Monday 10 February 2014

Le Meridien, Munich, Germany

Slap bang in the noisy centre of Munich near the central station, Le Meridien is a convenient and comfortable business hotel. The stylish, spacious reception is kitted out with funky rounded seating and tables illuminated by the daylight flooding in through the glass wall overlooking an impressive atrium garden. Some of the receptionists are chatty and helpful, but aren't great at estimating walking distances.

The stylish and spacious lobby
The large en-suite bedrooms are also imaginatively furnished with eye-catching abstract prints above the comfortable beds. You'll find an iron and ironing board in the wardrobe, two bottles of water on the bedside table (unfortunately at room temperature), a big desk and a comfy chair. However, the confusing air conditioning doesn’t seem to make much impact and, if you open a window, you might have to listen to a lot of sirens. Worse till, the WiFi is expensive - six euros for 60 minutes, with discounts for higher volumes. But the WiFi is free in reception and at breakfast, where the buffet is quite a spread. The array of hot food includes fine scrambled eggs, finely-chopped mushrooms, decent sausages, frankfurters, bacon and more. There is also a decent selection of fresh pastries, juices, fruit salad, fruit, thick creamy yoghurts, cheeses and cold meats. You are even offered a small glass of thick, fine, mango juice on the way in. However, the cappuccino served by the attentive waiters is pretty bland. The staff tend to clear up fast - whisking your half drunk coffee away while you are at the buffet, but they'll offer you another. 7/10 

A single room at Le Meridien Munich