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... ready.. We tried our best to hope in, but I think they would have noticed... Walking a few blocks more, we found the real crowd already lined up along the streets, singing, dancing, and drinking. We somehow managed to sneak into a prime spot right next to local cafe with speakers blaring German Carnival songs.
The next few hours consisted of float after float generously throwing candy and little flowers everywhere. Throughout the day we not only learned how to ...
... easily be hit in the head by falling objects!! The crowd calls out 'Kamelle!' (sweets!) and the participants all throw in their direction. The participants will also give a flower to a member of the crowd in exchange for a kiss on both cheeks! We had had no idea that there would be so much thrown at us, but eventually one of the participants threw a bag at us and we were able to collect some of our chocolate and sweets! We all wanted to get as many flowers as possible, so ...
The elderly couple managed to climb 533 steps to the top of Cologne Cathedral this morning so despite the adverse comments yesterday we are not quite dead yet. A very tiring day spent wandering round Cologne, quite a nice city with lots of squares and car free zones. Most of the buildings are new on account of some work done by the British in 1944. After the cathedral and a huge German lunch of ham hock, a ...
... bigger than the one in Munster, and they are still constructing it! Over 400 years of construction and still not finished....
However it is such a beautiful sight. As WKU students tend to do when travelling overseas, we have to have our handy, dandy......RED TOWEL! It seems that on Sunday's, most of the stores are not open, leaving the city much less busy than it would be any other day (although it was still pretty ...
... of castles, historic towns and vineyards.
We have an informative talk by the tour director Roland every day - and then decisions of what excursion to go on the next day. Decision decisions
no -I was wrong - the Rhine Gorge is tomorrow. We were entertained by a great male singer - cross between Michael. Bubble and Ricky Martin- a real crooner with attitude - had us all dancing singing and had ...
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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