Residence Inn Munich City East and Neuschwanstein Castle

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Introduction
Planning
British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London
British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow
The Trafalgar Hotel by Hilton
Exploring London
Residence Inn Munich City East and Neuschwanstein Castle
Hotel Bavaria Berchtesgaden
Exploring the Bavarian Alps
Sheraton Salzburg
Austrian Airlines Business Class Salzburg to Frankfurt
Lufthansa New Business Class Frankfurt to Los Angeles

We arrived in Munich on our EasyJet flight from London Gatwick to Munich late at night.  We took the S-bahn to our stop at Ostbanhof and walked to the Residence Inn Munich City East.  We made sure we had a good night’s rest so we could spend a full day at Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the highlights of our trip!

Review of Residence Inn Munich City East

We spent 40,000 Marriott points and 1 free Megabonus night for a total of 3 nights.  Paid rates for the hotel were 199 Euros per night!  At over one cent per point, this hotel is definitely a Marriott Rewards sweet spot (however, it’s been raised to Category 5, 25,000 points).

The hotel felt brand new and spotless.  Upon check-in I asked if we could stay in the same room for 3 nights, and the night clerk responded yes.  However, the next day we were informed we would have to switch rooms!  We were not happy, but we were upgraded to a bigger room.   I’m not really a good complainer, but now that I think about it, I should have asked for some free points or something.  We did get a 1 Euro food voucher (wow thanks!) and two slices of tasty cheesecake and fruit to make up for it.

Residence Inn Munich City East - Bedroom Suite

Residence Inn Munich City East – Bedroom Suite

Living Room - Very Spacious!

Living Room – Very Spacious!

Kitchenette - Super Clean!

Kitchenette – Super Clean!

Bathroom

Bathroom

Welcome Gift with Nespresso I Made

Welcome Gift with Nespresso I Made

Breakfast was served downstairs and was free to all people staying at the Residence Inn Munich City East.  It was quite crowded, but there were lots of food selections.  Can’t believe it was free for all members staying here.  Probably one of the best Marriott breakfasts I’ve had hands down.

Breakfast Spread - Free for all

Breakfast Spread – Free for all

Lots of Selection

Lots of Selection

AYCE Pretzels!

AYCE Pretzels!

 

Enjoying Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle

Our time spent in Munich was awesome!  We stayed for 3 nights and had two full days in Munich.  However, one of the full days we spent on a tour to Neuschwanstein Castle through Mike’s Bike Tours.  The full day tour of biking, hiking, and sight seeing only cost 49 Euros per person (additional 11 Euros for castle tour), which included the 1.5-2 hour bus ride each way.  The price was quite reasonable with all the activities planned.  The great part of using points and miles for our flights and hotels is that we had some extra spending money for activities such as this!

We begun the day by meeting at their shop near the famous Hofbrahaus.  The bus ride to the castle was uneventful until we arrived near the mountain.  Green pastures and mountains, beautiful!

Neuschwanstein Castle in the Distance

Neuschwanstein Castle in the Distance

We started the day with a bike ride around Swan’s lake for about an hour.  The scenery was quite amazing and people even swam in the lake for a bit.  Afterwards, we ate lunch at a nearby restaurant and then rode the alpine slide.  A very fun experience!

A Nice Stroll

A Nice Stroll

Biking to Swan's Lake

Biking to Swan’s Lake

Swan's Lake

Swan’s Lake

Here is my amateur video of the alpine slide.  I put some cheesy background music, maybe some will find it entertaining:

The highlight of the day was hiking to Mary’s bridge and getting the best view of Neuschwanstein Castle.  It’s definitely one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life.

Hiking to Mary's Bridge

Hiking to Mary’s Bridge

View from Mary's Bridge

View from Mary’s Bridge

Amazing!

Amazing!

The castle tour was interesting, but only about 20 minutes.  If I came only for the castle tour, I would have been disappointed.  We could not take any pictures inside, but we could take pictures from the balcony.

View from Castle Balcony

View from Castle Balcony

The other full day was spent exploring Munich and the Dachau concentration camp.  The Dachau concentration camp was definitely a sobering experience.

Dachau

Dachau

Reflection

Reflection

We had a great stay at the Residence Inn Munich City East at an excellent rate on points.  It was nice getting out of the city and exploring Germany’s countryside.  It was a great change in scenery from the hustle and bustle of London.  German transportation is very efficient and rarely delays.  Why can’t public transportation in US (especially Los Angeles) be as efficient?

11 comments for “Residence Inn Munich City East and Neuschwanstein Castle

  1. Josh
    August 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I did the same tour 10 years ago this week (except I opted for the para-sailing instead of the bike ride). Brings back memories (and makes me feel old!).

    • August 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Wow, parasailing seems like fun, but we are afraid of heights! It’s a great tour and well worth the money. Keep traveling!

  2. Brooke Babcock
    September 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I’m glad to read about the hotel as we’ve just gotten into this free hotel room business. Just stayed two nights all free with upgrade, breakfasts, wifi and dinner certificate at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada – excellent room, service and food!
    I’d love to hear about other traditional fine hotels where we can stay free through credit card sign-up bonuses.

    • September 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Congrats! Hilton reserve, chase hyatt, and club Carlson are all great credit cards for free nights!

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