Stuart Forster provides an overview of the Eurostars Grand Central Hotel in Munich, Germany.
Eurostars Grand Central Hotel is a smart, affordable 4-star hotel in central Munich, a couple of minute’s walk from Hackerbruecke S-Bahn station. Beer lovers will be pleased to hear the hotel is temptingly close to the Augustiner Biergarten, also on Arnulfstrasse, and less than a kilometre from the Theresienwiesen, the site of the Oktoberfest.
During the week this is a popular place with business people, who make up around 80 per cent of the clientele, but on weekends you’re more likely to be greeted by leisure travellers as you walk the long corridors of this 247-room designer hotel.
A contemporary place to stay
The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel opened in September 2009 and has a contemporary look and feel. The stylish air-conditioned interiors feature purple, magenta and orange elements. They stand out against the white walls and warmly coloured wooden parquet flooring. The standard rooms are of at least 27 square metres and the accommodation rises in size up through apartments to a chic Presidential Suite. All told, the rooms make a positive impression and are spotlessly maintained.
I was surprised to learn that the beds are ‘only’ king-size as the one I slept in seemed extra large. Guestrooms feature MP3-CD players, flat-screen televisions, a mini-bar and facilities to make tea and coffee, something that’s surprising rare in central Europe. They also have desks plus comfy cupped leather reading chairs. The bathrooms are spacious, particularly in the suites, and feature bathtubs, shaving mirrors and hairdryers.
As you would hope, especially in a hotel that caters to the needs of business guests, the Wi-Fi connection is good throughout, rapid and free of charge. When you check in remember to tell staff at reception how many devices you have with you, as a separate code and login voucher is needed for each one. If you don’t have a laptop you’ll be able to make use of the two internet access points by reception.
A gym with a view
Up on the fifth floor you can work out in the compact gym, which has a running machine, cross-trainer, a cycle and free weights. From its windows you can look out over the roofs of the Neuhausen and Maxvorstadt districts. A decent sized sauna is located next door. It opens from 7.00am to noon then 2.00pm until 10.00pm.
Across the corridor you’ll find the hotel’s saltwater pool which is maintained at 29 to 30°C. This is more a spot for relaxation and loungers are set around the pool area, which opens onto a rooftop terrace. I was here on an overcast April day but I’m told you can enjoy fine views of the Alps on clear days.
If you prefer to relax with a drink rather than exercise head downstairs to the ground floor, where you can watch sports in the lobby bar. Snacks and drinks are served until midnight and on fine days you have the option of sitting out in the courtyard.
A Bavarian breakfast buffet
The breakfast buffet – from which you can select Bavarian specialities such as Weisswurst (white sausages), items you’d typically associate with Continental breakfasts, fruit and even English style fried food – is open from 6.30am to 10.30am on weekdays and from 7.00am to 11.00am on weekends and holidays. You can grab a newspaper or a printout of news, available in several languages, on arriving for breakfast.
The same room, with a black marble floor and open space broken by open shelving holding vases, becomes Red, the Eurostars Grand Central Hotel’s a la carte restaurant from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. You can order international dishes plus a handful, including Apfelstrudel, whose origins are regional.
If you stroll past reception it’s worth taking a look along the corridor on which the hotel’s seven conference rooms are located. Exhibitions by artists and photographers are held here regularly.
The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel is a good base. Staying in this hotek puts you roughly 1.5km from Marienplatz, the square traditionally regarded as the heart of Munich.
See the Eurostars Grand Central (Arnulfstrasse 35, 80636 Munich) website for information about availability and pricing.
For more information the city see the Munich website.
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