This hotel is in a fairly functional, unattractive area, but you have only to walk a very short distance (half a block) before you see the majestic sight of Cologne Cathedral, which is just a few minutes walk away. Architecturally it's distinguished by a large number of blue-glass bricks, which make one's time there a bit more fun.
The two rooms we had (214, 216) were spacious, very clean, and well kitted out. The bed and pillows were comfortable, but the shower temperature was inconsistent, so I had to keep adjusting the heat. This is one gripe about the room; my other is that the curtain material is very thin and doesn't screen out the early-morning light.
Wi fi is not free; it costs around €10 a day, which is steep in my opinion. That is a poor deal. Also, the really excellent buffet breakfast costs €22, which is pricey, but you get one free breakfast per stay, provided you first pay for one. Once in there's an amazing selection, including bacon, sausages, numerous cereals, and organic fruit. We were delighted to find that the very friendly waiting staff were willing to get the chef to conjure up fried eggs when required. However, it is expensive (but it's only €11 per day if you have two breakfasts).
There is also an assumption in the hotel that everyone likes sport, especially football. Sky Sports News is on various screens in the reception and dining room. (The volume is set to mute, thank heavens.) I don't like sport and thought this was an annoying intrusion on my breakfast. Surely a general news channel would show more respect for the diversity of the hotel's guests. Better still would be no TV, but I suppose that battle has long been lost.
All in all, this was a successful visit. I've dropped only one star for what were relatively minor issues, though light sleepers would be well advised to consider the poor-quality curtains (noise seemed to be fairly light, but that might be room-dependent).
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