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“Beer Hall Central” 4 of 5 stars
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Cortiina Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ledererstrasse 8, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany   |  
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Ranked #19 of 380 Hotels in Munich
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“Beer Hall Central”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed here during the opening week of the Oktoberfest 2012 (which actually starts last week in September) The Cortiina is right in the middle of the main beer hall precinct only a 2 minute walk from the Marienplatz U and S Bahn station, and a short walk to various tram lines.

The Oktoberfest ground (Thereisenweiss) has its own U Bahn station and tram stops nearby which are only a few minutes away from the hotel.

The hotel is very clean, refurbished and the staff are very friendly. Just a tip, as the hotel is near the beer halls and night clubs, many patrons leave these establishments a little bit over-refreshed and make a bit of noise, asking for a room on the top floors is a good idea if you are a light sleeper as many TA reports have stated.
We would suggest that you have breakfast in the hotel, even though it is a bit expensive, as the bakery/cafe out the front and to the left of the hotel is a bit limited, and the Viktualien Market nearby doesn't really get into full swing until well after 10am, you will always get a morning feed in or near a train station sausage stand (Wurstlstand)
Two issues we had with the hotel were the one and only lift/elevator was very slow during peak times and in our room the bath/shower combination was a bit ungainly and lent itself to splashing and flooding of the bathroom floor, so watch your step when you get out.
The room had a small mini bar fridge and a safe.

You can call reception for an iron and ironing board free of charge, and if you find the laundry service a bit expensive, we found an excellent cheap laundry in Klenze Stasse (yes not joking) 5 minute walk away called Cafe and Wash. It is a combination Laundry, cafe and bar where you can have a snack or drink while you wait, or if you pay only a couple of Euro extra they will take your washing from the washer to the dryer, then fold it so you can collect a few hours later.
There is a large supermarket just behind the hotel on Tal Street.

The Cortiina is an oasis of friendly faces and good service in Munich which during the busy Oktoberfest season becomes the city of grumpy and rude waiters who will do anything to avoid eye contact and complain bitterly if you don't tip them enough for their slow and rude service. Having said that you are only a few paces from the Hofbrauhaus, Augustiner, Hacker Psorr, Haxnbraterai, Wirsthaus and Schneider Weisse beer halls and you need to try them all.
The best beer, food and friendliest service by far in our opinion was the Schneider Weisse beer hall on the corner of Tal and Brauhaus Strasse just around the corner from the hotel.
Also the Lowenbrau beer hall a few tram stops away has excellent beer, service and a great outdoor beer garden.

As for the Oktoberfest, watch the opening street parades on the first Saturday and Sunday, but don't even attempt to try and get into a beer hall if you have not pre-booked. The best way is to go on a weekday (we went the first Monday) find unreserved seats prior to 10 am and start the celebrations early. We chose the Lowenbrau tent which was sensational, we got there before 10 am and by 11 am it was full. Had a sensational day.

If you are going to use Munich's fantastic public transport for multi-day passes or day trips to outer suburbs, don't use the ticket vending machines at train stations as they will always charge maximum prices. Instead go to the M V V office (Munich Public Transport) in Marienplatz station and get a sales clerk to book specific trips suited to your needs, we saved heaps this way. Also the DB (German Railways) office at the main Munich Hauptbahnhof station can be used the same way.

If you are in Munich as part of a beer nerd pilgrimage (as we were) you need to do a half day trip on the train to Freising home to the Weihenstephaner brewery which is the oldest in the world at over 1,000 years old. Great restaurant, beer and beer garden.

Also a short trip away is the Isar Brau micro brewery which is in the old station master's house next to the Grossheselloe train station, this is in a lovely leafy suburban part of Munich.
If you still haven't had your fill there is a brewery at Munich Airport called Airbrau, OK but not great, with a typical rude Munich waiter.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed here for 4 days during Oktoberfest. I would highly recommend this hotel. I selected it based on other tripadvisor reviews, and can say they nailed it. The location was ideal - a short (5 minute) walk from Marienplatz, a block from the Hofbrahaus and a short cab ride to the beer tents. The surrounding streets are relatively quiet, yet there are plenty of food and shopping options. Even a strip club, if you're so inclined. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, yet unintrusive. In the craze that is Oktoberfest, room prices can be quite high. We booked a Superior Room at under 300 euro/night, which was a good value for the location and quality of the room by comparison.

The room was spacious by European standards and well appointed and comfortable. (As an aside, the king sized bed is made with two single-sized comforters so each person gets their own - a little peculiar but fine). The room came with free wi-fi and a great single serving coffee maker that whipped up pretty good cappuccinos. Our room had a fuly equipped kitchenette and a really great bathroom. A cute little restaurant called Zum Durnbrau at the end of the block offered good German comfort food and friendly service after a very long night of too many liters of beer. I don't see myself going back to Munich - Oktoberfest was a perfect, albeit once in a lifetime, experience - but if I did, I'd stay here again. I'd recommend it to anyone traveling to the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

This hotel was a recommendation from a friend and I was at first hesitant as I travel the world and stay at many high end hotels like Hilton, Waldorf etc... This hotel had the most helpful staff and was located in the heart of Munich. I would pick the Cortiina hotel the next time I go to Munich.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Comfortable room, great location, friendly staff. Breakfast is expensive, other options are neaby.
Very as a business hotel, as well as for vacations. A short walk from the Marienplatz. Excellent German, French and Italian restaurants close. Wlking distanance to Staatsoper.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

The Cortiina is an excellent location to the Marienplatz. The hotel is very attractive, with modern furnishings, great service, and a safe location. We recommend skipping the breakfast and grabbing coffee and pastries a block down the street. There is a nice Italian bar/restaurant and a Chinese restaurant on the same street, and the Hofbrauhaus is a very short walk away! We also recommend being careful stepping out of the shower, since the tub is elevated and deep. Interesting must-see: open the folding doors in the room to reveal...the bathroom through plexiglass next to the shower!

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Cortiina Hotel for five nights and couldn't be happier about our experience. The location is very good, close to Marienplatz, the center of the city. The service is wonderful including one evening when we were enjoying schnapps and asked the waiter where we could get the particular bottle we were drinking. He replied with not only where, but that he would get it for us - and he did! The following day he showed up to his shift with bottle in hand. To us, this is truly above-and-beyond.

Additionally, if you have traveled to Europe before and enjoy cocktails, you may understand them to be in short supply as a rum and coke is often a stretch. Not at Cortiina. They truly are mixologists that would make even the best in New York or Chicago envious. They take their time using the best ingredients and even those made in house, including their extensive offering of bitters.

We have two small negatives. Firstly, the price for breakfast. While a nice offering, 20€, not including coffee or tea, is a bit stiff. Secondly, the area is busy at night and if you don't remember to shut your windows, be prepared to wake in the middle of the night to close them.

One thing is certain: next time we are in Munich, we will be staying at Cortiina Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This hotel is in a Great location. The Front desk staff was friendly and helpful (arranging restaurant reservations and calling for taxis). Rooms are modest but comfortable. The step up shower and the hard bed were my least favorite things about the room and my favorite things were the modern bathroom, herringbone hard wood floors and the larger size of the room. The street the hotel is on is relatively quiet (even during Octoberfest). Cocktails in the hotel bar are delicious!

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Address: Ledererstrasse 8, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Munich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #19 of 380 Hotels in Munich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cortiina Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 75
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