We decided to book our Winter break in Cologne mainly for the Christmas Markets and struggled to find a reasonably priced hotel so decided to take a chance on a serviced apartment.
The apartment itself is located about 20 minute walk from the city centre in a backstreet residential location. The area itself looks fairly run down (lots of rubbish and graffiti etc.) and I wouldn't recommend walking around at night, however in the day it seems fairly safe.
The apartment is clean and suitable for a couple, with adequate facilities for cooking etc. There are no washing or ironing facilities in the apartment. Unfortunately one of the big negative points is that the apartment is tremendously noisy and we endured a sleepless first night due to the occupants above. We did complain about the noise and asked if the occupants above could be contacted as this was also owned by the same people but nothing was done and we did not even get a call back which was very disappointing.
Also there is a regularly used train line that runs very close to the apartment block and this creates a lot of noise not only in the day but through the night.
All in all if you want something cheap and aren't planning on spending too much time in the apartment this is ideal, however we would rather pay the extra for a hotel in future.
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