â Address: Albert-RoÃhaupter-Str 22 81369 Munich, Germany / Tel: 089 743515-0 / Rating: 4 star â
I recently went on a mini break to Munich to visit the German Christmas markets and test out my German for the first time in 7 years! I've wanted to visit the Christmas markets for years and after lots of research we decided that Munich would be a great bet; it has some of the best markets in Germany and also isn't too far from the Neuschwanstein Castle, something else I've wanted to visit for years! We managed to find some cheap flights courtesy of Easyjet and wanted to stay somewhere decent but good value so we could make the long weekend a bit more reasonable. We found the 4* Ambiance Rivoli Hotel on hotels.com at Â£68 per night and after various discounts it worked out at Â£54 a night for two people and Â£162 in total for three nights.
- The hotel -
We took a rather expensive taxi from the airport to the hotel because it The Ambiance Rivoli is a 4* hotel in the heart of Munich close to Harras U-Bahn station. It has 66 rooms; a variety of suites and standard double rooms. It also offers conference rooms for meetings and a Thai restaurant on the premises. The hotel is unspectacular from the outside but modern, welcoming and classy enough with large windows and a huge revolving door.
- The reception -
After a delayed flight we arrived at the hotel at 11pm, however this wasn't a problem because the reception was open 24 hours a day. We were greeted by a nice gentleman who couldn't do enough to help us and spoke excellent English which was great because being so tired I couldn't remember how to say anything! Check in was very easy and we were given our room card and left to our own devices. With such small bags I was much happier with this than someone taking our bags and then expecting a tip! The foyer area was very quiet in the hotel but the desk was always attended with a friendly receptionist who could provide information about how to get places and the local area. There were big comfy chairs for waiting in and a huge display of leaflets suggesting tours and attractions, as well as business cards for local restaurants, bars and cafes.
- The room -
There are 66 rooms at the Ambiance Rivoli Hotel; a mixture of suites and double rooms. We booked a standard double room and were surprised when we found that it was actually very large with a queen size bed, a round glass table with chairs, a flat screen TV with satellite on the wall and lots of closet space. The room was perfectly clean with a beautifully made, comfortable bed and extra pillows and duvets (which we wanted to use in December!) There was a well-stocked mini bar in the room which usually we wouldn't dream of touching, but with large bottles of beer at only Euro2 and bottles of Coca Cola at the same price we went through a decent supply as it was cheaper than buying it in a restaurant, cafe or shop! The maid service was great - beds were turned down immaculately, mini bar and toiletries were replaced each day and the room was cleaned from top to bottom.
The bathroom was made of marble and granite with a huge mirror, power shower and hairdryer. The bathroom was excellent apart from the hairdryer which took forever to dry my hair; I left with it damp most of the time! The shower was a fantastic power shower which also had another setting where water would spurt out of 6 different holes in the wall which felt very luxurious! The hotel supplied plenty of towels which were replaced every day unless we took care to put them back as they were found to show we would use them again. Being environmentally aware my partner and I did this but it was nice to get a new bath mat every day as that was always drenched.
The majority of the rooms are standard doubles but there are also 18 suites within the hotel which all have whirlpool bathtubs in the bathroom.
- The facilities -
Sadly, there is not much to say about the facilities at the Ambiance Rivoli! There is no pool, gym or sauna but perhaps this is due to the fact there are only 66 rooms in total. The website also refers to itself as a 'boutique hotel' which implies to me a smaller hotel without many facilities. There is a Thai restaurant, Siam, on site just outside of reception. I didn't have chance to eat in the restaurant during my three night visit but I heard from other guests that the food was very good. We wanted to eat in central Munich for our three nights but I would have possibly been deterred from eating there due to the fact that it was always quiet with only a few tables taken. It was also oddly quiet and very dark; so much so that we thought it was closed.
We did have chance to eat breakfast there one morning, even though it wasn't included in our price. We had to pay Euro9 each which we thought was excessive but we were setting off to the airport at 10am and thought it might be out only chance for a good meal for a long time! Breakfast was served until 10am on week days and 10.30am on weekends. The buffet was quite standard for a European breakfast but of a good quality with plenty of choice.
- The location -
I felt that the Ambiance Rivoli was in a safe area but there was not much going on and with the exception of a pizzeria and a chemist there was no sign of life! We were very lucky in our choice of location because the hotel is literally 30 metres from the U-Bahn (the German underground) which has links to all over Munich including the centre (Marienplatz), the central train station and the airport. The underground station "Harras" was only 5 stops from the centre of Munich where all the restaurants, shops and Christmas markets are. The journey took approximately 8-10 minutes which was ideal. From there it was easy to walk to anywhere in the city centre and there were great connections to the overground and underground lines.
Ambiance Rivoli Hotel
Tel: +49 (89) 743515 - 0
Fax: +49 (89) 743515 - 999
- Overall -
Overall I would recommend the Ambiance Rivoli Hotel to anyone travelling to Munich for business or pleasure. It's by no means a luxury hotel and if you're the type who likes room service and spa facilities etc this probably isn't the hotel for you, but it's perfectly functional and excellent value. The room was great and of a much better standard than I expected of a Â£54 per night 4* hotel. We hardly spent any time at the hotel so having a good room was the most important thing to us, however if you are looking for a hotel to spend time at and relax around, this wouldn't be the one! The hotel is ideally located just outside of the city centre but right near a U-Bahn station so there is easy access to the shops and sights. All in all, the hotel represents excellent value for money and I was delighted at how good it was considering the amount we paid. I would definitely go back and would be happy to recommend it to anyone thinking of a visit to Munich.
4/5 from me based mainly on value for money.