I was pleasantly surprised with my stay at the Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, a beautiful property in a city long overdue for a Hyatt. Although my stay was not perfect, it is definitely a hotel I will return to.
I booked the room for 190EUR/night. I could have used points, but I felt 20,000 points per night (Category 5) was better saved for other properties.
Upon arrival in Munich, I took the Lufthansa Express Bus to Munich Nord / Schwabing then walked about 10 minutes to the hotel. This proved to be an easy walk, with luggage. After sitting all day on planes and in meetings, I also appreciated the fresh evening air.
Andaz Munich Check-In
I outlined my check-in issue in a previous post, so will not rehash it here. I will simply note that I was not proactively offered a suite even though many suites were available and I hold Globalist status in the World of Hyatt Program.
Unlike other Andaz properties, check-in was not performed by a tablet while sitting on the couch…there were actual check-in desks, although they were individual.
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Andaz Munich Common Areas
The lobby area has plenty of space to relax as well as a full bar and more seating leading to the hotels’ conference facilities. You’ll notice Munich touches like a pretzel-shaped piece of art, which doubled as a couch.
Andaz Munich Deluxe Room
My room, 205, was located just outside the elevator banks on the second floor. Inside, I found a hallway leading to a large, open-style room with bathroom, king-size bed, entertainment console, couch, table, and desk.
For a non-suite, the room was impressively spacious. I appreciated that plugs (both power and USB) were found throughout the room. I also appreciated the large closet (three sections), a comfortable couch, and walk-in shower.
One thing I did not like was the “environmentally-conscious” (read: budget-conscious) soap, shampoo, and conditioner. I simply don’t like using shared bottles of toiletries. A college dorm story I won’t repeat here reminds me that if you leave your liquid soap out you may soon regret it…
The small silver-colored ledge in the shower could not even support these larger bottles. You touched one and the other two immediately slid off. I still used them, though, and they smelled nice enough…
A mini-bar offered complimentary soft drinks and snacks (potato chips, caramel corn, gummy bears). Alcoholic beverages were available for purchase. Water (both still and sparkling) was also free. So was an illy espresso machine.
Andaz Munich Dining
The property has four restaurants and bars including:
- The Lonely Broccoli – “Munich’s first Modern Meat House”
- M’Uniqo – rooftop bar
- Bicicletta – “upscale” coffee bar with light snacks
- Café M – deli
And of course room service. I had a bunch of calls to make upon arrival and ordered room service dinner: Käsespätzle with salad and ice cream. I love that there was no delivery charge and the prices were reasonable — dinner was 20EUR even.
In the morning, I ate breakfast in The Lonely Broccoli, which offers an elaborate buffet and a la carte menu. Let me put it this way: just about every Continental or English/American breakfast item you wanted was available. The bread was amazing and I loved the vegetable bar, freshly-made nut butter, and shots of wheatgrass and other (supposedly) healthy juices. I’d say the only thing missing was fresh berries…
Oh, and the coffee. Yeah, it was bad. Very bad. You know I’m a coffee snob. My poor, pathetic, one-push-button cappuccino:
But I noticed a fancy coffee machine in the lobby and asked, gently and politely, if someone might be willing to make on there. I was obliged and had a remarkably better cappuccino.
Andaz Munich Fitness Center
The fitness center contained a wide assortment of cardiovascular and strength training equipment from Technogym (meh, I like Life Fitness). You can find the fitness center inside the fifth-floor spa and it is open 24/7.
Andaz Munich Spa + Pool
The hotel’s wellness area is quite beautiful, with gender-segregated lounges and shared saunas (one set at a lower temperature than the other) and steam bath. The steam bath did not work (the spa clerk blamed the fire sprinklers inside) and I burned my feet on the tile floor of the sauna. The hotel needs to add a wooden floor. In the meantime, use slippers or sandals. Even the lockers rooms are posh.
Upstairs, the beautiful indoor pool overlooks the Munich skyline.
Andaz Munich Service
Every member of the hotel staff was exceedingly kind. With the exception of the upgrade snafu, I really appreciated how proud the staff was of their new hotel and how service shined throughout my stay.
Andaz Munich Location
I did not have a chance to do much exploring, but the hotel is not located next to major tourist attractions. That said, there is a tram station just outside the hotel that can link you up with other public transport options that will take you (often quicker than driving) to the part of the city you wish to visit.
I look forward to returning to this hotel. I appreciated the warm hospitality and comfort of my oversized guest room. In a city that has many small hotel rooms, my deluxe room was huge. That and the hotel amenities alone are worthy of checking this property out.