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Smart Stay Hostel Munich City is located just minutes away from the center of Munich. The hostel provides Wi-Fi with a low-cost, clean spacious bedrooms, lockers, laundry facilities, a breakfast bar, a large bar, and extremely friendly and helpful staff.

The Location

The hostel is located near the center of Munich, and is very close to the metro station. There are plenty of shops, cafes, bars, grocery stores, and restaurants as well as a bank within walking distance. The neighborhood is also very friendly and comforting. The hostel is also very easy to find -- there are big signs on the building so you can locate it from a ways away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The bedrooms are very spacious for a hostel, and accommodate up to eight people per room. The beds are very comfy, and the rooms are kept very clean, quiet, and nice. They are also very airy, so it doesn't get stuffed up and smelling weird in the rooms at all, which is a small and difficult thing to find in most hostels. The bathrooms are also quite open and are extremely clean -- clean enough to shower without flip flops, but you should probably shower with flip flops on anyway.

Common Spaces

Common areas in the hostel include a large open bar and a kitchen. The bar can be quite crowded in the mornings, since it's the only area in the hostel where you can sit down and eat. Besides the busy mornings, there is typically only a handful of people in there during the day. So it's easy to meet new people and find someone to hang out with during your stay if you're traveling alone. The kitchen is very small compared to the size of the rest of the hostel. It is also extremely crowded during the mornings, due to the breakfast bar.

Summary

This is a great hostel if you don't want to be in the busy city center of Munich. The only negatives of this hostel are that you have to pay for Wi-Fi, and that it's not the cheapest hostel in the city. Beside that, the hostel is very clean and close to the bus station, and close to shops and restaurants. If you're willing to go a bit above your budget for a clean and friendly hostel, then this is your place!

by Lsteves
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2014
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Smart Stay Hostel Munich City Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Ok. Stayed in a mixed 8 bed dorm for 2 nights. Pros -- great staff, spacious rooms, in-room shower+bathroom, close to the metro. Cons -- must pay for wifi, bedding was old and deteriorating. The staff was very nice and helpful. It is not a far walk from the main metro station, but there is a closer station around the corner. I wouldn't mind staying here again, but I do not think if it would be my first choice.  , USA ()
2   Very cheap, but you'll feel it Spent a couple of nights here last week, based on a friend's recommendation. Unfortunately, I can't agree with my friend on this one. The staff was nice enough and the beds were cheap -- €15 a night in an 8-bed dorm -- but you don't get much else. The rooms were as basic as it gets, and the en suite bathroom was gross. It doesn't seem like anyone cleaned it in the 3 days we were there (excluding myself, because I couldn't deal with the grime and garbage strewn everywhere). There was never hot water, maybe a warm shower if you're lucky. The bar was under renovation and therefore closed. We paid €3 for 48 hours of internet, only to find that it only works in the lobby, not the rooms. I feel this should be stated when you buy internet time. Also, FYI, on the map they give you, one of their "authentic beer gardens popular with the locals" turns out to actually be their hotel. Shady. I would not stay here again.  , Russia/U.S. ()
3   Ok It is a bit of a walk from the main train station, so be prepared, but it isn't hard to get to. The staff were fairly helpful, but the place and the other travelers staying there had a weird vibe, en-suite bathroom was kinda nice, so-so place.  , Canada ()
4  I stayed here for several days in August 2006. This was a great hostel, which apparently used to be a hotel. The hallway decor is definitely from the 1960s, but the rooms were spacious and clean with relatively new furnishings. The kitchen was adequately equipped, and the TV room was a comfortable place to eat and chat. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The walk from the train station can take a little while, especially if you aren't good with directions, but the hostel is really close to supermarkets, the post office, and many places to eat. The Marienplatz is about a ten-minute walk away, and the Englischer Garten is a bit further. I'd definitely consider staying here again if I come back to Munich.  , United States ()
3  Smoking is allowed in the entrance hall of this hostel, even rooms seem to stink for that, but it's officially forbidden to smoke in the rooms. Probably they stink because they are old, same as all the building. Room was spacious and reasonably clean. when we stayed there first days of September it was cold and the heater was off. Don't purchase at the reception the tokens to eat at the restaurant close to the hostel. they treat you like secondary clients and food was not worth the price. Every other place in Munich is better than that.  ()
4  This hostel is in a great location, with a really friendly staff and a fun bar. There isn't much nightlife nearby so if you like staying up late you have to take a cab back to the hostel late at night, so that's a downfall. The rooms and bathrooms are really nice and they provide lockers in the room.  ()
5  Great place to stay. Very clean spacious rooms. Really bright and airy. Loads of info, friendly and helpful staff. Buffet breakfast next door was worth a visit. It's a bit of a trek from the station with a heavy backpack, but I would definitely go back again.  ()
4  Nice, clean. A fair walk from the train station but not too bad. You get to see some of the city on the way. The showers/bathroom en suite is very nice! Comfortable beds! McDonald's is right around the corner. I would definitely stay here again!  ()

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