Wasn't overly impressed with the place, but it was a place to rest my head and get some grub, and it did its job. So I can't complain much.
Outward appearance had an eastern bloc feel to it even though we were well inside the old West Germany. Lobby was small but I didn't plan on spending to much time there anyway.
The bedrooms were functional. A tv from the late 90's and a fridge u couldn't fit a M&M in. Bathroom was nice, and the view of the lake in the park was a plus. The beds were once again, just functional. Had hard time sleeping on it since if was so small.
There is a restaurant and a bar on the ground floor. Restaurant wasn't bad. Had a veggie cream soup which wasn't bad, and chicken on rice which when mixed with the soup it tasted like a chicken pot pie minus the crust. Dessert was vanilla ice cream and fruit. Which was good.
There is a gas station which shares the parking lot with the hotel. Go here for ur water and snacks. We made the mistake of purchasing water from the hotel to take to our room, it cost almost €18 for two 1 liter bottles. While at the station it cost us €9 including gum and iced tea.
Hotel was nothing to really write home about, it was simply functional.
I know Holiday Inn (both the resto n the hotel itself ) since ages and I also evidenced the vary of its quality worldwide, esp. in Europe, Asia and USA. But I never was in any worse Holiday Inn Restaurants as the one here in Cologne-Lindenthal.
I passed this Hotel by and took a peek of look from its back garden-City Forrest to the restaurant and tempted to try it out somehow. So on one fine Sunday Noon I did it!
It seems to me that noone paid really a damn to the restaurant itself as well as to the service. No soul greeted the guest, so forget to have someone escorting you to your table as its commonly done in such venues. The room looked very neglected and it smelled bad from some certain corner. The Buffet Tables didnt look appetizing as most of dirty and empty.
They did really push their luck if the keep such chaos running- regarding its potential to be located in great location and carrying a well known hotel label.
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