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“economy-priced business hotel close to main train station”
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Hotel Santo
Ranked #20 of 263 Hotels in Cologne
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Clean rooms though not very big, economy-priced hotel, friendly and very helpful hotel staff, close to main train station i.e. walking distance but need to ask directions or use gps, wifi included with room pricing and works perfectly, parking outside on the street closeby if you are lucky, or underground hotel parking for a charge.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Great little hotel which is less than 10 minutes walk from the back entrance (Breslauer Platz) of the main station (Hbf). You can walk down the slightly dark and dingy Domstrasse or along the main road: Turinerstrasse. Either way it is about 8 mins on foot.
Rooms are nice and clean, minimalist design with the doubles actually being two single beds joined together so beware couples -- it is an intimacy free zone! My single room was tiny with an actual single bed -- not seen one of those in ages -- but was fine for two nights. Nice powerful shower but no bathtub.
Breakfast was fine: usual German buffet style (cheese, cold meats etc) with a few added extras such as salmon, sparkling wine, waffles, strudel etc.
Staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke good English but appeared to struggle with French.
Area handy for the Eigelsteintor area (left out of the hotel and over the main road) with lots of cafés and restaurants and an U-Bahn station (Ebertplatz) nearby.
A word of warning for any puritanical Americans: there are lots of Helmut Newton nudes on the walls (lots of pert breasts!) so you might like to look away now and avert your eyes when going to your rooms!
I would stay again and will recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We had been at this hotel during our visit to Cologne and we loved! Hotel is great, brand new, rooms are very comfortable and well equipped and with free Nespresso. They are spacious and very clean and beds are like heaven. Staff is very friendly always looking to help you. Breakfast is great, great food and lots of options.
Its location is prime, walking distance to main train station, subway and main attractions.
It really a must go place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We have been to this hotel twice now & really like the way it is within five minutes easy walk to the main train station & the Rhine but away from the really busy part of the city which is so much noisier.

The hotel itself is a modern four star hotel which has been beautifully decorated & stylishly furnished. The bedrooms are a good size, well appointed with all the mod cons, & come with very nice en suites. Everything is spotlessly clean. The hotel staff are very helpful, polite & efficient, & nothing is too much trouble.

The hotel provides a wonderful traditional german buffet breakfast which includes everything you could ever wish for which will set you up for the day.

Throughout the hotel, their are some amazing photographs which can be found in a book by Helmut Newton.

The garage is also amazing! The cars are deposited into a lift system in the opposite building, so are completley safe & secure throughout your stay. I would have no doubts about recommending this hotel to anyone & am looking forward to a return visit in the future.

Room Tip: Rooms situated at the back of the building are quieter.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The room are small but well designe and the bathroom is very big.
The breakfast is great with a lot of choice hot or cold.
The beds are very confortable.
We have use the parking and we were able to leave the car until 15h the day of our departure.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lorraine R
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Modern. Clean. Lovely comfy beds and bed linen and duvet and pillows. Professional staff. Stayed 1 night during a recent business trip and loved it. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I have ever had. I will keep in mind this hotel for my next trip to Cologne. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

First impression is of the sleek dining room and new design lobby, must be a new hotel. The room was very small but super well designed to compensate, with ultra-modern finishes (sometimes sacrificing quality or convenience for the modern look).

The neighbourhood, a four block walk north of the main train station, is bland, and immediately across from the hotel they've torn down a building and are working on a new one.

Spent a night here before moving to Coellner Hof in a more lively neighbourhood a few blocks away (due to a reservation stuff-up), while the desk staff here were welcoming, the place feels less cozy.

But the price (in the 70 euro range) is still excellent value for money, particularly the top-notch breakfast spread.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Santo

Address: Dagobertstr. 22-26, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Cologne
#16 Luxury Hotel in Cologne
#24 Business Hotel in Cologne
Price Range: $99 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Santo 4*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Santo in a quiet location, in the heart of Cologne, and walking distance to the Cathedral, has a straight forward atmosphere since its renovation, but is not lacking in warmth.The stylish rooms are fitted with parquet floors, and have high shine varnished furniture and natural stone floors in the bathrooms.The hotel in the middle of art and culture in the lively cathedral city, has the philosophy “attention as a present to the guest “.Since August 2012 all rooms at the Hotel Santo are refurbished. We are convinced to meet your expectations. ... more   less 
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