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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


4.5 Very Good 1425 Reviews
Felt like royalty
Reviewed 2 days ago

The minute you step into this hotel you feel like a queen. From the door man that is on point and cheerful to the beautiful spacious and comfortable rooms every detail of the hotel is though of. The hotel owns a flower shop so you also have fresh flowers all around the hotel everyday. The only disappointment was that the gym didn’t have free weights. The hotel is in front of the big cologne cathedral. You are in a perfect location 30 seconds from the train station and the cathedral. Five stars !

Charming hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here in December 2018. It is a small property but full of charm and wonderful service.

The room is simple but large enough for two of us. I love it when we could open the windows for fresh cool air into the roomX The bathroom is very spacious compared to the standard European hotels/bathrooms. Bed is heavenly and had very good sleep during our four nights stay.

Breakfast at hotel is elegant. Very good food quality and service. The spread is ample and fresh. We had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant for dinner. They made superb chestnut soup and I’m still craving for it now.

The hotel is well located, right outside the HBF and the Cathedra/ and Xmas markets in Dec. of course, it is very close by to the shopping district too.

The hotel makes my trip to Cologne very memorable. I think very highly of Excelsior and I hope it will stay great for the many years and decades to come.

High level of service and good quality
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you choose this hotel, you'll get a high level of service and a good quality of stay. There's always a lot of staff in the check in counter, and they all meet you with a smile and welcome. If you want, they park your car and take care of your luggage.
Rooms are nice and well equipped, the bed have an option of many pillows, so you can choose your favorite for the night. Bathroom is very nice and the room also have a free mini bar.
I have enjoyed my stay many times and will come back again

Classy hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an amazing stay here. The hotel is near the train station and faces the stunning cathedral. The hotel is extremely well presented. The staff are friendly and professional and looked after us. There were lots of little extra touches which made it that bit more special. Our room was magnificent and probably the nicest hotel room I have stayed in. This is probably the best city hotel I have ever stayed in. Staying here is a must if visiting Cologne.

Amazing and beautiful!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only stayed for one night passing through on our way to Paris celebrating our 25th anniversary. The Grand Superior room we stayed in was absolutely beautiful. The bed, pillows, amenities and drinks were incredible. A choice of coffee, tea, and other beverages was delightful and welcome especially after a long day of travel. Check in and check out was swift, staff were delightful, courteous and wonderful to deal with. Breakfast was delicious. There was only one disappointment and that was our stay was far too short.

If you have the opportunity to stay here and want to experience 5 star service, do not hesitate. Thank you to all staff at Excelsior Ernst you made our trip memorable.