This Westin is another Munich property that falls into the category of "good hotel, crummy location." Located on the outskirts of downtown Munich, the hotel is convenient for those with business meetings in the neighboring office buildings, but a hard sell to anyone else. The surrounding area is barren. No cafes, no shops, no museums, not even a fruit stand or coffee store can be found. And, the nearest subway stop is a 10-minute walk. However, Westin does its best to fulfill your needs on-site, so that you don't necessarily need to venture beyond the property.
The building itself is an older, 1970's-looking, 15+-story concrete tower housing 627 rooms, several restaurants and lounges, a gift shop, fitness center and indoor swimming pool. All guest quarters are elaborately furnished with Heavenly beds, rain showers, flat televisions, and high-speed internet access ($fee applies). We suggest requesting a room above the 10th floor to minimize street noise (and try for a room on the quiet side of the building, away from the highway). This hotel appears to be a popular destination for Arab families as we noted luxury cars parked in the drive with Dubai license plates, groups of children playing on/around the concierge desks, and specialty Arab food items on the room service menu.
The 24/7 fitness center located on the ground floor has top-of-the-line Technogym cardio and Life Fitness strength machines. The pool isn't designed for meaningful lap swimming, but water aerobics and/or water-resistant exercises are possible inside. If you forgot your sneakers, Westin rents out New Balance trainers for free during your visit.
Cosimawellenbad (15-minutes walk away; closed until 2016) is a public indoor pool with bottom stripes that could be used by desperate lap swimmers, but only one lane is marked off in the mornings and afternoons attract a swarm of playing kids. Admission is €4.
Joggers in the mood for an outdoor jaunt are in luck. The closest trails meander through Denninger Anger Park. Ask the concierge for directions, as trailheads start only about a half-mile from the front door. Munich's English Garden (and its endless paths and trails) is within one mile of the Westin as well.
Reward yourself for following a healthy lifestyle with a post-workout massage or salon treatment at Westin's Arabella Spa. All of the typical offerings are on the menu.