For budget-minded travelers, sometimes the cheapest bed in town is the best bed. But, as we’ve written before, that’s not always the case.
Usually, figuring out what’s right for your trip means weighing the pros and cons of whatever cheap bed you’re considering. In that spirit, here is a case study using The Tent — where I stayed in Munich this week. As it’s name implies, The Tent is a large shelter filled with bunk beds. And it happens to be, by far, the cheapest bed in Munich.
- Super cheap — only 10.50 euros for a bunk bed, only 7.50 euros for a foam mat.
- Fun summer camp environment — bonfires at night, cheap cafeteria, volleyball courts, etc.
- Tons of communal space — nice for just chilling and making new friends.
- Super clean — one of the cleanest hostel bathrooms I’ve used.
- Cheap internet cafe — .50 euro cents for 15 minutes plus unlimited printing.
- Unlimited wool blankets — It was in the high 40s F at night while I was here in early June. I started out with four blankets, then got 2 more at 2 am when I woke up a little chilly.
- 24 hour reception.
- Cool staff — the people who worked here were really nice and helpful.
- Cheap bike rentals for the day.
- 20 minute tram ride to the city center — a single ticket costs 2.70 euros, a day pass for unlimited rides is 6.20 euros.
- Mosquitos — woke up with a few bites, even though I was bundled up.
- The free wifi advertised is virtually nonexistent. Only a certain number of IP addresses can connect to the wifi at a time, and the number is way lower than the number of guests trying to connect. I was only able to connect after spending an hour straight refreshing my connection every minute while writing blog posts in Word. Once I finally connected, it was interminably slow.
- Difficult to charge devices — no outlets in sleeping area to charge devices, but you can charge in the communal areas.
- It can be a little loud for sleeping — quiet curfew begins at 1am, and you’re sharing a giant room with potentially 100+ people.
The message here is that there are a lot of really great things about the The Tent — but there are plenty of downsides as well. That’s true of any cheap bed, and when making a decision you have to decide what you can live with.
Overall, my stay at The Tent was a fun experience. I’d recommend it for anyone whose main concern is budget, or for solo travelers looking to meet friends. With that said, in the future I’ll probably opt for something a little more expensive (around 50 euros a night) in the old city center.
— Laura Rowley