Central Hotel am Dom is generally considered a European boutique hotel.
The positive side first. Price, this hotel is considerably cheaper than hotel in the immediate surrounding areas, Hilton etc. The location is really good, you're only a block or so from the train station, quite easy to get too. The ability to visit tourist attractions is well served. There are hotels in the area that have a better location but they also have a much higher price, Cologne at the time we went was very expensive compared to Amsterdam and Prague. Fairly quiet considering we had the windows open, the hotel itself was good, no noise from there, just outside. So, the positives in summary are location and price.
Now for the negatives. The rooms are very small. This is a European hotel so I wouldn't ding them too much for that, fairly common in this type of establishment. The furniture however was very dated, the bathroom was tiny, the shower in my RV is bigger than the shower in this bath. No air conditioning, read that again, no air conditioning. It wasn't terribly bad for August, the room does have high ceilings and the window does open. Unfortunately, I had got sick and had a fever so temperature control would be nice. If you're wondering, not many establishments in Cologne do have AC, restaurants etc, some do but most do not. During the summer you'll be better served sitting outside to eat. The front desk were surly, it may have been they were just German, hard to tell to be honest.
If I had to go back to Cologne, I'd probably pony up the extra euro and stay elsewhere but it wasn't a terrible experience, we had much better hotels for the price in Amsterdam and Prague.
If you get bored doing the tourist thing, take a cab to the Claudies Therme, very cool european spa with several pools outside of the city. It was the best part of our trip to Koln.
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