Truly low-cost budget options are a dime a dozen near Munich’s Central Station, where most serve one specific purpose: to provide a relatively comfortable bed for a few hours for those arriving late and/or leaving early. On that count, very specifically, Munich’s Smart Stay Hotel Station passes the grade.
I landed in Munich late after a long trans-Atlantic commute, arrived at the hotel just before 11pm and had an 08:15 train to catch the following morning, so I only needed a bed for a few hours.
The Smart Stay Hotel Station was clean and quiet, the single bed small but cozy, and convenient, too, with Munich’s Hauptbahnhof just a five minute stroll away. There was no food available when I arrived, but the bar was open and offered a decent enough selection of Bavarian draught brews to make my return to Europe, after more than ten months a pleasant one. And they were just a couple euro a pop.
There’s a tight old style elevator (lift), a helpful and pleasant multi-lingual staff and an outdoor terrace which I didn’t see.
Breakfast (€6.90) was extra, wifi cost €4 /24 hrs, but with a signal strong enough to only really work in the public areas; I skipped the former and sucked it up for the latter. €46 /night for a single with private bath via Booking.com.
Mine was almost literally a last minute booking; so with a bit more advanced planning I could have found something cheaper, but perhaps not quite as convenient. The selling point here is that you can just about roll out of bed and be at your train 15 minutes later. If your bags are packed the night before and the wheels on your bag up to snuff over the cobblestone.
Given all the same circumstances, I’d stay here again. But probably not if my visit to Munich necessitated more than two nights.
Smart Stay Hotel Station
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