Some information for those Insiders visiting or thinking of visiting Munich:
1. Closure of the Renaissance Munich from 30th September. This hotel is a relatively old building, within a stone's throw of the Munich Marriott - both hotels being located in the residential suburb of Schwabing, 6 stops on U6 from the city centre. Despite their uncertain futures, the staff here are maintaining a more than adequate service.
2. Opening of a second Courtyard "in the near future" at a site adjacent to the first Courtyard in city centre.
3. Opening of a Residence - the first in Europe, I believe, again "in the near future"
Good information, Thanks!
Have a trip coming up to Munich, and actually liked the Ren. better than the Marriott. The rooms were really large, and the dining was always very good as well.
Have not stayed at the CY, but it is closer to the train station.
I think they should have closed the Airport Marriott, it was difficult to get to and really a mediocre place.
Re. Munich Marriott - I agree totally. It seems strange that it does not have an Executive Lounge, nor offers complementary breakfast at the w/es.
I find Munich a very satisfying place to visit - in fact I might even try to write a piece about it - in the style of ProfC.
I would enjoy reading about your Munich experiences. I am planning to go back for Christmas and used to really enjoy the REN. in Garmisch. It was one of my favorite Marriott's in the world, and now it is no longer a Marriott property.
Munich, is really a great place to use as a base for day trips to Salzburg, Zugspitzer, Italy, or Bavaria. There is really something special about Marionplatz and The Hoffbrau House.
My wife and I will be traveling to Munich in May and would like to know if the Courtyard or the Marriott hotel would be the better choice. We are traveling by train from Frankfurt and then taking the train again to Berlin five days later. I like the idea that the Courtyard is close to the train station and down town (walking distance). I understand that the Marriott hotel has been renovated, I'm just not sure I want to stay away from down town as we won't have a car.
Since you are arriving by train, I would stay at the Cy downtown. Munich is a great town and there is a lot to do, but do consider renting a car for a day trip or two to go South about an hour to Garmisch (Zugspitzer Mountain) and "Passion play" city of Ommer.
Some interesting sites in Munich would include, Olympic Village, Dachau, Marrionplatz, and of course The HofBrau House.
I think that SS, Jerry and Chrisf have each made valuable contributions, so only a few words from me.
1. The Marriott is in Schwabing which is about 5 kms from the city centre. It is a pleasant residential suburb, served by the U6 at Nordfreihof - 6 stops from Marienplatz. My personal view is that this is not the best of Marriotts; the building is austere, there is no Executive Lounge and no complimentary breakfasts at the w/e. Its big "plus" for me is proximity to the EnglischeGarten - one of the jewels of Munich.
2. There are now 2 CYs - in close proximity to each other and to the S train stop that you will take to and from the Haupbahnhof. There is also a recently opened Residence Inn .
3. If you have a free moment after following all fellow Insiders" suggestions, I'd add a visit to the Schloss Nymphenburg, and in particular the Park surrounding it; and perhaps taking a S train down to Tutzing on the side of a beautiful inland lake to the south of Munich.
Have a good trip.
We don't use Marriott in Munich anymore. The Renaissance team gave us a poor room and there was a family dog in the restaurant of the Marriott when we ate there. The main issue that I had with the dog situation was that the children on that table were petting the dog and then using their fingers to take items from the Sunday Brunch Buffet! When I commented to the manager on the dog being allowed in the restaurant, I was told that this was common in Germany, provided it was a small dog.
Jerry, we were in Oberammagau last year for the Passion Play ... amazing!
In fact, I probably wouldn't eat in any Marriotts in Germany.
I am sorry that you will not eat at any Marriott's in Germany.
We all have our needs, but I have to tell you I have had a great time and meals at many Marriott's in Germany.
Thanks for spelling Oberammagau for me, having been there a number of times, I really enjoy the place, but have never been to the Passion Play.
One more idea for another "Day trip" is Neuschwanstien Castle. This is a very memorable and lovely place to see and experience. I drove there and back easily from Munich, but you could also take a tour bus as well. Do not know if there is rail service. Have a great trip. Here are a few pictures.
I have been to Munich a few times. I stayed in the Courtyard Downtown and liked the hotel. The location is near the train station and it is very convenient.
When I book a plane ticket somewhere, I usually book in a certain order:
Then, if the flight isn't the one I intended to get, I can adjust the other things to suit. This has worked well for me during the past several years. However, I have noticed a really outrageous cancellation policy when browsing the Marriott hotels in Munich last month>
Cancellation fee: 90% of ENTIRE STAY.
I really really object to this sort of thing. I recognize that there need to be cancellation fees in some cases, but this was really atrocious. I was also getting hotel rates that are all over the map.
Anyone else seen this or have any comments?