor sees to it that the floor between the toilet and the sink is not inundated when you take a shower. This is an example of how a small bathroom can be. I really like it!

I have a few minor points of critique:


1. If everybody wants to have breakfast at the same time the space is too cramped.

2. The two coffee machines of the breakfast buffets gave a unnecessary low quality of coffee. I believe it is the quality of the coffee or the fine tuning of the machines. That's not clever, because everybody for breakfast now orders a coffee at the bar from the fine Italian espresso machine. Hence you get lines...In addition they are understaffed when they have to make time consuming cappuccinos and have to serve guests with questions, for checking out or for checking in....

3. No soap holders in the shower stalls???

4. You don't have to pay for WiFi in the lounge, but you have to pay for WiFi in your room.


Verdict
When I see "Motel" I have an association with seedy worn out US (or Dutch or German) side of the road accommodations too greasy to enter. Therefor I believe the name is ill chosen. I believe it is a pod hotel by the size and conciseness of its rooms, the 3 in 1 lounge, but from the pod hotels I have seen or been in, it is the most complete one.

Perfect if you have to crash.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Motel One Muenchen City-Ost

Address: Orleansstr. 87, 81667 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Region: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Munich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#21 Best Value Hotel in Munich
Price Range: £70 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Motel One Muenchen City-Ost 2.5*
Number of rooms: 221
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