The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

Hotel Review

Location:

The hotel is located in a central yet peaceful location in the Innenstadt district of the city, just an easy 12 minute walk from the central railway station.

Arrival and check-in:

The spacious entrance lobby is bright and airy with modern furnishings. Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and it was shortly after this time that we arrived at the hotel. The staff on the reception desk were very polite and handled our arrival smoothly, offering us light refreshments before we went up to our room.

The reception desks at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne
The reception desks at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

The Room:

We had requested a room on a high floor and were pleased with the 7th floor superior room to which we had been allocated. Our spacious room had a corporate feel but at the same time felt comfortable with its modern, stylish furnishings.

Our stylish room at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne
Our stylish room at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

In addition to a king size bed our room came equipped with bedside tables with USB sockets , a desk/dressing table unit, large wall mounted television and two armchairs. A hospitality tray and complimentary bottled water were located on top of the mini bar / fridge which had plenty of room to fit in the carton of milk and cold drinks we had bought in the supermarket.

Our room at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne featuring a glass panel view of the bathroom
Our room at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne featuring a glass panel view of the bathroom

The modern bathroom featured a bath with rain shower over. We used the bath but it was quite small and not really suitable for a long soak, the only advantage being that it filled very quickly. However, the shower head was powerful so after the first evening we just used this. Alongside thick white towels and high quality toiletries were a pair of matching towelling robes and slippers. There were some good views over the city centre rooftops from our bedroom window.

Far reaching views over the city centre rooftops from our bedroom window Pullman Hotel, Cologne
Far reaching views over the city centre rooftops from our bedroom window

Dining:

Meals are served in the DLight restaurant where we enjoyed a buffet breakfast on both mornings. This is served from 7.00-11.00 Monday-Saturday and until 12.00 noon on Sunday allowing guests a well deserved lie-in.

The DLight restaurant at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne
The DLight restaurant at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

The lavish buffet selection included a wide selection of fresh fruit, salad, cold cuts of meat and cereal whilst a chef was on hand at the egg station preparing omelettes, eggs and waffles to order. On the first morning he suggested returning in five minutes to collect our orders but as it was quieter the next day he brought the prepared dishes to the tables. Eggs were cooked to perfection and I accompanied mine with mushrooms, tomatoes and slices of freshly baked rye bread.

Fresh fruit selection from the breakfast buffet, Pullman Hotel, Cologne
Fresh fruit selection from the breakfast buffet

Dinner is also served in the restaurant with snacks available in the ground floor coffee shop / cafe.

The Facilities:

This large hotel features 275 rooms including 11 suites over 12 floors. There are three lifts, one of which has glass walls offering some stunning views as guests are transported to the rooftop cocktail bar.

The lounge bar at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne
The lounge bar at The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

On both evenings we made use of the leisure facilities which comprise a fitness centre and spa. We didn’t use the gym but enjoyed relaxing in both the spacious sauna and steam rooms.

Pullman Hotel, Cologne spa and sauna
The hotel’s spa and sauna

There’s also a relaxation room with French windows leading out onto an outdoor terrace for when the weather is a little warmer. It was pleasing to find a complimentary refreshment table stocked with green tea, lemon juice and water plus a selection of dried fruits and wasabi nuts to nibble.

Relaxation room in the Pullman Hotel Cologne spa
Relaxation room in the hotel’s spa
Pullman Hotel Cologne, Fitness Room and Gym
The hotel’s fitness centre

The hotel also offers a business centre and useful web corner from where we were able to print out our return boarding cards. In addition to an attractive bar, complimentary newspapers (including some English ones) are available in the lobby lounge where we also came across a small library book sharing facility,

Lobby, Pullman Hotel, Cologne
The hotel’s spacious lobby lounge

The Pullman has secure underground parking at an additional cost but as the hotel is centrally located guests are unlikely to have need for a car whilst visiting Cologne.

Out and About:

Cologne has much to offer and undoubtedly its main attraction is its UNESCO listed majestic cathedral which is free to visit with its vast interior containing some spectacular stained glass windows.

Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral

For culture lovers, the city boasts numerous galleries and museums including the two local Eau-de-Cologne companies of Farina and 4711 and with both the Olympia / Sport and Chocolate museums at Rheinau harbour there’s something for everyone.

Altstadt, Cologne
Altstadt, Cologne

Altstadt (the old town) is a vibrant area overlooking the river filled with quaint, pastel coloured buildings now home to many pubs and restaurants. One can also enjoy walks along the Rhine Boulevard taking in the splendid views looking across the river towards the cathedral and old town.

Rheine Boulevard, Cologne
Rheine Boulevard, Cologne

Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the city’s Botanical Gardens and delight in viewing exotic plants and lush vegetation in its wonderful Palm House.

The Palm House, Botanical Gardens, Cologne
The Palm House, Botanical Gardens, Cologne

Last but not least no visit to Cologne should take place without sampling a glass or two of the local Kölsch beer accompanied perhaps with some local sausage or a schnitzel in one of the city’s traditional, wood panelled beer halls.

Kolsch, the local beer of Cologne
Kolsch, the local beer of Cologne

Overall:

We enjoyed our two night stay at the Pullman Hotel and despite it being a large corporate hotel, we were made to feel very welcome by the friendly, professional staff. Our room had been perfect for our needs coupled with the hotel’s vast buffet breakfast selection which set us up for the day. Centrally located yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city centre life, I consider it to be an ideal place to stay whilst visiting Cologne as room rates are affordable.

The Pullman Hotel, Cologne
The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

Details: The Pullman Hotel, Helenenstraße 14, 50667, Cologne, Germany.

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19 thoughts on “The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

  1. jasonlikestotravel

    Looks like a nice place to stay. Definitely seen the Pullman somewhere on my travels (but I don’t think in Cologne) so good to hear what it’s like to stay at. I’ll have to keep it in mind for future 🙂

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    1. The a Pullman was a really good choice Jason. We hadn’t stayed in one before but we certainly would in the future as they are reasonably priced. Just having toasted teacakes and a cup of tea in the garden now after our afternoon walk – it’s got out lovely here now. Hope it’s nice with you as well.

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    1. Thanks Jonno. Less than three weeks ago but it already seems like ages. It’s a good hotel and we enjoyed our stay. Lovely to see sunshine and blue skies this morning. We’re going to dust down our barbecue later and then spend the afternoon on the patio munching sausages and drinking lager dreaming of being back in Germany (or indeed anywhere else). Hope your accommodation in Devon has a garden and /or outdoor seating too. Marion

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  2. You’re doing it again, aren’t you? You are making me jealous of all the lovely hotels you get to stay in!

    I have only ever stopped off in Köln once for a single night which was taken up photographing a mate’s gig so no time for sightseeing. People tell me it is a beautiful city and your posts certainly seem to indicate that, yet another place I must get to when this quarantine malarkey goes away.

    Incidentally, do you normally rise at this unmerciful hour or are you an insomniac like me? Either way, it is all to the good as it is something else for me to read whilst sitting here going quietly stir crazy.

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    1. Good morning Fergy, I’m sure we are all now starting to create lists of places we want to visit or return to when restrictions are lifted as none of us will ever take travelling for granted any more. I’ve actually only been up a short time as I schedule my posts to be published at an earlier time, Glad to see the sun and blue skies, definitely a day for my garden. Take care and thanks for commenting.

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