Garni Hotel Berggeist - Practical, but lacking character
Garni Hotel Berggeist was our home for the three nights that we stayed in Brühl. Situated on the outskirts of the Phantasialand theme park, Garni Hotel Berggeist is only accessible by car. Brühl itself doesn't offer much by way of tourist attractions and is in any case a short drive away from the park. However we chose to stay at Garni purely because of its location to the park, which was exactly what we needed.
We collected our keys from the main hotel inside the park, and made our way by foot back to the Hotel, which took about 15 minutes. I was very glad that I had taken my mobile phone, because we were unable to understand how the electronic card worked to enter the building. It was not the standard swipe and enter system, but involved a maneouvre that only a sleight-of-hand magician could master! After I called the main desk, help arrived and we were finally inside.
As we settled in, we were not entirely impressed with the room. Although clean (which I find with many German hotels/gasthofs) the room felt dark, damp and unloved. We were on the ground floor and the area was unfamiliar so we didn’t like to leave the window open at night. This combined with no air conditioning may be what contributed to the mugginess. The bathroom again was clean, but was characterless and consisted of just the toilet, sink and small shower. Having no window in the bathroom added to this sense of dullness. Yet the room was fairly spacious and there was also a colour TV, writing desk and a handy large mirror attached to the wardrobe.
The breakfast was lovingly prepared daily by a friendly middle-aged lady who went out of her way one morning to personally buy us some toastbrot. There was a good amount of choice for breakfast; various breads, meats, cereals and marmalades, so we didn’t go away feeling too hungry. For those on budget looking to find somewhere to stay when visiting the park overnight, I would definitely recommend Garni Hotel Berggeist. I think it would cater well for any kind of tourists. Although not the epitome of luxury, it is certainly a practical and clean Hotel which I think is all that is required for short stays.
If you are able to travel with a little more spending-allowance, perhaps go for one of the themed rooms inside the park. The hotels there are vibrant and attractive, attached to great restaurants and are right by the events that take place inside the park both in the daytime and at night. [more ]