Nice at first glance. So much better under the surface.
This is a real dark horse of a hotel. On its surface, the Best Western in Paderborn looks pretty standard. Look again though and some of its features turn it into something far closer to exceptional. After dark, when its colourful exterior lights go on, it transforms into something almost boutique looking. Certainly far more stylish than you initially give it credit for anyway. The panorama bar/restaurant leaves an amazing impression – very stylish. We didn’t get the chance to eat there and frankly we were gutted we weren’t able. Ditto for a drink in the small cool looking ground floor bar.
Staff came across as friendly and helpful. This is a long running independently owned and managed franchise and it shows. Not had a huge amount of experience of Best Westerns, but it was head and shoulders above the one in Kassel, which we had a stop-off stay at the year before. Lots of the reviews below trumpet its pool (situated, unusually, on the top floor). Not for no good reason – it’s brilliant! Clean, well tended, with great facilities and with near panoramic views of Paderborn as you swim. Also quiet – our family swam there by ourselves for 30 mins or so. If you have the time, explore this level too. We couldn’t believe the range of other facilities (sauna, steam room and others) its spa had tucked away. Paderborn is a lovely place, and if you’re stopping off there, seriously, don’t think further than this hotel. Its bloody great and I hope I have cause to stay again one day! less