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/
- 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