The Good: price & close to public transport. Bedding was comfortable and the elevators worked. Luggage service helpful to see the city.
The Bad: No hot water for the shower. Rooms booked together nowhere close to each other. Unreliable wifi. Hard to manage with stroller due to stairs before elevators.
Our arrival started out difficult when we discovered that the two rooms we booked were positioned as far apart as possible. 3 floors up in different buildings so you had to come down through the lobby to go between them. When questioned about this, they said that we checked in too late in the day & the closer rooms were already given out. Normally a hotel would allocate rooms in advance. I have never had this bad of placement. Down the hall or on the next floor maybe, but 3 floors and a trip across the lobby to go another 3 floors??
Even worse was there was no hot water in the showers between 9:00-11:00. In either room- both buildings- no hot water.
Christmas markets were amazing but the one closest to the hotel was very adult-themed. Families beware- walk towards Neumarkt instead of directly to Ubahn (or take main road (to the west) up towards Rudolphplatz Ubah/tram). Best market was probably Aldmarkt (south and a little east of the market at the cathedral). Most of them were really nice.
So if you're on a budget & want to be close to the city center (20 minute walk or so to main station/church/christmas market but only 5 minutes from Neumarkt which is nicely decorated), AND don't mind cold showers you'll be happy at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novum Hotel Leonet located directly in the center of Cologne and offers from here is the ideal starting point for activities in the private and corporate sector. The central Novum Hotel, in the heart of Cologne, offer overnight stays at attractive prices in order to know one of the most beautiful cities in Germany closer. Our rooms feature a tasteful, practical, yet still modern. Our free wireless Internet access for extra comfort. ... more less
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- Leonet Hotel Cologne