For me, this is an alternative to Holiday Inn Express or Ibis in Essen. On price there is not much difference, except that Wifi is free at Motel One, making it a bit cheaper than Ibis and quite a bit cheaper than HIE. The rooms are bigger and more stylish than Ibis.
The location is convenient - a five-minute walk to the main station - but there is no hotel car park. The breakfast room - like at Ibis and HIE is an extension of the reception area and very spacious. For my taste, HIE offers the best breakfast followed by Ibis and then Motel One, but there is not a lot in it.
The hotel is attractively designed for a budget hotel and there seemed to be quite a lot of staff around, especially at breakfast.
A disadvantage of the super-economy approach is the very spartan room - there is not even a telephone. Most people, of course, use their mobile. But if you are on the 6th floor and want to call reception you presumably have to call the hotel number. HIE wins out here, with its tea and coffee-making facility.
However, I liked it and will use it again as an experiment in preference to the others .
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