When you want to attend the Classic Car show in Essen in March, you have to be an early bird to get the hotel you want. I wasn't and the two previous hotels I had stayed in in Essen were booked. So the four star Welcome Hotel Essen was booked instead for three nights starting on the 21st. March..
When I saw the hotel from the outside my heart sank. But it is better looking on the inside.
Reception: I felt welcome and was quickly given my keycard.
The Room: I had ordered a superior room. The front half of the hotel is right beside a busy road. But my room was on the back of the hotel and turned out to be a very quiet room of better than average size, There was nothing missing and the bathroom was nice.
Breakfast: I don't believe i have ever stayed in a hotel with a bigger selection. The room is large and very nice. Even though I had been given a superiour room, I still had to pay extra for breakfast. But the price was vey reasonable. I believe it was 51 Euros for three days.
Location: I would leave Essen by train. The hotel is situated an easy 15 minutes walk from the main trainstation. There is a shopping center just 100 meters from the hotel with a huge supermarket and if you cross the road using the bridge you will be in one end of the pedestrian steet. The surroundings are not the most enjoyable. The hotel has a car park, but it is not cheap.
So all in all it is centrally located even though a map might not show it to be so.
The bar showed German football matches which might be of interest for those travelling in groups. And being interested in football.
All in all this was an average four star hotel. I wouldn't mind staying here again, but only if the two previous hotels I have stayed in before are booked,
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