JAMS – A stylish and very groovy addition to the city’s French Quarter.
From the huge murals of legendary musicians to the collection of classic records in the lobby and the name of its restaurant (33rpm), JAMS Music Hotel screams its love for music and, especially, vinyl. Rooms even come with record players; the staff says that one of the coolest things is sharing their love for analog with younger people new to the medium. But while JAMS definitely has a theme, its on-trend decor means it veers away from being niche, and it is not just for music aficionados. With a great bar-restaurant that has become a fast hit with locals and extras like a free minibar, this funky hotel in charming Haidhausen has quickly become a smash hit.
JAMS – Location
- Address: Stubenvollstrasse 2, Munich.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: The trams that stop almost right outside the hotel go into Altstadt via Isartor station. Alternatively, the Rosenheimer Platz S-Bahn station is a 5-minute walk (0.3 mile) and the Max-Weber-Platz U-Bahn is an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Area: Haidhausen is a wonderfully diverse neighborhood, sometimes known as the French Quarter, and the area has some of the best global food in the city. The hotel is just behind Munich’s premier concert hall, the Gasteig, and a stone’s throw from the eastern extension of the Englischer Garten.
- How to Get There: From the airport, JAMS is around 40 minutes (24 miles) by car or public transport (the S8 goes directly to Rosenheimer Platz).
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €70 from Munich International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Deutsches Museum, Gasteig, Englischer Garten.
JAMS – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel is geared more towards adults (there are no specific amenities for children), but children can be accommodated.
- View: Rooms on the top floor have views of Munich’s famous spires.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: The hotel offers a laundry service (extra charge).
- Parking: Some parking spaces available in the hotel’s private garage (€20/day).
- Extras: Free minibar, bicycles and motorbikes to rent (extra charge), record players in the rooms, and free records to borrow.
- When to Book: There is a major accommodation shortage in Munich; book well ahead to get prime rooms, especially during Oktoberfest, which starts mid-September and goes on for a month.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +49 89 458 450
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: jams-hotel.com
JAMS – Amenities
- Pool: No pool, however, the iconic Müller’sches Volksbad, the oldest public pool in the city (it has a sauna too), is diagonally opposite the hotel through the park, a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center, but the hotel describes the eastern extension of the Englischer Garten, the Maximiliansanlagen, as their “open-air fitness area”. It has beautiful riverside trails for walking or cycling, and in the summer, you can swim in the Isar.
- For Disabled Guests: There is one wheelchair-friendly room, and the whole hotel is accessible via elevator.
- For Families: The hotel can provide extra beds and baby cots in the suites on request.
- Activities: Public events are often held in the bar-restaurant. Guests can borrow the hotel’s records to play in their rooms, and bicycle, motorcycle, and car rentals can be arranged.
JAMS – Food and Drink
- Bar/Restaurant: JAMS’ bar, 33rpm (33 revolutions per minute is the speed an album plays on a record player), has become a destination bar for hip locals looking for glamor with a sprinkle of nostalgia. Its decor and playlist honor the 1970s, when the “Munich sound” was pioneered by local artists such as Giorgio Moroder. The food is modern European fusion that ticks all the boxes: seasonal, fresh, fairly sourced, and local. Open from early morning for breakfast until midnight/1 am. $-$$.
- Breakfast: A range of a la carte dishes, including classic breakfasts, open sandwiches, and trendy power bowls. Served Monday-Friday 7-11 and Saturday-Sunday 8 am-2 pm. Priced per item or €18.50 for 2 dishes with a drink.
- Room Service: No room service as there is a range of free drinks and snacks available in each room.
JAMS – Rooms
- Room Types: Cozy ● Comfy ● JAMS Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: The entire hotel (including restaurant terrace) is smoke-free.
- Best Room: Ask for a suite on the top floor, which are loft-style with deep-set alcove windows offering great views of the city. You’ll get a king-sized bed, living area with sofa bed, workspace, open-plan bathroom with accessible rain showers, double vanity, underfloor heating, bathrobe, slippers, extra toiletries, and coffee/tea making facilities. All that in addition to the amenities that every room features: TV, sound system, record player, safe, free minibar, and phone (free local calls).
- Family Rooms: No family rooms per se.
JAMS – Local Transport
- Walking: Marienplatz is an 18-minute walk (1 mile) across the river. Most of the coolest places in Haidhausen and around Isartor are within a 10-minute walk.
- Tram/Bus: There are easy tram connections throughout the city and JAMS is right by a tram stop from where trams take you to Isartor (for Altstadt) within minutes; excellent tram maps available.
