Since I booked the flights just a couple of days before departure, there weren’t a lot of award options from Europe to America around this time (beginning of January). As previously mentioned, the best itinerary I could come up with was KRK-MUC-LAX-SFO-SEA. However, I had to fly to Munich the day before and spend a night somewhere around the airport.
I was totally fine with this as I wanted to see the city a bit… however after landing, I quickly realised that isn’t going to be the best option because it was almost 19:00 and by the time I get to the city, explore, and get back to the hotel, it would be too late. So instead, I decided to visit a few lounges at the airport before heading to the hotel.
For the one night, I booked the Sheraton Munich Airport Hotel for ~70 EUR. This was honestly the best option available since I was booking last minute… I mean most Sheraton hotels aren’t fancy at all.. but at least I would be earning Starpoints from the stay.
I got to the hotel around 21:30 (a shuttle is available from the airport for 5 EUR) and with the hotel being virtually empty, I was checked in right away and headed to my room on the third floor.
My room was…. fine. I mean it was OK by Sheraton standards.. I originally booked a Superior, non-smoking, King Bed room:
- 237 sq ft / 22 m²
- Bavarian style room
- Sweet Sleeper Bed
- Air conditioned
- Coffee/tea maker
The agent at the reception desk told me I’ve been upgraded to a “premium” room (whatever that meant) because I’m SPG Gold. Sure, the room was a bit nicer than your standard hotel room, but I just don’t really see what was so “premium” about the room (other than the size of the room).
The “main” area of the room featured a large bed, desk, a minibar, and some snacks along with a coffee/tea maker. Then there was a smaller section to the room that had two comfortable chairs along with a table that had a welcome letter and chocolate.
Perhaps the nicest part of the room was the bathroom, which was located near the door to the room. The bathroom was larger than your average bathroom and had a separate shower and bathtub. There were also two sinks and some basic amenities (such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc).
The hotel was just so empty… like I don’t think more then ten guests stayed there during the same night as I did.. it was so quiet throughout the hotel. I decided to go for a swim before going to sleep that night and not surprisingly, I had the entire swimming pool to myself.
All in all, I would say a decent hotel for one night near the airport. The fact that it has a swimming pool is a plus, since I know I love to swim and relax after being in the air. The hotel overall is… well, I think the pictures can tell. I would say a bit overpriced for what the hotel offers, but then again, I did book just a few days before actually staying there.
The benefit of my “premium” room was simply the increased space throughout the room and a bigger bathroom, which I thought was the nicest part of the room. The staff were very friendly and helpful in checking flight status, arranging the airport shuttle, etc. I requested a wake-up call at 06:00 and headed to the airport around 06:30 for my 12:00 flight… obviously I would rather spend more time at the Lufthansa First Class Lounge than at the hotel.