Holiday Inn München City-Nord Review
The Holiday Inn München City-Nord is my Stammhotel, meaning that when I visit Munich, this is where I stay (and where I have been staying for the past 20 years). It’s not the most luxurious, it isn’t the most elegant, but it is a solid, 3.5 star business hotel that impresses me with friendly staff, unpretentious but sparkling clean rooms, and an 11 meter-long breakfast buffet that is said to be the largest in Munich. When I was there in August, the hotel had just started a top-to-bottom € 5 million renovation that includes new guestroom furniture (quite frankly, I was somewhat attached to the old stuff) and lighting fixtures, new windows, improved climate control, and a new front entranceway. The renovation will also include the lobby and the adjoining Lobby Bar. The old Lobby Bar, with its oversized stuffed chairs, excellent coffee, and wireless Internet access, was one of the most comfortable places for informal business meetings I have come across.
The renovation also includes elevators, landscaping, and the telephone system. A new IT infrastructure will be in place by December 2006. The north and south wings and the lobby will be ready by February 2007. A new business center will open in the former Teddy-Club (children’s playroom) directly opposite the reception area.
The renovations can only make a truly good hotel even better.
WHERE IS IT
The hotel is situated on the Leopoldstraße in Schwabing in a picturesque neighborhood that combines beautiful old residential buildings with office buildings that may be a bit too modern. Schwabing is both the old Bohemian quarter and the University quarter. Sitting at a sidewalk café on the Leopoldstraße, watching the world go by, was a favorite pastime of mine during my University years. The hotel is easy to get to from all Autobahnen (important for guests picking up a new BMW at the nearby BMW factory delivery center) and is a 5 minute bus ride from a major transportation hub, the Münchner Freiheit. For those with a new BMW or other fine vehicle, secure parking is available in the garage on a self-park basis.
Virtually all of the rooms have two double beds, a comfortable desk and chair, wired Internet access, good lighting, and amenities which include a trouser press, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, and cable TV. Electrical outlets are at desk level and power converters are available from the concierge. Outside callers can dial your room directly, bypassing the switchboard.
My criteria of good lighting (especially for reading in bed and at the desk), a comfortable desk chair, truly fast Internet access (sometimes, what you see is not what you get), and easy access to power points were met handily. And as a returning Stammgast (regular guest), I was greeted by a plate of fruit and a bottle of mineral water, compliments of the General Manager, Peter Bormuth, upon arrival.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
The Wintergarten serves an incredible breakfast buffet every morning. The Lobby Bar is a comfortable setting for an informal meeting with coffee and drinks. Omas Küche features traditional Bavarian specialties (highly recommended!), and Pitchers serves beer and burgers. Children eat free.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES
The hotel has 6 meeting rooms and 9 board rooms. The largest meeting room can seat up to 600 guests. All meeting rooms have ISDN and W-LAN (wireless Internet). Except for the Ballroom, all enjoy plentiful daylight.
The Roman pool Aquilea features a sauna, solarium, and massage. Hotel guests have free use of the pool and sauna.
There must be a reason (or two) I’ve been coming back multiple times each year for 20 years. Enough said.
Holiday Inn München City-Nord
Telephone +49 89 38 17 90
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.