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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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... They were there for the funeral of the man who owned the major newspaper in Cologne and so the church was cordoned off. We could not get into the church.
so, we did what we had to, eat in a super elegant sweet bakery where we enjoyed dessert style cakes that were flooded with strawberries, cherries, etc., cream frosting, ......you get the picture.
Unknown to me, COLOGNE IS FAMOUS FOR COLOGNE, PERFUME AND AFTERSHAVE.
MOM FOUND TWO ...
... a pity. Le familia spent quite a long time playing hide & seek in Primark. They bought quite a lot of stuff because my mum packed thick clothes & didn't believe me when I told her it would be hot. We then went to Birkenstock to get slippers, searched hi & lo & finally found one pair in my side which I liked so yay I'm ...
... to spare. Back on bus for a continuous run through to Amsterdam. We seamlessly bypassed border into Netherlands, there was no border. Love Netherlands I have to say, even though it was raining and really windy. Beautifully green, animals back in numbers in the pastures. Very picturesque little villages, uniquely Dutch. Each of the European country towns have had a distinctive look even if they are only a few kilometres apart. The Dutch are by and large very tidy people ...
... and wouldn't move till the relics of St Apollarinus were moved to the church on the hill.
Anyway, back to Cologne Cathedral. There is evidence of a church at this site from the 4th C onwards. The current Cathedral was commenced in 1248 as the relics of the Three Magi drew the faithful in pilgrimmages from across Europe. Begun in 1248, for a variety of reasons, ...
... for??). The view is wonderful – the Mosel River and mountains beside it. This is heaven!!
Moselkern has one attracting feature; namely, the Burg Eltz Castle which is reputed to be the best preserved in Germany. We’ll see for ourselves on Saturday. Stayed tuned.
In the meantime, on Friday we will travel to the next largest town on the Mosel – Cochem – for some activity!!