Barcelo Cologne City Center
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For our first trip we decided to visit the Christmas Markets in Cologne, Germany. The city of Cologne offers six Christmas Markets in total. These Christmas Markets are stunning and a part of the Germans everyday life in December.
There are four big markets, one located at the Cologne Cathedral and another just outside our accommodation …
We had another early start for our train, which left Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 8:50am. We got some Starbucks coffees, a pastry and some weird yogurt and fruit cups which had things like starfruit, pineapple and melon in them. Lisa had waited with our bags at the end of the platform that was supposed to be for first class, but just as I was heading up …
... festivities the next day.
On Sunday morning we headed to Cologne, dressed in the little costumes we had. We were greeted in Cologne with even MORE people in costume and a large parade! Quite the welcoming.. After maneuvering our way around the parade and finding our hostel to drop off our bags, we headed back into town only to find that the parade was still going on!! For the next hour or so we participated in the beer-drinking, singing, and candy picking of the ...
... Cologne as this is where one of the biggest and most famous parades is held, and we wanted to get there early to find a good spot to stand. We met up with a big group of other assistants and their friends from uni who live in other parts of Germany and England. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes! We all grabbed coffee - it wasn't even 9am at this point! - and we walked through town along the parade route until we found a good place to watch from. The wait for the ...
... a beermat on top to indicate you have had enough. Predictably enough it is a recipe for getting Irish folk drunk very quickly.
Then, there are places like the Haxenhaus bar along the banks of the Rheine, which served metres of Kölsch, 10 Stanges in a metre-long tray/ box. I left before it got too rowdy (and before everyone else was thrown out for singing too loudly 20 minutes later) preferring to go for dinner at the nearby Bierhaus am ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Cologne City Center
Excellent Hotel and close to the Christmas markets
Have just come back from Cologne, excellent Hotel, right on the doorstep of 2 Christmas Markets and across the road from tram and bus stops. Breakfast buffet excellent with huge choice. Room excellent, clean and well appointed (ours had view of Dom). Dont ask reception for Taxi, they use Private Hire which costs almost double.
Crowne Plaza, cologne - great hotel
stayed here for 3 nights in 2004. Terrific hotel - very high standard, nice big rooms with all the usual facilities you would expect of a hotel at this level. You can often get quite competitive rates.
I have to disagree with the review that suggests the hotel is not a long way from the centre as it is at least a 15/20 minute walk to the Dom and Railway station.
However that said this is **NOT** an issue as there is public transport on the doorstep that can get you anywhere in no time - Huemarkt is just one stop away and this stop is literraly the centre of the public transport network.
Fabulous hotel very highly recommended
Just on the edge of the Old City near and old city gate. Beautiful hotel with an awesome staff. Curtious and helpful. Best breakfast buffet in europe
Crowne Plaza - Very Good
Excellent hotel in a very good location. Lots of bars and shops around and about a 20 min walk to the Cathedral.
Rooms are very clean and spacious with good facilities.
Nice reception and bar area.
A big plus point is the superb leisure faciliities, which inlcude a gym, sauna, solarium and a great swimming pool.
For the price, this hotel is a bargain.
Lovely and inexpensive
What a hotel .a 5 min walk from the hohe str, the shopping street. This hotel is very inexpensive (100 Euro a night for a double) and is top quality. Swimming pool included in the price. Pay the 6 euro more for a room with a view, you won't regret it.
We enjoyed our stay at Crowne Plaza Hotel Cologne on April 17 and got good rates for Euro 100/night! The hotel staff were friendly, efficient and giving their best service to their customers. We noted that the concierge was extremely helpful and polite. The rooms were spacious, bright, clean and well-maintained. Breakfast was delicious and well-prepared. Location is good, in city center and closed to shopping area, restaurants & fast food outlets, what can we ask for more? We loved this hotel and will definitely come back to stay if we visit Cologne again.
Very Nice Hotel, Good Location
We stayed here for the Christmas Markets and had a wonderful time. The hotel is in a good location with easy access to the Trams and Undergound. The Dom Cathederal is a good 20 min walk but the public transport is so good there is no problem. Rooms are very clean and spacious and the breakfasts were good.
This is an excellent hotel choice for a stay in Cologne. It is ideally situated for visiting the Christmas markets. They are all within walking distance or a short tram ride away. The market at Rudolfplatz is literally just across the road. The hotel itself is superb. There are four large lifts to all floors. Alternate floors have ice machines. The rooms are clean, large and air conditioned. The beds are extremely comfortable. All the staff seem to pride themselves in providing the best possible service. Nothing is too much trouble. The breakfast was an absolute feast. I have never seen so much choice offered at any of the hotels I have stayed in before. Another plus was the fact that breakfast is available until 11:30 at the weekend in case you oversleep! Late checkout was no problem at no extra charge. The Chrismas decorations were enchanting and the lobby bar very relaxing. The hotel has its own reastaurants or if you prefer to eat out, there is an abundance of restaurants catering for all tastes in the immediate vicinity. Alternatively the Underground network can be reached by lift from just outside the hotel to take you wherever you please.
Just back with wife and 13 year old daughter after a long week-end stay. Really enjoyed the Crowne Plaza. Hotel was clean without being clinical. Rooms comfortable with tea and coffee making facilities replenished each day. Daughter enjoyed the pool. Nice lounge bar. Above all the staff at the hotel were first class, friendly, helpful and with a sincere smile. It has Investors in People status. It's a nice walk from the hotel into the City lots of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. If you are disabled as I am it is also well positioned for transport around the City with Metro and Tram just 50 yards away. To get to the main station which is next to the Dom Cathedral get a tram no. 1 or 7 (which run every few minutes) one stop to Neumarkt and then get the Metro two stops. The tram also takes you two stops to Heumarkt, nice square again with lots of nice eating places and just a few minutes from the Chocolate Museum, the Rhine (for cruises) and the Old Town. Cologne is a lovely place, people are friendly, lots to see and do. Will definitely go back. Enjoy your stay.
I've just come back from an excellent stay at the Cologone Crowne Plaza (November 15 & 16/03). I would certainly visit the hotel and lovely city again. The room rate for a queen bed was reasonable at $80 euros per night. I booked this through their own web site and probably lucked out with the rate for this time of year.