The building itself, at 23 floors and on a slight elevation, is far from the most attractive in Munich's skyline, but the bonus is great views of the city and even of the beautiful Bavarian Alps beyond from the top floors, and from the Westin Club lounge. It's not in the city center, and the location itself is pretty uninspiring, but it has a solid upmarket feel and plenty of amenities that makes it popular with business types and tourists alike. Alongside its sister hotel, the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark, it's also a huge conference venue.
Rooms are as you would expect from an international chain - a reasonable size and well-equipped, if a little bland in terms of the design, with beige, dark woods, browns and crisp white sheets.
For access to the great views of the Westin Club lounge, you need to stay in a club or suite class of room. Worth springing for, we'd say.
Bathrooms have a little more personality, with white tiles and hints of an art deco design in some feature black and gold.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Many travellers recently have warned of less than diligent housekeeping - some issues with cleaning and products not being replaced.
The lobby has a swanky, international feel, with the living wall and naturally-inspired designs that are the Westin's trademark globally.
The hotel has a lovely indoor pool with views out onto the garden.
The Westin's 1500-sq m spa, with a steam bath, Finnish saunas, and a range of treatments and massages, is one of its best features. Guests can also relax outside (in the summer!).
There's also a reasonable-sized 24-hour fitness studio, with a wide range of equipment and weights. There are no classes, though.
There are several spots within the hotel to eat, including the classy Zen, which serves international food, and Paulaner's Wirtshaus, which is a jolly Bavarian style brewpub that also has a beer garden. Unsurprisingly, you can get good beers as well as traditional food here, and the hotel has a lavish spread for breakfast too, served in Zen. Café Grapperia in the lobby serves food and drinks all day.
Ducktail's, with its hardwood bar and wide selection of drinks, is a slightly old-fashioned but still pleasant enough spot for a drink.
The hotel is in the business-y Bogenhausen area of the city, but close to several U-bahn stops to whisk you into the center.
Go proper old-school Bavarian at the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant (20-minute tram). Or nearby there's simple but elegant fine-dining in the small Restaurant Huber (10-minute walk).
Expensive but they get away with it because of the lovely lakeside location: try Bar am Seehaus (25-minute walk) in the Englischer Garten. Or make a trip to Barroom (17-minute train), a teeny tiny out-of-the-way bar that serves great cocktails, particularly rum.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A good spa, lovely pool and garden, and an on-site Paulaner's beer house and garden? We're sold. Sure, it's not the prettiest hotel from the outside, or the best located, and there are some recent service gripes, but overall it's still a good international-level quality hotel offer. And did we mention the views?