My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Azimut for 1 night during a visit to Cologne in March 2010.
We booked our stay through www.travelrepublic.co.uk and paid £58 for a double room with breakfast.
Our stay was a short one with very little time spent in our room. We checked in late in the afternoon, used the sauna facilities, spent the evening dining out in Cologne and left early the following morning (without sampling the breakfast) on a train to Dusseldorf. As such, I can only offer a limited review of this hotel.
Hotel Azimut is located on Hansaring, a major multi-lane carriageway to the north-west of the city centre.
It took us around 15 minutes to walk to the Dom, the Hauptbahnhof and the banks of the Rhine.
The hotel is conveniently located next to the Hansaring U-Bahn stop and the Hansaring S-Bahn station. The latter was particularly useful for us as we caught our train to Dusseldorf from there on the morning that we departed.
There are shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk of the hotel.
The hotel is located within a large brick building with the word "SATURN" emblazoned across the top of its tower. This building is called Hansahochhaus and was apparently once the tallest building in Europe!
Our room was bright and comfortable and perfectly adequate for the short amount of time we spent in there.
The beds (two singles pushed together) were comfortable with warm duvets and large pillows.
There was a small flat screen TV that we never turned on, a mini bar that we didn't use, a writing desk, an armchair and a reasonable sized wardrobe.
The en-suite bathroom was fairly spacious, immaculately clean and contained a bath tub with a shower attachment.
Our room overlooked the railway tracks and Hansaring station. We could hear some noise from passing trains, but not to the extent that it kept us awake.
The hotel has a fitness area (with exercise bikes, treadmills and weights) and a sauna cubicle. We played on the exercise bikes briefly before retiring to the sauna for some relaxation. Being British, we wore our swimwear in the sauna and took towels in with us; however, this being Germany, the other occupants in the sauna were less prudish than we were!
Hotel Azimut offers comfortable rooms and a convenient location near several public transport options. I'd happily stay there again if I am ever in Cologne.
Nice rooms with a comfy bed. Robes with slippers provided on request. Rooms had a clean modern bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries in the fixed fittings within the bathroom. There was a fridge in the room with a mini bar. Internet was apparently available but we failed to get a connection in our room and I seem to recall the internet being advertised as chargeable. We read on the internet before our stay that the hotel request your card on arrival to keep so much on hold as a deposit until you depart, on several occasions people had reported that the hotel had failed to reimburse this money so we were rather more cautious and gave a cash deposit which we made sure we got back on departure, I think it may have been around 50 euros.
Unique Quality: There was a gym with modern equipment in it, weights, exercise bikes, running machines and cross trainers in it. There was also a sauna which we used but be warned the Germans like to bake in the buff! There were a few sun loungers to relax on while you cooled off and a couple of showers but no changing facilities. There were some very tiny lockers in the gym/sauna area where you could lock your phone/wallet/room key in but not a lot else.
Directions: Located on the Hansaring (the outer ring road), it was around a 15 minute walk to the cathedral.
Trankgasse 1 - 5, Domplatz, Cologne
Kennedy-Ufer 2A, Cologne
Domstrasse 26, (formerly Hotel Domgarten), Cologne
Helenenstrasse 14, Cologne
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Address: Hansaring 97, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50670, Germany