Of all the great hotels in and around Munich, I chose the Westin Grand Munich for a recent visit to Germany. Why would I do such a thing considering how far away it is from the city center?
I was asking myself that exact question as I was booking the reservation. The pics didn’t look all that great actually, and it wasn’t exactly cheap either.
I basically did it for the Bonvoy points. And you know what? I’d totally do it again.
A full review of my 1 night stay at the Westin Grand Munich
The nice thing about booking a mediocre-looking hotel is that it keeps your expectations in check. I certainly wasn’t expecting a 5 star experience as I walked up to the front entrance. In the end, that helped me to enjoy my stay much more than I would have if I had expected to be spoiled rotten.
The Westin Grand Munich is located in the Arabellapark district. It’s a quiet residential neighborhood on the northeast side of town, and the area seemed extremely safe and clean.
Getting to central Munich from the Grand Westin takes about 25 minutes via the train (10 minutes to walk to the train station and then 15 minutes on the train).
Close proximity to the train station makes this an easy hotel to recommend for anyone visiting Munich. Don’t let its distance from the city center dissuade you!
Checking in (and an overview of the lobby)
Imagine my surprise when the guy checking me in spoke English in a perfect American accent. He was an ex-Pat for sure (but I didn’t ask). Is it wrong that I felt disappointed not to hear a thick German accent instead?
The good news is that I didn’t have to wait long to get checked in. It took all of 3 minutes to be checked in and sent on my way.
As you can see, the lobby of the Grand Westin is beautiful. Sure, it looks a bit dated, but it’s definitely nice enough to live up to its “grand” name.
Getting to my room
With a room assignment on the 20th floor, it gave me some time to digest my initial impressions as I was making my way up the elevator and to my room. Long story short, I was getting “Westin DTW” vibes the entire way.
At least they were being consistent. The feeling of being in a Westin hotel didn’t wear off once I was in my room and having a look around.
Despite this being my first European Westin experience, it looked (and smelled) exactly like any other Westin back home in the US.
There wasn’t much of a view from my room unfortunately. As I said earlier in this review, the Grand Westin is located in a more residential part of Munich. All the interesting stuff is located nearly 10 miles away (in the other direction).
I love German hotel bathrooms! This was the only part of my room that didn’t feel very “Westin” – and I certainly didn’t mind. All I’m going to say is that the Germans know how to build a good hotel bathroom. Check it out:
One of the best parts of my stay was the breakfast buffet in the Greenhouse restaurant (located adjacent to the main lobby). Yes, it was a little pricey at 32 Euros per person, but the spread of food was amazing. It was one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had in a while.
Pros and cons of the Westin Grand Munich
In summary, I found this hotel to be slightly dated but nice. I’m not exactly sure what the reasoning was to put such a large hotel in Arabellapark (it seems so far away from anything interesting) but it’s a property that I would stay at again. Really!
It’s located in a really quiet area
The rooms are larger than the average European hotel room
It’s proximity to the train / subway station is extremely convenient
It’s squeaky clean
The breakfast buffet is one of the best I’ve seen anywhere!
It’s not a very convenient place to stay if you like being in the center of the action