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Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt
Ranked #203 of 263 Hotels in Cologne
Reviewed 18 September 2013

This was a strange hotel experience. The entrance, dining room, service and stairways were fabulous, if quirky. The location, on the edge of the gay district, was most entertaining, especially the next door shop window. (Not for the stuffy or narrow-minded.) And only a 10 minute walk from the Dom and the heart of the city.

But the rooms? Hmm. You get what you pay for and these prices were on the economy scale. The windows didn't shut very well, the gutters were broken so the rainwater noise was a bit loud and the paper thin toilet door leaves nothing to the imagination. The beds were way too soft and no mini bar and the curtains and fitting were in need of a little TLC.

Okay, for those less picky or business travellers but not for a romantic getaway.

Room Tip: What you gain on the street side avoiding the mosquito breeding ground in the centre you lose a litt...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Great location - just 10 minutes walk from the center (it is a gay district so just be aware of that but i wouldn't even realized - no disco, noise or strange people in neighborhood), very good breakfast, friendly staff, beautiful hotel decor - public areas
But small room, no fridge, very soft bed, shower curtain too short so you have water everywhere

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

For a last minute booking we couldn't get our preferred choice and ended up here with 2rooms for 2nights. The reception staff were ok but obviously some of them didn't want to be there. Rooms were adequate but basic. Clean enough but a bit tatty. Breakfast was included with our price and was fine, it included eggs and fresh fruit, not just bread. Whilst the hotel is reasonably central it would be a long haul to wheel suitcases over the cobble stones to/from the station. The hotel is cheap and ok, but personally I would prefer to pay a bit more and get a bit more.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

No one is ever going to fall in love with this hotel, with its gloomy dark wood foyer, small rooms and unappealingly brown bathrooms, but if you're in Cologne for a short stay and want to save money in a cheap hotel, walkable distance from the sites then sure, book a night here!

My tiny single room was far from special – cold, facing fire escapes and other rooms – and the windowless bathroom smelt of damp and the shower flooded the floor every time I used it. The feathered, flat excuse for a pillow wasn't much good and the receptionist was pretty unpleasant when I asked for a hypo-allergenic one.

Still, I was in Cologne for less than 24 hours – and on a budget trip – so I could overlook all these things because the hotel was cheap and in a decent location. Yes, it's surrounded by sex shops but so what? You can walk to Heumarkt U-bahn in a couple of minutes & by default, the start of the Christmas markets around there as well (in the right season of course!). It's maybe 10-15 minutes to the Dom and the shops & all in all, it's pretty handy for that.

Breakfast was poor, but again if you're only there for a night, some rolls, eggs & cold meats will do just fine, washed down with some horrendously sweet juice!

Everything about this hotel screams 'it'll just have to do cos I'm being a cheapo' And sometimes that's fine.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

Myself and a group of 5 girlfriends spent three nights here just this weekend. We got a really good deal, all paying £45.00 each for the whole duration for a twin room.
Location is perfect, just a few minutes walk the the Rhine, a little further to the Dom (Catherdral).
We went for the Christmas markets which were really lovely but VERY busy. I have never seen so many people on one place, it did spoil it a bit as you were constantly being pushed and shoved around and you couldn't have a leisurely wander about. Anyway, i'm reviewing the hotel not the markets....
This is now a non smoking hotel (noted alot of other reviews complaining of smoking throughout the hotel), there was no smoking anywhere in the hotel (except out the of the window by me, sorry non smokers!!) Well, we were on the 3rd floor! The rooms were clean and warm, with a shower room and toilet also clean with plenty of instant hot water. Rooms were small and basic, they did have a safe in the wardrobe and the room door locked securely. All the lights in the hallway come on automatically when you step out of your room. Beds were small but comfy.
The reception staff - some were friendlier than others - but all helpful when required and spoke good English. I speak a little German which did help us out, but most people did tend to speak better English than I do German. Breakfast was included in our price, it was a typical continental type, bread, toast, tea, coffee, fruits, cereals, cheese, meats, boiled and scrambled eggs....plenty of choice. 6.30am - 10am (i think, my room mate and I only made it once on Monday and that was because we were going home!).
All in all as a base for a weekend away, this hotel ticks all the boxes :)

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

This is a very nice budget hotel within easy walking distance of the cathedral, Rhine river and all local amenities. Very clean rooms, good breakfast and very friendly staff. We had a great time at the Christmas market, it had snowed and looked like wonderland with the christmas trees and christmas lights. Would recommend

Room Tip: For a central location and budget hotel, very good
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

I have just returned from spending four nights in this hotel. It's location for the Christmas Markets make it a perfect base for exploring this wonderful city. The staff were friendly and very helpful and helped us with tourist information and advice. The room was clean, a good size and very warm. The typical German breakfast was plentiful and fresh. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Mathiasstr. 21, 50676 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen)
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Süd
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #203 of 263 Hotels in Cologne
Price Range: £39 - £205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen is centrally located in the center of Cologne, close to public transport and the main train station in the heart of the city of Cologne. The centrally and conveniently located Novum hotels offer you cost effective deals at attractive prices in order to stay in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Our rooms have a sophisticated, yet modern and practical facilities. Free wireless Internet access Modern comforts. Attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral are just a few minutes. The central location of the Centrum Hotels is the ideal starting point for activities of any kind, the exhibition center, the university and the city center are conveniently located just 10 minutes by public transport. ... more   less 
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