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“Penny-Pinching Three Star Hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Lyskirchen

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Hotel Lyskirchen
Ranked #20 of 262 Hotels in Cologne
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Paris, France
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“Penny-Pinching Three Star Hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is certainly not a four-star hotel as advertised. It is probably a 3 star hotel for European standards - I think the only reason it's listed as four stars is because they have a sauna and swimming pool.

Location - about a 20 minute walk to the train station and the cathedral, which is why I chose this hotel. However, after having spent a weekend in Cologne, I would've preferred a hotel that was closer to the lively shopping area with the bars/restaurants. If you want to just stick with being close to the Old Town though and not venture out to areas of Cologne, this is probably fine. Either way, a taxi ride to breweries in a livelier area are only about 8 euros. A taxi ride to the train station is also about 8 euros.

Beds - Whoa, I am only in my early 30s and even my back hurt after sleeping on these sunken-in beds! They are really two twin beds put next to each other with separate comforter covers. But they really sink in! Again - this is not four-star quality.

Internet - They charge you for Wifi (17 euros for one day, which is ridiculous). Since we were only there for a weekend, I thought, fine, we'll use the hotel lobby's computer, but they actually charge you for that too! What kind of four-star hotel does that? Hotel Lyskirchen, apparently.

Amenities - They provide a shampoo/body wash combo, body lotion, nail file, blow dryer and a bar of soap. No shower cap, no q-tips. I imagine if we asked, they might have been able to provide this though?

Bathroom - I didn't have a problem with the open view of the shower - but I was with my husband. There is a privacy curtain that splits up the room, so you have that if you're traveling with someone else.

Staff - They were professional. Not exactly the super-friendliest bunch, but not unfriendly either. I would say their responses to questions and the check-in experience were pretty much no fuss, no muss. When asking for ideas on where to go, they didn't really have much advice. Your best bet for that is to ask the tourism office.

Overall, it was a decent hotel, but I probably wouldn't stay here again if I visited Cologne.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry, that your stay with us did not meet your expectations. Best regards, Your team from the Hotel Lyskirchen
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Close location to the city centre (just 15 minutes walk from the Dom).Quiet location with nice room and comfortable beds.It is a bit basic on amenities and shower is integrated in the room so If your room mate is not your couple, you will feel a bit uncomfortable.However, it is more than enough to rest and sleep. Very friendly staff that can guide you on your visit.We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel that was 66€ return and 6 people could fit :
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Definetly, this hotel is a good choice for your visit to Cologne

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for your positive feedback about your stay with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel Lyskirchen. We also have rooms with a separat bathroom. So if you prefere this roomtype we can reserve one of this rooms for your next stay at Hotel Lyskirchen.
We would be glad to welcoming you the next time when you are in cologne.
Best regards, your Team from the Hotel Lyskirchen
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

River, Chocolate Musum, Cathedral, bahnhoff all close by. Friendly staff. Nice breakfast buffet - all good. But... No free wifi. Small rooms, minimal desk space, no desk chair, lobby looks like a lunch room, no mini bar, etc.

Room Tip: Room 250 was LOUD!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you for the time writing your feedback about your stay with us. We are sorry that you are wondering to pay for the internet. To provide you with a very good bandwidth, we work with a trustful third party that provides the highest possible security in the net at the best possible rates.
It is right, that the Minibar was empty. We have a new concept in our hotel. Your can buy the drinks, snacks and some care products at our Market Place in our lobby.
See you next time in cologne.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The hotel was lovely, the rooms were clean, modern and spacious, although lack of free wifi in the rooms is a bit of a negative point. Contrary to some negative reviews on Trip Advisor my partner and I found the staff to be very polite.

The location is great, close to the river and U-Bahn stations, with the city centre only a train ride away. A short walk from the pretty 'Old Town' and also set in the midst of one of the city's gay districts, particularly catering for the Bear scene.

The sauna, pool and fitness suite were beautifully designed and very quiet, although a few pieces of gym equipment were in need of repair.

