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CVJM Jugendgaestehaus
Ranked #33 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Munich
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Recently, my wife and I traveled to Munich. We accommodated at the Munich YMCA. Of the hotel/hostels that we had heard of from other travelers, the Y was the most consistently run, clean, and welcoming of the accommodation in the area. Cost wise the Y is slightly more than their competitors, but in my opinion worth the extra. The property is quite conveniently located to the Haupbahnhof (Central Train Station). This station is one easy, 40 minute train ride from the Munich Airport. The train station is only a 5-8 minute walk from the hotel and a 10 minute walk from the English Beer Garden. While the property is a bit old it has been well maintained, and like I said very clean. Most of the rooms are set up with 2 or 3 single beds (the 3 is a bunk bed). Each room has a sink/vanity unit. You are only provided with a hand-towel so bring your own bath towel or you can rent one from the Y. All rooms share shower and toilet facilities per floor. The unisex showers were quite clean as were the ladies and gents toilets.

I recommend the Bed & Breakfast option vs Bed Only. Their breakfast is standard European with fresh baked bread (sliced and delightful seedy rolls), cold cuts, cheese, fruits, coffee, juices, teas—all you want.

Mr. Joachim Moißl welcomed us many times with his winsome smile. He and his team serve well to keep people comfortable and safe. The area around the Y has issues with the sex business and drugs addicted folks. As a result the actual sleeping area of the property is available only by being buzzed in by one of the staff. The doors are locked from 12:30-7 a.m. nightly. If you want to exit earlier than 7a.m. they will provide you with a code for the door keypad. Most of the staff speak enough English to communicate on base issues. Front desk staff do English quite well.

There is very cheap wifi. €1 can cover you for your whole stay, whether 1 night or 5 nights. The connection was sufficient for us to Skype over. There are no laundry facilities available.

For the area, beyond having some crime issues, the street the Y is on can be a bit noisy, especially in the summer. About half the rooms are on the street side. If you want more quiet I recommend a room on the back side of the property. Of course, the noise level can be affected as well by groups of young guests!

See this YMCA at: http://www.cvjm-muenchen.org/en/youthhostel/youthhostel/

Room Tip: For quieter rooms choose rooms on the backside of the property. The street on the front-side tends...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

No wifi included, staff was alright, they let me check in at 15:00, before was not possible, nice breakfast buffet included though (fair enough for the rate they charge). Also be aware about their age policy, which is if you are older than 26 you have to pay 3 EXTRA EUROS, so they don´t respect hostelworld rates whatsoever ... For being a christian hostel, there is nothing like fellowship or nice atmosphere, it´s just a business with a bible in your room. Period.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here in Winter, so perhaps there were less people than normal, but we only had 3 people in our room, which was great and I only saw a couple people on our floor. Never had to wait for toilet or shower which was nice.

Security wise, it's not the best. There are no lockers in the rooms, and the bag storage can be accessed without a key or even speaking to the reception.

Our room did have a funny smell but after opening the window it was okay. Other than that, bed, linen and towels were clean and comfortable.

The hostel is really well located - around 10mins walk from Munich Hbf and very close to the city centre. It is, however, located in the Red Light district (or at least what appeared to be), so perhaps this may be something for parents with kids to consider. We experienced no problems with this.

Great value.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

For the traveller on a budget, it is an excellent choice. Affordable, breakfast included. Excellent location not terribly far from the train station.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank robert43041
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Munich is a great town for a backpacker's base of operations, despite the added treat that it's a wonderful town to explore and enjoy. You can catch a train to pretty much anywhere from Munich, and it's a cheap, safe, friendly place to set as your home-base when on a train-based European adventure. For my part, I thought Munich was outstanding for this purpose. When staying in Munich, plotting my next move to Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, or Copenhagen, I stayed at CVJM Jugen., and felt as if I was at home. The free breakfast in the morning was the perfect petite start to a wonderful day (the brie was especially tasty) and the accommodations were divine. The staff was attentive, friendly, and very helpful, and the fellow travelers always seemed to be very polite, and courteous. Only a five minute walk from the train station, and an easy stroll to the heart of old-town Munich, you really can't do much better than this place for what you're paying (about $35-$45 a night, American).

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

I had a nice trip to munich. And I liked the hotel, greate breakfast and a verry friedly stuff. The ymca hotel is competly clean. At the rezeption the stuff is friedly and helps how mutch it can. The hotel is near the central station, to walk 5 to 10 minutes. Near there is also a food shop.
I will stay there the next time I'm at munich.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank logonata
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

we only stayed here one night as it was expensive during Oktoberfest to stay at hostels but it was a really nice hostel. It was very clean and the atmosphere was good for a younger crowd. The roomw as very clean and we got our own room for the 3 of us that were travelling so that was really nice to not be in a room with 20 other people. the continental breakfast was good with the usual cereals, bread and coffee. overall a good place to stay I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank jenjab25
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Additional Information about CVJM Jugendgaestehaus

Address: Landwehrstr. 13, 80336 Munich, Bavaria, Germany (Formerly CVJM Jugendgästehaus)
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Munich
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Munich
Price Range: $37 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer reasonably priced board and lodging for single travellers and for groups (e.g. for school trips or holiday camps), who can enjoy their stay in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Since the modification 2017 we offer twin, triple or quadruple rooms with shower/WC and AC. Altogether, our hotel has 87 beds available. An extensive buffet in the mornings is included in the price. Our hotel is right in the centre of Munich - the train station and the Karlstor are only a five minute walk away. ... more   less 

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