Maritim's Airport Hotel: Convenience Plus
By Don Heimburger
Photos by the author
The Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf at Maritim-Platz 1 has a number of things going for it, but one of the best things is its location. This large 533-room, seven-story modern hotel is located directly at the Dusseldorf Airport.
Many hotels are “conveniently located” according to their advertising, but the Maritim would win an award for the most conveniently located hotel. From my window on the 7th floor and five minutes walking from my room I could actually be in the airport's Terminal C. But the airplane sounds didn't carry into the hotel.
Connected to the airport
A walking bridge with an overhead roof leads directly from one side of the Maritim to the airport which I used the next morning when I left, and the early-morning rain didn't touch me. I call that convenient, and I was at the Air Berlin check-in counter within 10 minutes of leaving the hotel.
The location isn't the only advantage of this property. It's a fairly new—nine years old— hotel with a spacious, airy reception area topped with glass overhead that leads in both directions to a long hallway that features meeting rooms, bars, restaurants, and that convenient airport walkway.
Besides the regular guest rooms, there are 38 suites, and all feature baths and showers, air conditioning, soundproofed windows, satellite-fed flat-screen televisions, radio, room safe and mini-bar (which on my floor was complimentary). The hotel features six handicapped rooms with wheelchair access and two rooms for people with allergies, complimentary internet service, wireless LAN, a below-ground car park for 450 vehicles, and meeting/convention facilities that will accommodate up to 5,000 people in 33 conference rooms. The large in-the-round meeting room with a stage will seat up to 2,300.
Restaurants and bars
In the giant reception hall that runs the length of the hotel, there are six restaurants and bars including Bistro Bottaccio, offering Mediterranean food; Rheinische Stov, which offers regional German specialities; Classico, where breakfast is served; and SushiSho for Japanese cuisine. There are two bars in the reception hall, one of which opens at 6 p.m. each evening. In addition, there is a Sixt car rental office for convenience.
On the top floor is the large and comfortable presidential suite which has been used by many celebrities including the Queen of Sweden and Jennifer Lopez.
There is a spa on the first floor, and a special elevator throughout the hotel takes guests conveniently to the spa itself.
I found the hotel to be well laid-out, and even exciting in its design, especially the glassed-in ground floor open area that draws guests to it. It's like a common meeting room for socialization, dining and services.
The following languages are spoken at the hotel: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Polish and Dutch.
Maritim Hotels, which began in 1969, operate 34 hotels in Germany. The hotel chain's portfolio includes centrally located city hotels, airport hotels, coastal beach resorts, lakeside family hotels, course-adjoining golf hotels and parkland spa hotels. In line with Maritim's strategic analysis of developing markets, the company is pushing ahead with more international expansion plans.