Dorint An der Messe Koln
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... handcraft stalls, where goods are still produced in the traditional way. Lisa and I bought some hand-painted glass Christmas decorations from one of the booths. Many of the vendors were actually making the crafts at the booth, including the candy cane makers, who were rolling giant balls of sugar dough into candy canes. There were also booths of chocolate, cheese, and bratwurst.
After that, we walked down Hohe Strasse, the pedestrian shopping street. ...
... surviving in this weather,and walk we do.
In total we have walked/ visited "seven!" xmas markets in Cologne,, the city has put on a magnificent show.. from the city centre..Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River... to the riverside markets.. the visit to this city of one million plus has delighted us...
No hotel accommodation for us tonite.. the overnite train to Prague awaits !! All aboard...
... would hand me my ticket) and I as off.
The Esprit Arena – named after the clothing chain, Fortuna’s main sponsors. But still an improvement on the previous stadium name, the Multi-functions Arena – is a monolith of a sporting and concert venue (last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was staged here). I went along in my Eintracht scarf, not thinking it would cause any trouble. And it didn’t, but it indirectly proved ...
... and rolls.
As anyone who has been to Europe wouldl know, the bakeries here are absolutely magnificant. They are also out of the question for Del, so lots of willpower is essential. One of the positives is that chocolate is generally okay - yeah! So is the old European staple- Nutella - but not on a crepe or a waffle!
Seriously, the upside is that Del will feel heaps better and there is ...
... of up to 30 minutes...that we are aware of.. special tourism maps and mini trains to make sure nothing is missed.
The sights are nothing short of spectacular.. night fall increases the magic of it all
With satisfied tummies after all the tastings offered.. enough oohs and ah's for the day...and a mulled wine with souvenir mug to keep. it is time to re- charge for the next day of Cologne's Christmas ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dorint An der Messe Koln Cologne
War für 3 Übernachtungen hier und habe den Weihnachtsmarkt genossen. Hatte eine tolle Zeit und nur 3 Termine, die ich wahrnehmen musste. Die Ankunft am Flughafen ist supereinfach und das Hotel liegt nur 10 Minuten vom Bahnhof Deutz entfernt. Zum Zentrum nehmen Sie am besten die Straßenbahnen Nr. 3 und 4, halten direkt vor dem Hotel. Kaufen Sie am besten ein Mehrfachticket, dass ist günstiger. Die meisten Märkte sind wirklich gut, der auf dem Boot ist aber reine Zeitverschwendung. Das Spa, das Fitnessstudio und der Pool von gutem Standard. Alles in allem ein tolles Hotel mit sehr freundlichen und hilfsbereiten Angestellten. Würde gerne wiederkommen.
Liebe es , hier zu wohnen
Dies ist der angesagteste Ort, um in Köln abzusteigen. Ich komme immer wieder und es ist einfach fantastisch. Das Personal ist erstklassig - sie und alles, damit man sich wohlfühlt. Ich bin geschäftlich sehr viel unterwegs und es gibt kaum vergleichlich Gutes. Wenn Sie geschäftlich in Köln zu tu haben, dann sollten Sie hier wohnen!Es bietet außerdem ein gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis, wenn Sie über die Internetseite buchen. Hier kann man tolle Angebote wahrnehmen.
Love staying here
This is the best place to stay in Koln. I keep returning, it is just fantastic.
The staff are superb - they go out of their way to be helpful.
I travel a lot for work, and hardly anywhere else compares. If you are going to Koln on business, stay here!
And it's great value if you book through the sofitel website. You can get some fantastic deals.
A great experience
Stayed for 3 nights taking in the Christmas Markets and had a great time with only a few reservations. Arrival from airport dead easy as only 10 mins walk from Duetz station. Access to city centre by number 4 or 3 tram from just outside ..... buy the multiple trip tickets for better value. Most of the markets are good fun but the one based on the boat was a waste of time. The spa, gym and pool are of an excellent standard but us bashful British should be aware that some of the locals prefer to use the facilities in the nude. It can be quite offputting!
All in all a great place to stay with very friendly, helpful staff. Would be quite happy to return.
