No one is ever going to fall in love with this hotel, with its gloomy dark wood foyer, small rooms and unappealingly brown bathrooms, but if you're in Cologne for a short stay and want to save money in a cheap hotel, walkable distance from the sites then sure, book a night here!
My tiny single room was far from special – cold, facing fire escapes and other rooms – and the windowless bathroom smelt of damp and the shower flooded the floor every time I used it. The feathered, flat excuse for a pillow wasn't much good and the receptionist was pretty unpleasant when I asked for a hypo-allergenic one.
Still, I was in Cologne for less than 24 hours – and on a budget trip – so I could overlook all these things because the hotel was cheap and in a decent location. Yes, it's surrounded by sex shops but so what? You can walk to Heumarkt U-bahn in a couple of minutes & by default, the start of the Christmas markets around there as well (in the right season of course!). It's maybe 10-15 minutes to the Dom and the shops & all in all, it's pretty handy for that.
Breakfast was poor, but again if you're only there for a night, some rolls, eggs & cold meats will do just fine, washed down with some horrendously sweet juice!
Everything about this hotel screams 'it'll just have to do cos I'm being a cheapo' And sometimes that's fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen is centrally located in the center of Cologne, close to public transport and the main train station in the heart of the city of Cologne. The centrally and conveniently located Novum hotels offer you cost effective deals at attractive prices in order to stay in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Our rooms have a sophisticated, yet modern and practical facilities. Free wireless Internet access Modern comforts. Attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral are just a few minutes. The central location of the Centrum Hotels is the ideal starting point for activities of any kind, the exhibition center, the university and the city center are conveniently located just 10 minutes by public transport. ... more less
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