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Review: Residence Inn Munich City East

Munich, Bavaria (December 20, 2011) – This past week, my love of lobbies took me across the world to Germany, in a town called München, located in Bavaria. This is the first Residence Inn in Eastern Europe and offers a uniform step in hospitality service found in all Residence Inn properties by Marriott.

This brand new hotel offers 125 spacious studios with air-conditioning, telephone, safe, fully equipped kitchenette with dishwasher and refrigerator, W-Lan with High Speed Internet Access, Sat-TV and generous living, dining and working area. There is a fitness room, steam bath and sauna all available to guests.

Complimentary hot breakfast is served daily at the Residence Inn Munich East.

What you will most remember about this all suite hotel is; convenience, location, price and cleanliness. It is located at a walkable distance from the Ostbahnhof public train station (above ground), which is easy to get from the airport to Munich’s city center. If you are sightseeing, this is a perfect location.

Neuschwanstein Castle is a few hours away, so plan an entire day for this tour.

The staff is friendly and helpful and can assist you in English when prompted politely. A hot breakfast is served every morning in the cozy lobby overlooking a courtyard terrace that is shared by another hotel and apartments. During your stay, if you are overdosing on German sausage and sauerkraut, you can always head into MAX, their restaurant that connects the Courtyard and the Residence Inn. Menu offerings like wood fired salmon or oven baked gnocchi are memorable. The hotel bar stays open pretty late, and with the lack of nightlife surrounding the hotel, this might be a good place have a drink and meet other travelers.

As mentioned before, the location is helpful getting into the city, or getting yourself outside of the city to visit places like; Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Neuschwanstein Castle (I recommend munich-direct.com to facilitate your tour), or one of the many museums like the Brandhorst or the Alte Pinakothek.

One of the many Christmas Markets. This photo was taken at the Residenz Courtyard in Munich.

Take the train to Marienplatz. This is the heart of the city of Munich. There is shopping and the New Town Hall, which was constructed in 1867 to 1874. Stay in the center at 11:00am to watch the clock tower give a jousting performance. During my visit, the famous Christmas Markets had popped up serving glühwein, a traditional warm mulled drink. This is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. Handmade Christmas ornaments and other gifts are being sold by vendors in small wooden structures decorated with evergreen and red ribbons.

Rooms at the Courtyard and Residence Inn are reasonable. A nightly room rate runs about 99 Euro for the Courtyard and 129 for the Residence Inn. The Courtyard offers 225 spacious guest rooms and 2 suites, 573 square meters of meeting and event space with an intimate ballroom.

Opened in October 2011, this is a tourist, business-friendly spot in Munich. Residence Inn Munich City East Orleansstrasse 81-83 · Munich, Bavaria 81667 Germany.

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