The Inn Thing: BOLD Hotel Munich in Germany
Walking through the door of BOLD Hotel Munich Giesing, I couldn’t believe our luck. It looked SO COOL — modern, hip and still smelled of fresh paint. During our stay, the hotel had been open for like five minutes (April 2014), and considering we were paying under $100 a night, I couldn’t help but pat myself on the back for finding it. After being checked in by a cool young dude in a timely manner, we settled into our room, eager to explore.
Fitting right in the neighbourhood
BOLD Hotel Munich is not in the city centre, which I was actually really happy about. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I like staying in typical neighbourhoods, not near a hundred Holiday Inns. The location is a good balance of busy neighbourhood: it’s quiet, but easily accessible by various forms of public transit. There are local cafes and grocers nearby and ALDI grocery was within 5-minutes walk, where Adam got 25 cent beers and we were able to purchase breakfast-making foods.
The hotel is less than a 10-minute walk to Giesing U-Bahn (subway station), making the chiming of the Marienplatz glockenspiel a 19-minute journey. Or, you can head to the hipster neighbourhood of Glockenbach via a pleasant 17-minute tram ride. (You can read about how much I loved this neighbourhood in this post.)
Even the nitty-gritty is BOLD
This hotel doesn’t look like much from the outside, it’s a big grey box, but the interiors are phenomenal. Like many hotels in Germany, design is at the forefront, with special emphasis on creating well-designed spaces that are affordable (their website details their methodology). Minimally decorated with taupe, grey and black tones, it still feels warm with the addition of throw pillows, plants and quirky pops of colour in unexpected places.
There’s underground parking for a price if you want it.
Sleep well, bärchen
The minimal decor continues in the guest rooms, with “room to breathe for the aesthetically-minded”. Standard rooms have all the expected essentials — bed, desk, TV, free W-Fi, bathroom — but keep in mind there are no phones. Don’t worry, there is a hairdryer in the bathroom.
We stayed in the Comfort Apartment, one step up from standard because it had a small kitchenette. It was perfect for making breakfast, fully stocked with all the necessary tools and dishes. I loved the room; the simple design and the beds were super comfortable. We each got our own comforter, which I’m sure Adam loved because I’m a total blanket hog! Superior Apartments have all the pleasures of Comfort with the addition of a terrace, while Deluxe apartments have living areas with sofabeds.
Rooms are a decent size, with lots of light and perks like high ceilings and in-floor heating in the bathrooms. All rooms have queen beds, which could be a problem if you don’t like sharing a bed with your travel companion or you have a family.
The bathrooms are sleek, dark, and modern, with giant rainfall shower heads I could have stood under for the length of our trip. There are no bathtubs.
The food and drink situation
Other than bottles of wine you can get from the vending machine (awesome, right?), BOLD Hotel Munich has a bar and restaurant. Breakfast serves up the usual continental favourites for €10, which we never indulged because of our kitchenette. Lunch and dinner are a little more expanded, but the offerings are somewhat limited.
Adam had an underwhelming curry wrap for dinner, while I had flammkuchen. This traditional Alsatian dish is basically German pizza with braided crust. It was hot, cheesy and delicious. Considering beers were €3 and our meals were around €7 each, I was very happy with the simple meal. The food here isn’t 5-star, but if you don’t want to leave the hotel it’s great to get fed!
Who wants to stay here?
This hotel is the perfect hybrid of hostel and hotel: fancy toiletries in the bathroom and coin laundry in the basement. This hotel is suited for people of all ages, but there is a definite younger crowd of customers. Most of the guests were backpackers who were splurging, or like Adam and myself, wanting hotel comforts at hostel prices.
Rooms at the BOLD Hotel Munich Giesing start at $100-$129 for the Standard Room. If you want a more central location, you can book a stay at BOLD Hotel Munich Zentrum (Center). Rooms at this location will be slightly more costly during high season, but still range from $100-$150; an excellent price for central Munich.