Trendy, quirky and in the center of town, Hotel friends has recently undergone major renovations, transforming it into a chic boutique hotel. I stayed at Hotel friends for two comfortable nights during my recent trip to Düsseldorf!
Situated a short five-minute walk from the central station, and a one minute walk from the nearest tram stop, Hotel Friends was the perfect base to spend a weekend exploring the German city of Düsseldorf. A comfortable bed, fast WiFi, quirky decor and a filling breakfast is what you can expect to find here.
Furthermore, as a blogger, I can never really ‘switch-off’ and so having a speedy WiFi connection is pretty integral to my business (even on a trip I have to keep up with my Instagram and Pinterest accounts, and even write a blog post or two!). However, I’m pleased to report that the WiFi was pretty fast and worked well in both my room and in the reception area. My room also had a TV, but I didn’t have time to watch it!
The Room (I stayed in themed room ‘Theater AG’)
First things first: what was the room like? (Because obviously, the room is the most important part of the hotel experience!) I arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon, having taken a direct flight from Heathrow that morning. As I’d awoken at 4 AM that morning, I was keen to take a quick shower and rest a little before heading out to explore the city.
After a fifteen-minute wait to be shown to my room, turning the key and walking into my room was like walking straight into the heart of a movie set; I mean how often do you get your own walk in wardrobe- complete with red velvet curtains- or the lights in your room are real life spotlights? As soon as I stepped into the room I realized that it was unlike many boutique hotels I’d previously visited.
I’d been told that every room in the hotel was ‘themed’, but the attention to detail was phenomenal. There were mannequins in the cupboard, my very own sofa and dressing table among other things. The room was a lot larger than I’d expected (particularly considering that it was just me staying there) and it was clean. Whilst I was out the second day, my bathroom was cleaned, the bins emptied and the bed remade.
Although I stayed in a ‘theater’ themed room, every room in the hotel was quirky and unique. Other themes in the hotel include Rainforest, Woodland, and Miss Marple. Rumour has it that there’s even a Harry Potter room, meaning that there’s a pretty eclectic mix…
The view from my room wasn’t too bad either… Although my room faced the road, I barely heard the traffic as I was on the fifth floor and perhaps also because I live in London!
Both mornings I enjoyed a full continental breakfast. The wide spread of bread, cereals, fruits and beverages made the meal incredibly vegetarian-friendly. To be honest, the buffet style and a sheer number of caffeinated beverages on offer meant that the hotel breakfasts were some of my favourite meals during my trip…
Bar and Reception Area
The lounge area in the back of the hotel lobby transforms into a bar with snacks from the early evening onwards every day. Reflecting the themed nature of the rooms, each part of the bar also took on a different theme. From the chic lounge bar to the school desk themed table, to the outdoor conservatory, it was the perfect place to have a drink and unwind.