Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Important Small Stay At The Hyatt Cologne & Claudius Therme

Last year in April the misses and I, went for a sample city trip to Cologne (Köln). So the search for a hotel started, as I was unaware of all the hotels in Cologne, I did a quick search at booking.com on which hotels were available. 

As we wanted to stay in/near the city centre, I came up with the following: hotels Hyatt Regency Köln, Cologne Marriot, Dom Hotel Le Médrien and Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom. As all hotels we more or less in the same vicinity of the centre, I started looking for the right price/room rate. I came a cross the Hyatt Regency Suite with access to the club lounge for a really nice price, as it looked really nice, I booked it straight away through booking.com. 

Due to a busy schedule we could not leave on Friday evening, but had to drive to Cologne on Saturday morning. I wanted to stay make as much out of the weekend as possible and as we both are spa-junkies, I made quick search for Spa's in the Cologne area and came up with Claudius Therme and gave them a quick rang to make a surprise reservation for a double massage.

We made our way to Cologne on Saturday morning in a quick two hours and arrived at the Hyatt a tad early around 11am, which is before the regular check-in time of 3pm. This meant that our room was not yet available which was no problem for us as we headed to the town anyway. The check-in procedure was effective and we left our luggage at the reception desk and headed to the bridge to cross the Rhine.

Bridge to cross from the Hyatt to the city center (Hyatt is the low building on the right)
Even though it was only April the weather was stunning it was plus 25 degrees, which meant that all terraces where in full swing and the park along the Rhine was loaded with people picnicking and enjoying the sunshine.

The Park Along the Rhine.
After visiting the city centre, doing some shopping, strolling along the park and enjoying a lunch, we headed back to the hotel. Arriving at the hotel we approached the reception desk and we were told that our room was almost ready and if we had a small moment. A couple of minutes later a staff member of  reception desks took us to our room on the 6th floor, which is only accessible by a room key which gives belongs to a room on the 6th floor.

When leaving the elevator, we enter the lounge area. The lounge area is neatly set-up in a food and beverage area and a sitting area. As it was weekend with no big events the hotel and 6th floor was pretty quiet, however I can imagine that when a trade show is going and the hotel is full, the lounge area is rather small.
The sitting area has a wonderful view on the Rhine which is stunning during the day and the evening.

Living room with sofa, seat and desks. The view on the Rhine.

Very Nice King Size Bed
We continued to walk to our room, just before we entered the room, another Hyatt employee left the room doing the final check. 
The suite we had is basically two "connecting" rooms with a connecting door, but with one part of the room turned in to a living and the other part a larger bed room. All in all a very nice room and one could say it is "suite" worthy, mainly due to the room available. Being on the club level it meant all items in the room where complimentary. We had a lovely drink at night in the lounge with a wonderful view on the Dom which is lit-up during the evening 


Vanity Table For The Misses

A Small Window Seat

Bath tube With Mirror, Showing the Sink
Living room

Complementary Minibar

View On The Kölner Dom, From The Schälsick Bar & Terrace

View From The Front Of The Hyatt At Night
After a very nice night of sleep, we a had lovely breakfast at the lounge. The lounge attended served tea, coffee and freshly cooked eggs. Service was superb, after breakfast we checked out and headed for the Claudius Therme.

When we got back home I wanted to declare my Hyatt GP points, I was contacted by a GP employee who told me that the bookings made with anybody (website) else other than hyatt.com would not qualify for GP points, but they courteously added them anyway for "just this one time".

When looking for a new booking at the Hyatt Cologne, I saw that several suites where not available through hyatt.com, but only through booking.com. These suites are only sold by booking.com and therefore do not actually qualify for GP-points.

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