Cologne has a new first class hotel. US chain Marriott will open a new 282-room property next Sunday (January 15) just in time for this year's trade fair season along with the Football World Cup in June.
Rooms feature Marriott's "new look" which, claims the chain, provides guests with more comfort, luxury and style.
There's high-speed internet access, a business centre and a health club with sauna and solarium. The main food and beverage outlet, The Crazy Brasserie, features French and Asian cuisine.
This hotel's biggest asset, however, is its location. It's along Johannisstrasse, near the world famous Dom (Cathedral) and commercial area, yet just 200 yards from the city's main station (Hauptbahnhof).
Cologne is a major rail hub with trains running to the airport, cities throughout Germany and further afield to Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. Train connections mean the city is a useful place to stay when Dusseldorf (20 mins away) or Frankfurt (75 mins away) are booked out with trade fairs.
The hotel has keen introductory rates. Outside trade fairs the weekday rate for a regular room starts at Euros 139 including internet access and breakfast. Executive floor accommodation costs from Euros 189. Weekend rates cost from Euros 119 (room only) or Euros 139 (including breakfast).
For further information go to www.marriott.com
Report by Alex McWhirter