We were there for 6 nights for Karnival in Cologne. This was our second stay at the Marriott but at least our 20th time in Cologne in the past 20 years and our 6th Karnival. The hotel is just north of the Hbf but in a quiet neighborhood, even during the crazy Karnival time.
We had a large room on the Executive Floor, overlooking the hotel entrance. We were in the "new" section of the hotel, these rooms only have a shower, no tub. The three large windows all opened and you could see the Dom outside to the left.
We had access to the Executive lounge. Our rate included breakfast which we had in the restaurant. But they serve a light breakfast in the lounge plus a mid-afternoon snack plus light food in the evenings. We didn't eat out once in the evenings, the evening food with wine and then the desert was sufficient. The lounge has jars of cookies and candies out most of the day. There is complementary beer, soda, juice, coffee, tea, etc., in the lounge.
The lounge has one free computer for internet access (which was really slow) and a terminal with faster paid access. I used the in-room internet access for one day which cost 12 Euro for 24 hours.
If you walk west one block from the hotel and then head north you will find three grocery stores, all sorts of shops, apartment buildings, etc., typical of the many Cologne neighborhoods.
Others have mentioned the staff. The hotel front desk are fairly young and are probably working their way through the Marriott organization and the German hotel/restaurant professional training scheme. I have found that they are generally helpful and try to please the guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cologne Marriott Hotel is located in the Cologne city center, just minutes walking distance from the train station and the Old Town. The hotel offers a versatile meeting and conference venue with sixteen event rooms, including two ballrooms. Perfect for your next weekend getaway to Cologne, Germany! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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