Unfortunately many of the smaller hotels in Dusseldorf aren't up to much but they rake it in all the same when there is a tradefair and the City Hotel is no different. Normally 100 euros a night for this kind of accommodation would be a joke.
The main entrance and reception area is okay, and the staff are all friendly, deeper in to the hotel lies a breakfast room and that seemed okay too. On the upside they offer free wifi but the signal is a bit unpredictable. The breakfast is a bit on the tinned-fruit side of things, and if you are British and can't really face cold meats and cheese first thing then i advise you to get down to breakfast on the dot of seven as there's not much left by 7.30 in the way of cooked eggs etc. But actually, for a swift breakfast it was fine. The problem was the room, it had the musty smell of a tree house, and nonspecific stains dotted around the carpet. the bed was comfortable but with acrylic sheets. The remains of a long lost soap dish still jutted out of the bathroom wall and barely any shampoos or suchlike so bring your own.
Maybe it's just german thing but I went and bought a beer from a local shop to have one evening in my room, the next evening it was still there -complete with the dirty glass.
( which reminds me - i spilled some by the lift on the ground floor ( it overflowed as some beers have a tendency to do when they get excited) and although i never really mentioned it, the sticky patches were still there three days later.
other than that, i really wouldn't return. the rooms ( or at least the room i was in, need updating, repairing) also have walls that were so thin i could practically hear my neighbour tying his shoelaces.
The location is good though, and there's an outside chance i have just been spoiled. But do not recommend for a romantic weekend away. On business it's just about passable.
but they were very nice. so that's something.
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