Fodor's Expert Review Hotel-Pension Schmellergarten

Schmellerstr. 20, Munich, Bavaria, 80337, Germany, Munich, Germany See on Map

Popular with young budget travelers, this family-run hotel tries to make everyone feel at home on a quiet street off Lindwurmstrasse. Its major selling point, at least for a few weeks every year, is that it is located just a few minutes' walk from the Theresienwiese (the main Oktoberfest grounds) - and it doesn't charge through the roof despite that. It's also pretty close to a station to get you into town. One guest described it as a "hostel for grown-ups", which is not a bad summary.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Continuing the hostel-theme, many rooms share toilets and bathrooms.


Rooms are basic and a little tired, with white walls, red curtains and cushions and somewhat hodgepodge furniture, but comfortable enough and tidy. There are flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.


While the facilities are often shared, at least they are meticulously clean and not usually too busy.


More of a reception desk really, stocked with maps and information leaflets.

Despite the stripped-back feel of the hotel, they try to accommodate guests: for example, late check-ins are fine, if requested in advance.


The hotel's breakfast is not bad: a mix of cereals, yogurt, fruit and toasts as well as cold meats and cheeses.


Getting Around

The Poccistrasse U-bahn station is around the corner to take you to Marienplatz in the center of town.


Creative fusion food is on offer at Shane's Restaurant (16-minute walk). Or for lunch or an easy dinner (before 8pm), grab some great falafel from the excellently named Make Falafel Not War (9-minute walk).


Zum Wolf (20-minute walk) is one of Munich's best bars, with a cool speakeasy vibe. Or head to the home of Paulaner beer, the Paulaner Bräuhaus (8-minute walk), with a beer garden, Bavarian food, and - of course - the freshest of brews.


Cheap and cheerful, this basic hotel is well-placed for Oktoberfest and doesn't charge outrageously even during the festival. It's not luxurious, but for groups or budget travellers, it's reliable, quiet, clean and reasonably central, too, plus the breakfast is respectable.


Pet Friendly


Phones: 089-773–157

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