We spent one night in hotel Cristall on our train trip through Germany. Hotel is a very nice property and seems pretty new. We had a corner room on the first floor with two windows facing two different sides of the building. Both the room and the bathroom were extremely spacious and clean. There's a busy road and a train station just next to the hotel, but we had no problem sleeping in the room with one of the windows open the whole night. But we aren't the lightest sleepers, so noise can possibly cause problems to some.
The best things about this hotel are its location and breakfast. The main train station, the amazing Kölner Dom, old town and wide variety of eating and shopping are just 5 minutes walk away. Breakfast was included in our room rate and had a wide variety (especially of fresh fruits, which was great) and was replenished constantly as well. All the personnel spoke very good English too.
The only downside about this hotel is its decor. The wooden furniture of our room had the colour, which made it look very old and worn. It was combined with neon lime and a wall-to-wall carpeting of a crazy pattern. The mirror of the room was attached to a replica of an old picture and the whole thing could be rotated. I found the picture a bit weird. I had the feeling that the room was trying to be a boutique hotel room, but didn't quite get there. The decor worked in the public areas though. There isn't any view either, our windows faced a parking lot and the busy road. The view might be a bit better on the other side and quieter too.
After all, in my opinion, the good sides clearly outrun the weaker ones and I would definitely stay in this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Cristall Cologne is a design-filled boutique hotel in Cologne's city centre with an inspiring and distinguished atmosphere. Colour and Shape. Light and Room. Design and Style. Accompanied by comfort and top location. The interaction of these attributes form an exciting concept. Being in the city centre, the Hotel is located within walking distance to the Cologne Cathedral, Central Station, river Rhine, major museums, main shopping streets, Cologne Old Town and Cologne Trade Fair/ Cologne Messe. The Hotel features 97 rooms in two categories, a hotel bar, two variable state-of-the-art conference rooms and free WIFI.Our Comfort rooms are newly furnished and belong to an impressive old building redeveloped in 2008, and attached to our main building. Each piece of furniture is individually designed and custom-made of quality materials. The Rooms are 26-36 square metres in size with a 3-metre ceiling height, and thus provide genourous comfort. All 14 Comfort rooms are non-smoking rooms and feature: Kingsize bed, Airconditioning, LCD flat screens, free WIFI, Free SKY-TV Entertainment, Directdial telephone, Satellite TV, Desk, Minibar, walkin shower, Toilette, bathroom Floor Heating, Hairdryer Our Standard rooms are individual in their design with a special attention to detail, especially when it comes to lightening. They embody quality, taste and warmth. All 83 standard rooms feature: Directdial telephone, free WIFI, Minibar, Shower/Toilette, Hairdryer Satellite- and pay TVCristall' s two variable conference rooms feature state-of-the-art conference equipment and proper surroundings for 2 to 65 people. Both rooms provide complimentary Wireless-LAN, air-conditioning, and direct daylight. Among various light arrangements both rooms can be fully blacked out if desired. Therefore, our conference facilities are rightly suited for any event, ranging from major conferences to small meetings as well as receptions. We offer tailored Conference Packages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cristall Hotel Cologne