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Hotel Cristall
Ranked #47 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
Helsinki, Finland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“value for money”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

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.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

No words to describe this traumatic hotel. A tiny little room , a tiny toilet as part of the tiny room - two windows forever closed, a curtain that cannot be closed - and a huge noise day and night because the hotel is located just over a turning of road - so the guests of this hotel are invited to hear each and every car motor.

The elevator is stuck in a corner - does not allow two persons - or even one person with luggage.

We choose this hotel because of the positive ratings of this hotel in tripadvisor - but we are sure now that no real guest of this hotel could really be satisfied - because it is a multilateral negative experience.

Just save your travel days - and stay away.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luxembourg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2013

After a lot of discussion with my friend, I finally booked this place for three days to spend vacations in the city. It really turned out to be an excellent choice. It is a decent property very conveniently located near to the city center. Lovely staffs, pretty room, free wifi, comfortable bed, comfy pillows, mind blowing coffee and yummy snacks ... all was there to make our stay memorable. We had no issues regarding services or cleanliness. Everything was perfect. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Brussels
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

I don't agree with the positive reviews of this place. It's got a fantastic location (5 min walk from the cathedral) true but that's abou it. Their toilet were smelly both in the room and the common toilets. Maybe they had a temporary problem with the sewage but it was awful and we had to always make sure the bathroom door was closed. Most of the hotel faces an incredibly noisy street and we could not open the window as cars were passing. If it's not cars it's trains as it's opposite a rail track. Decor in the rooms is a total back to the 80s with old TV sets and odd decoration. Cleanliness was ok but we found some hair on the bed (presumably from the cleaners). Service is ok but never a smile and the staff do not go out of their way to help you. I asked for some info on parking and was met with a blank stare. We slept awfully and the only positive thing other than location is breakfast...but i would suggest you look elsewhere in Köln.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

You can not be more central than this in Cologne, Dom is walking distance, rail stations stone throw away. But good things stop here, actually confused with other rave reviews, unless there is a very recent renovation.

Very unfreindly staff, one of our co-travellers could'nt make it but they charged 100% of room charge. Coming to the rooms , it was small and odd shaped, the lobby was dingy. A very small CRT TV at a far corner was really a joke. The AC unit (chk traveller's photo) is a big bulky one, situated inside the room. The toilet area is very compact, keeping anything additional like your own kit was a challenge.

Last, the rooms towards road / rail track would get the noise (the hotel is in a corner of 2 main roads & rail track)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I can't add anything that has not already been said, but I feel it's important that hotels are given the consistent ratings that they deserve. For what we paid for two rooms for a long weekend break with our two children in Cologne, we were very satisfied. Unless your bags are unusually heavy or you are unfit, then walking to and from the Hauptbahnhof (just 20 minutes or so from airport) is an easy 10 minutes. From the hotel you can walk to a lot of the main sites or use public transport. Breakfast buffet is excellent and ideal for children. Wi-Fi free and reliable, rooms small (but larger ones available I think) and clean. Quiet enough at night (no noticeable noise from trains - after all they are all electric) and the staff friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Top hotel, nice people, good room with character, nice bed, great breakfast. Conveniently located near the Railway station and many nice bars. Free functional wi-fi which was nice. Martin Harris was also there with trousers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Cristall
Address: Ursulaplatz 9-11, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Nord
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 260 Hotels in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Cristall 3.5*
Number of rooms: 97
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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