I work as a tourguide in Cologne and other places.
Die Wohnung ist eigentlich ganz gemütlich, schönes großes helles Zimmer mit großem Bett (sehr weiche Matratze, Achtung Rückenschmerzen;-), süße Küche mit Sitzgelegenheit, in der eigentlich alles vorhanden ist, großes Bad und große Terrasse. Da kein Geländer vorhanden ist, besser nicht mit Kindern in bestimmten Altersgruppen. Mit Baby war es kein Problem, auch das Reisebett hatte gut Platz. Manko ist höchstens die extrem dünne Gardine, es ist sehr hell morgens. Organisation war einfach, Boris und Co sehr nett! Die Wohnung hat WG-Atmosphäre, wer viel Wert auf extreme Sauberkeit legt, ist hier vielleicht nicht ganz so glücklich, denn es hat echt mehr Studenten-WEG-Charakter. Dafür aber gemütlich, kreativ, relativ zentral, nah an der U-Bahn und schön hell. Wir fanden's gut.
We had a pleasant stay in this clean and roomy apartment in a quiet street. It offers a kitchen, bathroom (with bath) double bed and lovely balcony. It's perfectly accessible by car, including free private parking directly behind the house. A U-bahn-station, some shops (like Aldi) and restaurants/bakeries are just around the corner. With the U-bahn it's only a few minutes to get to the city centre, getting there by foot will take about 20 minutes. We did not meet Boris but made clear arrangements by telephone in advance. Highly recommended!
The place was fine and quiet -- nice terrace. We were frustrated by the bed, which seemed to be broken (there was a giant sink hole that we kept rolling into) and that there wasn't any internet. My partner couldn't sleep as a result (and so I couldn't either). The internet problem is our fault for not checking closely, but it was frustrating nonetheless.
Boris seemed friendly and helpful, but we never actually met him, as he was not there at check in or check out. He left us a note and told us where the key was hidden and that worked out fine.
we had a great weekend at this apartment!
first of all, it's a nice neighbourhood with many shops, cafés and restaurants around. a subway station is nearby and you can even reach downtown by walking.
The apartment itself is calm, clean and comfortable. the kitchen is well equipped to have breakfast and to cook.
altogether a very good experience!
Great host and very nice apartment. Perfect location too. Highly recommended +++
My visit at this apartment was very convenient. As I had a very late booking, I actually booked the place night before and Boris managed to organize so, that I can meet his friend near his apartment and pick up the key.
The apartment is very well located near Siubstr metro station (1 min away), which makes it a perfect connection to Friesenplatz, to Dom hbf etc.
The street is quiet, there is a small garden in the back and the apartment is very clean and cozy, and also warm. It has a big bathroom, quite big kitchen with everything needed and a big bedroom with a small terrace.
About 1 min walk away there is also a nice bohemian hostel (where they also have wifi), where they have a buffet-breakfast (we felt too lazy to prepare food ourselves) or have a last beer in the evening at their bar and meet other travelers, with some live music. Also just a few minutes away there are various shops, restaurants (German, Thai, Japanese, Turkish, Portuguese, ....) just a walk away, also REWE (big grocery store) which is open until midnight from Monday to Sunday. Also pharmacy is nearby.
At the same time it is VERY close to walk to the city center, would not take you more than 7-10 min to get to Stadtgarten for example by walking.
I also recommend a very nice Portuguese wine-bar nearby which is called Saudade, we enjoyed our Friday night there, a very close walk home and very good selection of wines with delightful owners of the place, a German-Portuguese couple.
So, big thanks for Boris who made it possible to stay at his apartment in such short notice and I am sure to book again, when in Cologne.
We never met Boris as he was away but were welcomed by his friend. The apartment was clean and comfortable. Onsite parking was a bonus for us and location had easy access to downtown. All amenities are close by and it is a nice, quiet neighborhood.