I was pressed for time when I booked for a hotel in Munich, Germany when we had our family's annual vacation last year. I was thinking of taking a more expensive hotel with a guaranteed comfort above the cheaper hotels which abound in Europe. Being a former travel agent, I am well-versed with the types of accommodations in the various regions in the world. So I had my expectation set.
Much as I wanted to settle for a slightly expensive "sleeping quarter" for a 2-nights stay in Munich, my pragmatic side took the better of me and opted for the cheaper accommodation. I chose Best Western Atrium Hotel Munchen because of the price and the location. According to most hotel reviews I have read, a lot has commented about its nice location which is near the Haufbanhoff in Munich. Good for us because our flight would arrive around 8 in the evening and we would just take the train. Well, so much for believing the comments, it was not very near as one had written. We had to ask a policeman for directions upon disembarking at the Haufbanhoff mentioned in the hotel's location. It was already nearing mid-night and I was getting very scared because we were in a foreign soil where English is not the primary spoken language! Finally, after many lefts and rights and turns and crossings, we found the hotel. There were 2 of them!!! One was our hotel and the other is another Best Western something which was also close by. We went on the first one only to find out that it was on the other street. Almost midnight, we checked in. Our 1 night had already been utilized by searching for the hotel alone! The location is not that great at all because we were inside an alley which was the Arab district. Talk about trying to escape kebabs and shawarmas only to find kebabs and shawarmas in Munich!!!
The double deluxe room was just right as what I already expected. Hotel rooms in Europe are not as big as the ones in Asia. Our room was facing the mini-atrium so we could hear people chatting at night as we had to leave the windows open due to no airconditioning unit available. Although the weather was cold, there was no air coming in our room so I had to use a cardboard to fan myself. There goes the points for comfort!!!
The bathroom was not big and had a very funny and almost "septic-like" smell which we could not figure out. It was emanating from somewhere not from our own bathroom though.
The price we paid for did not include breakfast so we had to look for the nearest fastfood to get our morning treat. However, there is a grocery in front of the building and nearby small restaurants and markets.
Straight ahead from our hotel is the St. Paul's Cathedral which is one of the old cathedrals in Munich. At least we were near a beautiful church. Something to compensate our eyes...
But I have to give praise to the staff who were friendly and helpful and spoke fluent English. One was very honest to phone my hubby's mobile number when I left my phone under the pillow.
The hotel is likeable but not the best.