I'm going to Austria in July, but flying in and out of Munich airport and travelling by train because no budget airlines now fly from the UK to that area of Austria except Ryanair. I have a fairly early train departure in the morning, so for obvious reasons I'm looking for a hotel close to Munich Hauptbahnhof (or possibly Munich Ost) railway station but where I won't get kept awake by street noise which I'm sensitive to. Budget should be below 100 euro per night single room. (Hopefully this is possible at that price.)
I hope you are not using RyanAir out of Munich since they don't really fly from there. Ryan uses "Munich West", really Allgäu, airport, which is 100 km from Munich, several hours by bus and train. There are quite a few hotels right across the streets from the Hbf, but I've never stayed in one so I don't know the noise level. And they might not be in your price range. A friend used to stay at Europäischer Hof and never complained about the noise. A lot of people here recommend Hotel Uhland. Depending on the time of year and whether there is something going on at the Messe, it might or might not be in your price range. It's also a fairly good hike (more than 2 blocks) from the Hbf. About the same distance, but less expensive is Hotel Royal. Some people have complained the the neighborhood is "seedy", although no one said it was unsafe. If it were I, I would try to find a reasonably priced place in Freising. You can get to Freising the night before by S-Bahn and, in the morning, it is a 20 min bus ride from the Bahnhof to the airport. I stayed in Gaestehaus Knoth, which was an experience - a pleasant one, but an experience, none-the-less. The only noise was the S-Bahn coming from downtown Munich, but the first one was a 5 AM and half-hourly after that. You'll probably have to be up around then anyway.
Thanks Lee, I'll consider Freising for the return leg.
We stayed at the King's Hotel in Munich last summer. It is what I would consider a business class hotel-more classy than the ones we stayed in but also less homey if that makes sense. But clean, quiet and very close to the train station. There are two of them-I think one is called Kings hotel superior or something-owned by the same people. We stayed in the cheaper version. Take a look to see if the rooms are available. I would certainly recommend.
Philip, You might have a look at This Hotel which is about two blocks from the Munich Hbf. I haven't stayed there, but I'm considering it for my next visit to Munich. I would also highly recommend Hotel Uhland as it's in a very quiet residential area, but not exactly close to the station (it's about a "fast" 12-minute walk). The breakfasts are awesome! Happy travels!
Philip, When in Munich we always stay at Europäischer Hof unless we have rented a flat or house. We love the hotel and prices have always been great, even when we were there in August 2010. its directly across from Hbf, the staff is great and we love their breakfast (quite a spread). Our room has always been at the front and the only time it was noisy was one night during that August trip when we had the window open. It didn't last long, it was a fight between some drunk people. They do have rooms at the back and facing a courtyard that are quieter and just as reasonable. Their website is www.heh.de It took us about 45 minutes to get from the airport. Karen
Thanks everyone. I've opted for the Uhland, the walk doesn't look too bad to me.
Philip, The walk isn't actually too bad, once you know the way. Even with a Backpack, I can often make it to the Hbf in about 12-minutes at a brisk pace. Hope you enjoy the breakfasts. The breakfasts at Hotel Uhland are the "gold standard" by which I rate all others in Europe. Cheers!