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“Excellent budget hotel, better than expected”
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Hotel Altera Pars
Ranked #146 of 263 Hotels in Cologne
Reviewed December 12, 2010

My friends and I had 3 rooms at this hotel last weekend for 4 nights and I was very pleasantly surprised by what we got for our money. Our main criteria were location and 'budget-ish' price and this looked to be a very good compromise. As such, I was expecting small rooms and dated decor for the price, but what a surprise, the bedrooms and bathrooms were all very nicely decorated and very clean.

On arrival our room only had one set of towels and the bed was made up for one person (we'd booked 2 doubles and a single). I asked Sarwen, the very friendly chap on reception, to sort it whilst we went out for a meal and it was without fuss.

The location is also excellent, on a quiet side street just off Neumarkt, which is a major transport interchange and the site of probably the biggest Christmas market in Cologne. It's also 2 mins to the shopping District and 15 mins for the train station and Cathedral. There are lost of bars and clubs 10 mins the other on the ring too, which was partly what we came for too.

The breakfast was pretty good too, hot food and not just the usual German stale lunch box affair.

All in all we couldn't have asked for more from a well located budget hotel with very helpful staff. I have stayed in much worse 4 star hotels!!

Regarding the previous (rubbish) review, I would say that the emails I got when making a reservation were a little curt, but I feel this is perhaps more to do with how Germans interact by email. The only thing this hotel could do better would be too have an online booking system that takes credit/debit cards, but don't let that put you off. The single room was pretty small too, but it didn't bother my friend.

I don't normally write reviews unless they're very good or bad, this place was truly excellent for what we wanted.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 6, 2009

obnoxious unhelpful rude staff when making booking
very snappy staff and unprofessional responses to my intial inquiries
Judging by the way they handle their telecomunnications I would not even consider this hotel ever again as there are so much more better branded , better located hotels in this lovely city
Be warned!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2008

I stayed at the Altera Pars for 10 days in October 2008. Although this hotel is gay owned, it’s not a gay place. It’s ideally located, very close to public transportation and shopping, yet reasonably quiet. For 79 € including a good buffet breakfast, I had a room of about 13 sqm (140 sqft) plus 3 sqm bathroom on the 5th floor – no lift. A sign in the staircase says the lift is broken but it is quite obvious that there has never been a lift – I don’t know why they put it there. I visited the rooms on the lower floors, they are bigger and come for 95 to 220 €, depending on season and local events. The rooms provide all the usual facilities, minibar, TV, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, safety box etc. Everything is very clean. Late check-out was billed 10 € per hour. The manager seems a little grumpy at the beginning but he’s perfectly good-natured and runs this place well. I think it’s a good deal in Cologne.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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2  Thank garmic57
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Reviewed August 23, 2007

I was in Koln during the low season so the price was great. Did not have a reservation, just walked in and asked for a room. The staff was friendly (gay owned I believe). The room was great, comfy bed, very spacious, nice furniture, great lighting, tasteful decor and excellent marble bathroom. The hotel had a restaurant on site, looked a bit odd so I did not try it, but the location of the hotel is 1 minute away from shopping, restaurants and public transport is a few steps away.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled solo
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2  Thank Quique02
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Reviewed 1 week ago
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Room Tip: la mienne était très médiocre et extrêmement bruyant
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  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled on business
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Thank wolffharald
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Reviewed September 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled on business
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Thank JCopado
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Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, traveled as a couple
Thank Rebecca Dalle M
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Address: Thieboldsgasse 133-135, 50676 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Süd
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #146 of 263 Hotels in Cologne
Price Range: $90 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Altera Pars 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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