Dorint seems to be the best hotel in Halle, and indeed it turned out to be a very comfortable place, although somewhat faceless as many 4-star modern hotels are. It does not have a distinct personality, but it is very efficient and accommodating. I stayed in Dorint two times and the first time my room was ready at arrival at 11:00 am; overall my stay was for 4 nights and I am very satisfied with this hotel; I know that I paid a premium price since I've come to Halle for Handel Festival and I had to book a few months in advance; in fact, my reservation was pre-paid at $86 euro per night, non-refundable, without breakfast. I imagine outside of this festival period many more hotels in Halle are available, and on a lower scale - as Dorint is quite expensive by East Germany standards; it definitely offers lower and more flexible rate outside of this Halle highest season period.
The good things are: The room is very big and conveniently furnished; the bed is comfortable as everywhere in Germany - great mattresses, comforters and pillows, although expect that particular German thing about a single comforter for each person, that is, even for a couple there will be two separate single comforters.
The bathroom is very good - with great shower and a bathtab. The room has a minibar/fridge. The hotel is close to Halle Hauptbahnhof (Train station), so it is convenient for daily excursions to other towns and for transportation on train. The hotel at $84 euros (prepaid) is a very good value. Also, the room was quiet and the whole location is rather quiet; I think they have good soundproofing.
On the downside, the location is 15 min walk from the city center and all the sightseeing. You can take tram at 1.70 euro one-way to get to the city center in 5 minutes; tram #13 runs every 20 minutes. Internet is not free; options include 2.50 euro for 20 min or 10 euro for 5 hours.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel, and it is certainly a better choice than another hotel in Halle I've stayed - Hotel Atlas.
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