- Subway: The Rosenheimer Platz S-Bahn station is a 5-minute walk (0.3 mile), from where it takes 3 minutes to get to Marienplatz. Max-Weber-Platz U-Bahn station is an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber is available in Munich, but its growth has been limited by local taxis which have rallied to compete. Taxi-München uses TaxiApp which is nationwide, has multilingual phone operators (+49 89 21 610 or +49 89 19 410), and accepts text and email bookings. Another reliable local company is IsarFunk (+49 89 450 540), which uses the taxi.eu app.
JAMS – What’s Nearby?
Things everyone should know about Munich:
- Cash is still king – never assume places will accept cards.
- Everything closes down for a holiday in August.
- September-October opening hours vary (especially for bars) because of Oktoberfest.
- Most places are closed on Sundays, even places that look touristy; it’s always worth checking.
Recommended Nearby Tours
- The Local Experience – For all things beer and Oktoberfest related, go to these guys, who have a range of fun, boozy options. Many of the tours start at Marienplatz (1 mile).
- Munich Walk Tours – As well as the normal range of city tours, this outfit offers a beer tour that takes you round a Paulaner brewery, a bike tour of the Englischer Garten, and a Bavarian food tasting tour. Tours start at Marienplatz (1 mile).
- Radius Tours – Huge range of tours in English, including many day trips to the surrounding areas (Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremberg), as well as city tours of Third Reich, Dachau, Bavarian beer, and bike tours and rental. Tours start from the Hauptbahnhof. (2 miles by public transport.)
Best Nearby Taverns
You cannot leave Munich without experiencing a traditional tavern (Wirtshaus). Expect wood paneling, hearty food, and lots of beer. Many are centuries-old and related to the city’s oldest breweries. Look out for features such as lockers for patrons’ Steins (beer mugs) and Stammtischen (tables reserved for regulars). All serve reasonably-priced ($-$$) draught beer and traditional Bavarian food; some close on Sunday.
- Zum Kuchlverzeichnis – This place is everything you could ask for from a Bavarian tavern: dark wood, frilly napkins, warm service, and, most importantly, hearty food. (0.1 mile).
- Hofbräukeller – This eastern outpost for the famous Hofbräu beer brand has an enormous hall and beer garden where thousands come on summer nights to drink and eat (byo is fine). Make sure to get to the main Hofbräuhaus in Altstadt too; it’s a real feast for the senses. (0.2 mile).
- Wirtshaus in der Au – It’s motto says it all: “Beer and dumplings since 1901”. You can even take classes to learn how to make the famous knödel, and there is often live Bavarian music to round off your traditional experience. (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Chopan am Gasteig – Rated as the best restaurant in Munich on a popular review website for its flavorful Afghan dishes and excellent service. $$-$$$. (0.1 mile).
- Chez Fritz – Excellent French brasserie fare in a classic dining room with an emphasis on seafood. Reservation essential. $$-$$$$. (0.2 mile).
- Sushi 38 – Decent local pan-Asian restaurant with a focus on sushi. Menu ranges from cheap curries to banquet-like sushi platters. $-$$$. (0.2 mile).
- Crêperie Bernard & Bernard – Gallettes and crêpes are the main event, but there are salads and other mains to choose from in this cozy restaurant. $-$$. (0.2 mile).
- Showroom – Don’t let the unlikely facade put you off. This Michelin-starred “culinary show” by Chef Dominik Käppeler features a mesmerizing 7-course menu that changes every 2 weeks. Reservation essential. $$$$. (0.3 mile).
- Vinaiolo – This Italian restaurant has a Michelin Plate for its high quality food and, as the name suggests, its wine. Reservation essential. $$$$. (0.3 mile).
- Rue des Halles – It feels like you’ve stepped into Paris as you enter this simple, relaxed brasserie. The fact that it’s been here since 1983 and has barely changed speaks volumes about its quality. $$-$$$. (0.3 mile).
- Blitz – Hip Mexican-inspired bar/restaurant/club on Museum Island that does riverside tacos and pitchers of Margaritas, with dancing in the evening. $-$$. (0.3 mile).
- Preysinggarten – Good food in a delightful, family-friendly setting with a varied, budget-friendly menu. $-$$. (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- True & 12 – Arguably the best ice cream in the city. Exquisite flavors, handmade using the highest quality milk. (0.1 mile).
- Fortuna – Retro cafe-bar, open all day until 10 pm, for paninis, soups, salads, and aperitivi. (0.4 mile).
- Café Noel – Pretty cafe, good for any time of day near Rosenheimer Platz. Closed Monday. (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Bars
- Rosi – This bar-cafe might look hip, with mis-matched furniture, painted brick walls, and bare lightbulbs, but its menu and atmosphere are unpretentious. Good any time of day. (0.2 mile).
- Juliet Rose – Sumptuous, inventive cocktail bar at the Hilton whose USP is “from root to fruit”. (0.2 mile).
