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“Not really bad but certainly not really good, either”

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B&B Hotel Koeln-Airport
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gremberghoven
Reviewed March 12, 2013

As I reviewed the fantastic prizeotel in Bremen (which is also a budget hotel although it costs a couple of EUR more per night) a few days ago, I was interested to see what the B&B would be like. After all, I'd never stayed in one before. I used to see them all over the place near highways and I'd always imagined them to be like Accor's Etap (now re-branded to Ibis Budget) franchise.

And indeed, the similarities are striking. B&B offers hotel rooms at bargain prices (sometimes starting as low as 45 EUR for a double room), advertises its style as basically no frills/no nonsense and parts of the concept are the same (location near highway ramps, airports, industrial estates; payment upon check-in; PIN codes for access to rooms, ...)

Check-in went smoothly, although the receptionist and her friend were more interested in doing their nails and watching TV. Other patrons seemed a bit seedy but may have been innocent travelling salespeople or construction workers. We did not get a receipt (we paid cash so not really a big deal). The room itself was very small but clean enough - the bathroom, too. How I hate shower curtains in hotels - they are sooo unhygienic. The rest was pretty unimpressive ... very bare, stuffy (a/c did not work or was shut off). No luggage rack, just a small wardrobe. A bit worn, scratch marks on one of the walls. I actively disliked the color scheme (bright greens, dark blues). The beds were firm enough but the pillows were a joke they were so thin. You had to fold them to get at least some neck support.

Not located in one of the better neighborhoods. Not many dinner options: a KFC and a McDonald's about one km up the road - that's it. Close to the airport, so convenient for us as we were flying out of CGN the next morning.

A really average kind of budget hotel, although I felt this one to be unnecessarily grim and depressing. Totally okay if it's for one night or if you are on a tight budget. Do not stay here for any kind of romantic atmosphere or nicety.

I give this hotel an "average" rating just because the room was clean - otherwise I would have gone lower.

PROs
- good location in relation to the major highways and CGN airport
- inexpensive
- reasonably clean

CONs
- disinterested staff @ reception
- shower curtains
- stuffy room & a/c not working
- desolate/boring/mildly disturbing neighborhood
- very functional, bordering on the austere
- drab color scheme
- thin pillows

Room Tip: I think it is useless as all rooms should be the same.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

During an exhibition in Cologne, we stayed here with our entire team - aprox. 15 people.
The hotel is easy to reach by car or train.

The rooms are small, but clean - very basic; with a LCD TV; a comfortable bed and a small working area with chair. The bathroom is also very small - but equipped with a nice shower.

The breakfast is "buffet style" - also basic: juices; breads, a few fruits - and some nice cereals.

The great advantage of this place is its "value for money price" and its location near to a train station (3-5 minutes walk only): from here you get to Cologne Messe/fair in 15 minutes by train. Easy and stress-free.

The disadvantages: When the hotel is full (during exhibition times), the internet access gets down due to the number of users; the hotel should invest in access!

Also the area in the breakfast-room is too small: people start to queue.... to get a table and some food.

Right next to the hotel you´ll find a KFC; next to the KFC a gas station with a small supermarket and in 10 minutes walk a McDonalds. That´s all in easy walking distance.
But you will not find any real restaurants in walking distance.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 17, 2008

This hotel is about 6km from the airport but very easy to get to as it is next to Frankfurterstrasse station-1 stop by train from the airport. When you get off the train (if you are coming from the airport) turn right and leave the station by that exit, then turn right again and the hotel is straight in front of you. If you turn left off the train, you have approx 10 minute walk which is very dark late at night.

The hotel is basic and very functional. We had a family room for 4 whch was quite cramped but for one night following a late arrival, it was fine. The best thing about the hotel was the price-59 euros for a family room.

The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, so there isn't much to do in the surrounding area but for a cheap one nighter, it's fine.

If you arrive after 10pm, you need to ring the hotel in advance. The staff there speak good english. You pay upfront and they give you a code to get through the front door and then this code gets you into your room. It is very straightforward. There is also a check in machine but this was broken when we stayed so I wouldn't rely on it.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 2, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled on business
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Additional Information about B&B Hotel Koeln-Airport

Address: Lina-Bommer-Weg 3, 51149 Gremberghoven, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Gremberghoven
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gremberghoven
Price Range: $54 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — B&B Hotel Koeln-Airport 2*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The B&B Hotel Koln-Airport is located in Gremberghoven, which is about 8 kilometres away from Cologne/Bonn Airport and 10 kilometres from the city centre. The A4 motorway can be reached within 1 kilometre. At the Hotel free parking is available (subject to availability). The 104 single, double and spacious family rooms are equipped with television incl. Free Sky-TV, desk, bathroom with shower and WC, soundproofed windows, air conditioning and free WiFi. The breakfast buffet can be booked for a small additional fee. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
B&B Hotel Koeln-Airport Germany/Gremberghoven

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