I stayed here for 7 days in September 2014. Sightseeing Aachen was not my primary purpose for staying here, but rather the “Haus aus Licht” festival in the Aachen Cathedral (locally known as “der Dom”). It offered a program from 11 am to 9 pm each day, thereby leaving not much room for the usual tourist ways of passing time. The apartment was thus my temporary home base, conveniently located at a 10 minutes walk from the focus of my attention, viz. the Aachen Dom.
If you have other plans, a nearly direct neighbour is the central bus station (Bushof) where virtually all buses stop. It provides for a nice stepping stone to get around. The main train station can be reached by foot within 20 minutes.
Checking-in: This is done at the reception desk of the adjacent Best Western hotel (Peterstrasse 71), while the apartments are located around the corner (Alexanderstrasse 89), which is no big deal as the reception staff gives you a very clear diagram how to drive/walk to get there. I booked neither garage nor breakfast, so I can't comment on prices and quality. I had Room 14 on the 1st floor, but there is an elevator in case you get an apartment on a higher level. Very positively surprising was the efficiency and helpful attitude of the reception desk staff, offering assistance in anything you asked, even if a bit outside the standard service repertoire. That is precisely what you need, being in a strange place, not knowing your way around, and unaware of local facilities and offerings.
Kitchen: I'm a self-catering traveller by choice. My first action always is to inspect the kitchen. At first sight, is is very smallish. However, no reason to complain as it was advertised as a “kitchenette”, something that reminds me of my years as a university student. Yet it contains everything I needed, after all. The small space needs some time to get used to, but you can move some things to a different place where it can be as useful as in the kitchen, e.g. the water cooker and the “on the house” stock of tea/coffee (replenished each day). Nevertheless, it is still difficult to slice your bread or to cut vegetables, something to bear in mind while in the supermarket. The 2-core electric stove had some problems with one of the switches, but I found a workaround and was able to cope.
On the positive side: While there was no dishwasher (OK, as none was advertised), the daily cleaning staff washed my dirty dishes as a matter of course.
Bathroom: Also a bit smallish, yet very efficient in using the limited space available. Shower works well and delivers water of the correct temperature within a few seconds. I was surprised how fast the damp disappeared without hearing any ventilators working.
A single traveller like me has ample place for whatever an average person needs to wash and shave, but I assume a couple will have some problems when dividing the space on the shelves between them.
Laundry: The hotel offers a so-called Laundry Service, where you pack your dirty things in a bag, drop it at the reception desk (before 9, only working days), and get it washed and dried back the same evening. There is a price tag of 2 to 5 Euro a piece, however. Having been under-way for 10 days already when arriving in Aachen and thus carrying a sizeable backlog, this was not the solution for me (being a proverbial penny-pinching Dutchman). Luckily, as advertised on their website, there is also a freely available washing machine and tumble-drier on the ground floor, including soap and such stuff, coming to my rescue. It takes a bit of time to study the available machinery, but no rocket science is involved and it all proves mostly self-explanatory in the end.
Closing remarks: I was under-way for a trip lasting several weeks in a row. The previous location I had rented was a sizeable town house, owners were on holiday, so lots of space all for myself. Hence it took some time adjusting to the confines of a rented apartment. In other words, I may be a little prejudiced about the size of the room, described by previous reviewers as “spacious”. On the other hand, when compared with the average hotel room, usually crowded with all sorts of furniture and with little floor space left to move around, this apartment is indeed spacious. As was the work-desk, my centre of the world, indeed large enough to allow serious work. Anyway, I got used to it after a few days.
All in all, I have some minor but no real complaints about the room, thus ending with a positive feeling overall. I see no reason to look elsewhere when staying the next time in Aachen, although I may make an attempt to find an apartment with a larger countertop in the kitchen.
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