Hotel Falkenturm in Munich is a comfortable, pension style hotel which is ideally located for sightseeing and is moderately priced for a Munich hotel in this location. Read on for my full review;
For my recent weekend in Munich, I was travelling with my parents, and our main considerations for this short trip were location and cost. We wanted to be in the central old town area, close to Marienplatz and the Christmas Markets, and find something that represented good value (no freebies on this trip!).
Location, Location, Location goes for hotels as well as real estate and Hotel Faulkenturm could not have been better situated for sightseeing in Munich. We arrived at Marienplatz on the S-Bahn direct line from the airport, and in 10 minutes, we walked to our hotel which was in the direction of the Opera and Resindenz. It was situated down a narrow side street, just off a pedestrianised road, and ideally situated for exploring the old town area of Munich.
My single room was not winning any prizes for it’s decor which was functional and homely, and without any aspirations in interior design. Rooms fitting, desk and wardrobe were made of wood laminate, the curtains of a traditional patterned design, with cream and white bed linen. My room had a double glazed window which I could open and the room was well heated. There was a TV (which I never turned on) and a small bottle of wine that you could purchase.
The en suite bathroom had white modern fittings, a large mirror and a bath with a shower over it with a white silky shower curtain. The shower had good pressure and the water was hot and easily regulated, and as it was cold outside I was glad of a hot bath to warm me up again. The tiles were white and textured and some were cracked or had drill holes, and the grouting was discoloured in areas. There were two large bottles of liquid soap and shampoo/shower gel and a box of tissues. Overall the bathroom was very clean but the tiles and radiator were old and really needed replacing.
Overall I would personally prefer somewhere that has more of a design edge to it, which Hotel Falkenturm could not claim to have. However the hotel is comfortable and homely but a little old fashioned in appearance. I know that many people are not bothered by this as long as they are comfortable and cosy.
Hotel Falkenturm is a small 2 star hotel and the public areas limited. There is a small breakfast room with tables opposite the reception area, where you can also sit in the day. However, there was nowhere that you could go to relax, other than the bedroom, which didn’t bother us as we were out sightseeing in the day and eating out at night. The hotel has free wifi and in my 1st floor room it worked perfectly all the time, although I have read other reviews saying it does not always work well on the upper floors. If wifi is important to you, I’d mention it when you book.
The breakfast was buffet style with a wide choice such as hams and cheeses, cereals, yoghurts, cakes and fruit. I wasn’t mad about the orange juice from a machine which tasted sweet and synthetic but the coffee from another machine was good. Overall, it was not gourmet fare, but a good selection to set you up for a day’s sightseeing.
On reception at Hotel Falkenturm we found a lady in her 20s and later an older man, both speaking excellent English, and they were professional, friendly and helpful, giving us all the information we needed.
My parents had a double room costing €119 per night and I had a single at €99 per night. On the face of this, I initially thought this expensive for such a modest hotel, but having researched other options with my father on the internet, I realised that this represented good value compared to other hotels in a similar location. Munich is a generally prosporous and expensive city for visitors and hotels are priced accordingly.
Hotel Falkernturm is ideal for…
Couples and older families visiting Munich who want a modestly priced hotel that is well located for sightseeing. It provides a clean and comfortable base to enjoy the city.
Hotel Falkernturm is not ideal for…
Families with young children, style seekers or those looking for ambiance or opportunities to socialise in their hotel.
Disclosure: All the elements of our trip to Munich were self-funded, including our stay at Hotel Falkenturm.
Hotel Falkenturm, Falkenturmstrasse 3, 80331 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49 (89) 23 23 95 9/ 0
Fax: +49 (89) 23 23 95 9/110
E-mail: [email protected]
- The guidebook I used on this trip was the pocket sized Dorling Kindersley, Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Munich, which I found ideal for sightseeing if you are there for a short time.
- Official Munich Tourism Website