- Domaines Kilger Weinhäusl – Set in a tiny old cottage on the Wiener Platz, it could easily claim the title of “The cutest wine bar in the world”. (0.3 mile).
- Negroni American Bar – Munich’s take on a classic “American style” cocktail bar with Italian food and great atmosphere. (0.3 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Gasteig – Check out Munich’s main cultural center that has a varied program of art, music, film, and more. There are also several food and drink options inside. (75m).
- Müller’sches Volksbad – Munich’s first public bathhouse is an Art Nouveau gem right on the Isar that’s worth seeing even if you don’t want a dip. (0.2 mile).
- Deutsches Museum – One of Germany’s best museums with wonderful interactive exhibitions that will delight kids and adults alike. For transportation aficionados, the museum has a fabulous outpost, the Verkeshrszentrum, just north of Bavariapark. The main museum is on an island in the Isar. (0.3 mile).
- Marienplatz – Munich’s showstopping main square, named after the Virgin Mary, houses the distinctive Altes Rathaus and Neues Rathaus (old and new townhalls). The Neues Rathaus is the one with the wonderful Glockenspiel that chimes at 11 am, noon, and 5 pm daily (a must-see). One street south is the church known as Alter Peter (Old Peter, St. Peter, or Peterskirche). You are rewarded by marvelous views of Munich by scaling its 300+ steps (alternatively, take the elevator to the Neues Rathaus viewing tower). (1 mile).
- Englischer Garten & Maximiliansanlagen – Munich’s “English Garden”, spanning the Isar, is the largest inner-city park in the world. There’s a lot to explore, including a fabulous contemporary art gallery in an imposing fascist building (Haus der Kunst), a Chinese pavilion, woodland areas, hiking trails, taverns and beer gardens, fields for nudism, a boating lake, and an area for surfing (it has to be seen to be believed), to name a few features. The leafy riverside extension, the Maximiliansanlagen, starts opposite the hotel (125m), while the closest corner of the main park is a 20-minute walk (1 mile).
- Residenz – Just off Odeonsplatz is a cluster of buildings known collectively as the Residenz: the largest palace in any German city center and home to the rulers of Bavaria from 1508-1918. Open to visitors are its many courtyards, a museum, the former treasury, and the Cuvilliés Theatre where Mozart premiered one of his operas. Expect Renaissance treasures and Baroque-style rooms. (1 mile by public transport.)
- Frauenkirche – The full name of Munich’s cathedral is Dom Zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), but it generally goes by its colloquial name. The 15th-century cathedral sits in a pleasant plaza and has distinctive Arabic-inspired towers. (1 mile by public transport.)
- Maxvorstadt/Kunstareal (the Art Quarter/Museum Quarter) – To have these many museums, galleries, and architectural gems crammed into a few city blocks is a marvel and a must-see. For classical art, don’t miss the Alte Pinakothek. Contemporary and modern art lovers are spoiled for choice: there’s the Pinakothek der Moderne, Brandhorst, Lenbachhaus, and Neue Pinakothek (closed for renovation until 2025). Then there’s the Königsplatz, whose remarkable and grand Grecian-style architecture was the backdrop to many a Nazi rally. There you’ll find the Glyptothek art gallery, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (state antiquity collection), and the NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism). (2 miles via public transport.)
- Olympiapark – There’s tons to see and do at the park built for the 1972 Olympic Games, including ascending the tallest structure in the city, the Olympiaturm (go on a clear day for spectacular views of the mountains); exploring the fabulous park and it’s landscaped hills; activities like zorbing, rowboats, pedalos, climbing, abseiling, and ziplining; a Seaworld aquarium; and the nearby BMW World for car-lovers. There are several routes into the park depending on where you want to go, and it takes around 35-45 minutes (4 miles) on public transport.
- Schloss Nymphenburg – Nymphenburg Palace’s beautifully preserved buildings, which date as far back as 1664, and manicured grounds, make a splendid day trip. (5 miles via public transport.)
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site – This notorious ex-concentration camp, where over 40,000 people were killed under the Nazi regime, makes for a gruesome but educational experience. Entry is free and no reservations are needed. It takes around 1 hour (13 miles) via public transport.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- ALDI – Discount supermarket selling the basics on Rosenheimer Strasse, before the station. (0.2 mile).
- Wiener Platz – Charming plaza with small food stalls during the day (don’t miss the fresh fish at the Fischhäusl), an entrance to the Hofbräukeller’s garden, and ancient little houses and tree lined paths leading into the Maximiliansanlagen. (0.3 mile).
- Viktualienmarkt – The unmissable Munich marketplace with dozens of stalls selling some of the best food in the country is just a short stroll away. (0.8 mile).