Wandering around the traditional Marienplatz market you would not be a fool to assume that Munich is an old-fashioned German town, but head to Glockenbach and the Flushing Meadows Hotel and your mindset will change completely. This hip design hotel is housed on the top two floors of a large 1970s building. Previously a post office, the façade has remained unchanged, only now it is lit with dazzling flashing lights which read… FLUSHING MEADOWS. Before even stepping inside I loved my home for the night.
The unusual name was acquired as a result of the area being surrounded by lush fields, and the River Isar is close by. The inconspicuous entrance is guarded by a concierge/bouncer who will assist you with your evening plans to ensure you are visiting the hippest joints. Although if you can’t be bothered to venture out, the Flushing Meadows rooftop bar is very cosy and is always filled with creative people, and the barmen serve up a mean aperitif. This area is a marriage of industrial and eclectic design, much like the bedrooms, with luxurious velvet clad furniture and signature lighting by Lebanese firm PSLAB. Open from 7am to 2am, it doubles up as the breakfast parlour, and when the air is clear you can even see the Alps from the terrace.
Flushing Meadows has three owners; architects Sascha Arnold and Steffen Werner and gastronomy and marketing consultant Niels Jager. They are a dream team of style and innovation, and inject their knowledge and experience into every aspect of the venue. There are eleven loft studios and five slightly larger penthouse studios, some with private terraces. The rooms showcase the work and imagination of eleven artistic locals, we were staying in room 305, a loft studio designed by the local techno musician, DJ Hell.
The hotel only opened in July 2014 so our room still felt brand new. The techno DJ vibe can be seen throughout, with a monochrome scheme the walls are harshly contrasting black and white. Above the huge bed a metal skeleton band stand in an alcove ready to rock, and on ground level a vinyl record player is poised for action. Other additions include a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary Aqua Monaco water and a pile of trendy magazines to flick through. The bathroom is a sleek combination of white tiling and copper detailing with a large bath and powerful shower, thick and fluffy branded towels and invigorating Walachei shampoo and shower gel. I also found the ‘Outside’ Flushing Meadows essential guide to exploring Munich. I used this book religiously while out sightseeing, shopping and eating in the city.
Aside from the hotel the FM owners have various other food and drink establishments around town to discover – I particularly enjoyed the stylish Stereo Café and tiny juice bar Super Danke!
Original and unconventional, Flushing Meadows is undoubtedly the coolest place to stay in Munich.
More information and book a room here.
Thanks to the Munich Tourist Board for their help with this trip.