Adjacent to the Central Train station, Sofitel's upscale hotel combines luxury with a little dash of funk. The location isn't optimal for tourists spending any more than a night or two in Munich, the immediate vicinity is seedy and reaching Marienplatz and other parts of the city's heart require a 15-minute walk or a 2-stop subway ride. Those looking for an overnight luxury abode convenient to the main train station will best be served here. The lobby welcomes guests with a sophisticated dark ambiance, multi-hued mood lighting and high ceilings, we understand that the building formerly housed a post office and we can visualize it as such.
Sofitel's 396 rooms are small-ish, but attractively designed with a cosmopolitan flair. Some of the quarters have angled ceilings and glass bathroom walls providing a view of the tub. Darkness is a recurring theme throughout the hotel, not our favorite because we wonder what bright light might reveal. Still, this property makes our cut for the convenient train location, helpful staff, reasonable fitness option and unique experience.
Around the corner from the lobby is Sofitel's Spa Lagune. In addition to treatment rooms and lounging spaces, guests will find a relaxation pool (see our photo) and a small fitness center. The pool does not lend itself to any aerobic work. So, don't bring the kickboard or water aerobic weights. Kids may even turn their noses up at the shallow and cavernous venue. The gym is a bit more useful, sporting several high quality cardio machines and a minimal (1-10kgs.) dumbbell set. But, the workout space is very narrow and dark (forget about reading), almost a nightclub-like ambiance. Hours are from 630am to 10pm. During July and August the spa hosts "Ladies Only Nights" from 10pm to 12:00 am so Arab women are able to enjoy the pampering and facility without men inside.
Outdoor jogging from here is tough since the hotel is smack in the middle of dense urbanity. After weaving through crowds and stopping at intersections for about a mile you'll come to the Theresienwiese, a huge, open, uninterrupted jogging venue (assuming it's not Oktoberfest). Run around this concrete park until your heart's content.