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SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse
Ranked #202 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
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21 reviews
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“Cheap and cheerful in the best way”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Was here on my own. I found the staff really pleasant and helpful - they let me borrow a phone charger as I'd left mine behind. The room was very clean and quiet, with a private bathroom and plenty of space. The wifi was excellent and free. It has a nice atmosphere somewhere between a hostel and a cheap hotel - I really liked it and would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear Guest thanks a lot for this really nice rating. We love to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We would be happy to see you again here or any other MEININGER.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for a couple of nights with my partner as we travelled around Germany and have to stay, that although the staff were lovely and kitchen facilities for cooking we're great, the rooms were extremely average, very small, a bit smelly and run down.

Because we were only in Cologne for 2 days, we were out sight seeing pretty much all day and out at the local pubs/restaurants at night, so we just needed a cheap, convenient place to sleep at night. It did the job. But to review the place, the rooms are so unbelievably small, the bathrooms smell quite damp-like and overall, the whole place needs a revamp. A little out the city centre, but not far to walk in. (20/25 minutes)

The kitchen was great for cooking in however, with plenty of pots, pans and cutlery. Very clean and tidy. Lots of amenities near by, shops, restaurants, pubs etc so great location for that.

Would stay again, but in a private room. Maybe there'd be a bit more space for the two of us?

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Dear Guest, thank you very much for your really nice comment and rating.

We looking forard to see you back here or any other MEININGER hotel in Europe

Your MEININGER Team.
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Brasilia, DF
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Excellent room and bathroom. The lockers were a bit small, but manageable.
Location was ok, but it's a 20 minutes walk to the city center. There's a metro stop close by, lots of restaurants and markets.
We didn't try the breakfast because we were on a tight budget and prefered to buy food at the supermarket.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Google Translation
Sehr geehrter Gast, danke für diese tolle Bewertung und die Benotung unseres Hauses.

Wir freuen uns wenn es Euch gefallen hat und freuen uns auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen hier in Köln oder in einem der anderen Meininger Hotels.

Viele liebe Grüße vom Kölner Meininger Team
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

I had a fantastic stay here for New Year in Cologne. In an amazing location.

I stayed in a 8 person mixed dorm which was very modern and clean. Met some amazing people here, the atmosphere was awesome!

Very well priced, perfect for a cheap holiday to Germany!

Overall amazing experience

  • Stayed January 2014
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear, thank you very much for this really good comment, we are happy to hear that you had a good time in the Meininger Cologne.

We hope you had such expierence all travel long.

Best wished
your Meininger Team
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Vichy, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This hostel was in a great location for shopping, restaurants, pubs, and anything you can imagine in Cologne! The staff was super friendly and was willing to help us with anything we needed! The rooms were clean and the bathrooms and showers were very clean as well! I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone looking to stay in Cologne. I also hear, that the other Meiningers in other cities are awesome as well!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear,
thank you very much for your really nice comment, and warm words.

Its nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay we looking forward to see you again here in Cologne or any other Meininger Hotel in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna or....

Please keep in mind that you receive 5%off in case you go from one Meininger to the other (just keep the invoice or bookingnumber)

Your Meininger Team
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Hertfordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2014

Went for a stag weekend. Was clean enough for what we wanted and the location was alright. Would not choose to visit here with my family, but was cheap and the staff were friendly enough. Gave the breakfast a miss, and they had a manky bowl of tea on offer for free...Stayed clear of that too - but some might like that kind of thing.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Meininger H, Manager at SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest, thanks a lot for your comment.

Many greetings and nice wedding party

Your Meininger Team
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Hove, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

If you're looking for a budget place to lay your head down after a long day sightseeing or drinking and all you want is somewhere that is right next to the student district yet only a 20 minute walk away from the Cathedral then you should consider this place. Our dorm for 4 people which had 2 single beds and a bunk bed was extemely clean and there was plenty of hot water in our en-suite shower room to accomodate us all.
We had breakfast (serves from 6.30 till 10.30) on the first morning which was good value at 6 euros and we used the bar as a meeting point over the 2 days we were there. Didn't have much interaction with the staff myself but everyone in our party of 17 who did rated them very highly

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse
Address: Engelbertstr. 33-35, 50674 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Meininger Hotel Köln City Center)
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #202 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The MEININGER Hotel Koln City Center is located on the left bank of the river Rhine in the student district. It is the ideal starting point for shopping trips at Schildergasse and a stroll through the Old Town to Cologne Cathedral. MEININGER offers more than just low-cost accommodation: free WiFi in the lobby, a hotel bar, a guest kitchen and a games room are all great places to get to know our international guests. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Meininger City Hotel Cologne
Meininger City Hostel And Hotel
Meininger City Hostel Hotel
Meininger City Hostel Cologne

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