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Nov 13th, 2003, 01:10 PM
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Aachen - Need hotel advice and info on Carolus Thermen

I'm planning to make a stop in Aachen for at least one night in December. I'd love to take advantage of a massage and other spa treatments at the Carolus Thermen facility - has anyone been there? I'd welcome also any comments on hotels. Thank you!
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Nov 13th, 2003, 11:44 PM
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Hi dovima,
we've wanted to go to the Thermen for quite some time now - but haven't managed to do so yet.
I only wanted to ensure that you've come across their homepage which has an English version as well.
http://www.carolus-thermen.de/index1.htm

I'm sure you've found the English section of aachen.de as well, so let me just tell you there that tripadvisor.com has reviews of Aachen hotels.
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Nov 14th, 2003, 10:17 AM
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Hi Kascha912,
Thanks - I did indeed check out the Thermen's English-language website. It was so tempting that I tweaked my itinerary around to include Aachen.

Anyone else have comments on staying in Aachen, esp. in regards to the town as a winter destination?
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Nov 15th, 2003, 01:28 AM
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Is there a reason you want to stay overnight in Aachen (besides the spa)? It's not the most interesting place in Germany; where are you traveling to/from?
We will be in Aachen today--there are some nice restaurants (including, surprisingly, some good sushi bars due to all the Japanese white collar workers there), but we can never remember their names--will make a point of noting them. Re hotels, do you want downtown, outside the city, right by the spa?
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Nov 17th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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Hi BTilke,
I'm either traveling up from Wiesbaden/Frankfurt or alternatively, depending on the flight I take, down from Amsterdam through Maastricht. If I stayed in Aachen, I'd be interested in a hotel located within walking distance of the spa. Thank you!
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Nov 17th, 2003, 10:39 AM
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The spa is a couple of kilmeters out of town and seems to be in primarily a German version of "big box" stores (although we didn't go to the spa itself and I don't know exactly how far it's located from its turnoff on one of the main roads into town). You can get to the spa easily by bus or taxi from central Aachen, so I suggest you stay closer into town. I wrote up a short report about Aachen on another thread, I'll top it so you can read it.
The hotel we saw that was closest to the spa (on the main road into town) was a pretty nondescript Holiday Inn. The nicest hotel in town is the Quellenhof, about a 10 minute (at most) drive to the spa; it's a luxury hotel with its own spa, located right next to the casino and a short walk from the cathedral and the historic old town.
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Nov 17th, 2003, 10:42 AM
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Here's a copy and paste from the other thread:
"We were in Aachen today...a few observations...the Quellenhof hotel is proably the best (but most expensive), located right next to the casino and a short walk from the old town, a very luxurious hotel with its own spa, a cool bar (The Elephant Bar), a fireside salon for tea and cakes,and 2 restaurants. There aren't too many hotels right in the old town, although I did see a little one, I think it had "Brucke" in the name, a block from the cathedral. In the cathedral area, the Rose am Dom is a nice, inexpensive restaurant, lots of atmosphere (dates back to the 14th century). We had lunch there today and it was very good. The bar and tea salon in the Quellenhof (mentioned above) are worth a stop, even if you're staying elsewhere in town. And the cathedral itself is quite interesting."

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Nov 17th, 2003, 11:17 AM
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I have been in the Quellenhof hotel. It is nice, but rather expensive. The hotel is part of the German hotel chain Dorint. They have another hotel in the old part of town, it is called Am Graben (less expensive). Both hotels have a Happy weekend package in December: 2 nights, including breakfast and dinner in a standard room: Am Graben 118 Euro, Quellenhof 215 Euro. For more details: www.dorint.com
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