Where to stay in Dortmund – a complete guide to the best places to stay in Dortmund (including recommended hotels).
Dortmund is situated in North Rhine-Westphalia and it’s the 8th largest city in Germany.
Although it is an industrial city, its airport is a base for low-cost companies like easyJet, Eurowings, Ryanair and Wizz Air. This makes the city very attractive starting point to explore the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. You can easily reach Aachen, Cologne, Essen, Bonn and many more.
During my trip to Germany, I used Dortmund as a starting point to get to Cologne. Cologne is only about an hour and a half journey away. I spent 2 days in Cologne, one in Brühl and went back to Dortmund the day before my flight. I went to Brühl to see the Augustusburg Palace, a lovely palace near Cologne.
The flight was very early in the morning. I had to be at the airport at about 06:00 AM, so searched for a hotel on a walkable distance from the Central train station. Also, I also looked for a hotel with a 24-hour reception desk.
It was a comfy hotel for a short stay. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to try the breakfast, as I had to check out very early in the morning.
Where to stay in Dortmund – the best area
No matter if you plan to spend a few days or just the day before your flight, the best location is right in the city centre, close to Dortmund Hbf. In this way, you can reach your hotel in less than a few minutes when arriving by train.
Moreover getting to the airport early in the morning is no problem at all. There is a shuttle between the airport and the Central train station.
If you’re visiting the city for the Christmas markets, this area is the best option for you. The Christmas market is right in the heart of the city centre.
The best places to stay in Dortmund
The best family hotels in Dortmund
LivInn Hotel is one of the closest hotels near the Central Train station. This 3-star hotel is only 2 minutes away from the train station, right next to the German Football Museum. At the same time, it’s a great base to explore the city centre. LivInn Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Dortmund for travellers.
Highlights: spacious air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception desk, Sky TV in the hotel’s bar
The Grey Design Hotel is a 3-star hotel that combines the classic and the progressive design to create a cosy atmosphere. Its location is more than convenient. As LivInn Hotel, it’s less than 100m away from the Hauptbahnhof. The Grey Design Hotel is the perfect place for a quick overnight stay.
Highlights: complimentary coffee and tea set, room safe, baggage storage, 24-hour front desk at the property
Hotel Königshof Hauptbahnhof Superior is a 3-star hotel right on Königswall. It’s a popular area filled with shops and restaurants. The location is great. You can reach the train station in a few minutes. Also, the Signal Iduna Park football stadium (Westfalenstadion) is only 10min away by the underground.
Highlights: comfy rooms with a kettle and a coffee machine, free minibar, room safe, 24-hour reception desk, great location for shopping
The best couple hotels in Dortmund
Boutique 102 is a 4-star hotel featuring an elegant design. It’s situated only 200m away from the Central train station. It’s a great base for exploring the city centre or hitting the shops.
Highlights: 24-hour front desk and luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, dry cleaning (extra charge)
TOP Hotel Esplanade is a 4-star family run business hotel. Its location close to the Central train station makes it perfect for regular or business travellers.
Highlights: modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, Sky movies and Sky football, 24-hour front desk, wellness program with Finnish sauna, foot bath and a relaxation room
Things to do in Dortmund
Church of St. Reinold
Visit the Church of St. Reinold (Reinoldikirche), the oldest extant church in the city.
Take a walk in nature
If you want to spend a few hours in nature go to Westfalenpark, Rombergpark or the Zoo. I had only half a day in the city so I decided to visit Westfalenpark.
The park is located on the outskirts of the city, but you can reach it by underground. Westfalenpark is enormous with extremely beautiful gardens, lawns and fountains. In the Rosarium, you can find about 2600 different species of roses from all over the world.
Westfalenpark is known for its telecommunications Florian Tower (Florianturm), named after St. Florian. There is a revolving restaurant at 137.46m and an observation deck at 141.88m.
If you’re visiting the city in December, don’t miss the Christmas market. It’s not only one of the biggest in Germany, but its Christmas tree is something not to be missed. Its height is 45 metres and it is made from smaller spruce trees. It’s one of the largest Christmas trees in Germany!
How to get from Dortmund airport to the city centre
The Dortmund airport (Dortmunder Flughafen) is situated 10km away from the city. There is a shuttle bus service between the airport and the Central train station (Hauptbahnhof).