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Room Report: Residence Inn Munich East

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Arrival Experience: Reaching the contemporary Residence Inn Munich East hotel is a cinch as it is less than a five minute walk from the Ostbahnhof station (easily linked to the airport and all of Munich). The hotel is connected to its Marriott sibling, Courtyard by Marriott, but offers business travelers the luxury of space in addition to value-based pricing. As a result, American business travelers are commonly found here as well as those that prefer paying standard room prices for suite-style accommodations. The staff speaks fluent English and is as welcoming as some of the city's expensive luxury properties. A bowl of fresh red apples is a nice, homey touch.

Dining: The hotel shares the Max restaurant with the neighboring Courtyard property, and this is where the complimentary hot breakfast buffet is served. The glass-walled dining room is bright and airy with numerous stations for hot and cold buffet items. Two modern coffee dispensing stations churn out specialties like cappuccino and espresso with gusto each morning. Lunch and dinner are also served here with a modern menu featuring a few German specialties. Room service is always an option, and the hotel's happening happy hour features discounted drinks and a tasty bar menu.

Accommodations: The guest suites here are the highlight and are hallmarks of the Residence Inn brand. Intended for long-stay guests, they are especially popular with in-and-out business travelers that appreciate having separate living and sleeping areas. Glass-topped work stations are positioned by the windows to take in views of the quiet residential neighborhood. Sofa beds sit on the opposite corner, but are mostly used as living areas unless families are staying here. Near the suite's entrance, the kitchenette provides a full cabinet of dining and cooking accessories, and a microwave is great for heating up takeout dishes or preparing snacks. Soft bedding is topped with a comforter and thick, firm pillows with book-end nightstands featuring individual reading lights and power outlets. The bathrooms feature powerful showers with Nirvae botanical toiletries and plentiful towels housed on chrome racks and cleverly placed shelves. Full-length mirrors, Nespresso machines, complimentary wireless Internet, dual-line phones, flat-screen cable TVs, and robes and slippers upon request are among the other niceties. The terrace suites on the first floor above the lobby are some of the most popular for their outdoor patio seating areas.

Conclusion: Recreational facilities include access to a fitness center and steam room and sauna areas for all guests. Meeting space is available, and the lobby's lounge doubles as a work area for travelers during the daytime hours. A shop by the front desk offers snacks and toiletries plus to-go coffee and munchies. This is a great option for business travelers wishing to avoid the hustle of downtown and wanting convenience to Munich's active and comprehensive railway network. The added space of guest rooms makes this ideal for longer-stay guests or those that like having more than a cramped hotel room; and the best part is that this hotel is priced lower than many of the city's smaller-roomed, business hotels.

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