I recently spent a night at the Novotel Aachen City hotel while on a business trip. The hotel is well-located, near the city center, and has an appealing lobby area. Staff I interacted with were pleasant and competent. I was disappointed by several aspects of my stay, however.
The room layout (I believe I was in a standard room) was quite odd. The toilet was in a small alcove near the door; the sink and shower were in the bathroom located around the corner near the bed. Therefore, to wash one's hands after using the toilet required leaving the alcove and walking to the other side of the room. Not a great distance, to be sure, but I found it off-putting not to be able to wash adjacent to the toilet.
The room was quite small (very little room beyond the bed), and linens were barely adequate (small, thin bath towels, no washcloths).
Internet service (whether via ethernet or wifi) was limited to 512Kb/s unless one paid for "premium" service. 512K is insufficient for any form of video streaming other than perhaps low-quality YouTube cat videos. In addition, the internet was fairly intermittent, even at the low maximum speed webpages would often not load properly.
It's not clear there are any obviously better options in central Aachen, but the Novotel certainly has room for improvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Novotel Aachen City is located in the heart of the imperial city of Aachen, between the cathedral, convention centre, casino and Carolus thermal baths. With 154 spacious, airconditioned rooms, seven modern meeting rooms, stylish design and modern communications technology, our 4 star hotel offers business travellers and holidaymakers the highest standard of comfort. Unwind on our terrace, at the restaurant or bar. Revitalise high above the roofs of Aachen in our fitness centre with steam bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Aachen City
- Novotel Aachen
- Aachen Novotel