Comfortable hotel overlooking the forest in western Cologne Edge of Stadtwald Forest The Leonardo Royal Hotel Köln - Am Stadtwald has a peaceful setting on the edge of Stadtwald Forest, 5 km west of Cologne's city center. It's a 3-minute walk to the bus stop, taking you direct to Neumarkt square with its Christmas market and transport interchange in 20 minutes. Boating and Old Town Just outside the hotel, Stadtwald forest has jogging tracks, a boating lake, lawns for picnics, and a small animal park where children can feed goats and deer. Trams will get you the city's iconic cathedral and the pedestrianized shopping streets of the Old Town in 25 minutes. Eat indoors or out There are attractive views of the forest from the restaurant, where you can help yourself to a generous breakfast buffet. As well as a spacious lounge bar in the lobby, you can have drinks on the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake, and front desk staff are on hand 24 hours. HDTVs, free WiFi The 150 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms have a warm, contemporary style, in brown and plum tones with photo-montages of Cologne landmarks over the bed. All rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen HDTVs, and courtesy trays, and room service is also available.