It was a last minute business trip so the hotel options were limited... even if a room could be found, normal business properties were charging upwards of €400/night. The Best Western at €200/night seemed a relative bargain. I made my choice based on tripadvisor reviews - specifically looking for negative feedback regarding the internet connect, which there appeared to be none. My experience, thus far (still have two nights to go):
a) Location - fantastic... directly across from the Koln hbf. Shops in the hbf are open late, great for picking up food or drink.
b) Service - friendly... front desk staff was good.
c) Air Conditioning - seemingly non-existent. If one turns down the temperature, hot air continues to pump out of the vents. I had to turn off the a/c and rely on open balcony door to provide some cooling. Of course, overlooking the main train station resulted in this being a rather noisy alternative.
d) Satellite television - my computer monitors (at work and home) are larger than the television. Although, this was not the main problem... I was restricted to news channels (France24, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC) as I only comprehend English/French. Just one 'entertainment' channel in English would have been a blessing. Normally, this would not be an issue as I spend much more time online working or catching up with friends/family... but this wasn't really possible due to:
e) Horrible WIFI - ...periods of the day where it did not appear to work; so slow that it could not even complete a speed test. I (like a lot of business travellers, I presume) can put up with a lot in hotels but the quality of the internet connection is a 'make or break' item for me. Even if it were at 1.5 mbps I would have probably rated the internet 'average'... but there is no way it was even close to that.
If I was back for pleasure and the cost were €100/night I might consider a repeat visit... but, even with a price reduction, I would not consider the property for business. Great location though...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All 131 rooms at our Cologne hotel enjoy a comfortable and modern design. Sound-proof windows and air conditioning ensure perfect sleeping comfort. Our hotel guests have free WiFi internet access in the entire hotel. Relax in the hotel bar with a cool "Kölsch" beer or a sparkling cocktail. The WYNDHAM Köln 's summer terrace is the perfect place to socialise in the summer months. The WYNDHAM Köln is located at the heart of the city, across from the Cathedral and central railway station. Cologne, the fascinating Rhine metropolis: 2000 years of rich history, gathering ground for people from around the globe, home to a vibrant art and culture scene of Cologne and extensive shopping miles, with a picturesque historic district and the trade fair grounds - all within just a few minutes' walking distance. In summer you can enjoy the view from the hotel terrace at the heart of Cologne while the city's night life pulsates outside. Relax with a cool Kölsch beer or a sparkling cocktail in the hotel bar "Le Perron" or on the terrace. Our hotel rooms are ideal for business travellers and visitors planning a short trip to Cologne. Our hotel's comfortable beds ensure a good night's sleep and tempt every guest to have a lie-in. The free WiFi internet connection in the rooms keeps you in touch with your colleagues, friends and family at any time of the day or night. All rooms are equipped with a desk, telephone, flatscreen TV and a safe deposit box. A free bottle of mineral water is on hand as refreshment. A kettle and a selection of teas & coffees provide you a relaxed start to the morning at the WYNDHAM Köln. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Points Hotel Cologne
- Four Points Cologne
- Sheraton Cologne
- Cologne Four Points
- Cologne Sheraton