Le Meridien Dom Hotel
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After we dropped off our bags at the hotel, it was off to adventure through the Christmas markets of Cologne (Koln in German). Our first stop was literally on the door step of our hotel. In the shadow of the Dom Cathedral is a gathering of 150 or so small open air stalls, each one selling a differnet Christmas ornament or other Christmas related …
We slept in this morning, trying to shake the effects of jet lag (not successful) and joined Scott, Heidi, and Marsha for breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. The food was outstanding, complete with omelet station, tons of fruits and vegetables (a nice treat to the meat and potato standards of lunch and dinner), and many other tasty beginnings. …
Having gone to sleep after midnight the night before, the 6:30am wake-up call was a bit early. However, it was totally worth it as we got to watch the snow falling on our balcony while we blogged and wrote postcards. Watching snow fall is a very peaceful experience, and then add the tolling bells of the cathedral and its down, right magical.
Over the past several days we have seen a lot of Germany: north to Dusseldorf, west to Aachen, and today we went south to Cochem and Koblenz. Having a home-base and day tripping is a wonderful way to catch a lot of sights in a short amount of time – a very different approach than we took over the summer. Deciding to skip the large breakfast …
Today was a very slow-paced day. With nothing planned, today was a hang-out and explore day. Our only obligation was to meet back in Scott and Heidi's room at 6:00 for pre-dinner drinks, dinner, and then onto the Koln philharmonic for a German sing-a-long concert.
Dan and I spent a glorious morning lying in bed watching the snow fall, …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Meridien Dom Hotel Cologne
Nice place good service...
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The hotel has been tastefully renovated and the rooms are clean and comfortable. I was only in the bar briefly and found it far too smoky to stay long, but if smoke doesn't bother you it looks like a good place to mingle.
The location can't get better, directly beside the cathedral and next to the large shopping district. From our little step-out balcony I took some great pictures of the cathedral.
The staff were fantastic! So friendly, courteous and helpful. They did not hesitate to help us when we asked for something and took an interest in us. I highly recommend the Dom Hotel!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Dom Hotel Cologne
And no sausages in sight!
To the reviewer who complained about the restaurants nearby with poor service: "You should've eaten in the hotel!"
We arrived at 5.15pm on Thursday 2 December, with the Xmas market in the square in front of the hotel in full swing. Good room overlooking Dom and square, with double glazing cutting out the noise.
Really excellent meal, some chosen from their 'Goose & Game' menu. Good starters, memorable mains: my wife had a particularly noteworthy venison with goose liver (E25?) while I had "Oat-fed goose in a lime-thyme sauce with caramelised red cabbage, chestnuts and 2 kinds of dumplings (E24). All washed down with their Red Wine of the Month: Amarone (Santi) which went well.
Like another reviewer, we didn't eat breakfast there. We were catching a train to Zurich so grabbed a coffee and Danish on the station (and very good both were too).
An Excellent Hotel!
We stayed 3 nights and had a very nice stay. We were upgraded for an additional 30 euros and had a wonderful room with a great view of the Dom and the Rhein. The room was very large and well appointed. Highly recommended. Good rates through Expedia can be found.
The Dom Hotel is a bit luxrious. The staff was very helpful and the room and view were great! The square was VERY crowded being a friday night and the surrounding restaurnts were very busy with poor service. The catherdral is wonderfull and worth the visit. Parking is horrible, pull onto the square dodge the people and let the valet navigate the construction and parking garage about a block away. Don't bother paying to eat breakfast in the hotel there is a starbucks and a pastry shop around the corner. Also there is a cheap internet shop a block down the street.
My wife and I stayed at the Dom in June 2003 for my 50th birthday. The hotel was in midst of renovations so there weren't many other guests there. I think the restaurant may have changed which would be a pity as the old restaurant looked out on to the DOM square and had great ambience. Great architecture throughout the hotel, which I hope the renovations haven't detracted from. Everything about this hotel is superb, the atmosphere, the service, the staff, the food, the location and the rooms.
We will without doubt return as we have never stayed in a better hotel (and we have traveled the World quite extensively).
We just hope that it hasn't changed too much and lost its individuality and charm.
