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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.
It is a really cool place, it only worked out at £25 PP P/night inc. good breakfast.
The hotel is ultra modern with a great reception area and cool seating dining area. The bedrooms are tastefully furnished and are comfortable.
It is extemely clean and the staff are helpful. It is only about 400 yds from the station too so is really convenient, it takes under 10 mins to walk to the main Dom square.
We really enjoyed Cologne and recommend the Hotel Cristall - if you book ask for a quiet room as it is near to one of the main arterial routes in the City. We went for a deluxe room at a special internet rate - which you can get from their own website
Hope you enjoy your trip as much as us - we are off again in the summer for their music fest - so cant wait
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.
Nice Hotel / Affordable Price
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.
The hotel lobby and breakfast area was bright with ultra modern furnishings. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. I reserved a "single" room. The room was small (by American standards) but was very clean and well maintained and was decorated with ultra modern furnishings. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were clean and crisp. There was no air conditioning in the room but since it was winter that did not matter. This might be a consideration during the summer months, however, due to the close proximity to the railway station as leaving the windows open at night might make it a bit noisy. With the windows closed, however, I was able to sleep in quiet comfort.
Breakfast was included in the room rate. A very nice selection of fruits, breakfast breads and meats, eggs and sausage, and juice and hot beverages were offered self service buffet style.
At approximately US$84 per night for a nice hotel in a convenient central location, I found this to be a great deal. I highly recommend this hotel.
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!
Not for the traditional!
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.
Ultra Modern and In Close Proximity to the Hauptbahnhof
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.
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Brought brekky this morning at the Cologne railway station because we discovered they have lovely yogurt and muesli. Then we went shopping. I bought a pair of German shoes, made in Hamburg, for $52! Rosanne bought a very comfortable pair of new season shoes for a little more. While we were in the hotel lounge this morning we overheard a group of Brits on a coach tour being corralled into where they needed to go by their super efficient tour guide and made a ...
... the past as well as the modern. It was probably all the rage back in the day. It was nice weather, the best we've had so far so we walked along the esplanade. The Rhine is a lovely river and we saw boats like the one we are about to board tomorrow for our cruise. In the afternoon we watched a film about the Cologne cathedral and then walked around the cathedral. It is simply huge and we could easily have spent a day exploring it. We discovered one stained glass ...
Found unbelievable bargain at a 5* Hotel. & couldn't resist. To put it into context the breakfast cost 50% of the room rate! We didn't have breakfast! Even better, parking was also extra but as GG was too tall for their underground car park, we had to park with the smart cars in front of the Hotel at no charge. Hilarious!
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... raised eyebrows. As it turns out, my host is driving to Cologne, and agrees to drop me off at the Cathedral, in the center of town. I thank him profusely, offer to pay (declined), and we spend the rest of the 3-hour trip discussing fishing, and life on a fishing boat.
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... However, they were showing the Germany v USA match inside Cologne station and I just could resist. I stayed and watched. You weren't allowed to drink inside the station, but I know for a fact there were drunk people around me. One woman decided to shout "kein Nazis" at one point. We all gave each other awkward looks and continued to watch the match, pretending like nothing had happened. I thought it would be me who made inappropriate Nazi references, believe me ...