As a big busi­ness hub and stu­dent city, Cologne caters to all types of trav­el­ers, from bud­get to lux­u­ry. Cologne hotels are ready to accept both tourists with lit­tle mon­ey and lux­u­ry hunters. For sight­see­ing, it is best to stay near the Cologne Cathe­dral and the Old Town, and for out­door recre­ation, you can stay fur­ther away. Cologne hotels are grouped below into three price cat­e­gories: lux­u­ry (more than 180€), mod­er­ate (100€ — 180€), cheap (under 100€). These are Cologne prices for a stan­dard dou­ble room includ­ing break­fast and tax­es.
Cologne hotels

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Excelsior Ernst Hotel

This lux­u­ry hotel in Cologne impress­es with its wide spi­ral stair­cas­es, excel­lent ser­vice and cen­tral loca­tion. The rooms are paint­ed in beige and earth tones, or sooth­ing blues and whites. Guests have access to a full range of ameni­ties, from Wi-Fi in rooms to air con­di­tion­ing. The Excel­sior build­ing hous­es Taku, one of Cologne’s most excit­ing restau­rants with a Piano Bar and an inter­est­ing range of cock­tails. Trankgasse 1–5 / Dom­platz, tel. (0221) 2701.

Le Meridien Dom Koln

This upscale hotel is locat­ed in the heart of the city, oppo­site Cologne Cathe­dral, over­look­ing the old town and the Riv­er Rhine. In addi­tion to all the usu­al ameni­ties of a 5‑star hotel, the Dom Hotel has excep­tion­al con­fer­ence facil­i­ties and attracts busi­ness trav­el­ers. The rooms are dec­o­rat­ed in warm, con­tem­po­rary col­ors with black Ital­ian mar­ble in the bath­rooms. Address: Domk­loster 2, Cologne, Ger­many. Tel (0221) 20240.

Grand Hotel Schloss Bensberg

List­ed as one of the world’s lead­ing hotels, the Grand Hotel Schloss Bens­berg is admired by even the rich­est of tourists. The hotel is housed in a refur­bished Baroque palace, where each of the 84 rooms and suites main­tains an ambi­ence of grandeur with state-of-the-art facil­i­ties, includ­ing a swim­ming pool and spa. The hotel is locat­ed on the out­skirts of the city, but the advan­tage here is easy access to the area, horse­back rid­ing and golf. Address: Kadet­ten­strasse, Ber­gisch Glad­bach, Cologne, Ger­many. (0220) 420.

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Savoy Hotel

Hotel Savoy is a very pleas­ant bou­tique hotel in the cen­ter of Cologne, with indi­vid­u­al­ly designed mod­ern rooms and suites. It has African, Asian, Ital­ian or Ori­en­tal themed rooms, as well as an award-win­ning restau­rant, spa and beau­ty cen­tre. Address: Neuer Turiner Strasse 9, Cologne, Ger­many. (0221) 16230.

Hotel im Wasserturm

This lux­u­ry design­er hotel is the result of a stun­ning trans­for­ma­tion of what was once the largest water tow­er in Europe (built in the 1870s). The hotel also has a pre­mi­um restau­rant that attracts inter­na­tion­al celebri­ties. Tel. (0221) 20080.

Hilton Cologne

Sit­u­at­ed in a qui­et side street by the cathe­dral, this mod­ern hotel has a range of design fea­tures. Its Ice Hum­mocks and main restau­rant are pop­u­lar gath­er­ing places, espe­cial­ly for Sun­day lunch. Address of the Hilton Cologne: Marzel­len­str. 13–17, tel. (0221) 130 710.

Hopper Hotel

Set in a for­mer 19th-cen­tu­ry con­vent, this design hotel is very rea­son­ably priced in the trendy Bel­gis­che Vier­tel dis­trict. It comes with an award-win­ning restau­rant, orig­i­nal con­tem­po­rary art, a sauna and fit­ness rooms. Address: Brus­sel­er Strasse 26, (0221) 924 400. Room rates start from $141.

Hotel Conti

This fun hotel in the Bel­gian Quar­ter has one fac­tor that evokes instant good­will: free Wi-Fi through­out. In small rooms, a bed, a small clos­et and a small TV are avail­able — the sit­u­a­tion is as sim­pli­fied as pos­si­ble. The hotel has a Thai restau­rant and oth­er restau­rants and shops in the neigh­bor­hood. An added ben­e­fit is pri­vate park­ing for all guests. You can book a room in Con­ti from US$90 per night. Address: Brus­sel­er Strasee 40–42, (0221) 258 770.

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Engelbertz Hotel

A fam­i­ly-run hotel in the cen­ter of Cologne, the Engel­bertz will allow you to make the most of your time in the city. The rooms are clean, with bath­rooms and satel­lite TV. Wi-Fi is avail­able for an addi­tion­al fee. The only down­side might be the noise after dark when the mer­ry guests come home from par­ties. Book this hotel from $97. Oben­mar­sp­forten 1–3, (0221) 257 8994.