After eventually making it through immigration at Munich airport, after my flight on British Airways (operated by Qatar Airways) from London, I wandered down the the S-Bahn station, which being Germany is fully integrated into the airport.
There was a bit of a queue for tickets at the machines; there’s a second bank of machines around the other side which had a shorter queue. It seemed a relatively pricey €11.20, one-way for the 45 minute journey to the Hauptbahnhof (main station).
Arriving into the main station, it was around a ten minute walk to the hotel, the Ruby Lilly Hotel. My friend Christine recommended it so I had booked a few days earlier on their website. It was a very reasonable €100 per night (including breakfast) for a “cosy” room.
Check-in was via a slightly buggy tablet computer built into the reception area. The very helpful lady divided in and gave it a few prods and it deposited a RFID key card from a slot built into the desk. The building itself appears to have been a converted office building but done very nicely.
I had a sort of corner room, which was as described, cosy.
The lavatory and shower were to your left as you came in, with the sink and cupboard to your right in the “hallway”. It was a very clever use of the space in the room.
There was also a small desk with stool but wasn’t very comfortable for working for long periods.
The wifi was free for all guests, with no registration required (just accepting the terms and conditions) had a great signal everywhere I went and was very fast; more than enough for HD Netflix.
The duvet’s were the continental style of having two single duvets on a double bed. I only worked that out after the first night as they were originally laid out horizontally and I was too tired to notice!
In addition, there were two rather nice touches; a tablet in the room, plus also a Marshall amplified for playing music. They had thoughtfully supplied a headphone adaptor for plugging your devices into it. I was actually surprised at the poor sound quality it generated, but as a concept, it’s undeniably far cooler than your average Bose or nameless generic iPod dock.
The hallways were quite dark, but did have automatic lights and very cool, TV test-pattern carpets. In addition, each floor had what they described as a “galley”. It contained an ironing board and iron, a vending machine with various sundries and confectionary as well as some tea and instant coffee (as opposed to it being in the room).
My rate included breakfast, however there was no-one checking eligibility at all, so you could quite easily book one without and still head down.
Breakfast was served in the bar area and was a good selection of continental cold breakfast items, including hard and soft boiled eggs. There didn’t appear to be any omelettes or other hot items to order. However they did include the rather excellent barista coffee as well as standard drip/filter coffee and tea.
Overall, for the price I paid, I was very impressed. The staff were friendly and helpful and I really liked the overall design concept. The location was perfect for my friends who lived around the corner, but it’s a good fifteen minute walk from the old town. I’d definitely come back.