First of all, not everyone expects the same of an accommodation. Meaning, if I like something, it doesn’t mean that you (the reader) will also like this hotel.
For us, important are:
4. Room / Quiet room
6. Breakfast / restaurant
We came to Cologne to experience the start of the Carnival season. We wanted to be close to the “madness” but not in the smack middle of it.
The Excelsior Hotel Ernst is about a 90 second stroll from the train station (very convenient!), right across from Cologne’s most famous sight – the Koelner Dom (beautiful and impressive), and a short walk of about 5 minutes from Old Town and Heumarkt. As well, if you like shopping, you basically just stroll 2 minutes to one of Cologne’s main shopping areas.
I expect friendliness, efficiency and help, when we need it.
The Excelsior Hotel Ernst more than fulfilled all these requirements without ever coming across as being pushy or “we know better than you anyways”. Room service was great, too: Professional and polite and friendly.
You get the feeling, the staff just wants to help and please you wherever possible!
Very satisfied with it! I felt comfortable enough to walk around in our room barefeet.
4. Room / Quiet room:
Our purpose for a hotel room is to stay and SLEEP in it. I am waking at the tiniest bit of noise.
Of course, you never can guarantee not to have rowdy hotel guests that spoil it all for you. But street noise and such is something that you can avoid.
Upon booking, we asked for a quiet room. The staff graciously upgraded us to a suite: Room 305/306
The living room faces the square in front of Koelner Dom – what a beautiful view we had. Not only of the Dom, but also of all the fun Carnival activities below (without needing to be in the middle of it).
The bedroom was out to the quiet back, courtyard area of the hotel.
It was quiet, and we had a wonderful time!
And: I am sure, that even without our upgrade the hotel would have done everything to put us into a quiet regular room!
I am not a fan of hypermodern everything. I want my amenities, but prefer some kind of charme.
This hotel is it! Our room had a nice mix of old/antic furniture in the living room and nice and modern (but not cold) looking furniture in the bedroom. The bathroom was clear cut, yet stylish.
6. Breakfast / Restaurant:
I have to admit, we are probably food snobs. Yes, we can go and get a Kebab or go to a fast food restaurant (plenty of these around the hotel!).
But for a nice dinner we prefer a peaceful venue with well prepared food out of excellent ingredients, but still sort of homestyle and not too fancy. Meaning: The ambience should not feel like you are in a church where you don’t dare moving or talking, and food with “infusions” of something sometimes makes me wonder, if they don’t know how to bring out the best of basics.
Breakfast: buffet style plus staff offering cooked items for you.
Everyone should be able to find something out of these German style breakfast offerings. They even had soy milk. My favorite: Honey directly from a honeycomb!
Piano Bar: Just a little more upscale than others hotel bars I know. My favorite is French champagne – and they had THREE to offer BY THE GLASS!!!
Restaurant: We went to “Hanse Stube”. Clean cut, yet cozy and WONDERFUL, EXCELLENT food! It was exactly what we were looking for! Another example for the hotel’s great service: At the end of dinner you were being offered sweets – a tray of choices of chocolate truffels. The pure thought of it makes me topple over in excitement again ;->
Also: We had a bottle of wine with dinner, that we did not finish. It was the most normal thing for the restaurant to send the remaining ½ bottle up to our room (with new glasses mind you!) to enjoy it there in peace and quiet.
For more details check out the hotel’s website: http://www.excelsiorhotelernst.com
Bottom line: We absolutely LOVE this hotel! It was OUR perfect stay and I can only recommend it!
This is one out of the many hotels we have been to where we looked at each other many times and said “this feels almost like home”!
Thanks to the ENTIRE staff at the hotel again to pamper their guests and really make you feel welcome and well cared for!
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