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... dropped us. Not much happening there - a bit of shopping, a farmers market and some sights. We stopped for a beer at a local hostelry.
By 3:00 we were back in board and headed for the downtown again. We arrived and took a look at one of the canal cruise boats, The William Shakespeare, and snapped a photo or 2.
Next, we decided to find a bit of supper. But first, we had to check Mcdonalds to see if they served beer. They didn't - they did in Salzburg ...
... and abstract sculptures and objects was astounding. One thing I learnt and had previously wondered was why clocks were placed in the park I had visited the day before, this is a picture and his explanation:
"The arrangement of 23 clocks, with the 24th one lying on the ground as mother clock giving the impulses, refers to our daily routine, whose variety ...
... walking I decided to trial some of the parks and restaurant I’d previously raced past catching little information in relation to the matter. After a while of reflecting on my Segway tour I decided that I would go to Volksgarten as that Public Park was in the direction of Classic Car Remise and I could cover some of the ground now rather than retracing my steps and travel further later. I jumped in a taxi and got to the park in no time and it only cost me 8 ...
... day out cruising and cycling down and back up the Rhine. When I got there I was greeted by a surprisingly large number of people so proper preparation like bookings should be made for an entire school group taking this tour. Once we all hopped on the boat and found our seats we left the dock and headed south for Sinzig past Bonn. On the way we hopped off and cycled for a short 10 or so kilometres before meeting up with the boat again. It was the ...
... the festival to celebrate her high school graduation. Despite the fact that primary spoken language and country of origin were virtually our only commonalities, we embraced these uniting elements while ignoring our differences and enjoyed playing cards and learning more about one another before the festival began. One thing that we were all able to agree on was the atrocity of the pre-fireworks "entertainment" (I suppose that's one way of putting it). The lounge singer on board sang ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPullman Cologne
I only stayed one night but it was definitely a memorable experience. It was Karnival so the foyer of the hotel was always full of party-goers. The ban on smoking had been lifted so there was always a fog of smoke and lots of people drinking Krohl at the Bar. While I didn't appreciate the cigarette smoke, everyone was in such a great mood and the atmosphere was great. The hotel room was neat and tidy and had everything you would want. I was very happy to jump into bed after a long night out!!! Will definitely come back next year.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pullman Cologne
Nothing outstanding about this hotel
We stayed at the Dorint in April, 2006. My husband was on a business trip and I came along with our 3 year old daughter. The hotel was all right and clean enough but lacked any character. The front desk did not change our reservation when we asked to extend it for 1 day, so there was some question from the staff as to why we hadn't checked out yet. Their solution? The doorman keyed the door and walked right into the room without knocking--to see if someone was there or not! I jumped out of my skin, and was very glad I wasn't just stepping out of the shower. I think they could have handled that a little differently (better?). Next time I WILL remember to flip the security latch, I guess to protect myself from the staff.
Dorint congress cologne germany
Excellent Hotel, Excellent Staff, Excellent room, Excellent food, The Best in Cologne we will certainly go back.
Excellent location and great service
We visit Cologne at least once a year. So far this Dorint Congress, we like the best. The location is about 5 minutes from the main train station by taxi, but it is also nice to walk when the weather is good. The rooms are not large by US standard but very clean and cozy. The bed is very comfortable with down comforters. Many of the rooms have the Cathedral view. The restaurant on the top floor and the coffee shop on the lobby level have excellent food. The service is very friendly, too. It is the best place to stay in Cologne.
Nice hotel for the money. Close enough, but not too close...
I just got back from a long weekend stay in Cologne, and I stayed at the Dorint Kongress at a rate of 82 Euros a night (including breakfast) thanks to my corporate travel reservation service getting me thier rate. However, I believe the price of this hotel is normally easily between 100-200, and I can't say that I wouldn't have minded paying something in that range for the hotel. That's why at 82, it was a deal.
This hotel was very nice, clean, and comfortable. The beds weren't the most confortable, but I've slept on MUCH worse hotel beds before. The room I stayed in had two single beds, a work desk, a little round table with two chairs, sitting bench, and a refrigerator. The room was clean, and very well kept. The bathroom was also very clean, and spacious with a shower with a removeable shower head (don't know why all hotels don't have these, as usually the wall mounted ones are either too high or too low).
Was on the 8th floor, and could see the cathedral from my window, which was a nice bonus. The breakfast was pretty good, but if I would have had to pay the 18 Euros pp seperately, I might have reconsidered. But, since it was included in the price, I didn't mind. The light system in the room is also very cool. When I first walked in, couldn't figure out how to turn on the lights, as the swtiches weren't working, and it was dark at the time. Thought I might have to go back down and get a different room. However, I had a few things in my hands, and I noticed a little plastic holder on the wall right inside the door that said "CARD" with an arrow pointing to a slot. I thought, "Huh. That's cool. A holder to put your card when you come in, so you always know where it is." I decided I would try some of the other lights in the room first, and put my stuff down, and put the key card in the card slot "for safe keeping". The second I did, the lights all came on in the room. Very cool. Pull the card out, and all the lights go off. Also, next to the bed, on the nightstand, are little pushbuttons so when you are in bed, you can turn all the lights on or off without getting out of bed. Perfect for when having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night in a dark, strange room, or when you climb into bed, and realize you left that one light on aross the room. I thought this was a very nice idea.
