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“Zu Messezeiten viel zu hohe Preise - Trade Show Rip-Off”

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Leonardo Royal Hotel Koln - Am Stadtwald
Ranked #44 of 262 Hotels in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
Celle, Germany
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2 reviews
“Zu Messezeiten viel zu hohe Preise - Trade Show Rip-Off”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

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).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Zagreb, Croatia
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Very good choice for a reasonable price. Comfortable room, with everything you need. Good beds, TV with over 40 channels, WI-FI on demand - 5 EUR / 60 min - actually it was shorter, mini bar. Room was renewated with pleasant furnishings.
The reception desk is little bit confused, but still quite friendly. Free parking in front.
Breakfast was really good, with lots of different foods - fruit, juices, eggs, bacon,salami, ham, nice choice of cheese brands, coffee, milk, tea, and all kinds of bread and pastry.
The location is a little bit far from the center, but it is still and surrounded with a nice park with a lake in a middle - nice for joggers and dog owners.
As a summary I would say good price for a full comfort accommodation.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view on lake, it is peacefull and without strong street lights.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Oss, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights visiting the Christmas markets. Staff was friendly and helpful, got a free upgrade (after asking) to a room with a really nice view of the park. Rooms are nice and newly and tastefully decorated. Big, sturdy bed with several pillows. Some people may find the beds a bit hard. Bathroom newly done as well and water pressure and temperature were perfect. Big flatscreen with a whole bunch of channels, also English ones and some film channels.

Tram is a 5 minutes walk away, an absolute bonus. Some shops are closeby too, but in 10 minutes on the tram you're in the city center.

Breakfast was very good, but not so good that it's worth € 18. Wifi cost € 13 a day, parking € 12 per 24 hours. Make breakfast a little cheaper and provide cheaper or free wifi and parking and I'd give 5 stars. But all in all a place to recommend.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Limassol, Cyprus
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Nice hotel with great lake view with swans and ducks, great personel, nice breakfast, big free parking, location a very cosy area with all you need, a nice area to take a romantic walk and stay, very stylish will definately return.

Room Tip: Lake view and high up
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Athens, Greece
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51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

pros:
nice beds
good breakfast with nice view to the lake
polite staff
free big parking lot

cons:
they could not provide us with slippers, shower cups,hair conditioner etc... that's shocking for a 4* hotel, not having the basic amenities in the bathroom.

too expensive for what it was

no free wifi, not even in the lobby


you better have a car, because the ,location is not superb

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rocky Mountains
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

Stayed in all three Cologne Leonardo Hotels within the last year. Location is a 5 minute walk (400 meters maybe) from the nearest tram stop, 15 minutes tram ride to city, plus the wait for the respective tram. In the back of the hotel is a pond and a park, which it nice.

The interior of the hotel has been redone, it is not old. However, the decor is just like the office that a business traveler has spent the day in - decor of room is cold and grey, office furniture with zero charm, i.e. typical for Germany. I like my mattress very firm, but the beds are hard like a rock. Sheets are hard and scratchy. Bathroom was clean and fairly new, but had design flaws (do these people who design these things ever stay in a hotel themselves?)
WiFi Internet works fine

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

the hotel been renew lately and the new section is really nice.
the breakfast is very good and reach.
we had a room with lake view that really upgrade the room.
a beat far from center of Koln.
we received the room in a very early check in (5 o'clock in the morning) with extra charge of 50 euro.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Leonardo Royal Hotel Koln - Am Stadtwald

Property: Leonardo Royal Hotel Koln - Am Stadtwald
Address: Duerener Str. 287, 50935 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Holiday Inn)
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Cologne
#26 Family Hotel in Cologne
#33 Luxury Hotel in Cologne
#37 Romantic Hotel in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Leonardo Royal Hotel Koln - Am Stadtwald 4.5*
Number of rooms: 150
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