on August 28, 2007
For our weekend in Cologne, we decided to treat ourselves and stay at the Maritim Hotel. At 190 euros per night, this was not a cheap option, but the standard of accommodation, delicious breakfast and convenient location made it a great place to stay.The hotel is right on the banks of the Rhine - very close to the chocolate museum, yet still within very easy walking distance to the Old Town.From the outside at first glance, the building is very average, but my impression changed as soon as we went inside. The hotel has an enormous glass atrium so it is really light and bright. In the lobby area are lots of upmarket shops, bars, restaurants and even a piano bar. Going up and down to your room in the glass lifts is great fun.We had room 580 which was a superior double with a "view". Views are either of the river or the Cathedral - ours was the Cathedral. The window was huge and gave you a picture postcard perfect view by day, which became stunning at night with the floodlights. In fact we loved the view so much at nighttime that we never closed our curtains.The room was large - big double bed and seating area by the window. It had all mod-cons and the bathroom - also large had a huge bath.We used the swimming pool - it was very nice and we had it to ourselves, the only problem was the temperature of the water was bracing!Breakfasts are superb - a vast buffet served daily until 10:30 but on Sundays until midday. They have everything you could think of for a continental breakfast and a cooked breakfast, the choice is phenomenal. Even the drinks are great - a range of fruit juices, lots of different types of teas and coffees and even sparkling wine! Breakfast on Saturday morning was hectic - so many people but on Sunday it was a much more relaxed and enjoyable affair.All the staff in the hotel were friendly, efficient and helpful. Our room rate included soft drinks from the mini-bar - the weather was hot so this was a nice extra touch.Check out on Sunday morning was extremely busy and we had to queue up for about 15 minutes - everyone seemed to be trying to do it at the same time. This was a minor gripe at what was otherwise a wonderful stay at a lovely hotel.
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