Hotel Stern am Rathaus, (Cologne, Germany) is truly the "Star at Town Hall". Located on a quiet dead-ended side street next to the old Rathaus (Town Hall) in the center of old Cologne and within easy walking distance of the Main Train station, the Cathedral, the Philharmonie, Museum Ludwig, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, the numerous restaurants and cafes of the Alte Markt and Heumarkt, and a slightly longer walk from the main shopping streets this "Star" couldn't have a more ideal location.
This is a small place, just four floors with a total of seven rooms. The decor is lean, clean modern - colors are mostly white with lots of blacks and reds too. The room we were in, the suite on the top floor, was incredibly huge.
On the ground floor is the breakfast room, in which is offered an extensive, largely organic breakfast buffet of locally produced foods - anything one could want - cereals, yoghurts, breads, cheeses, meats, eggs,fruits, etc - and including a large selection of juices and fruit/veggie smoothies. Keep an eye out for homemade treats, such as Beckie's "Armer Ritter" (Poor Knight), a delicious concoction similar to English Trifle or Italian Zuppe Inglese.
The small staff is professional but laidback and hip - and at all times friendly and helpful.
The rates are quite reasonable. We booked well ahead of our stay and got the suite for around 90 euros per night - a real bargain!
One caveat (not for us really) - there is no lift. So those who have trouble with climbing stairs should keep this in mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will find our hotel in the heart of the historic city center in a quiet side street, close to the historic city hall. Stern am Rathaus is a small, cozy and comfortable boutique hotel & cafe in the center of Cologne close to the main station, cathedral and "Altstadt" (old town)with all major sights, museums and the shopping district. ... more less
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