Great location, Good value
Our family of four stayed in this hotel for two nights and had a wonderful experience. The staff were helpful and friendly, the breakfast buffet was excellent and the rooms were well appointed and comfortable. The location was another plus- just a couple of minutes both from the Dom and the train station, close to the main pedestrian zones and just across the street from two excellent museums. We had a lovely view of the Cathedral from our room yet were never bothered by noise from either the bells or the street. There is an archeological dig/street work in progress just in front of the hotel, but it really presented no problems with access. In addition, the hotel is just a couple of minutes from the Rhine promenade, where we found dozens of restaurants teeming with people. We had dinner in the hotel Brasserie one night and found the food excellent and the service above average. The car park was even an interesting event for the kids- access is by way of a car elevator, which was a first for all of us (there is also valet parking available).
We would definitely stay here again.
Not quite Sofitel standard
I usually like the newer Dorint Sofitels in Germany: cool, classy hotels with good service and usually each with an individual edge. The one next to the trade fair center in Cologne is on a par regarding the service, helpfulness, patience and friendlyness of the staff (above-average for Germany, definitely), but the general style is too average business hotel-like. Despite having everything one requires, it just is a little bit too bland and boring.
The Sofitel Mondial, right across the river, is the better option when staying in Cologne NOT for a trade fair. The outside may not look inviting (a concrete cube), but the newly renovated rooms are very nice indeed. Light wood, creative storage solutions (some rooms can be a little small- try get a corner room!). The newly refurbished spa was very comfortable- it lacks a pool though.
Well we arrived from the UK, for the Xmas Markets and I must say this hotel is in good walking distance from the city centre. Great transport as the hotel is right on the tram line to take you in.
We found the hotel to be spacious and clean in all respects. The staff were extremely attentive and I couldn't fault them at all. Very personal service, even the cleaning staff made us feel welcome.
The rooms were very spacious and clean. We had a standard twin room to the front of the hotel. The windows were sound proofed you couldn't hear a thing!
The spa was gorgeous, so relaxing, I havent been to a better one, we loved it.
The food was very well prepared and plenty of it. The bar was nice, although slightly overpriced, but this is a 4 star, so that's to be expected.
This made our stay so special, and what with the excellent Xmas markets we are going back next year.
Best hotel i've ever stayed in!!!
This hotel was amazing it had the best bar and the best reception area id ever seen. We shared a triple room for 3 days in december 2003. The room had the best surprise, it had 2 floors !!! The ground floor had a single bed, sitting area with a tv and a bathroom. The 1st floor had a double bed ,tv and another bathroom!!!! we didnt expect such a modern, clean, fantastic hotel. It cost about 30 euros from the airport to the hotel. It takes about 10 mins from the hotel (tram stop directly outside the hotel) to the centre of cologne and costs about 2 euro's return. I went last year and im still boasting about this hotel it made the trip to cologne really special.
Love Modern? You'll Love the Dorint
We were travelling from Brugge to the Rhein River region, but first stopped into Koln to stay a night and rent a car. We chose the Dorint, as we had stayed in the Berlin Dorint Gendarmenmarkt, and found it to be one of our favorite hotels ever. This Koln hotel is not as well located for the average tourist, but it had many features that we loved. The entire hotel is beautifully and smartly designed down to the smallest detail. The staff is friendly. And the Spa (the Germans pronounce this Vital Spa as "Veetul-shpah") is an entire floor! When we discovered how incredible the pool, sauna, jacuzzi and relaxation rooms were, we didn't want to leave. Also, this hotel was very reasonably priced, and featured a complimentary breakfast in their beautiful restaurant. We wished we could stay there longer, and definitely recommend this hotel!
Wellness & Business Combo
Directly situated at the entrance gate of Cologne's famous fairground, this is the place to stay for visitors and exhibitors as well.Very easily you switch from yoir booth to this hotel to relax or have a comfortable chat with a key customer.The wellness center is one of the best designed I ever experienced. (Easter 2004)Hotel staff likes american football. Dorint hotels were recently integrated into Europe's leading hotel chain. Very flexible rates.Expect well trained, competent staff, a designer made room and rich possibilities for conventions and other memorable events.