Had a weekend stay at the Hotel Berial, located about a 10 minute walk from the Alstadt/Old Town sector of Dusseldorf. It's in a largely residential area, which means it is nice and quiet during the evening. This does mean you have to walk a few blocks to get groceries, but there is a late-night store (Rewe) located about 10 minutes to the northeast of the hotel which offers a wide range of staples -- including wine, beer, baguettes, cheeses, snacks, fresh fruit and veggies, ice cream, etc.
This is an independently-run hotel, so don't expect cookie-cutter halls and rooms. Each room seems to be unique, but recently upgraded with nice modern fixtures in the bathrooms and comfortable beds. All seems very clean. Breakfast room and lounge are modern, clean, and with a postmodern-Asian flavour (if you're looking for gingham table cloths and porcelain poodles, you -- thankfully -- won't find them here!). Breakfast fare is good, with boiled and scrambled eggs, an assortment of artisan breads, meats, and cheeses. Range of fruit juices and a great coffee bar where you can have your latte, cappucino, espresso, etc. made-to-order.
Staff are very friendly; and the majority speak effortless English. Very helpful in providing advice on local events, and directions.
There's a brand new lift/elevator that serves all floors except the fifth, but if you're up there it only means one staircase to negotiate. Parking on the street is free overnight between 1800 and 1100 most days, but it does fill up quickly. During the day, parking can be purchased from automated kiosks located at regular intervals. There's also apparently a parking garage located a few blocks away.
Rates are extremely competitive, offering a great value for this clean, quiet, welcoming hotel. It's located just on the doorstep of the Hofgarten, a beautiful garden in the city that offers tranquil benches and interesting statues and water features throughout. A great place for morning exercise, too. It is a bit of a walk to the downtown shopping districts and galleries/museums, but for those who enjoy a bit of separation from the madding crowds, this is an ideal spot.
Amenities: Free WiFi (ask for login/password at front desk). North Americans might miss the lack of in-room coffee service, iron, and -- curiously -- facecloths.
I'd definitely return to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for a well-priced hotel in the city centre, we are the perfect place for your stay. Our modern city hotel offers you individual service in a stylish aambience and tranquil atmosphere in the tradition of the typical "Düsseldorf" hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berial Hotel düsseldorf