Don’t let the chic facade fool you. Dusseldorf may look ritzy to newcomers, but the city has a wealth of cheap hotels to meet everyone’s standards. Catering to the business traveler, Dusseldorf has a lot of good value options for overnighting in larger, chain hotels like the Radisson Blu Scandinavia or one of the three NH Hotels in town.
When there’s a popular convention on, however, those chain hotels book out early and prices can double with market demand. Budget travelers might find a more suitable option at a hostel, but if you’re looking for the best value for your money, you’re better off getting a place a bit further from the Altstadt, like the Hotel Sir & Lady Astor. Hotel Indigo at Victoriaplatz is perfectly located for the fashion-forward in town to get their shop on. And thanks to the city’s reputation as an arts and culture center, you can also find well-appointed design hotels like the Steigenberger Parkhotel that meet even the most finicky standards without breaking the bank.
Best cheap hotels in Düsseldorf
While the exterior of Radisson Blu is flat and characterless, it more than makes up for that inside. The decor comprises slick, earthy tones with pops of colour dotted around. The rooms are in various shades and patterns, and come with tea and coffee making facilities, an ironing board, hair dryer, TV, minibar and climate control AC. Elsewhere in the large complex is a pool, spa, gym, a casino and Arnold's Grill and Garden restaurant. The Messe Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre is close by, as are a few museums and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.
There's a lot of charm to Hotel Orangerie, which resides in an old school townhouse in Düsseldorf Old Town, just a short walk from the Rhine. It gives off business vibes with its neutral, minimal decor, but it's modern and comfortable. There's plenty to do around the hotel too, with the Altes Rathouse (town hall), Königsallee shopping street and Film Museum on your doorstep.
Housed in a renovated department store, the kid-friendly chain hotel has a hyper-modern decor that jazzes up the square layout. Box-spring beds are a standard—not the norm in Germany. The hotel fits the tagline of Germany’s favorite chocolates well: square, practical, good. And it’s got centralized heating and air conditioning to boot, a rarity in these parts.
Cheap is relative, but five-star luxury at an affordable price is the traveler’s albino rhino. With Queen Anne chairs and wicker headboards, the rooms appear stuffy but the superior staff is ready to accommodate every whim. A Finnish sauna, fitness area and fine dining on site make this one hotel you won’t want to leave—except to visit the luxury boutiques just a few steps away.
The no-frills nh Hotels chain is one of the better options for a cheap overnight in Germany and with three locations in Dusseldorf, there’s certain to be a spot free in whatever part of town you’re staying. Clean and well-serviced, the branch at Königsallee boasts Louis Armstrong as a former guest and offers a late checkout on Sundays for those in town for a weekend stay.
International flights at ungodly hours demand an overnight stay nearby, and the Lindner airport hotel is the ideal place to hit the hay if you’re taking off or landing in Dusseldorf. It’s got all the charms of a chain, with cookie-cutter rooms and furnishings but it’s convenience to the airport and shuttle service can’t be beat.
You can’t beat this apartment hotel, both for its location and for its accommodations. The fully serviced apartments, with kitchenette and elevator in a historic building, are just steps away from the Rhine River and TV Tower and a short walk to the Altstadt. A better deal for those staying longer than a week, the apartments all have a kitchenette and sitting area, making The Red feel less like a hotel and more like a temporary home.
Color-filled and hung with images of fashion icons, each floor dedicated to the style of a decade past, Hotel Indigo is a chain hotel with a one-of-a-kind look. The vibe is vibrant and trendy, cheap though it doesn’t look it. It’s in a young, happening neighborhood with bars and pubs around the corner so you’ll get good use out of the 24-hour gym on-site, replete with sauna.
The “Sir” in the name says all you need to know about this hotel. Decorated with tartan plaid and blooming roses wallpaper, the interior looks inspired by both Scotland and South Africa. It feels a bit formal, but you can’t do any better for a cheap deal in the center of the city.
A former monastery in the heart of the Altstadt, the De Medici is a one-of-a-kind overnight experience. With a private art collection, the renovated apartments are uniquely luxurious, with only the masonry left reminiscent of the building’s once-barebones history. The decadent decor is a reminder of the value you get for your money in a place which has everything you need, from an in-room kitchenette to the fitness studio to the spa and massage area. Wrapping a city block and adjoined to a church, the hotel feels private while remaining in the midst of things.
Time to explore
This medieval city on the banks of the Rhine recently celebrated its 730th birthday, but Düsseldorf isn’t resting on its historic laurels. With a slew of cutting-edge architecture and a booming arts scene both above and below ground, the capital of the of the North-Rhine Westphalia state is fast becoming one of Germany’s most lively metropolises.