As a major German conference city, Düsseldorf has plentiful hotels ranging from simple B&Bs to business accommodation to boutique hotels with 5-star facilities.
The most atmospheric Düsseldorf accommodation is in the Altstadt (Old Town), alive with beer halls and home to numerous museums and galleries. Another great area for eating, drinking and sightseeing is along the Rhine promenade, a pedestrianised area looking out over the famous river.
Fans of modern architecture should head straight to the regenerated docklands now known as Media Harbour, where many modern Düsseldorf hotels can be found along with chic bars and trendy clubs. Shoppers certainly shouldn’t miss the Kö, or Königsallee, where designer names have found their Düsseldorf home. Another kind of shopping can be found at the food market in Carlsplatz, where traditional German sausages, cheeses and more are on offer. For culture, the 18th-century Schloss Benrath (Benrath Palace) is not only beautiful in its own right but also houses worthy museums dedicated to art and science.
Given their largely business-oriented clientele, Düsseldorf hotels can feel rather bland. Visitors to Düsseldorf should get out and about in the restaurants, bars and streets of this pretty riverside city for a taste of its real character.