The best boutique hotels present an opportunity to really get to know a city, thanks to local design and artwork, fewer guests and more personal service. And in cultural Cologne, Germany, the choices span a historic water tower and a converted monastery to a trendy, Sixties-inspired creative hub, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Infuse your stay in Cologne with a splash of colour at this hip creative hub, located in a 1950s rotunda. Designed by renowned design firm Studio Aisslinger, the interior was inspired by the retro-future aesthetic of the 1960s. But this is more than a place to stay: alongside the 207 rooms, there’s a buzzing cafe and co-working space, Restaurant NENI, and the Monkey Bar. The lobby is also home to the 25hours things shop, which sells a carefully curated selection of objects, from illustrated books and magazines to natural cosmetics by cult brands.
This boutique hotel is ideally situated near the Rhine in the old town, near the Belgian quarter and the most popular attractions. The contemporary rooms, including several family rooms with fold-out beds and kitchenettes, are decorated with bright or pastel artwork and furnished with queen-size box-spring beds. Get your day off to a good start with its filling vegetarian breakfast buffet, which offers a wide choice.
With just nine rooms spread over three floors, this highly rated boutique hotel offers guests unparalleled personal service. There’s a single room for solo travellers, double rooms, junior suites and a large family apartment, plus a substantial breakfast buffet featuring local produce. The hotel is conveniently located on a quiet street in the old town (Altstadt), near the city hall, just moments from the city’s impressive Romanesque churches and many of its most popular museums, including Museum Ludwig, which houses an impressive collection of works by Picasso.
This boutique hotel, in the middle of the LESKANPark commercial district, is ideal for business travellers. Each of the 85 simple rooms is inspired by one of the 86 districts of Cologne, and features a fun illustration on the wall. Seminar rooms in the neighbouring ultra-modern Deutsche Bahn training centre can be booked through the hotel, and there’s an affordable on-site bistro with a lunch menu of homemade classics, such as meatloaf with dark-beer sauce, peas, carrots, and mashed potatoes, or fillet of hake with Dijon mustard sauce, and potato vegetable gratin.
The interior of this design hotel, in an old paper mill in the vibrant Ehrenfeld district, is all slick black marble, exposed brickwork and edgy industrial lighting. Choose from either a Black Loft or Black Superior Loft studio, each of which features a dramatic black marble bathroom, soaring ceilings, minimalist artwork and monochromatic designer furnishings. The hotel is close to many of the city’s best restaurants and bars, as well as the popular Live Music Hall.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Evelyn Smallwood.