24-Hour Room Service

Dorint, Quellenhof, Aachen, Germany

Present -day Aachen has the tranquil air of a pretty spa town. Yet this was once a European city of great strategic and cultural importance, situated near the meeting point of (what are now) Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Originally a health resort for the Romans, in 794 the canny Charlemagne built his imperial palace here – the hot springs were doubtless an attraction.

Aachen's grand Quellenhof spa hotel opened in 1926, attracting royals, aristocrats and Hollywood stars. Restored in 1998, this 174-room hotel is a mix of old-style European glamour and five-star luxury – sitting rather uncomfortably beside a busy main road.

Such quibbles are quickly forgotten once inside the vast marble-clad lobby, where the sound of traffic is replaced by soothing opera. Eastern influence abounds: drapes of candy-stripe shantung silk frame the public areas, while candles are scattered through the drawing- room or "fireside hall". The jewel in the Quellenhof crown, however, is the colonial-style Elephant Bar – more reminiscent of Rajasthan than western Germany.

Location, location,location

The Dorint Quellenhof, Aachen, Monheimsallee 52, D-52062, Aachen, Germany (00 49 241 91320, www.dorint.de/aachen).

Time to international airport: About two hours from Cologne, Dusseldorf or Ryanair's new destination, Eindhoven. Alternatively, take Eurostar to Brussels and connect there to Aachen. Grab a cab (€4, £2.50); it's five minutes to the hotel.

 

Aar you lying comfortably?

You should be. The beds boast mattresses from Sleepeezee, supplier to the British Royal Family. If it's good enough for the Queen...

Single beds are wider than average, doubles are bigger than Belgium. All bedrooms are stylish, yet lack the warm opulence of the public rooms. Glossy marble bathrooms are let down by the positively puny towels.

Freebies: disappointingly for a spa hotel, bathroom products are ordinary. Tangerines are a healthy counterpart to bedside chocs. Until Quellenhof's spa reopens in spring, you can use the nearby Carolus Therme – think Roman and Turkish baths, and Finnish saunas.

Keeping in touch: satellite TV and modem point in bedrooms.

The bottom line

Doubles start at €250 (£153).

I'm not paying that: weekend breaks are better value. A two-night stay including breakfast, a three-course dinner, free admission to Aachen's casino and a visit to Carolus Therme spa costs €189 (£116) per person.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Personal Trainer / PT - OTE £30,000 Uncapped

    £25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Investigo: Finance Analyst

    £240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...

    Ashdown Group: Data Manager - £Market Rate

    Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - Bedfordshire/Cambs border - £32k

    £27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...

    Day In a Page

    Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

    Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

    The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
    Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

    Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

    France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
    Sports Quiz of the Year

    Sports Quiz of the Year

    So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
    Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

    Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

    From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
    Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

    Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

    Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
    A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

    Christmas without hope

    Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
    After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

    The 'Black Museum'

    After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
    No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

    No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

    Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
    Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

    Chilly Christmas

    Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
    Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

    'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

    Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
    Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

    Ed Balls interview

    'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
    He's behind you, dude!

    US stars in UK panto

    From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
    Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

    Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

    What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
    Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

    Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

    Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect