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Review of Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt

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Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt
Ranked #172 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
Rome, Italy
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62 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is my second time in this hotel where i stayed with bunch of friends, since there were Christmas market things in all over the Cologne, prices were quite high for a room & service.

The staff is extremely helpful and nice; breakfast in the morning was quite good also. There is paid wi-fi in the hotel (expensive, 30 minutes 6 €), which can not be reachable from upstairs. But you can use the computer in front of the reception desk.

The room seem little bit poor and the cleaning service can be lacking sometimes. Overall, good enough for short stays.

If you are smoker it can be good choice for you, you can even smoke in a part of lobby.

Room Tip: Higher floors less noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

Stayed there for couple of nights while all things were booked out due to a fair.
I don't smoke, so it bothered me that there was the smell of stale cigarettes everywhere - the lobby, the room, the bath towels.
I put the on the floor the first morning in the hope of getting fresher ones, but they were just hung up back on the rack...!
We paid EUR 100 per night, which for the kind of hotel was steep.
The neighborhood was safe but there were three sex shops on the street. No seedy activity in the hotel though.
The room was clean and the breakfast good. the service was friendly.
Just not for me.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank businessmom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

The hotel is housed in a very interesting old German building. It is situated on the edge of the old town - the location may be off-putting to some (sex shops and lively bars in the immediate area), but leaving those aside the location is most convenient.

The hotel is spotlessly clean, reasonably priced and staff are extremely friendly. Rooms are basic but comfortable -each with an en-suite bathroom with shower only which is clean, functional and with loads of hot water. Towels are changed on a daily basis.

Breakfasts are adequate - served buffet style.

There is also a free internet facility available in the reception area which is staffed 24hrs a day.

This hotel is ideal If you are looking for reasonably priced, clean and friendly accommodation convenient to the centre of Cologne.

I would certainly use this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jwfhunts
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Oldham
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2009

I made a late booking at the hotel for a recent business trip, price was the main factor in my choice. The location probably isn't the best for families, with a number of sex shops on the same street and some 'interesting' bars in the vicinity (including Boners)!! No problem as such other than the noise late at night. Shutting my window made no difference and also the internal doors were particularly useless at hiding sound from the corridors.....I had to wear my iPod to get to sleep! The rooms were basic, although on a positive note the hotel is quite historic and quaint. Breakfast also fine and the staff polite. Location ok, walking distance to the Old Town. Wouldn't stay here again by choice, mainly because of the lack of sleep I got (and I normally sleep like a log).

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jonnyegg
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Tamworth, Staffs, UK
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2004

The Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen is situated in the heart of the city, 10 mins walk from the main railway station and cathedral, 5 mins walk from the Rhine and near to the Heumarkt tram stop (it's quicker to walk from the main station than to catch a tram from the station to Heumarkt) and chocolate museum. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful and most of the rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious.

We had requested double rooms for all of our party, but all the rooms had single beds which we had to push together. One of the couples we travelled with was allocated a room barely larger than the two single beds pushed together but when they requested a larger room they were moved without any problems. The feather filled, shapeless pillows which seem to be fairly common in Germany weren't very comfortable, but the beds were OK (although I am renowned for being able to sleep anywhere!).

The en suite facilities were basic and the shower overflow system consisted of a drain in the middle of the bathroom floor, which flooded the whole bathroom when the shower was used. We worked out that the trick is not to put the towel on the floor until AFTER you have had a shower!

There is no bar in the hotel but each room has a reasonably priced minibar, although personally I would have preferred tea/coffee making facilities, which weren't provided.

This hotel is ideal for those travelling on a budget, but be aware you need to be fairly open minded to stay in this area. There are at least 3 sex shops in the vicinity (including one next door to the hotel which displays its wares in the window) and two transvestite bars less than 100 metres away. That said, the hotel is clean, quiet and friendly and the area does not appear particularly seedy, unless you include seeing gay couples holding hands, which is fairly common throughout Cologne.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt

Property: Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt
Address: Mathiasstrasse 21, 50676 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen)
Region: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Süd
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #172 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Cologne Altstadt 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen is centrally located in the center of Cologne, close to public transport and the main train station in the heart of the city of Cologne. The centrally and conveniently located Novum hotels offer you cost effective deals at attractive prices in order to stay in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Our rooms have a sophisticated, yet modern and practical facilities. Free wireless Internet access Modern comforts. Attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral are just a few minutes. The central location of the Centrum Hotels is the ideal starting point for activities of any kind, the exhibition center, the university and the city center are conveniently located just 10 minutes by public transport. ... more   less 
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