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Historical Traveler Reviews Tian Yuan Hotel Ningbo
Great location and great view!!
What can I say, I got a room with majestic Dom view from my window and balcony. The room is big enough, very clean,
I saw the hotel immediately after walking out from Koln hbf, and the Dom is just at the other side of the train station.
This was the best hotel I lived throughout my 1 wk trip to Europe.... of course, it's price is a bit at high side for such a great location and standard.
I visited Cologne in late January with my boyfriend for a business/leisure trip. We were attending a trade fair at the exhibition centre combined with some sightseeing.
This hotel is right beside the Hauptbahnhof and close to the main attractions & shopping streets. When it comes to location it can't be beaten. It is in the perfect location also for attending the Exhibtion Centre (Koeln Messe) as there is a very convenient ferry to the centre a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Our room was quite small but had all the facilities you would expect. One gripe was that it had two single beds even though we had requested a double (as opposed to twin) room. This may have been due to the fact that the hotel was extremely busy due to the large trade fair taking place that week. The bathroom was also really tiny.
As other reviewers have mentioned the continental breakfast was great - plenty of choice & something to suit everyone.
I would definitely recommend Cologne for a short break. There is plenty to keep you occupied for 2-3 days although a day is enough to see all the main sights if time is short.
Nice hotel, good value
This is possibly the most convenient hotel to Koeln Hauptbahnof (central rail station, aka: hbf). I had a small but clean and crisp room with wi-fi access. The old town of Koeln is with its restaurants, shopping, museums, and performance halls is a very short walk away. The hbf has a pharmacy, many places for a quick snack or drink, and a grocery store that's open until 23:00 (I think - it's open quite late at any rate). I found it to be a useful shopping center for travelers.
My room rate included a nice breakfast.
If you're looking for luxury very close to the hbf or the old town I'd suggest the Dom Hotel. But if you're looking for a hotel in the same area that while not swanky is very nice then this is the place.
A breakfast and a location that can't be beat!
My wife and I recently (16-18 Dec) stayed at the Four Points Hotel and found it to be a good hotel in a great location. The purpose of our trip was to sample the many Christmas Markets and enjoy the sights and beer halls of Cologne. We chose the hotel based on its location, as it is directly opposite the main train station. It is also close to the Dom and the attached Christmas Market, and within walking distance to the Alter Markt.
The hotel is good, and exactly what you would expect from a Sheraton. We were in a room at the back of the hotel, which looked like it was part of a smaller building that had been joined to the main hotel when they refurbished it recently. Our room didn't have a balcony like the rooms at the front, and our view was of a car park rather than the Dom. The room was clean and well appointed. The television had 30-odd channels, including 2 English speaking news channels. The bed was a queen, with two separate single duvets, rather than one to cover the whole bed. The bath room was well sized with a shower over the bath.
Apart from the location the next best thing was the breakfast buffet. It catered for everyone. It included fruits, juices, yoghurts, cereals, cold-cuts of meat, bread, rolls, pastries and hot options including two types of sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs.
The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English. They were more than helpful when we asked them for help locating sights and shops that might stock particular items.
We had two minor complaints; 1) Our room was cold at times and we had to ask for an extra blanket at night, 2) The shower head in our room had a mind of its own and would sporadically turn to face out of the bath.
I would recommend the hotel to others. I think it is good value for money, and has a breakfast and is in a location that can't be beat. Just request a room in the main/front building.
Great hotel, Great location
A great hotel, as always, Sheraton quality, at a great location in Cologne. It's across the street from the Main train station, so it's ideal if you arrive, tired on a train, or have an early train to catch. My biggest regret was that our train left as breakfast was starting, so we didn't have an opportunity to try it.
The staff was friendly, and spoke excellent English.
Not much else to say, top of the line all around!
Better than expected!!!!
I stayed here when I visited Cologne with my partner in May.....I was pleasantly surprised on arrival to discover we had been upgraded to a suite.
The room was extremely comfortable and large, with kitchen, lounge, walk-in wardrobe and balcony....
The balcony overlooked the Main train station (Bahnhof) and was shadowed by the superb Dom cathedral, a must see attraction. The main square at the cathedral is approximately a 5-7min walk.
There are an abundance of things to do and see in Cologne, for which this hotel is a great base, the staff are extremely friendly, helpful and cooperative, especially the bar staff. I had read this comment on Trip Advisor before booking and agree hole-heartedly!
The breakfast, which was included in the price, was extensive, covering a multiple of appetites, to satisfy a diverse range of customers.
The only downfall I could find, which for most is probably not even worth a mention, is the lack of free car parking. There is a Parking Lot close by and the price was very reasonable. For those of you travelling to Cologne, check for concerts and shows that may be on, as there seemed to be posters everywhere for some very popular acts, the Reception staff are very informative when it comes to this, Anyway, thats about it, enjoy your trip!
Class act, great location & nog your average Sheraton
If you travel by train, this is your hotel. Though immediately across the street from the train station, soundproofing gives you a quiet room.
If you think of Sheratons in the USA as not quite up to par - that is not the case in Europe. This hotel provides every amenity that anyone of any need could demand or possibly need. The rooms (I had two suites) that I had were extremely large (larger than an Embassy Suites room in the USA). One even had a mantle with electric fire place. Each had a large balcony, sitting room and very tastefully decorated bedroom. My largest suite had an exercise bike in the bathroom, a garden tub, shower and was enormous.
The staff in this hotel speaks impeccable English and is worthy of commendation on their attitude. The restaurant provides reasonably priced, decent meals.
On a 12 day trip through Europe and 5 different hotels, this one ranked at the very top - even taking into account a 5 star hotel in Venice.
Without hesitation, I highly recommend this hotel.
Best Room ever
We stayed here a couple of nights during the Xmas markets in December. The room was like a suite to the rich & famous, don't think it was what we had booked, it seemed like an upgrade. We've never stayed in a hotel in such luxury, tvs both bedrooms, exercise bike, fitted kitchen, huge rooms etc,etc. We're touring Germany in July 2005 and making a point of staying 1 night here. Breakfast was self service, and plenty of it, hot & cold. Drinks at the bar slightly more expensive that locally, but not unusual for a hotel. Only downside was the temperature outside. It felt like -10 centigrade, far too cold to walk about, a pity because we would have liked to explore the city for 1 day. Would highly recommend this hotel. It's also right next to the train station, 50yrds, and 100 yards to the famous Cologne cathedral.
Stayed here for 1 night on the 10th of august 2004. This is a very nice hotel with spacious, clean rooms. The hotel is located right behind the main train station and just a few minutes walk from downtown. The breakfast is exactly what you expect from a breakfast buffet in a 4 star hotel. Only the diner menu doesn't offer to much variety, but who cares when you are just a few steps away from the nice terraces overlooking the rhine-river. I can honestly recommend this hotel to everybody, no matter if you're staying here for business or pleasure.
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