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Cologne at Christmas

Dear Melissa,

Cologne’s famous Christmas markets are not to be missed! Even Ebenezer Scrooge would feel festive when wandering the craft stalls that line the streets, sipping heart-warming Glühwein and soaking up the magical atmosphere and twinkling lights. I am sure you will have a ball and come back laden with gifts and a feeling of goodwill Melissa. Don’t forget my present!  I believe they kick off on the 26th November this year. I can smell the cinnamon and gingerbread already.

The best place to stay in town is Hotel im Wasserturm, an impressive retreat with superb city views and great location in the centre of the city, close to chi chi boutique shops, Cologne Cathedral and the streets in which the markets are located.

Aside from strolling around the stalls and enjoying the shopping and traditional food and drink, make sure you book in for dinner at the property’s La Vision restaurant. On the 11th floor, it offers amazing views high above the city roofs – often named the best view in Cologne – and fantastic modern German cuisine.

You might have noticed you can now review SLH properties on our website – this is a new facility we’ve launched, and I see that one of the first reviews was for Hotel im Wasserturm.  Markus recommends the restaurant and its view as his top tip for the city! Just so you know, the review facility is only open to our Club members who we know have stayed at a minimum of two SLH properties in the past – so reviewers should be well versed in our high standards. A great new resource to use when planning trips in the future don’t you agree?


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