|Exterior of Hotel München Palace|
Although I arrived well before the normal check-in time of 15:00 (3:00 p.m.) they had a room ready for me and a bellman to carry my bags and help get me settled.
|Guest room 608|
The best rate quoted on the hotel's website for a Classic Single room for a weekend in January, after the holidays have passed, is €216. Rooms can also be booked through services include Booking.com, ThomasCook.com and others, so guests may wish to check around for the best rate.
Guests are treated to free WiFi and a free mini-bar containing two beers, two Coca Colas (one regular and one Coke Light – called “Diet Coke” in the U.S.) – an orange juice and an apple juice, and two bottles of mineral water – one sparkling and one still.
|Bathrobe and heated towel rack|
Like many hotels in Germany, lights in the halls are not left on constantly but, as an energy-saving measure, only come on when guests are present. Some hotels have wall switches guests use as needed; the Hotel München Palace has gone other properties one better and installed motion sensors which switch the lights on automatically when someone is in the hall.
Regardless of the appearance or charm of the physical property, however, service can make a guest’s stay a five-star affair, or can make them wish they were staying somewhere else.
|High-end bath amenities|
Its location makes the München Palace convenient to many of the city’s sights and activities. It is a short tram ride to the Altstadt, an easy bus ride to the Odeonsplatz with its sites and attractions, and a convenient connection to the U-Bahn that goes to the Olympiazentrum and BMW complex of BMW Welt (World), Museum, and Factory.
Despite being close to the action, the München Palace is on the quiet Trogerstraβe, which enables the hotel to provide an oasis from the craziness when the day’s meetings or sight-seeing are over.
|Breakfast room and buffet|
Room rates include a complimentary breakfast, with a broad selection of typically European breakfast items on a buffet, and fresh items including eggs, omelets and other hot items made to each guest’s order. Business lunch, tea, and dinner are also served. The hotel is located just a few steps from highly rated restaurants for guests who prefer to get off-property.
While there are no doubt other fine hotels in town, I will be looking no further. I have found my home in Munich.
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