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budget Oktoberfest 2012 accommodations with grandmother

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I would be eternally grateful if someone has any tips of where to stay during Oktoberfest on a budget. I will be travelling with my sister and my grandmother. She's 70 and can still get around but we don't want to tire her out. We can't stay anywhere that has stairs or requires walking up an incline/hill to reach the establishment. Public transit is not a problem so as long as it's not a lot of switching.

We're looking to spend no more than $200 CAN per night (about $150 euros). We might have a little wiggle room but not much. We're open to going anytime during Oktoberfest for 3-4 nights

I wanted to stay at Pension Westfalia but it's already booked. Any recommendations appreciated but the room must have a private bathroom.

Thank you

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    For the sake that you get any fun out of your planned trip, I try to be as realistic as possible:

    1. For budget accomodation in walking distance you are six months late.

    2. During Oktoberfest, all accomodations will overcharge you by at least 100pct, usually 200pct. You will never get the real value for money. So to get a clue what your money will get you divide it by 2 or 3. The hotels around the grounds (which is more or less my neighborhood) offer especially rotten value for money. Plus the proximity to the festivities gives you the interesting visual and olfactory experience of dozens of drunks getting rid of anything you can and can't imagine on the sidewalk in front of your room later at night.

    3. NEVER go on weekends (esp. with the needs of your grandmother in mind). The place will turn from a zoo to a mad zoo.

    4. DON'T go in the evening. See #3

    5. In addition, and if you need to take public transport to get there, the subway lines 4/5 to the Oktoberfest grounds will be PACKED during peak time (weekends, evenings). Think Tokio during rush hour.

    6. The hardest thing is to get access to a tent (usually full non-stop, people line up in the morning to secure a seat) and to find a place to sit down. All tents have security outside which only let as many people in as can sit down. Some tents are more popular than others (usually for no real reason), so if you see too long lines at one place, go to the next.
    It will be somewhat okay during the mid-day hours from Mon-Thu. Even then it won't be like going to a pub and leisurly chosing from dozens of seats where to sit. When you spot a place secure it.
    And you and your grandma should be really tolerant towards NOISE!!! (not only the music)

    7. Beer is outrageously expensive (€10/liter and more). So is the typical food like the roasted chicken (Brathendl). So don't expect the whole thing to be a low budget entertainment.

    8. Oktoberfest can be fun for those who really, really, really want to go there. For those who think it would be nice to pop in while travelling in Bavaria it's a waste of money and time. Especially for accomodation.

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    An alternative might be Munich at other times of the year. The HB Haus and other beer halls have OhmPah bands and plenty of cold beer and fun loving drunk tourists to share a bench with.

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