Light-flooded luxury penthouse
Only a stone’s throw from Cologne’s central station, the top-floor penthouse is perfect if you want to explore the city centre. The open-plan apartment includes all the mod-cons you need for your stay whether you’re in Cologne for business or pleasure. Digital nomads will be delighted to hear that the penthouse is upstairs from the Wertheim co-working space, which offers daily and monthly packages. The apartment usually sleeps two, though you can convert the living room sofa into a bed for a third person. You get all that for €102 per night.
Spacious loft in a leafy part of town
This stylish loft is real bargain situated in the leafy part of Cologne Riehl. Several parks, the botanical gardens and the Rhine meadows are just around the corner from here, and a quick underground ride takes you to Cologne’s central station. The 130-square-metre top-floor apartment encompasses two bedrooms, a spacious living room, a fully fitted designer kitchen, two bathrooms and a balcony. You can book yourself in for only €52 per night.
Industrial loft conversion
Location is everything. This modern loft is tucked away in the quiet courtyard of the Alte Molkerei complex but within walking distance of Ehrenfeld’s trendy bars, cafés and restaurants. High ceilings and exposed brick walls remember the days of the old dairy factory and add an industrial touch to the otherwise modern interior. The large space sleeps up to six people for €496 per night – and you can bring your furry friends, too.
Luxury city villa
Lindenthal is one of Cologne’s poshest postcodes. Backed onto the lush Stadtgarten park, the quiet roads of the fashionable quarter are lined with villas and townhouses – and you can rent one of them for your next stay in the city. Spread across several floors, this high-end Airbnb offers air conditioning, plush sofas, marble bathrooms, views of the ornate garden and enough room for seven to nine people. Given the location and the features, the price of €349 per night seems more than reasonable.
Top-floor maisonette apartment
The Belgian Quarter is up there with Cologne’s coolest districts. Top restaurants, cosy cafés and low-key cocktail bars allure Cologne’s in-crowd. In the middle of all the buzz, host Eliza rents out her top-floor apartment to a maximum of six guests. In the summer months, the spacious rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for a BBQ. You can rent the gorgeous maisonette apartment for €150 per night.
Creative space in Cologne’s south
The area around Chlodwigplatz in Cologne’s south is a hub for young professionals and families who love the area for its vicinity to the riverfront, the countless bars, cafés and restaurants that populate the sidewalks and the somewhat chilled-out vibe. The wood-panelled walls, plants and modern artworks of this one-bedroom Airbnb give off a beachy flair, just like the next-door café Sabor ‘ermoso that will provide you with excellent coffee and breakfast if you want to eat out. You can’t go wrong with renting this place for €79 per night.
Triplex waterfront loft
More than 200 stellar reviews say it all – this waterfront apartment works its charm with high-end décor and panoramic views of the river and the Rheinauhafen marina. The area was redeveloped a few years ago, and since then the old factory buildings have been converted into fancy lofts. Several boutiques, gyms and yoga studios, bars and restaurants line the Rhine boulevard just outside, and a quick tram ride takes you to the city centre and the Südstadt quarter. The loft sleeps two people and at €79 per night is a great value.