The hotel is situated about a 7-10 minute walk due west of the Cathedral. If you come out to the main road the hotel is on, and head east, the road runs smack into the middle of the Cathedral square. If you come out of the hotel, and walk 2 streets east, and the head south, you hit the start of the big shopping markets. Overall, very conveniently located. Not too close to the main areas (as they were always bustling and very loud), but not too far away either. Just perfect.
As I was there for a business trip and just stayed two days extra on my own, I now know where everything is in relation to the hotel, and am planning on bringing my wife and daughter back for a nice 4 day weekend very soon. Oh, yeah, and we'll definitely be staying at the Kongress!!
Excellent value for money
We stayed for three nights in Oct. 2005 The hotel was excellent. The deal through web was only £60/night RO. The room we got was on the 7th floor with large picture windows over rooftops to the Dom. We sampled the pool one evening which was very quiet and very pleasant. The hotel location is good.... only 15 mins. to the Dom and old town (although it always seemed to take us hours due to all the shops, cafes, and bars along the way).
We followed an earlier reviewers advice of requesting tea and coffee making services in-room and housekeeping duly brought us coffee maker and supplies. We didn't eat in the hotel since there are so many places to eat nearby.... and much cheaper.
Cologne is great particularly the Dom, old town, shopping and walks on both sides of the river Rhine.
The bruehaus bars and the Kolshe are great too and an excellent place for a hearty meal.
Great value ... great hotel
We booked the Dorint Kongress over the internet and managed to get a 3 nights for the price of 2 from hotels, so we were in a fairly good mood already when we arrived. The hotel is very smart and clean, the rooms are very comfortable. The swimming area is nice, the pool slightly small, and there are plenty of loungers to lie upon.
However, we thought the breakfasts were expensive @ 15 euros per person and found an excellent alternative, an "eat as much as you want" buffet breakfast cafe in the Altstadt in the old town @ 6 euros pp.
We would definitely stay there again, especially on a 3 for 2 deal.
Nice hotel, arrogant staff
I stayed in this hotel recently, and even though it is a very nice hotel I wasnt happy about everything. The waiters in the bar were very disrespectfull and even the reception staff acted really arrogant. I dont advise anyone to stay there unless you can live with that.
We've just visited Cologne again, this time stopping in the Dorint Kongress hotel.
This is a great 4 star hotel, roughly around 15 minutes walk to the Catherdal, and the old town, but there are tons of shops and cafes very close by virtually down every street you walk.
We requested a Catherdal view to which they were more than happy to give us at no extra cost and the view was amazing as we were on the seventh floor, the windows are huge so the view is spectacular. In fact we'd visited Cologne particularly for the festival and firework display, so we got the best view ever of the fireworks.
The room had everything you needed, air con was brilliant, bedside touch pad remotes even for the lights! It was clean, but a bit disappointing as it was slightly dated, the decor needed a face lift. lovely sheets and couldn't really complain about anything in the room other than the decor. there was a small mini bar, but strangely with no alchohol other than beer.
There wasn't actually tea/coffee making facilities so we rang down and asked, and they happily provided a tea/cofee maker at no charge, however there are no details giving you this information.
The pool was lovely, we swam in it and had a lot of fun, there are sun loungers and a terrace to sunbathe, there is even a shallow end for children in the pool, it's not very big, but clean and the surroundings are lovely. Children are not allowed in the pool after 2pm so it was relaxing and quiet. you must take towels from your room down to the pool as they don't provide them unless you are having beauty treatments, like a massage.
There is also a steam room, sauna, and tiny gym with only two exercise machines in it, but still it was ok, these are chargable though, but the pool is free to people stopping at the hotel.
We tried out Jimmy's bar in the hotel, it was nice, staff were great and gave table service too, but we found it expensive in there. we didn't try out anything else in the hotel, so can't say about the resturant etc...
The reception staff are nice, there's a lovely glass lift worth a trip in and generally we really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay here again. it would be nice to see the decor updated eventually, but like i said it was clean and all the facilities you need are there.
Cologne is fantastic, the old town is rocking and so pretty and friendly; the restaurants serve fantastic food.
Further down the river is a bridge with a cable car crossing over it, that's definitely worth a ride, quite scary but good fun and a great view.
The German's are so nice, friendly and helpful, this city is well worth a visit, very relaxing and laid back and yet buzzing in the old town.
If you take a taxi from the airport beware the taxi drivers drive very fast, the speed limits are higher than ours and it can be quite a frightening experience.
probably the best hotel i have ever stayed in, the room was very big, huge comfy bed and lovely bathroom, very clean. Breakfast was excellent, so much choice in the buffet, from bacon and eggs, fish, omlettes to a variety of breads, jams , juices and cereals and as much coffee as you wanted. We stayed over a long weekend, the hotel was quiet, as it was also february, indoor pool looked very nice, but never used it, piano bar was really nice to relax in after an evenning out, drinks quite pricey, also a bar/disco on top floor for guests only, there is glass on one side, the view of cologne with the cathedral lit up was quite something,hotel is ideally placed, as 10 mins walk one way is the cathedral, square and shops and 10 mins the other, is the main street of bars, restaurants etc, will definitely go back