I caught one of the busier weekends in Cologne. Apparently, it's one of those cities around the world that attracts a lot of business conferences. As such, room rates fluctuate wildly, depending on whether space is tight or there's nobody in town.
The Dom Hotel is something special. It is literally across a plaza from the Dom. You walk out the front door and you have to crane your neck to see the roof of the cathedral, let alone the spires. Simply breathtaking. The room I reserved with a view of the Dom wasn't quite the view I had in mind. I had lean out and look left to get 2/3 of the Dom (the back half, so no spires) in my field of view. But I did have a great view of an open plaza next to the Dom. If I wanted the best view of the cathedral, rather than "a" view of it, I guess I should have stayed in a suite with view, rather than just a room with view.
The room was extremely well furnished without being over the top. The furniture looked like money was spent more on quality than appearance, which in my book is spot on. Call it understated style executed with quality materials. The bed was very comfortable, and the linens cuddly. The bathroom mirrored the room in that everything in it was of very high quality without an extra nickel spent on making it look more expensive than it was.
The staff were the best who've ever served me. Equally comfortable in English and German, they, and I, slid back and forth between the two languages as easily as I did with my friends growing up in Germany twenty years before. They were quick to offer the loan of an umbrella when it looked like rain, and had a kind word and a smile for us every time we came and went (5-6 times a day!).
Not being a fan of hotel restaraunts, I did not eat at the Hotel. As such, I can only comment that the location is prime, and the prices are high. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, in all price categories, as well as excellent shopping. The train station is just around the other side of the Dom, though you wouldn't notice it unless you went looking for it, so it doesn't intrude at all.
As Cologne is among my favorite cities, I will return, and I can't imagine staying anywhere but the Dom Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay right at the heart of Cologne andenjoy our new rooms and suites with the marvellous view to the Dom, only 50 meters beeline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meridien Dom Hotel
- Le Meridien Cologne
- Cologne Le Meridien