This place has so much history, it should be packed with overseas visitors. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here, as did one of Russia's Tsars, and the decoration pays homage to times gone by with framed old maps and etchings on the walls.
The rooms, though, are completely up to modern standards; ours had been decorated with old photos of Persian empress Soraya, which made it feel quite glam. Any while the place offers quite a few luxuries (like a huge bathroom with a tub, beautiful grounds and a nice strong Wifi signal), we paid 109 euros for a regular double room, which was a good deal.
The hotel is surrounded by a golf course, which had made me wonder beforehand whether there'd be a bit of an snobby touch to it. But service was unerringly, genuinely friendly, even though we arrived after a long drive looking decidedly not posh at all. In fact, what with information about wildlife signposted in the grounds and Greenpeace magazine available at reception, we felt they cared about the right things rather than what car you arrived in.
Can't speak for their restaurant as we had dinner at their bistro next to the golf course, but that was tasty and reasonably priced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Schloss Auel near Cologne has been run as a hotel since 1951. With its centuries-old tradition and its unmistakeable atmosphere, it is a unique place. Allow yourself to be enchanted by its comfortable tranquillity and beautiful setting.Even Napoleon stayed at Schloss Auel in 1811. The room which has been named after him is still there today. Of course, each of the rooms is unique. They are furnished with precious antiques and beautiful fabrics. Amenities such as TV as well as Internet access are provided in every room.Our restaurants ~ Choose between our castle restaurant or our "Bistro" with a sun terrace. Both restaurants are open 7 days per week.Schloss Auel is set in the middle of a stunning 27-hole golf course. Resident guests are getting a 30% reduction of the greenfee. Complimentary WLAN and also parking are avaible. ... more less
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