Right beside the historic and ever so popular Viktualienmarkt is where you’ll find the Chic and modern Derag Livinghotel.
Apart from its ideal location this hotel offers all of the comforts and amenities you would need for an enjoyable and memorable short-term stay during a visit to Munich.
I was fortunate enough to spend two nights at this hotel and despite it having 83 rooms and being part of a hotel chain I still felt welcomed and very much at home throughout my entire stay.
Having just been renovated in 2011 the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt boasts a modern and updated interior while still retaining its historic charm in the center of the city.
The service is wonderful, the views from the rooms facing the marketplace are simply incredible, and the bright and spacious interior makes it easy to enjoy yourself after a long day of walking around and exploring Munich.
If I had to make a choice I would say that the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt in Munich is one of the top mid-range hotels in the city and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re visiting the lovely Bavarian capital.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had at this hotel as well as provide an in-depth review of my stay.
The Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt in Munich: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
After a long bus ride from Vienna I was more than pleased to finally arrive at the hotel late in the afternoon on a cold and stormy October day.
When I first walked in I was a bit surprised by the small lobby but my thoughts were immediately put at ease as I was immediately greeted by the receptionist who inquired about my journey and begin the check-in process.
Despite its small size the lobby was made to appear much bigger by the practical placement of mirrors on the wall and I was quite impressed by its modern and contemporary layout.
The location of this hotel gives it a historic charm but it’s like walking into a much more modern and updated world as soon as you walk through the doors and into the lobby.
Finally, after the quick check-in process was complete Kama I was given the card to my room but before I made my way up I decided to take a quick look around the rest of the hotel.
Down the hallway from the lobby was a small bar area where there was some seating and the possibility to grab a drink or a quick snack and even further down the hallway was this large restaurant area where breakfast was held.
I noticed that the hotel was very narrow but it more than made up for its lack of width in the length of its overall design and it was quite a surprising distance from the lobby to the other end of the hotel.
Finally, I walked into the large elevator and made my way up to my room.
Getting into the room was done through a very modern touchless card system and I definitely appreciated not having to carry around a key while touring the city.
As soon as I opened the door to my room I was immediately surprised by how spacious it was and I ran over to the large windows to check out the view of the city down below.
Thankfully I had one of the rooms facing the Viktualienmarkt and not only could I see the entire market sprawled out below me but I was also able to admire the medieval rooftops and church spires of the city centre.
After admiring the view for what seems like 20 minutes and grabbing some good photos for Instagram I turned around and started to explore the rest of the room.
As I already mentioned the room was quite spacious and not only did it feature a large bed but there was also a small couch, small leather chair, desk, and plenty of storage space for any clothing or luggage.
Although I don’t watch television I could still appreciate the TV stand at the foot of the bed that could be turned 180 degrees so that it could be used while you’re either in bed or sitting on the couch.
The bed was extremely comfortable and it’s surprisingly came with a pair of remotes, one for either side of the bed, that could be used to adjust the firmness or softness of the mattress depending on your preferences.
This was a very unique feature that I had never seen before and a hotel and it was quite pleasing to be able to set the mattress to a comfort level that I personally preferred.
The seating available was also quite nice and my girlfriend and I both used it to relax and enjoy the view out the window after a long day of walking around and exploring the city.
Finally, as a travel blogger that spends a lot of time online I was very pleased with the desk and I was able to get some work done comfortably.
Some other notable features of the room include the large amount of storage space, the well-equipped mini bar, and the touch control system that could be used to turn on or off the lighting throughout the entire room.
Overall, I found the room to be quite spacious and it was definitely enough space for 2 people for a short-term or long-term stay.
Surprisingly the bathroom wasn’t nearly as spacious or grandiose as the bedroom, although it came equipped with everything you would need and it was definitely enough space for one person to use and get ready at a time.
The bathroom itself was very bright, the shower was quite big and I really enjoyed being able to use the overhead rainfall shower at the end of the day.
A selection of amenities was provided and there was body lotion, soap, and shampoo available to use.
One thing I noticed was that there was plugs in all the right places so that anyone using a hair straightener, needing to charge a razor, or having any other reason to use a plug would have one that can be easily accessed in a reachable area.
Depending on the type of room you choose you can find rates for the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt starting at around $430 USD.
There are quite a few different room types available to choose from and I would recommend looking at the photos online to see which ones are best suited for your travel needs.
I find this price to be quite reasonable for a mid-range hotel in Munich and the ideal location makes it such a worthy choice that I must highly recommend it for anyone visit in the city that wants to be close by to all the tourist sites.
As always, I recommend booking online as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you’re able to secure the best possible right and avoid any issues that might arise with room availability.
One of the main selling points of this hotel is its amazing location and if you’re staying here you can access all of the main tourist sites in Munich along with public transportation and plenty of restaurants, small shops, and cafes all within a few minutes walking.
Right out front of the hotel is a well-trafficked city street so it’s very easy to get dropped off or order an Uber and public transportation can be reached in under 5 minutes on foot.
Obviously, right out front of the hotel is the popular open air market, the Viktualienmarkt, and it’s here where you can find a very wide range of different things to eat, beers to drink, and plenty of other interesting things to check out.
When it comes to the best location for a hotel in the city this is an option I would definitely recommend considering.
Surprisingly, I found the breakfast at the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt to be quite underwhelming.
There was a very noticeable lack of hot options and none of the cold options seemed very appealing either so my girlfriend and I spent a quick few minutes just eating some pastries before heading out to the market for a better bite to eat.
This is one area where the hotel could definitely spend some time looking for improvements and I feel a better breakfast with more options would definitely add lot more value to the nightly rate.
I was left unimpressed with the breakfast and I didn’t even bother heading down on my second day so I would actually recommend heading into the market and grabbing something fresh to eat in the morning.
Another area where the hotel was lacking was in regards to the wireless internet that they provide.
Overall, I found the internet to be quite slow and it did not offer a reliable connection.
I think that because this hotel is geared more towards business travelers and there is an option available to upgrade the internet that the free internet is purposely slowed down (throttled) so that there is more incentive to upgrade.
While I wasn’t able to upload any photos to Flickr and not at all able to watch YouTube videos the speed and connection was still suitable enough for some light web browsing and social media.
If you need a fast and strong connection to the internet for work then I would recommend upgrading to the faster internet plan that the hotel offers.
Parking and Accessibility
I arrived to Munich by bus and it was very easy to take an Uber from the bus station to the hotel.
There was quite a bit of traffic so it took a little bit longer than expected to get to the hotel but otherwise there are plenty of options if you’re taking an Uber, Taxi, or public transportation.
A short walk away is a metro station and much of the surrounding old town area is well connected with anywhere else you would need to get in the city.
As for parking, I’m not too sure on the availability although I would assume there is a garage nearby that would offer a 24-hour public parking for a small fee.
In my opinion, the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt is one of the best mid-range hotels you can find in Munich and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re planning a visit to the lovely capital of Bavaria.
The location is one of the best aspects of the hotel and it makes it very easy to explore Munich without having to venture far off the beaten path and it’s also well connected with public transportation so there shouldn’t be any problems getting around town.
All of the rooms are spacious, comfortable, and come well equipped with anything you would need to enjoy a short-term stay in the city.
Overall, I would definitely recommend checking out the Derag Livinghotel am Viktualienmarkt, especially if you’re looking for somewhere to stay that has a little bit more charm and offers a much more personal experience compared to your typical chain hotels.