Travel Blogs from Cologne
FRIDAY 11th July 2014 24km
Last trip into Dusseldorf
Away on the bikes , parked the bikes in the city and wandered the streets Dusseldorf is such a lovely city
Also great street entertainment
The big fair across the river has opened so sat and watch the roller coasters etc
Back home stsrt the packing
Saturday 12th July ...
... the statue we went and did some shopping picking up a lace Christmas ornament, chocolate tasting and lace looking. Then on our way to lunch i saw a strange game in town square. Young boys about 13-15 were hitting some sort of like rubber ball with a glove thing on their hand back and forth... It was almost like baseball, hot potato, ping pong, and racquetball all thrown together... I anyone has any clue what it is left me know ...
... with the famous ice cream shop.
Onto ferry and to camping ground lovely camp on the river.
Camps prices range from € 16 to € 19 some times you pay for shower €1 one place your shower lasted 8 mins now that is a challenge for someone like me that is the long shower queen
But no I couldnt last the 8 minutes.
Lots of bikes on tracks some loaded like us, others in full lycra training others just out amazing how ...
SATURDAY night 28th June 2014 Johns birthday
Went our for dinner with Josh and Stephen
There on the table was a wrapped present and card from David Lisa Fraser jocelyn Tyler Jackson Pyper Scarlett lovely surprise parcel was a lovely bottle of pink german bubbles very nice Dinner was fantastic at a little restaurant in Wittlaer. Three of us had the snitzel ...
... and manufactured his scents in 1792. Some trivia – what does 4711 stand for: the four is the block number, the seven street number and 11 the house number. You will remember cologne - when you see my photos – not only will you remember the bottle, but the scent will of course come to you.
Leanne and I stopped for a lovely long lunch, outside dining with a full view of the Cathedral frontage. The café ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.