Very Good 1533 Reviews
Jetsetter Approved
This Hotel meets our standards
This hotel meets our standards, but we haven't stayed yet

What We Love

  • A five-star stay with magnificent cathedral views, spa access and more - Christmas availabilityMagnificent views of the supersized Gothic extravaganza that is Cologne Cathedral
  • The tinkling of piano keys and superb cigar selection at the mahogany-panelled Piano Bar 
  • Mouth-wateringly delicious East Asian cuisine at the Michelin-starred taku
  • Enjoying a guilt-free drink from the complimentary minibar

What To Know

  • Guestrooms have free minibars which include soft drinks, water, and beer
  • The hotel is centrally located within walking distance of Cologne Cathedral and main train station
  • Free WiFi
Suite yacht vehicle Boat living room luxury yacht Lobby


A glamorous, five-star stay with views of Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral, with spa access, champagne and a suite option - Christmas availability

The Lowdown

There’s no shortage of old-world glamour at this gracious five-star right in the very heart of Cologne – the art-rich German city that famously spans the River Rhine. Opened in 1863, it’s a bastion of style that has entertained many an illustrious guest over the years. And rather interestingly, it’s one of the last few luxury hotels on the planet that’s still family-owned.
The vibe in each of the rooms and suites is one of refined elegance. Expect opulent décor, marble-clad bathrooms with bathtubs, plush bathrobes and comfortable beds with a choice of pillow for the perfect nights’ sleep. Factor in flatscreen TVs, Wi-Fi and the complimentary use of a SuitePad tablet, and it’s easy to stay holed up here forever.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a well-equipped fitness centre, sauna and steam bath, and two superb restaurants – one of which is Michelin-starred and has won numerous awards for its authentic East Asian cuisine. There’s also a mahogany-panelled Piano Bar complete with 1940 Steinway piano and humidor of cigars, as well as a lovely drawing room for blow-the-diet afternoon teas.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of 5% of the total price is payable at the hotel upon check-out.

How to Get There

Excelsior Hotel Ernst
Trankgasse 1 - 5
Koln, 50667 Germany


4.5 Very Good 1533 Reviews
A weekend break
Veronica L

The location of this hotel next to the cathedral is excellent
Staff, room and breakfast were very good
Staff were very friendly
Room was well equipped - the only mistake I made was not checking there was a bath ( as well
As very good shower)
Very good service at breakfast
Cologne is a great location for a weekend break
And this hotel is in a perfect location

Gorgeous hotel, Incredible Customer Service

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous hotel. In addition, to its beauty & perfect location, the customer service was 5 star. It is immediately across the street from the cathedral and the train station. It was immaculately clean & well kept. The piano bar is a must visit— wonderfully relaxing sipping your favorite beverage, chatting, with the piano in the background. Staying here was one of the highlights of our trip to Germany.

Best stay of our two-week holiday!

We stayed here for two nights and had an exceptional visit. We arrived around noon on a Saturday and were expecting to need to store the luggage, but the room was ready for us. The man at the desk checked us in to an upgraded room and took us to the room to show us how to get there. The luggage arrived shortly after. The room was spacious, luxurious, quiet and comfortable. The minibar was stocked daily with beer, water, juice and soft drinks and was provided at no cost.

We had made advanced reservations for Sunday piano brunch - it was truly exceptional and a highlight of our trip to Koeln. The service at the brunch, just as with the check in desk, was exceptional as well.

The hotel is just a few steps from the cathedral as well as the Hauptbanhof, so getting around was easy and convenient.

The check out process was very easy and the man at the desk was quite friendly.

We would give the highest recommendations for anyone we know going to Koeln to stay at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst.