I frequently stay at the Maritim in Cologne and would like try some new places. The guys I'm normally with like to go to Memo's Turkish restaurant, but I've been there too many times. We also go to the Lowenbrau and the Paulaner pretty frequently.
I'd like to find some new worthwhile places that are within walking distance. Preference is for German food but I'm open to all suggestions...especially Middle Eastern. Moderate to inexpensive please...we're American and get crushed with the Euro conversion :)
I'd especially like to find a café near the hotel with comfortable seating (cushy chairs and couches) where I can linger over a cup of coffee with my laptop or a book. Not interested in Starbucks...there are at least 30 of those within three blocks of my home.