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As a connoisseur of fine beers, I thought what better place to hold my stag weekend than the beer halls of Germany... 16 of my good friends came from England, Switzerland, Monaco and New York to help celebrate my impending nuptials by getting me drunk on the local Kolsch and Jagermeister. We managed to find a bierhaus, eat lots of pork, schnitzel …
... of the night, we managed to make it to very popular 2 story bar/club (again full of people in costumes). On the first floor, we enjoyed typical German pub music, again making our best attempt to lip-sync along and pretend we knew the words. We were surprised when we found the basement floor playing typical American club music. Of course this excited us and we made our way out onto the crowded dance floor where we stayed for the rest of the night. By the end of the day/night, ...
Today was Rosenmontag - this is the day before Shrove Tuesday and a celebration of the end of the period before Lent for German Christians. The festival also stems from Roman times when it was customary that the servants and slaves played the role of masters for one day each year, and this is reflected in the mockery of local, national and international leaders and public figures during Karneval. The German name for Carnival Monday is Rosenmontag, which comes from the German ...
... meat about the size of a rugby ball, we struggled round the main art gallery which has a fine collection of Picasso's and Wahol paintings but I am afraid we lowered the tone by doing a Harry Worth with one of the exhibits. If you don't know who Harry Worth is ask you dad (or look at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nIPihrhzr- U) I will add the picture of this exploit tomorrow. Tonight we are on the sleeper to ...
... on the door. He was woken up by a lady who was going to have her function in the room this evening. She needed to chill her wine so needed to place it in the fridge. He came to put it in the fridge. Nadzha by this time had just woken up so said that she'll be ready in an hour. That worked well for Simon so he returned to his room and waited till we were done. While we were getting ready, the lady (who had booked the room for the evening) returned again to double ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cristall Cologne
No complaints with this hotel. Staff were friendly, let us check in 2 hours early, after finding a vacant and cleaned room. The Hotel isn't much to look at from the outside but is pleasent enough inside. No real noise to complain about, and the location was perfect, 5 minute walk to the Dom ( which really looks fantastic) and a 5-10 minute walk to the Rhine. The chocolate musuem, and olympic/sports musuem is located on the Rhine, both next to each other, and both are a must. Best thing on the trip was the superb Cologne zoo.
Stayed at this hotel for our first visit to Cologne for the Christmas markets.
Clean and tidy
We stayed at this hotel in Dec 2004, not much to look at from the outside but inside it is excellent. Very modern decor, rooms are small but functional, mini bar prices are ok. Breakfast is included, you just help yourself. Bar prices and measures a bit inconsistent. It is very handy to the Dom, about 5 mins walk if that and the same to the railway station. all in all I would stay there again.
I recently stayed at the Hotel Cristall for two nights while visiting Cologne. The hotel is located just a ten minute walk from the main railway station (just down the street from the Hilton Cologne) and is only a ten minute walk to the Dom and the main shopping area.
An excellent hotel. Friendly and helpful staff. Very close to the station. Noise wasn't a problem as the number of trains significantly dropped after about 23:00 and we didn't need the windows to be open. No tea/coffee making facilities, but otherwise everything you could want. Minibar prices reasonable. Rooms comfortable with enough storage space. View from window was of the hotel opposite, but as we didn't spend much time in the room, it didn't bother us!
Within 10 minutes walking distance of the main shopping area. Good choice of restaurants behind the cathedral, along the river front. Sat outside to eat our evening meals at the end of October - very efficient patio heaters!
Stayed over here for one night. A wonderfully stylish hotel with rooms to match (ours not only had a swatch telephone, a full-length mirror attached to a pole which swivelled, a light in the shower and a green light under the wash-basin), all of which was belied by the very reasonable price (79 euros for a double-room with breakfast). Very helpful and friendly staff; good breakfast. Location is excellent - just north of the main station and so only about 10 minutes walk from the Dom square. (Although the train station is very close by, if you make sure that you get an air-conditioned room, you can keep the windows closed and hence it's not as noisy as you'd think.) Excellent sign-posting on the nearby roads goes a long way to saving you from Cologne's maze of streets; however, parking is very minimal so expect to drop off your luggage at the hotel and then take the car to the underground Dom car park.
Modern, good location, clean, good for what you pay
I stayed in this hotel one night, on my layover to London. I chose it because of the location and the price. Rooms are small, but tied and clean. It is very well located (5 min walk to the Dom); staff friendly and useful. The decoration of the rooms is interesting and modern.
They offer a very good buffet breakfast with a very good selection. If you are staying 1 or 2 nights in Cologne, this is a safe bet.
This hotel wins hands down for the ultra-hip, ultra modern interior and price. While the rooms are not very large, the decor is very cool and unusual. You can literally walk from the Rear of the Hauptbahnhof to the hotel and I wish I had known that. First time I stayed there, I jumped in a taxi and requested he take me to the Hotel Cristall and he grinned and then literally drove around the train station and dropped me off on the back side of the train station and charged me 8 Euro. The breakfast as mentioned in other reviews is extravagant and delicious. The one down side is if you are staying there in the summer, there is no A/C in the rooms (at least in the rooms I stayed in). Overall, it is a great bargain and if you want to stay in a more prestigious and formal hotel, my choice is the Dom.
We just came back from our wkend trip to Koeln. The hotel is an easy walk from the Dom/Train Station. Our room faces the train track so it is a little noisy but didn't bother us that much. The room is of ok size - clean and functional with new style furniture - not your typical boring wooden furnitures. Breakfast was really good - had plenty of choices ranging from 3 types of scrambled eggs, many different kinds of bread to tomatoes and cheese.... staff is friendly.
Recommend this one
A great hotel if you like modern interiors. The reception is spectacular with very tall chairs and a sort of 1930s hits 2004 feel.
Our room was on the noisy dual carriageway but our friends were on the quiet side of the hotel, and we always take earplugs when away in any case. The rooms are basic and minimalist - don`t think I would have wanted longer than a weekend in ours, but it was clean and the bed was comfy.
The bar is small and we didnt find it a very friendly place in which to relax. However the breakfast was excellent with a large buffet which was constantly replenished. The hotel is about 6 minutes easy walk from the Cathedral and Railway Station. The staff were helpful and attentive and I would certainly go back when next in Cologne.