No Wifi in room for an alleged business hotel
Posted Aug 24, 2015
Mercure hotels are generally fine when on business trips. However, I cannot recommend the Mercure Oberhausen am Centro. Check-in and hotel staff were fine. Room a bit small, with pretty disappointing TV cable selection (only English language channel was BBC news). Breakfast was a bit expensive, but a fine assortment of food.
Biggest complaints involved the "free wifi". Well, it had better be free since the only way to get a weak wireless signal in the hotel room was to literally lay your laptop at the foot of the doorway - otherwise, no signal. Similarly, had to put phone right near window to get any reception. With the amount of metal used in the hotel construction, every room is basically a Faraday cage. I tried the Ethernet ports, but neither seemed to be live.
Had a room directly across from a busy road and rail line. The sound-dampening windows were pretty good, but you could still hear every train coming through at all hours. No air conditioning (not so uncommon in Europe), so when I opened my room windows to get a bit or air, I got the loud street noise and within 5 minutes, the cigarette smoke from the hotel staff impromptu break area wafted in.
Worst part of the experience was having 2 windows of my rental car smashed and having some equipment stolen my first night there. You see, the hotel has more rooms than parking spaces, and so I was forced to park off-street (under a streetlamp, with only a sidewalk between the car and the hotel's parking lot).