My next stay was at Munich and since I was driving, I picked a hotel that was easy to get to and park by car. Which is the reason I chose to stay at Sheraton Munich Westpark located in a commercial centre slightly outside of city centre. This hotel is convenient due to a multi-storey car park located adjacent to the hotel. The hotel is beside the Heimeranplatz U-bahn station and is about 5 stops away from the city centre.
The hotel is inside a drab concrete building and I did not expect it to stand out but I did like the effort they put to make the lobby comfortable. In the lobby level guests can find the bar, restauramt and the Link@Sheraton business centre with vending machines and an espresso machine.
Checking in at the hotel was quick with not much of a wait since the lobby was quiet. After obtaining our passports and credit cards, the front desk agent passed the room keys to us. She also mentioned about the Club Lounge access and about breakfast being served on the ground floor restaurant at Westend Factory since the Club Lounge does not serve breakfast. She did also mention that we were upgraded to a recently renovated Executive room.
Room No: 408 Category: Executive King Room
Our room was located in the 4th floor and the hotel’s corridors and walkways are reminiscent of a classic Sheraton. Not bad, but not good either.
Layout of the room was a standard one with the bathroom on the right side of the door. Aside from being clean, the bathroom was standard and fitted with Euro-style white tiles. It certainly made the small bathroom feel a bit more spacious.
The shower is inside the bathtub with a glass partition shielding any water spray. Though in this case, the larger glass partition did work and minimized any water flowing out to the floor.
Bath amenities are standard like in all Sheraton hotels by Le Grand Bain. There was also a wall mounted liquid dispenser by the bathtub but without any labels it was an unknown substance to me.
The walls leading to the room was fitted with a large closet and there was several cabinets that had labels on them. Plenty of storage does mean more convenience for travellers staying for an extended period of time though this also meant more places to check for left belongings on check-out day. A flat screen TV is hung at the centre of the wall facing the King bed with coffee making equipments placed by the ledge underneath the TV.
A king bed was located in the centre of the room with 2 bedside tables. As a recently renovated room, there was light controls by the bed and a really nice flat-screen TV. A bottle of water was also placed by the bedside though it was possible to ask for an extra bottle since the room was for 2-person occupancy.
At the end of the room, there is a large work desk with a standard work chair. However the work chair was not on wheels. Across the desk was a larger relaxing armchair but there was no ottoman here. The furnishings in the room was good and looked fresh and clean.
And even though the room was located on the 4th floor only, there was an unblocked view of the street and that made the room brightly lit in the afternoon.
The Sheraton Club Lounge is located on the 10th floor, which is also the top most floor. Past the reception for the Club Lounge, there was a room with 2 computer workstations and newspaper shelf.
The largest section of the Club Lounge was for the dining area with tables set up for 2 people. This certainly reflects the hotel’s focus on business travellers. On both ends of the main lounge, there was several sofas and TV showing the news.
Even though I arrived at the Club Lounge around 4pm, there was already food and wine served in the lounge. The snacks served during the afternoon was not bad since it included some stir-fried and grilled vegetables, salad and cheese.
There was bread as the carbs and brownies as desserts. And on the top shelf there was several canisters with snacks like pretzel sticks and nuts that go well with some drinks.
Speaking of the drinks, there was a Prosecco, Riesling and German Shiraz for the wine selection. At the far end of the lounge was a large refreshments fridge with beer, bottled water and soft drinks.
For a Sheraton slightly outside of town, the Club Lounge was nice and certainly exceeded my expectations. I certainly hope this was not just a one-off.
Breakfast at Westend Factory
For the Platinum breakfast benefit, it was served in the hotel’s restaurant called Westend Factory. The decor has an American and rustic theme and it sure looked nice and contemporary.
Basics of the continental breakfast should be the highlight here and there was the usual muesli and cereals in bowls with several dried fruits and seeds to choose from as well.
The next section was the cold cuts and cheese section and there was smoked trout with alfalfa sprouts and cucumber.
Egg dishes on the buffet includes scrambled eggs and boiled eggs. There was hot food like sausages and meatballs on casseroles along with hash browns and bacons. The meat dishes have condiments like mustard and ketchup as dips on the sides.
There was pickles and vegetables too, after all a healthy diet consists of vegetables too right?
Other dishes in the buffet was baked beans and congee which is actually not uncommon in Germany and Austria.
Finally in a breakfast buffet, one should not forget the pastries and breads since they are another essential in the morning.
There was individual packets of nutella and honey while fruit preserves are available in the jars for spreads on top of your toast. Fresh honeycomb is also available and this seems to be a mainstay for European hotel breakfast buffets.
For the sweet stuff, there was pre-packed yogurts for busy guests rushing for a meeting. Sliced fruits was placed beside the yogurt and the other side of the buffet has plain and fruit yogurt in bowls that diners can consumer while in the restaurant. Fruit cocktails were supplied to add as toppings for the yogurt.
Beverages in the breakfast includes a touch-screen espresso machine that guests could use to make themselves a cup of latte and Eilles tea bags to choose from.
Juices on the buffet was grapefruit, apple, multi-vitamin, orange and tomato.
The breakfast here is basic but adequate for a hotel of this calibre. Perhaps we came here from a Luxury Collection property so this was certainly not comparable but it was definitely a nice breakfast for a hotel.
The hotel’s other dining venue is the lounge bar, and this was also a space to watch football matches with the projector screen.
On the 3rd floor, guests could find a very nice fitness centre that was segmented into 3 sections. There was treadmills close to the windows so users on them get to enjoy a view. Against the wall was a row of fitness machines while the other separate corner has 2 benches with a full weights section.
The interesting part of the fitness centre was there was a mezzanine floor area for the spa with relaxing chairs by the walkway.
Inside the spa was a locker room, a steam room and a hot sauna. There was another lounge inside the spa that was darker for a nap after the spa treatment.
A night at this hotel was EUR171 (~$194) which was an average price for a hotel in a large European city. While the hotel caters to a mainly business crowd, there was a nice Club Lounge for Platinum members and the renovated rooms were much appreciated. Even though the hotel was not in an interesting area, the hotel is conveniently located next to a metro station so travellers can still conveniently go around the city. With that said, this is a hotel to consider for the nicely decorated rooms and the well supplied Club Lounge.