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“Close to everything good breakfast”
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Hotel Domspitzen
Ranked #27 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
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San Francisco, California
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“Close to everything good breakfast”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Friendly staff good variety breakfast. Old bldg but well kept. This is a standard mid range European hotel so that means small rooms, smaller bathrooms, small lifts and typically no air conditioning. If you are from US/ CAN or Oz come with zero expectations and be pleasantly surprised.Parking is secure down the street 10 euro/day, wifi is free and decent. Train is across the street. Quiet if your room is on top floor facing side street on a weekday.Dom is 5 min walk as are many restaurants.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms facing side street ( the street the hotel lobby is on) quiet and sunny
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Rooms are not air-conditioned in this hotel and if you are travelling in summer, situation will be sorry, so please be aware.

The website on which I reserved this hotel had described it as a 'hidden gem' and the room was a 'superior single room' but I think it was completely misleading as the room I got was a very small (there was not enough space even to keep my luggage so I had to open it on the floor and jump over it when I had to walk). Since there was no air condition and it was a hot summer night I requested for a fan and they provided me a pedestal fan which was so noisy so I had to sleep with the room windows open but sleeping was just impossible as the outside road was so noisy with some drunk louts riding motor bikes. And the bed was so small and the bed sheet was so rough so I could hardly had any sleep for 2 nights.

When I complained this to one of the guys at the reception he informed me that 3 star hotels were not air conditioned in Germany, which was not true as I had stayed in other hotels with air conditioned rooms there. They informed me that they couldn't give me another room as they were fully booked.

At the outset it looked like a cheap Chinese guest house with its Chinese designed wall papers. The pictures shown in some hotel reservation websites must have been taken many years ago as the hotel looked run down.

The breakfast was quite different to other hotels as they served some canapé style foods but how could you enjoy a breakfast after a sleep-less night?

This hotel was a terrible mistake and thank god I stayed there for only 2 nights.

But I am not sure about the other double rooms and if you are travelling in winter the situation will be different. Anyway, there are some other nice hotels situated around this hotel, so why bother?

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

The service at the Domspitzen is great, very friendly, especially at breakfast. There is also free wifi which they give you as many codes for as you need (essential at gamescom time!)

The lift is a bit creaky and the stairwells could have done with a refresh, but the room was pretty spacious, well furnished and had very comfy bed and pillows. The bathroom looked a bit dated, but again was clean and spacious. A pretty great stay overall. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

I booked this hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor and I can agree with the general comments.

I've been very correctly welcomed by the staff and they also seemed in other ways in for a good service.

I had a single room on the fourth floor. There is a small and rather lovely elevator (yes a lovely elevator!). I chose a room with bathroom and toilet on the outside. The room was spacious enough. There was a normal sized single bed. The room and sheets were very clean. The room also had a separate wash bassin with a mirror. There's no airco, but normally you don't need it in Köln. There was a flatscreen TV with lot's of channels.

The bathroom - very near the room - was rather small. There is one normal sized shower and a toilet. The toilet is placed in a rather unpractical way, but you can live with it. For your comfort there is provided in a bathing wrap (clean) and a pair of slippers (new).

The breakfast was very good. You can have scrambled eggs. There are croissants and different kinds of bread. Further on there you have a great choice in sandwich fillings.

The hotel is located near to the Central Station of Köln. It's a good neigbourhood. You can walk to the city center and Altstadt in within ten minutes. The city center is not known as a party place (that's on the Hohenzollernring), but you can find nice restaurants and some pubs in the neigbourhood. Easy to find, cause the city ain't that big. And I think a location near to the Altstadt is more charming than a location in the city center. I didn't have any sleep disturbance cause of the trains. The hotel is not really next to it.

i should recommend this hotel, concerning it as very good.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Bolton Lancs
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108 reviews
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Arriving at this hotel late afternoon I at first wondered whether I had made a terrible mistake the foyer was dark and there was no one at the desk when a gentleman arrived he was somewhat brusque and gave us a key to our room on the second floor and the stair wells were somewhat shabby.Our room however was clean and bright and on the front of the hotel the bathroom however was minuscule being about 2 metres long by about 1 metre wide with a small shower cubicle at one end and toilet and wash hand basin on one wall the shower itself was not the greatest but hot and ok..The beds were comfortable and clean and there was adequate storage and hanging space.
Breakfast the following morning was a and my anxieties fell away a pleasant breakfast room with the most copious buffet imaginable with both hot and cold food and extremely pleasant staff to assist and cook to order.M biggest complaint with this hotel was the entrance the stair ways and in our room the shower.I would also add that because of its proximity to the station one could not sleep with te windows open as 1000 trains a day pass through and most stop and I got to know the announcers very well.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Goteborg
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

When we arrived we met this receptionist which were like a friend to us - from the beginning to the end. We got to know everything we needed in order to behave correctly the Köln way - and also got recommendations of restaurants which in fact are rated high.

The room was very clean and smelled fresh, and we got a little delicious cake as a welcome gift in the room.
Also the bed were clean, fresh and comfortable and has everything we want.
It was really charming, alot of simple but beautiful design elements. Nothing unnecessary at all - the room has everything you need.

The breakfast was wonderful and well worth it!

To the downside it was a little bit to warm in the room even the radiator was shut off - but that is nothing that we really made any fuzz about.
And maybe a little bit to noisy from the train station.

Very recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gammazone
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Plusses:
1. Cheap
2. Very close to Koln Hbf
3. Very friendly and helpful staff
4. Good LCD TV in room
5. Great breakfast

Minuses:
1. Small rooms
2. Shoebox size elevator
3. Shoebox size bathroom, very cramped but shower was OK.
4. Noisy (from trains)

For one or two nights its OK, especially if you are travelling by train as its very close to the station. What it lacks in room facilities it makes up for with very friendly helpful staff and a very good breakfast. This was one of the cheaper hotels we stayed in but we still got a good nights sleep and left feeling refreshed. Basically you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Domspitzen
Address: Domstr. 23 - 25, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Nord
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Ranked #27 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Domspitzen 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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