Granted, some hostels can be really nice (remember this one?!), and when you're in a group that takes up a whole dorm, they're a lot of fun. But with a night in Munich on my own to play with, I didn't want to sleep on a bunk in a big dorm full of strangers, have to queue for a grimy, drizzly, cold shower, pay for stained bedlinen and squish all my things into a locker.
Although still a student, I think it's worth spending a little extra money sometimes for an experience you'll actually enjoy.
Enter, TRYP Munich City Center Hotel.
I arrived in Munich on a sunny day after a fun but busy week travelling round Germany (more on all those adventures soon!).
TRYP is only about five minutes walk or so from the main station, and super easy to find. The location is good - you can walk to the heart of the city (Marienplatz) in about 20 minutes, but of course there are other interesting things to see more nearby.
The hotel may not be the most beautiful of buildings from the outside, but then again I find hotels rarely are. And once inside, you find yourself in a stylish, clean, trendy lobby.
Although I arrived a couple of hours before I was technically meant to check-in, after just a five minute wait my room was ready, which was great.
And with free wifi throughout the hotel (although I think this may depend on your room), I was more than happy to sit in the lobby and catch up on life while I waited.
Up on the fifth floor, my room was fab.
That latter one really pleased me, even if there was no milk to go with (Germans, eh?).
From my window I could see the top of the church nearby and down into the hotel's garden patio area.
Unsurprisingly, everything in the mini-bar was super pricey, but that's always the way, isn't it? I loved that there were little packets of Haribo gummy bears on the beds (Germans, eh?). In my opinion it's these little touches that can make one hotel so much better than another.
And it only got better. Upon returning to my room after a long day exploring the city, seeing old friends and shopping, I found a tray full of goodies waiting for me, which was just what I needed.
My evening was perfect: I snuggled up in the crisp bedlinen and plump pillows, ate my treats while watching Germany's Next Top Model (basically exam revision), and pampered myself.
Hotel showers can be a bit hit and miss, but this one was great, ticking both the power and temperature boxes. It was also super spacious. In classic European style, the towels were tiny, but the hairdryer was powerful, and a shaving set, shower cap, comb, shampoo and shower gel were all provided too.
I crashed out and dreamed of the next morning's breakfast.
Yup, I love a good hotel breakfast - who doesn't? But breakfast at TRYP Munich, my friends - oh, this breakfast - was something else.
Without a doubt, the best hotel breakfast I have ever had the fortune of eating.
The sheer amount of different foods was insane! So yes, I was basically in heaven.
And, with this review in mind and being the good journalist that I am, I took it upon myself to eat as much as I could.
Allow me to give you a bit of a flavour. There was:
- Loads of different fruit - whole, chopped, in fruit salad, dried and in syrup.
- Loads of different breads, rolls and pastries, including my Germany faves, Laugenbrezn.
- Cakes and mini doughnuts (um, YES please!)
- An array of cereals.
- A huge choice of yogurts, including pre-prepared pots of Greek yogurt and honey topped with walnuts.
- Bowls of seeds, nuts and dried fruits.
- About eight different homemade jams, as well as honey, Nutella and cream cheeses.
- Slices of Wurst, hams and cheese.
- Loads of cooked breakfast options including scrambled eggs, sausages (German-style, naturally), Bratkartoffeln (kinda like roast potatoes but not really), bacon frittatas and pancakes complete with maple syrup.
- Five different juices. FIVE!
- Sparkling and still water.
- Tons of different teas.
- Gluten-free breads and cakes as well as soya milk. Shamazing.
You guys, I ate everything. And I do not regret it for one minute.
What's more all the food was super tasty. You might think that the sheer volume of different foodstuffs on offer would mean it was bad quality, but not so, my friends.
Thank goodness I didn't accidentally sit in the "express breakfast" area for those who plan on being in and out in 20 minutes. I'm fairly certain the staff were looking at me in shock at how many trips back up to the buffet I made, but hey, eating is one of my best talents.
Actually, the staff were all extremely helpful and friendly throughout my stay. I was even lent an umbrella for free before venturing out into the drizzle after breakfast.
So, to sum up:
Negative (if I'm being reeeeeaaaally picky): it could be a bit more central, but then that would be further from the station which would be annoying.
Positives: good wifi connection, THE BREAKFAST (I will probably dream of it forevermore), cleanliness, great shower, furnishing.
In short, I thoroughly recommend a stay at TRYP Munich. It was absolutely great and felt like such an indulgent treat for me. There are actually TRYP hotels all over the world, and I'm definitely keen to stay in some of their other locations too.
I was a guest at TRYP Hotel City Center Munich, but all opinions are honest and my own. Find out more about TRYP hotels on their website.