We have stayed at what was the Holiday Inn Hotel in Aachen on many occasions. It makes a good mid-way stop off overnight stay on our way down to southern Germany - taking between 3-4 hours from Calais Eurotunnel crossing. Since was last stayed here in February 2013 the hotel has changed hands and is now run by the Leonardo Group of hotels. Essentially, nothing much has changed except it is now undergoing a re-branding process. The rooms are the same, the bar and restaurant are the same. Fortunately a lot of the staff are the same, which is good because the previous Holiday Inn staff were always a good bunch, but there are some new faces and it is obvious that some staff have now gone. They all speak excellent English. The main Reception was undergoing re-branding whilst we were here on 14th September, which was unfortunate because even thought it was gone 8pm there was an external design team there drilling the walls and tartifying things up with planters and flower arrangements. The new brand is along the theme of Leonardo Da Vinci, so you can expect various artistic prints of the Mona Lisa etc scattered around the place.
One noticeable thing was that our room had slightly less supplies than before. You could only make one drink from the tea and coffee facilities and we had half a toilet roll in the bathroom with no spare! However, this was swiftly rectified by the staff once we pointed that out. The rooms in the Holiday Inn were always hot and whilst there is climate control this is not great to run all night - the duvets supplied are like large marshmallows, so we always end up too hot. Opening windows is fine but be prepared for a road right outside your window which is busy ALL NIGHT.
We always pay for the breakfast option and this is a really good meal. There is lots of choice from cold continental buffet of meats and cheeses to hot bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs and more. If you want your eggs done differently they will fry them for you. There are various rolls and pastries, jams, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruits and juices on offer. Each table has a pot of fresh coffee and milk available. You cannot go wrong paying for this option and for us it sets us up for our onward journey. I really do hope they keep this going and dont change the format.
We have eaten at the restaurant of an evening and there is plenty of choice. However, for us it is a bit too expensive (we have never got away without spending over 30-40Euros for two of us), but that does not mean to say we wouldnt recommend it as it is always popular and lots of guests are eating there. I have to admit here that we pop over the road to the Burger King right opposite and are heathens, but it is the only time we tend to eat like this after a long car journey (sorry Leonardo Hotel its nothing against your food, its us).
You have to pay to park your car 6Euros, but it is a secure car park with easy access and we feel it is worth the cost.
The hotel is minutes from the motorway, so a great stopover place. As I said previously the traffic noise is noticeable at night, but if you think that might be an issue bring earplugs. For regular travellers staying here there is a loyalty scheme which does give additional benefits such as free internet at 1 hour a day and complementary bottle of water in room, you get points too to redeem once you have got enough of them.
So in summary, a good place to stop off - not massively close to the city centre but just a taxi drive into the centre. Not sure I would want to stay too long here but the rooms a comfortable as are the beds, there are good facilities and as I said the breakfasts are great.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Aachen
- Aachen Holiday Inn