Hilton Munich Airport

We chose the Hilton Munich Airport for our last night in the Europe, largely because we had a fairly early flight back to the U.S. and wanted to be close in. What we found, however, was more than merely a convenient location.

The facility is large and beautiful, with an expansive lobby, two on-site restaurants, an executive lounge, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, a business center and available meeting rooms.

Upon arrival, we were provided with a two-room-category upgrade to a corner room in the hotel’s newly renovated north tower.

Our room was generous, especially by European standards. The main room measured 15 feet 9 inches by 11 feet 6 inches for a total space of over 180 square feet. The 8 foot 10 inch ceilings made things seem even larger.

Generous guest room

Furnishings included a very comfortable king bed, a sofa, desk and task chair, refrigerator, a safe to store our passports and other valuables, and ample closet space. Free Wi-Fi was also included.

Bathroom with large soaking tub

The bathroom had a separate shower with a handheld “wand” nozzle as well as a deep soaking tub, which would have been most welcome on days where we walked over 20,000 steps. That day, an 8-hour train ride and walk through the airport were not nearly as taxing. The bathroom was outfitted with high-end amenities from Crabtree & Evelyn, though in the bulk bottles that (sadly) have become the industry standard.

Shower and WC

The recent refit included light controls that were so contemporary in design as to be practically undecipherable except for the ubiquitous “off” button. That made tasks from turning on the bathroom lights to getting ready to settle in for the night a bit more challenging than it should have been.

Sophisticated surroundings are nice, but the real test of a property is its people and the service they provide. 

Before we left the U.S., hotel personnel were very quick to respond to my emailed questions about the hotel, its offerings and the best ways to get there using public transit. Upon check-in, front desk personnel were very gracious. They told us the room had been recently refurbished, that there should be two complimentary bottles of water waiting and, if not, to call and they would brought up. They also offered us any room service items we wanted without a delivery charge.

True to their prediction, the room did not have any bottled water but when I tried to call the desk, I found that the phone didn’t work. I decided to tell them about both issues on our way to dinner in the on-site restaurant. When I informed them of the two issues, they asked if we wanted to change rooms because of the phone (we did not), then promised water would be waiting when we returned. It was not.

Getting ready for our flight the next morning, the provided hair dryer only worked intermittently. I reported that to the front desk on our way out, and they promised it would be handled.

The hotel features two on-site dining venues under one name: Mountain Hub. The gourmet offering is a Michelin-star rated venue called Mountain Hub Gourmet, which offers four- to 6-course menus from €150 to €185 per person, while guests under age 30 can choose from a special four-course menu for €94.

Breakfast is served in Mountain Hub

The more understated venue goes by Mountain Hub Social Dining. The Social Dining portion is also the site of the buffet breakfast, at which I FINALLY got my Weißwurstfrühstück (weißwurst breakfast). My visit to Germany wouldn’t have been complete without it!

The Hilton Munich Airport is located at the end of the S-1 and S-8 lines. Getting to the hotel means a fairly healthy walk through the airport’s concourse, but at least you’re out of the weather. Self-parking is available for €41 per day for those who arrive by car.

Despite the small hiccups we encountered, we will gladly stay at the Hilton Munich Airport again whenever our flights arrive or depart from MUC.

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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