Value for money
Posted May 16, 2011
We stayed at this hotel for one night whilst attending the Eurovision Song Contest final in Dusseldorf. This must have been the only hotel within thirty miles of Dusseldorf not to be making a fast buck from the shortage of hotel accommodation.
The hotel is in a quiet residential area, just a few minutes from the A3 motorway, on the outskirts of Cologne. There is garage parking at a small fee and plenty of free parking in the surrounding area. The tram stop is two minutes walk from the hotel and we travelled into the centre of Cologne for 4.5 Euros return. There is a small Aldi supermarket next to the hotel.
Although the hotel gives off a rather tired appearance from the outside, our room was nicely furnished and the shower worked well. We had fruit and chocolate in the room to welcome us. Breakfast buffet was included in the price and was much better than we expected. We had bacon and scrambled eggs with fresh crusty rolls. There was also the usual continental fare.
Hotel reception is a bit hit and miss. We were issued with a room key only to find, on climbing two flights of stairs, that the room wasn't ready for us. The hotel does not have a lift.
We didn't notice smoking in the hotel, but the ashtrays outside on the patio were full to overflowing and the staff did not seem concerned to empty them. Visitors are greeted in reception by a friendly Great Dane which only adds to the homely atmosphere of this non-chain hotel.