I'm used to getting good deals by comparing various hotel comparison sites, so I assumed I had until I arrived here and realised it is very much a budget hotel.
Driving to the hotel was worrying as the number of dilapidated and graffiti covered buildings increased, till we arrived in the car park at the back of this former pre-fabricated tower block. There is no car park at the front, so the first impression certainly is not of the nice carefully framed photo of the front door. Rather you get the full East German tower block experience.
Press a buzzer by the back door, get in, haul yourself and luggage up some stairs and walk through to reception. The receptionist was very helpful and spoke excellent English. We took the elevator up to the room which was clean and large. That's the most complimentary thing I can say about it. Clearly it was an apparent in its former life complete with concrete balcony where you could stand and look out to the other apartment blocks still occupied by local citizens. You could also see the spire of the Thomaskirche and other tall buildings not so far away.
The room had an unused fridge, a cupboard with cups plates and spoons and furniture that looked like it had come from a bargain basement store. The bathroom was large, with a full bath and shower over it.
Breakfast next morning was good in a busy little dining room with the usual selection of meats, eggs, fruits, breads etc. The best bit however was that my car was where I'd left it, un-damaged and safe. I had wondered.
It's a short walk into the city centre and that was a real positive.
The title of Grand City Hotel is a real misnomer. The city may be grand, but the hotel isn't.
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