I had never stayed at a Meininger Hotel before, but I opted for Köln City Center because there didn’t seem to be much available in the city. I walked to the hotel from the train station, so I got to see the Cologne Cathedral and a few parks on the way.
Meininger offers a hotel bar, which was not necessarily staffed. Instead, you buy your drinks from the refrigerator in the lobby and pay there. The guest kitchen is spacious, but they could definitely use better stocking on plates and utensils. The hotel offers 24-hour reception and an elevator. Paid parking is available, and the hostel also offers a washer and dryer. You can also buy snacks at the front desk.
The atmosphere was very quiet. I met another traveler in the lobby, a man from New Zealand who had been traveling for about a year, but this is definitely not a social hostel. If you want a quiet place to stay, this is definitely it.
There was a woman working at the desk with a name that started with G. I want to say it was Geraldine? Anyway, she was one of the nicest people I met in all my time in Europe. She was really comfortable to be around, and she gave me some great advice about dealing with Easter weekend in Cologne.
I had a single room, which was small but offered a TV and a private bathroom. It was sparsely decorated, but the bed was comfortable and I had sufficient linens. I also had a nice window overlooking the park, which was beautiful and green. I’m not sure how the dorms compare.
I didn’t eat breakfast, but it was available from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast was 6,90 extra. They had a decent selection of beers and snacks at reception.
Meininger Cologne City Center is near Rudolfplatz, Neumarkt, Schildergasse, and Mediapark. It felt like a safe area, and I had no problem finding food nearby.
Apart from feeling a bit worn out, Meininger in Cologne was great. They were inexpensive and had free wi-fi. I’ll actually be staying at the Meininger in Berlin on Monday, so we’ll see if the service is consistent.