4th of December - 8th of December
Eissportzentrum Westfahlen / Strobelallee 32, 44139 Dortmund, Germany
TBA (usually around 50 Euro for an All Event)
How to reach:
From the main trainstation just take U45 until Westfahlenhallen. From there its just a small walk of about 5 minutes. There is a large parking area too, so if you come by car, you should be fine as well.
The practice rink is outside, but easily accessible and covered by a roof. There is also a small "restaurant" inside where you can eat & drink.
There are quite a few hotels nearby, I have picked a few that I used before - room price´s range from 50-120 Euro a night.
A: Bed&Breakfast - Wittekindstraße 106 Dortmund (Walking Distance about 10-15 minutes)
This Hotel offers single, double, triple and family rooms for up to 4 members. The breakfast is usually served around 7-10 AM, it is very good but must be paid extra on arrival. ( 7.50 Euro each ) The rooms are a bit noisy, but skating fans don't spend much time in them anyways. If you come by car, you can use the free parking service directly at the hotel (first come - first serve) - if you arrive very late it can happen that you wont find a free spot.
In case you prefer traveling without a car, then it is also very easy to reach by using the local "Stadtbahn", which departs from the main trainstation (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof), just look for the big blue U and board the tram with the number 45 until Stadtgarten, where you change into the U 42 in direction (Hormbuch) and leave at Theodor Fliedner Heim. The Hotel is just across the street.
Room price is 50-70 Euro a Night.
A: Hotel Gildenhof - Hohe Str. 139 Dortmund (Walking Distance about 10 - 15 minutes)
This Hotel is run by a local family, therefore it offers a different experience than of a big hotel company. The staff is very friendly and usually has some time to chat if you want to know more about Dortmund, like some tips for sightseeing etc. Breakfast is 9 Euro and tastes very good, they also have a restaurant offering typical German Food. The hotel offers single and double rooms and can easily be reached by "Stadtbahn", take number 45 at Dortmund main station and leave at "Westfahlenhallen", from there it is a 10 minute walk.
Room price is 70-80 Euro a Night.
B: Steigenberger - Berswordtstraße 2, Dortmund (Walking Distance 10 minutes)
Compared to Gildenhof this is the total opposite, a very large complex building, with fitness rooms, solarium, special food service (for those with a diet) etc. What I always loved about Steigenberger is the room service, you just order your breakfast in the evening and they bring it to your room. Very nice for those that like to sleep long and prefer eating in bed. Parking fee is 12 Euro a day and you don't need to book those in advance. Rooms are quite big, you usually have a table and some chairs, so that you can do some work like me writing an article about the NRW Trophy
The hotel also offers a terrace where you can take a seat, WLan does cost a fee and lunch packet´s can be ordered as well.
Again you can reach the hotel by taking U45 until "Westfahlenhallen". You should be able to see the hotel after going up the stairs.
Room Price is 70 - 110 Euro a Night.
A: Best Western Parkhotel Strobelallee 41 Dortmund (Walking Distance 5 minutes)
While the most expensive hotel, it also is the closest to the ice rink. Its just 5 minutes and can as well be reached by taking the U45 from the Dortmund main station. The hotel does offer room service including breakfast, a pool, massage´s, steam bath etc. Wlan is free, money exchange possible and you can even book a suite for 250 Euro. I have been in different rooms there, some were really small but also a lot cheaper, while others more expensive and larger. After checking their website today, I did not find any offers for those cheaper rooms, so either they are already sold out or no longer available at the hotel.
Room Price is 110 - 250 Euro a Night.
To note is that there is also a Hotel Pullman, right next to Steigenberger. I never used that hotel before so I cant give you any information about it.
Ill keep the thread updated and also apply for a media accreditation, if granted I will be able to report about the event directly from the ice rink.