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MEININGER Munich City Center

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Hostelz.com's Review
MEININGER Munich City Center hostel gives off the feeling of being in a hotel and is well suited for both small and large groups looking to explore Munich. It is large, with ninety-five rooms spread out over six floors and hosting accommodations from private, single rooms all the way up to twelve-person dorms.

The Location

The hostel is located on one of the busy streets that run parallel to the central train station. Not more than fifteen minutes' walk from the station and less if you are willing to use the S-Bahn or tram that runs right down the middle of the road in front. It's very hard to miss and while not located in the sleepiest of neighborhoods, it is certainly a very safe location.

Rooms and Bathrooms

All the rooms use a keycard, so security at the door is no issue; large and accommodating lockers are included for every guest in every room. The gap for the lock itself is small though. The hostel offers anywhere from single bed up to six-bed private rooms as well as small dorms (up to six beds) and large dorms (up to fourteen beds). We stayed in one of the larger dormitories. All rooms, even the dorms, have a shower and WC; the larger dorms have two. Ours included hand soap and tissues, but no hand towels or dryers, which is odd. The showers are clean over all, but some hints of mold are beginning to show in the corner.

Common Spaces

This hostel really underperforms on the common areas. The kitchen seems to be pretty well ignored by the staff and doesn't look like it has actually been cleaned or organized in a long time (including a bowl sitting on the table that had been there long enough to grow mold). As such, most guests don't seem to think they need to clean their dishes and it is very common for there to be no clean dishes available.

The ground floor common room mostly feels like a hotel lobby. There's a little cafe there that makes a good cup of coffee and sells some pastries and sandwiches, but in general it doesn't feel like a fun place to talk to other people. It is often overrun with groups of school children during the early evenings too. The hostel also has a bar, but it doesn't open until 8 p.m. and didn't really seem that fun.

Summary

The prices are very reasonable and if you're traveling in a group and don't mind ending out this would be a great place to stay. If you are just a solo backpacker looking for a chance to get to know other backpackers, though, we recommend you look elsewhere.

by James
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2013

One of the bathrooms.  It looks a bit tiny but feels fine when you close the door.The showers.  Never an issue with getting hot water.Pardon the mess, this is what you can expect in a 12 person dorm.
This is what the beds look like before someone has slept in them.A view of the common room in the evening.The full scale of the hostel
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MEININGER Munich City Center Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Really not pleased The bed sheets were stained, and I found a couple bugs, bud didn't know whether they're bedbugs or not. The bathrooms were dirty, and people were throwing up and passing out in the hallways, although the staff was friendly it didn't out way all the bad. I most likely won't be back at this hostel.  , age 23, Australia ()
4   Like a hotel Was nice, modern and clean but not a "hostel" experience. It was so large there wasn't an opportunity to meet travelers easily. A lot of school groups or camps staying there. Had to keep signing in to wifi and wasn't working in the rooms.  , age 23 ()
4   NICE Everything is good, except that bedroom is a little crowded, wifi is not so stable and breakfast is not included.  , age 23, CHINA ()
4   Clean and tidy The hostel was clean and tidy. You get to choose your bed in the dorm, then make it ... at least you know the sheets are clean. Separate shower and toilet in the room. No lockers in the room. Good wifi in room.  , age 35, New Zealand ()
4   Met expectations Rooms were clean and met advertisement. Staff was polite and helped when possible. Bar was smaller then thought but fair prices. Bartender was a bit rude one night but second nights bartender was good.  , USA ()
5   Totally recommended!! Easy to find, Close to main station, clean bed & room, nice reception, has hot water and hair dryer. Me and my friend stayed in 6 ppl room in 27-29.12.12 but there were only 4 ppl in the room including us. So, its quite quiet and peaceful. Some drawbacks of this hostel is that there is only free internet in the lobby, not in the room. And sometime there isnt enough receptionists and you have to wait and they also work slower than other hostels in my opinion. Also, the bedding sheet costs 3 euro!! If u dont want to pay, bring your own or sleep in sleeping bag!!  , Thai ()
3   Fine for a couple of nights This hostel was very well located for the train station, which was especially welcome as it was pouring with rain when I arrived -- however to get to the old part of town, you need to make a rather expensive journey on the U-Bahn. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the room was perfectly clean and comfortable (no mould that I noticed!) However, this place has the feeling of a chain hotel rather than a hostel -- I did get to meet people, but only the ones in my dorm! There is a well-stocked bar with Augustiner beer from the brewery across the road, which isn't overly expensive by Munich standards and always seems to be busy. There were a couple of large British stag parties there on my first night, which made the atmosphere rowdy and possibly intimidating for some -- however this seemed to be a one-off, or maybe a Saturday night thing, as the atmosphere the next night was a lot more laid-back but still fun if you had people to go with (as I've already implied, a bit of a problem in this place if you're traveling alone). All in all, a perfectly good place to stop off for a night or two (perhaps on the way somewhere else if you're Interrailing) but not really geared up to provide a good base for backpackers or solo travelers.  , UK ()
5   Excellent, would definitely stay here again! I stayed at three of Meiniger's hotels/hostels during my recent trip to Germany (also Berlin and Cologne), and this one was my favorite. It is very easy to find, a ten-minute walk from the main train station. Very clean, great staff. It is very large, but I didn't really notice that, as the rooms are quite soundproofed.  , Canada ()

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