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“Nice hotel, great spa, stroppy staff!” 4 of 5 stars
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Dorint An der Messe Koln
Ranked #19 of 278 Hotels in Cologne
Tring, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, great spa, stroppy staff!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

We travelled to Cologne for a gaming convention, so slightly mixing business with pleasure. We travelled with our two teenagers, aged 13 and 16.

The rooms were okay, although they weren't ready on our arrival, and we were still waiting for our double room at 5pm on our arrival day (we didn't care - we were in the bar, but that's not the point!). The twin room the boys had stank of smoke, but was otherwise clean.

The spa is fabulous with an amazing black-bottomed swimming pool, a great jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms (look out, though - a lot of guests use the facilities naked). The gym is good but quite small.

The waiter in the main bar was very stroppy and a bit unhelpful, although a considerable amount of joking with him eventually got him laughing. The food in the bar is amazing - crispy snacks etc during the day and fabulous steaks in the evening.

Breakfast is really good (but then so it should be for £25 a pop).

The broadband is hopeless and very expensive. Our £18 fee was refunded on check out as we didn't get online once.

Would definitely stay here again, but suffer the roaming charges on my phone! Not cheap, but handy for the Koelnmesse conference centre and walkable distance across the bridge into Cologne (or €10 for a taxi).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We stayed at the Dorint an der Messe as we had a friend's wedding to go to. We were quite lucky and got a great deal via Groupon. Overall the "comfort" rooms are well sized for two people with an equally well sized bathroom.

The hotel location is ideal if you are going to an event in the area and is only a short tram or S-bahn ride into the city centre (€2.50 each way).

The breakfast is great, with a wide range of hot and cold options, jams, breads - my wife was excited to find chocolate bread rolls as she hadn't seen them since she was a kid. The only downside is that on Sunday the staff had issues with trying to keep up with the amount of guests. We were hard pressed to find a table and had to wait quite a while for certain items from the buffet to be restocked. One thing that I as a expat in DE appreciate though is the option of loose tea leaves and tea pots. The only downside is that there were no milk jugs, only coffee cream (which is disgusting in tea), so instead I had to use a glass, causing a bit of mess when pouring. Ther was however ample slices of lemon for other tea drinkers. Overall though we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts and were well fed.

Back to the rooms, the coffee machine was unfortunately not cleaned out by housekeeping, leaving us to throw away the moulding coffee pad and wash it ourselves. Another minus is the lack of milk in the rooms, only powdered milk.

After a long drive from Berlin we were pleasantly surprised to find that the spa area was open till 11pm. This gave us plenty of time to rest up at night making use of the pool, solarium, steam room and spa bath. The only negative was that there were no towels left for us to use, instead we improvised and used the towels from the solarium room.

To sum it all up though, staff were very friendly, hospitable, accommodatin and welcoming. A great 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank majura
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Nattheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

we (wife, kid and myself) stayed over the weekend to visit. very friendly people. everything was organized for our arrival and the kid's bed was already in the room. room and bathroom was clean, but a little small for a family. the only downturn was the sound of the A/C in the next room during the night, which was barely hearable.
we loved the breakfast. fresh food and lots of variety. friendly service.
Spa area was nice and clean. Fitness area also ok.
the hotel is close to public transport and you are within 10 Min. at the dom.
if we stay again in cologne, this would be a very good place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank rendsi98
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Hongkong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

the hotel is located next to the fair area
rooms are clean, bathrooms are ok

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank starbabe2108
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Aalborg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Never staying at this Hotel again. We paid a lot of money to stay at this hotel and what we got was a room infested with Bed bugs. We voke up with many bites and blood spots on the sheets. Yes we got another room but that was it. Disgusting!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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4 Thank nullermand
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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

After an efficient check in we were assigned to a mini suite as an upgrade. A very nice and large room including separate seating room with a fresh and modern look and a clean spacious bathroom. Free access to the wellness spa for all guest. Including Fitness, sauna, dampfbad, pool and whirlpool
Parking in the secured garage under the hotel is not free but not expensive for an hotel at a conference location.
the walk to the city centre (Dom chruch) is half an hour.
Staff is friendly and they serve an very extensive breakfast with lots of choice and good (Nespresso) coffee.
Highly recommended to stay in Dorint Keulen

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank FamilieHotello
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Brussels, Belgium
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

I have been there several times and have never been disapointed. The rrooms are clean, quiet and the beds very comfortable. The breakfast buffet is perfect as the spa facilities. Do not hesitate to go there with small children who will love to spend time at the spa under the showers and/or in the black swimming pool. A very nice place to relax during a long weekend with friends or family.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Natil
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Property: Dorint An der Messe Koln
Address: Deutz-Muelheimer Str. 22-24, 50679 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Sofitel An der Messe)
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Deutz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Cologne
#11 Business Hotel in Cologne
#13 Luxury Hotel in Cologne
#24 Romantic Hotel in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Dorint An der Messe Koln 4.5*
Number of rooms: 313
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