Hi, we plan to be in Munich in late March...need a small, hotel recommendations, nothing fancy. Been reading mixed reviews on train station area. Two adults--no kids! Just needs to be in walking distance of local sights. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Karen
I really loved the Hotel Metropol on Mittererstrasse, about 2 blocks from the hauptbahnhof--I travel solo and had no issue whatsoever with walking in this area night or day, and it was really helpful to have all the transit options right there. The hotel was quite nice, quiet as it's on a side street, with large, clean and well-appointed rooms and super helpful front desk--plus quite possibly the most lavish breakfast buffet I have ever seen. I would definitely stay there again.
I stayed in the Hotel Am Viktualienmarkt for 2 nights on the RS Tour of Germany in 2017. I liked the area and the hotel so much that I stayed there again in 2018 when I returned to spend 6 action-packed days in Munich on my own. Small hotel; good breakfast; front desk closes at 9pm. Very nice and convenient location; quite near the pedestrianized areas. You could try the Blauer Bock that is a block or so away. These hotels are in a good area, near trams , buses, and U/S-Bahns. Many food options right there etc. Personally, while I used the main HBH station for transport and shopping, I didn't care for the area at all and didn't find that area convenient . YMMV. Have a great trip
A couple years ago we stayed at Hotel Upland; I believe it was a Rick Steves' recommendation. We really enjoyed the stay. Rooms were not fancy but clean and comfortable; breakfast was great and staff very personable.
Another vote for Hotel Metropol. Great location close to the train station, but on a quiet side street. Helpful staff. Lots of restaurants nearby. We had two rooms on the 4th floor and both were good size, very clean, great a/c, nice bathrooms and minibars. Outstanding breakfast buffet. Just a few blocks from the pedestrian area, or a couple metro stops to Marienplatz.
Last July, we stayed at the King’s Hotel - City Stay, a few blocks north of the train station, and really enjoyed it. Perfectly safe, bustling area. The hotel was clean, modern, big bathroom and room, strong air con, refrig and microwave in room, and reasonably priced. The next block over was a fruit stand, with delicious fresh fruit we purchased every day. Next to that was a great schwarma cafe. We wanted to be by the train station for easy access for day trips, but is a walk to many local sites. Easy access for trams and busses, and the airport bus. There is a sister hotel closer to Marionplatz, but it is pricier.
In 2018, we stayed on the other side (south) of the train station because it was the only affordable place we could find during Oktoberfest, and the graphic sexual pictures in storefronts and the noisy bars made that area seem sleazy. I would not return to that section.
We stayed at the RS recommended Pension Lindner a number of years ago. Great location, good price, clean and nice breakfast. Our only concern was that we were there during a heat wave and they didn't even have a portable fan available for guests.
Train station area is not dangerous..,but it’s just a seedy area, and you could do so much better than that.
We stayed in Hotel Laimer Hof. Excellent quality/price ratio.
Hotel am Markt, one block from Marienplatz, GREAT location. Our small but fine room (with big bathroom & windows) overlooked the Viktualienmarkt. Easy S-8 train ride to/from the airport/Marienplatz.
I stayed at the Hotel Blauer Bock in Munich - about a block from the Viktualienmarkt. Reasonable rates and a nice breakfast buffet.
I agree with the comment about train station area being seedy. Marienpltz area is great. There is a large area that is car free, lots of churches and restaurants and the beer halls (if that appeals to you). There is a museum just a few blocks away and a metro station if you plan to go to Dachau. We loved Hotel Torbreau--very quiet with a fabulous breakfast.
Another recommendation for Hotel Am Markt near Marianplatz!
We have stayed at both Pension Lindner as well as Hotel am Viktualienmarkt and they were both great. PL had more charm, but otherwise they were equal. Great locations, great breakfasts, super hosts, very well kept, and very reasonably priced. We would stay at either one again in a heartbeat, FWIW.