All in all we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this hotel and hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you for your positive feedback about your stay with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel Lyskirchen.
We are sorry that you are wondering to pay for the internet. We are working with a solid third-party supplier. So we can guarantee the best possible security for the best possible price.
We would be glad to welcoming you the next time when you are in cologne.
Best regards, your Team from the Hotel Lyskirchen
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

We booked the Lyskirchen Hotel based on the price and it's advertised proximity to the Christmas markets and local attractions. I was surprised on arrival at just how well located it was. It was on a side road just off the river, with the fantastic chocolate museum (a must-do!) and the harbour christmas market literally across the road, a couple of minutes walk away. The cathedral, the main shopping streets and all but one of the Christmas markets were within 15 minutes walk (the Aldstadt market being very close). Lots of restaurants and traditional Brauhaus' nearby.

It was very easy to find on arrival - the train station was about 10-15 minutes walk along the riverfront (look out for the chocolate museum and you will see the hotel on your right just before). The train from Cologne-Bonn airport was every few minutes, takes about 15 minutes and costs about £3 so it is very easy to reach from the airport.

The hotel itself was very nice. The room wasn't very big but wasn't expected in a city centre hotel, it was comfortable, clean and quiet. The ensuite bathroom had clear glass walls all the way round so make sure you remember keep the curtain pulled if you don't want to see more of your travelling companion than you were expecting!! Toiletries were provided and there was plenty of hot water.

The breakfast was approx. €20 per person for what looked like a continental buffet so we opted out of that and just bought food from the supermarket which we kept in the fridge and ate at the small table in our room which worked well for us. There is a computer in the lobby which was available for guests to use, but this seemed a bit expensive too (approx. €5 for 15 minutes). There was a gym and swimming pool but we never came across these as we didn't have time.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful. We arrived early on our first day and were shown straight to our room to freshen up despite arriving a good 4 hours prior to our designated check-in time. On our last day they stored our luggage for us after check-out until we were ready to leave for our flight home.

All in all a great place to stay in a great location.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your time writing your detailed feedback about our Hotel. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us during your visit of cologne. We do hope to welcoming you next time. Warm regards, your team from the Hotel Lyskirchen
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Rugby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Nice hotel situated close to the river and within walking distance of all the main sights.

The hotel is modern inside and the rooms are well furnished.

There is also a fitness centre and swimming pool available at the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Leitung_Lyskirchen, Verkaufsleiter at Hotel Lyskirchen, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear John,
Thank you for your positive feedback about your stay with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel Lyskirchen.
Best regards, your Team from the Hotel Lyskirchen
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was very nice we have not got a bad word to say against it in terms of the room or facilities. Upon arrival everything was done with great efficiency parking in their underground car park was a real help. The room was fine and what you would expect from this type of hotel. I would say that it is not a typical tourist hotel but seemed like they had alot of business visitors. Sadly the worst part was something that had been commented upon in other reviews and that was the breakfast offered. It was very enjoyable but for 20 euros each it was for too expensive. Our meal the previous night was cheaper and better value. I thought it puts it into perspective when you could stay an extra night for the price of two days breakfasts for a couple. We ended up going into Cologne for our breakfast which was great to see the city waking up. Combine it with a walk around the dom when there are less visitors at 8.00 am or earlier.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Lyskirchen
Address: Filzengraben 26-32, 50676 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Cologne
#16 Luxury Hotel in Cologne
#23 Family Hotel in Cologne
#30 Business Hotel in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Lyskirchen 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Lyskirchen is a modern four star business hotel, which welcomes its guests with a lot of comfort and personal flair. The hotel is located right in the heart of Cologne. From there you can reach the old town, Gurzenich, the Cologne Cathedral, the Trade-Fair grounds, the Lanxess Arena and the Rhine promenade in just a few minutes. Named after the nearby Church "St. Maria Lyskirchen", this boutique hotel impresses with its unique combination of historical exterior facade and modern interior design. All 103 rooms are equipped with cable television, high-speed Internet access, a desk and Tassimo coffee maker. On the first floor is the wellness area with a swimming pool, sauna and fitness center. Here guests can spend their time working out or relaxing. ... more   less 
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