First of all, I am writing this in English to assist non-German visitors to draw their own conclusions and form an opinion.
The hotel itself is a relatively modern hotel with an uninviting exterior, but a friendly interior. The front desk staff is friendly, the rooms adequately sized with a comfortable bed and nice amenities. A big screen TV with international channels, including BBC 1, 2 and FOUR (sadly no BBC Three), ITV 1, 2, 3, 4, and a few of the Channel 4 chains (More 4, Film 4) are very convenient for an English speaking visitor. But that's about it as far as the positives are concerned. A BIG minus is the regular rate of €160 per single room per night. Luckily the hotel agreed to honor a reduced corporate rate. However, this reduction is not offered during major trade shows in Cologne, and rates of €160 or even €120 are simply not justified for this hotel. The breakfast staff is not very attentive (I had to chase someone to bring me coffee, and pointed out to staff standing right in front if the buffet that the cheese board could use refilling). Also, orange juice is dispensed from a machine and has the quality of Capri Sun and apparently the same nutritional value. The restaurant seems to always be empty and looking at the prices on the menu one could imagine why. Even standard German dishes like Currywurst and Fries, or Schnitzel are priced north of €15. The atmosphere is not very inviting, and unfortunately the very friendly and pleasant bartender / waiter, who seemed to be the only staff in the bar / restaurant couldn't compensate the uninviting atmosphere. Hence my colleagues and I ended going out to some nicer and more affordable places nearby (about a 400m/quarter mile walk).
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Koln - Am Stadtwald Hotel Cologne
- Holiday Inn düsseldorf
- Holiday Inn Cologne
- Cologne Holiday Inn