You should always consider how you’ll arrive as well as the core area of interest when choosing your base on short trips. For sleeping in Munich, this core is the stretch between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz.
Consequently, staying in this area, or very close to it, you don’t even need to buy transport passes for your entire stay, as most of the sights are within walking distance. I have never found a cost/benefit I was willing to pay in the immediate vicinity of Marienplatz, but the Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) area is an option. It is just 400m from Karlsplatz on foot or 1 stop on the S-Bahn; or 2 stops to Marienplatz station.
Yes, the area surrounding big train stations are rarely — if ever — attractive, but it’s certainly a practical base and totally safe in Munich. München Hbf is extremely well-connected, from international and local trains to trams and 4 U-Bahn lines, making it easy to get around, including for day-trips.
On the other hand, if you arrive by flight, then sleeping in the area near Nordfriedhof is very practical too, as it has quick access to the center via the U6 as well as direct coach transfer to the airport.
In this post, I’m going over 3 hotels with great — read: practical — locations to fit every budget.
budget sleeping: Jaeger’s Munich (Hotel/Hostel)**
Jaeger’s Munich Hotel&Hostel is an affordable choice, just 250m from the south entrance to Hbf and 400m from Karlsplatz. I have slept here several years ago, in the Hotel part, and it was perfectly suitable for a few days. Book here.
mid-range sleeping: Pullman Munich****
You can read the full post on why I chose to sleep in and highly recommend the Pullman Munich:
Considering the great levels of cleanliness, structure, and service, as well as a super convenient location, I recommend it. This is a great cost/benefit and a reference for my trips to Munich. Thumbs up ????Mini-Review: Pullman Munich Hotel
premium sleeping: Le Méridien Munich*****
I have had several issues during my stay, which I detailed in a previous post but there advantages to sleeping here during your stay in Munich:
Located just a stone’s throw from one of the entrances to the Hauptbahnhof, right across the street. Le Méridien Munich is set in a renovated and modern building. It has a large open-air patio with a seating area, as well as a restaurant/beer garden. The room was surprisingly spacious for such a central location, with the usual amenities.Mini-Review: Le Méridien Munich
The reason I mention it here despite all the issues is that perhaps I was unlucky on those days. I cannot believe those could be commonplace in a 5-star chain.
Do you have other recommendations for sleeping in Munich? Comment below and let me know!
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