A Room Upgrade at the Sheraton Arabella Munich

The Sheraton Arabella is located in a business suburb of Munich and away from the major sights though it was easy to get to as it is bunched with a few other skyscrapers and quite easy to spot since there aren’t much tall buildings around it.

 

Entrance lobby
Entrance lobby

 

But there was really no space to stop at the porch to drop off the luggage due to the lane way system and I initially parked in the space beside beside the hotel as the parking lot was actually full. Fortunately, I was staying over a weekend and there was ample free parking spaces around the streets which meant I saved on the parking charges. I was able to exit from the car park with a 15-minute grace period and re-park my car just in the lane beside the hotel that leads to the supermarket.

Reception desk
Reception desk

For my stay in Munich, I had originally booked a Superior Twin Room with 2 single beds, but on check-in I was surprised to be provided an upgrade to an Executive King room. My guess is that the hotel was quite full with BMW Group hosting a Product Training for the 7 Series launch as it was advertised in the hotel lobby, and thus the lower class room were taken up, leaving me with a room that has a different bed configuration. Fortunately for them, I did not mind the King bed. The check-in process was decently fast, and I was asked for my desired amenity. Probably I arrived late at night, there was no questions asked on exploring the city and no directions were provided either to the elevators.

2015 BMW 7 Series
New BMW 7 Series outside by the entrance of the hotel

Room No: 1843 Category: Executive King Room

One of the things to note is that for guests staying in one of the SPG floors, there was a glass door before entering the room corridor and guests need to slide the key in for access. It might enhance security but it does add a layer of inconvenience especially when you’re bringing your own luggage.

Bathroom with shower
Bathroom with shower stall

The room was very nicely furnished and definitely has a premium feel to it compared to the usual Sheratons. On the right of the entrance door, there is a spacious bathroom with both a corner walk-in shower and a bathtub. The bathtub also has a window that can be covered with a curtain, allowing privacy while affording a view from the bath at the same time. A complete set of amenities were provided including shower cap and essentials like cotton buds.

Bathtub and Vanity
Bathtub with windows and curtain

There is also a shoe horn and mitt inside the wardrobe, which is something I like to see in rooms. Going onside the room there is a very comfortable King size bed with a work desk that was placed in a different layout. I like hotel rooms that have some variations that gives it a sense of occasion when staying in it, and this hotel was one of them.

Interior of the Guest Room
Executive King room interior

The work desk has 2 chairs that allowed 2 people to sit and work comfortably so it makes it easier when travelling with a colleague or a friend.

Work desk area
Work desk area in the room

Another great feature of the room was the balcony from which there was an unblocked view of the city of Munich. Our high located room made the view even more impressive, and that was partly due to me stating I prefer high floor rooms and would rather upgrades that give me a better view.

View from the room
View from the balcony

Since it was another one night stay, I did not try out the other facilities. I did not have breakfast at the hotel either. The hotel provides complimentary coffee just right by the elevator in the lobby for all guests. This makes it more convenient that a coffee machine in the room. While wifi is free, this Sheraton like many others have a nice workstation area with internet connection by the lobby near the fireplace. It certainly makes it a very cozy area to work in.

Link @ Sheraton
Workstation area in the lobby

With a rate of EUR199 (~$190), a weekend stay in this property is great for those renting a car as free parking is most certainly available at the parking lots beside the hotel complex. Moreover the area is quiet on the weekends and it is a short drive into the city centre. The nice rooms and great views from the balcony makes this a great choice for those with a car. Other guests are probably better off staying close to the city centre for sightseeing.

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