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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
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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


Room was increfible

We had an upgrade to an incredible room - it was lovely and large and the bathroom was just beautiful. We enjoyed our stay in this hotel and Cologne was a great place to explore. The hotel is well located - right opposite the Dom.

Wonderful location

Chose this hotel based on the great reviews from other members of Tripadvisor. Since we did not rent a car for Cologne, location near the train station was very important given the luggage we had to drag along. Many of the streets have cobblestones which always makes it a challenge. Took maybe 5 minutes at most to get there. We got there early and as expected our room was not ready. We dropped off the luggage and went our our adventures. The front desk staff was excellent and spoke perfect English. We speak enough German to be dangerous so we appreciate bilingual staffs. There is always someone in the front of the hotel which adds to the security of the place. I assume it is needed given it location since it is literally right across the street from the Cologne Cathedral.
The room was very spacious and the bathroom quite large. The toilet was right behind the door so just be careful when you open up the door so you don't irritate the person using it. We had more than enough room. There is a small fridge with drinks and beer that are part of your hotel cost so that was a nice touch. Bed was very comfortable and we had a great nights sleep. The hotel is full of character and felt very elegant. We did not eat there so I can't comment about the food but no doubt it would have been great. Wifi was free and fast.
Really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay here again. Enjoy.

A beautiful stay in Cologne

We only had one day to spend in Cologne and were happy to get a marvelous room at the Exelsior Hotel Ernst nearby the beatifull and majestic dome. The service was personal and professional and we hope to be back soon again.