We struggled to find accommodation in Duisburg, as the time of our trip coincided with a major congress at the Messe. As a result, we had to look further afield, and found ourselves at the Hotel Eurohof, a 15 minute (20 Euro) taxi drive from the railway station. This is obviously a limitation in terms of restaurants, so unless you want to dine in the hotel restaurant (which seems to have a good reputation), make sure that you have eaten before you leave the city.
The Eurohof is prettily located in an unexpectedly rural setting, surrounded by fields and adjacent to the small Uettelsheimer See lake. The grounds are formally landscaped, and it must be very pretty when the trees are in leaf: we visited in early March, and the first snowdrops and daffodils were just coming into bloom. We also watched rabbits and a hare (the first I've ever seen in the wild) gambolling on the lawn as we ate breakfast, which was a bonus, as I hadn't expected wildlife encounters to be part of the Duisburg experience!
The breakfast is a good, varied buffet that will set you up for the day.
The rooms are clean but fairly basic, and it was a bit disappointing that there is no lift to the upper floor, so you have to manhandle your cases up the stairs - thus, it would not be a good choice for people with limited mobility. On a positive note, there is ample parking in what appears to be a converted stable block.
Overall a good location for a romantic getaway or relaxed lunch away from the bustle of the city, but probably not the best choice of business hotel.
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