The Best Boutique Hotels in Cologne

Cologne underground I © Dietmar Temps/Flickr
Cologne underground I © Dietmar Temps/Flickr
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31 July 2018

If you’re in search of accommodation in Cologne, take a look at the city‘s boutique hotels. The service and vibe in these places is very different to that of the more standard cookie-cutter sleeping boxes in the mid-price market. Here are 7 places where you can stay in style and still have money left over to enjoy the town.

Qvest Hideaway

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The Qvest Hotel
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This hotel has design everything – literally. The building, in all its Neo-Gothic splendor, is the former city archive and sits in the shadow of St Gereon’s, one of the largest of Cologne’s Romanesque churches. Much of the furniture and art comes from hotelier Michael Kaune’s personal collection, but the vibe feels warm, like it’s ok to put your feet on the coffee table. In place of a TV, there is a small library of art, design and fashion books, though if only Housewives of Orange Country will do, the front desk can source a set from their stash.

Humboldt1 Palais

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If you’re a chandelier-over-the-tub kind of person, head straight to Humbolt1 Palais in Appelhofplatz, close to the best coffee spots in the city. The building is just 4 meters (13 feet) wide and was for many years the home of the infamous Café Lautrec. Just seven rooms over five floors mean that each guest has plenty of space and quiet to enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

Hotel im Wasserturm

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A little bit of luxury in Europe’s biggest water tower….well, former water tower. No water wings needed for a weekend at this slightly out-of-the way delight. The hotel has 88 bright and air-conditioned rooms as well as Himmel und Ärd, the top-floor restaurant with fantastic city views. The nearest Ubahn station connects directly to the main train station, so getting into and out of town is a breeze.

Burns Art Hotel

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This hotel is perfectly located for guest attending a trade fair or even leisure visitors who are curious to see what the other side of the Rhine has to offer. The Burns Art Hotel is between the Deutz and Mülheim neighbourhoods with good transport links to the centre of the city and caters especially to guests who are staying more than a night or two.
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  • Gallery Loft

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    Gallery Loft Cologne | Elzbieta Mainka
    Gallery Loft is built in the former 4711 cologne factory, which was for many years also a film production studio. With this storied history and double height ceilings, a night in the Gallery Loft is be one to remember. There’s a film archive onsite and the surrounding neighbourhood, Ehrenfeld, has enough clubs, boutiques and restaurants to keep anyone entertained.

    Savoy Hotel

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    A rooftop terrace just steps from the Rhine with views of the Dom and the rest of central Cologne is one of Savoy Hotel’s best features. In less pleasant weather, the full-service spa and sensual decoration will make cozying up inside seem like a gift.
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    Hopper Hotel St Josef

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    One of the few hotels in Südstadt, the lively neighbourhood in the southern part of the Innenstadt, Hopper Hotel St Josef is built in an old monastery complete with stained glass windows, Neo-Gothic arches and original sculptures created by artists from the art academy in Münster. Breakfast is served in the former chapel and in the basement, a Finnish Hemlock sauna awaits.

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