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The Top 10 Cheapest Hotels in Cologne

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Updated: 22 August 2017
With around 300 hotels in Cologne (most of which are small in size and family run), there is plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation. Although hotels in this Germanic city are usually around the middle of the price range, those hoping to save as much cash as possible do not need to worry: Culture Trip has curated your 10 cheapest options.
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O Köln Dom

Just a stone’s throw away from Cologne Cathedral, A&O offers a good deal for travellers looking to be in the thick of things without totally depleting their wallets. A&O is located right on a main road, making it easily accessible. But don’t worry – there is rarely much traffic noise after dark.

A&O Köln Dom Komödienstraße 19-21, Cologne

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Hotel Europäischer Hof Am Dom

Located right behind the Kölnisches Stadtmuseumz (a museum with a flying, golden car atop its roof), the Hotel Europäischer Hof Am Dom is right in the heart of the action, with a U-bahn station nearby to take you all over the city. Or if you fancy doing your sightseeing by foot, Cologne Cathedral is just 10 minutes down the street!


SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel

Not quite in the middle of all the tourist hubbub, but definitely well located in terms of nightlife, SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel is situated right on ‘the Ring’ (Cologne’s answer to ‘the strip’). SMARTY is brand new, having opened in 2017 after a complete renovation of the hotel previously located there (MEININGER Köln City Center).

SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel – Engelbertstrasse 33-35, Cologne

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City Hotel Storch

For a little peace and quiet, consider City Hotel Storch. Right next to a massive park that perimeters the city centre, this location is a little less hectic. However, City Hotel Storch is still just 10 mins walk from all the bars and clubs on ‘the Ring’ and less than five minutes walk from a useful U-bahn station. It’s like a little slice of budget heaven!

City Hotel Storch – Gladbacher Str. 32, Cologne

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Hotel Cristall

Although not located in the prettiest part of town, Hotel Cristall is next door to St Ursula’s Church, which, with a shrine of bones inside, is one of the city’s most unusual locations. This hotel is approximately eight minutes walk to Cologne Cathedral, five minutes to Köln Hauptbahnhof (the city’s central station) and two minutes to Eigelstein –a tiny street full of Turkish stores and kebab shops.

Hotel Cristall – Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne

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Hotel Skada City

Across the river from Cologne Cathedral and right next to the Messe/Deutz station, Hotel Skada City is incredibly handy for those who want to travel east and south of the city. Catch a train to Bonn or Düsseldorf or a long distance one (called an ICE train) to Frankfurt or Frankfurt Airport.

Hotel Skada City – Constantin Straße 78, Cologne


Hotel Berg

Approximately 50 meters from Köln Hauptbahnhof, it is difficult to find any accommodation more convenient than Hotel Berg. For those arriving on a late train or leaving very early in the morning, taxis are not necessary – even with a ton of luggage!

Hotel Berg – Brandenburger Strasse 6, Cologne


TRYP by Wyndham Köln City Centre

Like Hotel Berg, TRYP is also roughly 50 meters from Köln Hauptbahnhof – right behind Breslauer Platz (a square in Cologne’s old town). Hotel Berg has modern, airy rooms with free WiFi and a breakfast buffet. These features, coupled with the convenient location for trains and the Rhine, makes TRYP an excellent choice for fast-paced, modern travellers on a budget.

TRYP by Wyndham Köln City Centre – Domstr. 10-16, Cologne


Centro Hotel Arkadia

The perfect place for lovers of live music, Centro Hotel Arkadia is less than 10 minutes walk to Gebäude 9, a major concert venue in town. And, if you fancy a spot of shopping, there is a fair trade market just around the corner!

Centro Hotel Arkadia – Gaussstr. 29-31, Cologne


Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Köln

Nestled between Heumarkt and Südstadt, and just a few minutes walk from the Rhine, the Novum Hotel is well situated for exploring Cologne by foot. This bright orange building, built in 1262, is waiting for you!

Novum Hotel Ahl Meerkatzen Köln – Mathiasstrasse 21, Cologne