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Hotel Kiel by Golden Tulip
Ranked #15 of 37 Hotels in Kiel
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Reception kind but very matter-of-fact. Room big and acceptable. Breakfast fine and very good service. Evening meal (3-course dinner) not interesting, bland and common. Staff very kind. A 15-minutes' walk to the harbour and Altstadt makes it convenient for sight-seeing. And Kiel is a friendly and interesting town.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms not facing the street
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

At arrival we were given the room key card, 4th floor. We came up, opened the door to our room...which turned out to be occupied! Down to reception - they told us they had some system breakdown problems and handed us key card no 2, room on 2nd floor...key card did not work, back to reception. They gave us a new key card AND a normal key, in case this card did not work either. It didn´t. Normal key opened the door, room was not in use and we unpacked, just to find out afterwards that the room had no cold water. Down to reception, where we told about the water problem ad asked for a ironing board and iron. We went shopping and were promised that the issues would be solved when we came back. 3 hours later we came back and were told that they could not fix the cold water in our room and that we had to change to the 3rd room, once more to 4th floor. Since we had already unpacked, we asked if they had moved our belongings while we were away. No, we had to move it ourselves. Asked if they had brought up the ironing board and iron, we were told "YES, it is in one of the rooms"...OKAY! They did however offer us to borrow the Gepäckwagen for our belongings, ironing board and iron...so we rolled off into the sunset and moved to our third room. They had now given us the suite, nice of them, but...the suite may sound fine, but is really just exactly the same amount of furniture as in the normal rooms, but is perhaps 4 times bigger and has a sofa and bath tub. no tv in the bedroom, shower was broken, one of the lights did not work...

we had a gift certificate for a 2 course dinner for 2 people. The week before our stay we called to ask how this worked and were told then AND upon our arrival that we could chose 2 dishes from the menu card. In the evening ready to have dinner, we were then told that there was 1 appetizer (broccoli crème soup, which tasted fine) and we could then chose between only 2 dishes (which were not even on the menu): a turkey roll with rice and vegetables or pasta with aubergine, chorizo and tomato sugo. We took the pasta...a VERY small portion of spaghetti and a bit of oil soaked tomato sauce with some very small pieces of chorizo and aubergine, on top was half a tomato and a dried in slice of cucumber....no bread, no grains cheese....

at the neighbor table some guests were served by a female waitress in a grumpy mood, she was quite rude and answered the guests with sighs and turning her eyes...embarrassing!

Room Tip: one not occupied
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The overall welcoming was very cold and not friendly. Requests made in advance, and not contested by email, where not available upon arrival. The decoration is poor, and the omnipresent pale turquoise blue, grey and white make you feel like in a hospital. The furniture style belongs in a 1990 Ikea... and the prices are five star like....for a standard that isn't... for exemple 13 Euro for breakfast or 4 Euro for a beer.

Room Tip: Our room was quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We came by car from Klaipeda ferry and needed a hotel with the parking lot and wifi. There are not so many choices in Kiel as you might think. We are familiar with the Best Western and would not have picked it but as we got a free night option from the hotel.com, we decided to spend it in BW. It could be actually quite good hotel but their interior design. It was just so unbelievable tacky. If you do not know how to match the colors and patterns, leave it neutral and simple. Cheap marble imitation in bathrooms was ok maybe in 80-es. Maybe. Etc. Otherwise, bed was good, room was big and clean, parking was free and breakfast was rather good. Wifi worked only in the lobby and was quite slow.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

The only downside to this hotel is that it's about five or so blocks from the Central Train Station--a 20 minute walk. Otherwise, it was superb. I got a suite on the second floor, and it was one of the nicest I've ever stayed in. Hardwood floors, spacious, a comfortable settee, nice big screen TV. Bathroom was a little small. The breakfast buffet is superb. The front desk were sometimes sticklers for protocol, (a little anal at times), but sometimes they could bend and be flexible--Herr Christian (I forget his last name) was particularly helpful, as was Frau Kunstmann. The bicycles rent for 5 euros/day. This hotel seemed to be punching above Best Western weight (although Best Westerns in Europe seem to be better than in America and Canada). All in all, this was a 4 star stay for me.

Room Tip: The second floor suite facing the street is majestic
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Pros:
Low Cost
Reasonably well located - 15 minute walk to city centre and train station
Quiet (if not facing road)
Large rooms
Very comfortable beds
Parking in hotel grounds
Clean and well looked after
Great reception staff
All night reception for late arrivals
Good (but not great) buffet breakfast
Cheap "business package" for breakfast and parking#


Cons:
Tiny gym

Room Tip: I wish there were hotels like this in Brussels
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank gootandcat
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This hotel clearly remembers better times. We were given a junior suite - we were issued a traditional key, the electronic key-card reader on the door being broken. Once inside the furniture was visibly old and in places worn, the bathroom although clean was positively decrepit - the shower doors didn't completely close and the water temperature did jump from cold to boiling making showering an interesting exercise. There were holes in the walls left by fixtures long gone etc. Breakfast was also not as good as in Andel's the day before, with limited selection and slow service - we had to ask to get them to re-fill the jug with milk, bring new pastry etc. The only positive thing was the young lady who apparently was the only staff the hotel had on Sunday evenings and who was quite helpful and polite.

Sadly, this experience is yet another I have from this chain. I don't know what is the reason behind it, but it seems Best Western's policy right now is to have worn, rundown facilities at relatively high price. We did get the junior suite at €120, it is not much less than what we have paid at Andel's in Berlin the night before for a room that was way, way better than what we did get here. Most Ibis hotels I used looked way better than this for less.

In short: don't go there.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Kiel by Golden Tulip

Address: Hamburger Chaussee 2, 24114 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Formerly BEST WESTERN Hotel Kiel)
Location: Germany > Schleswig-Holstein > Kiel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kiel
Price Range: $94 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Kiel by Golden Tulip 4*
Number of rooms: 84
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