The Best Hotels in Cologne, Germany

Enjoy the sunset from the rooftop terrace at the Savoy in Cologne, Germany
Enjoy the sunset from the rooftop terrace at the Savoy in Cologne, Germany | Courtesy of Savoy Cologne / Expedia.com
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12 May 2021

The fourth-largest city in Germany is a characterful 2,000-year-old metropolis by the Rhine River. It’s known for its impressive high-gothic architecture, Romanesque churches, world-class museums and historic old town. From design-led boutique hotels to convenient business hotels, this is our pick of the best hotels in Cologne, Germany – now bookable with Culture Trip.

Hotel Flandrischer Hof

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3.9/5 (520 Reviews)
Hotel Flandrischer Hof, Cologne
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If you’re travelling to Cologne for business, it’s hard to go past this convenient hotel in the Belgian Quarter. There are 190 rooms – ranging from budget-friendly economy rooms to luxurious suites set over two floors – and packages are available for business, trade fair, individual and group reservations. There are four bright conference rooms with space for up to 45 people, as well as the latest media screen technology. Don’t fancy catching a cab? Book the hotel’s personalised shuttle service.
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Hotel im Wasserturm

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4.1/5 (562 Reviews)
Hotel im Wasserturm
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This design-led hotel holds a special place in the history of Cologne, as it is built into a water tower constructed by English engineer John Moore in 1868. The 36m (116ft) masonry tower is the largest of its kind in Europe and gives the hotel a unique character. The lobby sets the scene with its 11m-high (36ft) ceilings, original cast-iron spiral staircase from 1872 and artwork by the likes of Andy Warhol, and there are 88 pet-friendly hotel rooms to choose from. Enjoy dinner at the rooftop restaurant and lounge, which boasts expansive views over the city and an innovative menu serving the likes of duck with liver ice cream, polenta popcorn and kohlrabi.
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Qvest Hideaway

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4.2/5 (106 Reviews)
The Qvest Hotel
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The imposing Neo-Gothic building, in the centre of Cologne’s midtown, dates back to 1897 and once housed the city’s archives. Today, it’s a luxurious hotel filled with a museum-worthy collection of vintage designer furniture, mid-century modern originals and contemporary photography. There are 34 rooms and suites designed by Michael Kaune – including one that incorporates Werner Pantone’s Living Tower furniture sculpture and another one with a hand-painted medieval wooden ceiling from 1390. There are also two elegant two-bedroom townhouses decorated with contemporary art by the likes of George Holz, Jo Fober, Stefan Heyne and Silvi Tillmann.
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Excelsior Hotel Ernst

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4.7/5 (874 Reviews)
Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne
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This grand family-owned five-star hotel, next to the cathedral, dates back to 1863 and has 137 elegant rooms and suites, ranging from a 25sqm (270sqft) Classic Room to the lavish 80sqm (861sqft) Excelsior Suites. There are also three restaurants, including the award-winning Hanse Stube, which serves dishes such as cream soup of ramson with asparagus tempura, plus the Michelin-starred Taku restaurant, which offers an East Asian-inspired menu – think organic chicken with celery in salt dough, aka miso and young leek, or Norway lobster with chilli and ginger sauce, crustacean bisque and coriander.

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Savoy Cologne

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4.5/5 (289 Reviews)
Savoy Cologne
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The four-star Savoy Cologne boasts 100 rooms and suites alongside 48 full-service apartments that are ideal for an extended stay. There is also a penthouse apartment with bold murals adorning the walls, a fully equipped kitchenette and a terrace with designer furnishings. With a 650sqm (6,997sqft) spa – equipped with saunas, a steam bath, a polar ice pool and infrared cabins – and a 120sqm (1,292sqft) gym – furnished with Matrix training equipment – the hotel is also the perfect spot to unwind. Fancy a drink? Head up to the Skylounge rooftop terrace in the summer months, or enjoy a traditional English Tea Time at the cosy Fireplace Lounge in the winter.
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Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg

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4.7/5 (316 Reviews)
Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
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Looking for a wedding venue in Cologne? It doesn’t get much more romantic than this grand hotel overlooking the bay of Cologne, providing wonderful views of Cologne Cathedral. There are 84 hotel rooms and 36 suites, including the impressive Presidential Suite with two bedrooms and a large marble bathroom with a private sauna and a Jacuzzi. The three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Vendôme offers five-, eight- or 10-course set menus with dishes such as langoustine and tandoori masala with lemon-pepper gin sauce and calamaretti, and pork with wheat beer, lovage sauce, grapes and mustard-cauliflower purée. There’s also a 1,000sqm (10,764sqft) spa with a menu of indulgent treatments.
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  • 25hours Hotel the Circle

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    4.5/5 (431 Reviews)
    25hours Hotel The Circle
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    Just a few minutes’ walk from the city, in an architecturally impressive rotunda that dates back to the 1950s, is this cool hotel, which was designed in collaboration with interior designer Werner Aisslinger and inspired by Retrofuturism. The interior features a main hall with a cafe and co-working spaces as well as 207 rooms that are a celebration of the Sixties style – think exposed concrete, pops of yellow and teal, and sculptural designer furniture. On the eighth floor, you’ll discover Restaurant NENI, which serves flavour-packed dishes such as Korean fried chicken bites and pulled-beef burger. The hotel also lets guests borrow one of its four speedster bikes, including a map of the best bike routes in the city, and can organise a test drive of a MINI.
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    AMERON Köln Hotel Regent

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    4.4/5 (866 Reviews)
    AMERON Köln Hotel Regent
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    This luxurious hotel takes inspiration from the contrasting neighbourhoods of arty Ehrenfeld and refined Lindenthal that it sits between. The interior combines classic styling with strikingly modern accents, while the menu at the in-house cantinetta trattoria and bar unites traditional Italian cuisine with quality local ingredients – think spaghetti con gamberetti and tortellini ricotta. Choose from standard, comfort or premium rooms, all of which have plenty of natural light and elegant furnishings. The Vitality spa and fitness area features a Finnish sauna, a wellness experience shower, a solarium and a quiet room, alongside various cardio machines, including a treadmill and a cross trainer.
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    Hotel Stadtpalais

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    4.5/5 (440 Reviews)
    Hotel Stadtpalais
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    Located in the historic Kaiser-Wilhelm-Bad (spa), which dates back to 1913, this elegant hotel is full of charismatic details, like the ornate mosaics by German artist Ernst Wille at the entrance, or the mural by the stairway of the original library. There are 113 spacious rooms – including a family room for two adults and two children – and two suites. Bio’s Bar is named after German TV personality Alfred Biolek, who gifted a number of photographs and awards from his illustrious career. KWB restaurant, meanwhile, serves up delicious German food, such as pheasant breast with cranberry jus, creamed sausage and baked potato.
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    Motel One Waidmarkt

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    Motel One Waidmarkt, Cologne
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    Motel One is known for its affordable design hotels around the world – and this hotel south of Cologne’s historic city centre is a shining example. The design takes its cues from the traditional German Eau de Cologne 4711 and the Rhine River, with a wave-shaped reception desk, a stylised bridge motif adorning the walls and a fun LED display behind the bar. The rooms are simply-yet-comfortably furnished and feature vibrant blue or gold curtains that frame views of the city. Travelling on a budget? Book the One – a cosy 16sqm (172sqft) standard room boasting a granite bathroom with a rain shower.
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