Terrific location, but beware: the hotel is situted right next to the magnificent cathedral, which is good and bad. Good if
you want to get to the site and other attractions quickly. bad if you're a light sleeper. The bell chimes EVERY 15 minutes, so do some heavy doses of sleeping pills or bring extra airplugs. Other than that, superb room amenities, good housekeeping staff, blah, blah, blah.
Not what I expected
The outside of the Dom Hotel is very cute - window boxes with flowers and very european looking. The lobby and the hallways to the rooms, also very old-world and beautiful. But our room.... was the most modern looking hotel room I've ever stayed in. White sheets and comforter (the most amazingly comfortable bed of our trip) contrasted with bright pink throw pillows and neon green material over the windows. A gigantic flat screen television hung on the wall, and a massage chair and desk completed the room. It was definitely nice and great ammenities, however I would have preferred a room that actually matched the lobby/outside decor and ambiance.
Being expats living in France, my wife and I have done our share of hotel stays in Europe. We highly recommend The Dom Hotel in Cologne, it is simply wonderful.
Our room was a standard double room which included two beds pushed together - making a kingsized bed (typical for Germany). The bed and the comforters are very comfortable, the size of the room is more than adequate for Americans' roomy requirements, and the staffs were simply superb. We traveled with our dog (~50lbs) and she even had a great time at the hotel.
We searched on some of the travel web site and found a deal the last minute with a three-night stay but the last night is free. It turned out to be an excellent deal! They charged us 15Euros per night for the dog but it was well-worth it.
The best part is the location of the hotel. You have a 5-minutes walk to the train station, 7 minutes to the Rhine river, and 30 seconds away from the main attraction, the Dom, and the shopping area.
One suggestion, pick an inside room versus one facing the street or the Dom. Perhaps you can have a view of the Dom from the stree side, but I prefer to get a better night sleep (less noise and less price!). You will have plenty of time to view the Dom when you are outside.
Only potential warning: be prepare to hear the church bells. My wife found it quite soothing, and it didn't bother me much, but you may feel differently. However, overall - we highly recommend this hotel.
Great staff, business class hotel
We got a terrific deal for junior suite for our one-night stay September 16, 2003. Our room was newly refurbished, with a great view of the Dom. Our room was a bit sterile for my tastes. I like more character than our business-class room had.
However, the staff at this hotel was the best I've ever experienced.
They treated us like royalty, booking our train tickets to Amsterdam for us and having them available for pick up at the reservation desk within less than a day. And as we were leaving for the train station, a very pleasant porter grabbed our bags and carried them to the train platform about three blocks away.
Excellent location, good experience at the Dom Hotel
There's no better location in Koln than the Dom Hotel - it sits literally at the base of the Cathedral and everything you need is just a few steps away. The train station is just across the square, the main shopping area is adjacent to the hotel and there are lots of restaurants nearby (in the immediate vicinity and also a short walk to the Alt Stadt). Countless museums are within walking distance or a short train ride. The tourist office is around the corner. (There's even a McDonald's across the street for Americans yearning for a taste of home!)We found a deeply discounted room through ***** ($119/night plus tax) and parking was an additional EUR 18/night. The staff was courteous and accomodating, addressing any question or need immediately. Our room was spacious but faced a wall of other rooms' windows (I guess for $119 we shouldn't have expected much of a view!). The marble bath was very nice and offered both a tub and shower - something not found at many hotels!The only downside was that there was not good sound-proofing between rooms and we were frequently beseiged by the odor of cigarette smoke coming from neighboring rooms. The room had a second door between the hallway/bath area and the bedroom - closing this door helped with both noise and smoke.There was still construction going on at the hotel during our stay (Oct. 2003), but we weren't affected by it (other than pay-per-view movies being unavailable).We would definitely recommend the Dom Hotel for optimum location, great service and comfortable accomodations.
A very nice stay at The Dom Hotel
You canèt beat the location of this Hotel if you want to stay in proximity of the Dom cathedral. Thatès because you are right on the square. The Dom is extremely impressive looking due to its size and architecture. The Hotel was going through some renovations (I stayed there 13-16 August 2003). The HUGE drawback was that the hotel did not have air conditioning in the rooms. As you know Europe is going through a heat wave and every night is was a very uncomfortable 30 degrees celcius in my room! But my room and bathroom was very modern and lovely. The bar/restaurant was also very picturesque. I would return to this hotel if they could get there air conditioning installed and functioning. The internet service was spotty as well unfortunately. Very nice/helpful staff.