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25 hours Hotel The Circle, Photo: Steve Herud
25 hours Hotel The Circle, Photo: Steve Herud

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From a themed bunk dorm to an original Kippenberger painting above the bed – here are our five hotel tips to suit every taste and budget


Boutique 026 Köln St. Michael

This chic boutique hotel chain has no fewer than three outposts in Cologne. The most recent addition is just a hairbreadth away from Neumarkt and, even amidst all the bars and restaurants in its immediate vicinity, it still manages to exude a peaceful vibe and historical flair. Named after Saint Michael the Archangel, the listed building used to house a nunnery, but these days it promises far more comfort at affordable prices. Breakfast is served in the old chapel. After checking in, we recommend a leisurely stroll to the neighbouring Hiroshima Nagasaki Park or around the picturesque Melaten cemetery, the final resting place of many a prominent Cologne citizen.

Brüsseler Str. 26, 50674 Cologne,


25 hours Hotel The Circle

Modern, urban and cosmopolitan: even though room prices here start at more than 100 euros a night, the experience is worth every cent. Formerly offices belonging to the Gerling insurance company, the site has been home to a branch of design hotel chain 25hours since 2018. Upon setting foot inside the listed circular concrete building, the cool futuristic retro look will transport you to back to the heyday of the German economic miracle in the mid-20th century. The Monkey Bar on the eighth floor boasts stunning panoramic views of Cologne, while the record store, bike corner and sleekly designed souvenir shop in the lobby couldn’t be any more Instagrammable if they tried.

Im Klapperhof 22–24, 50670 Cologne,



Solo travellers and backpackers on a shoestring budget will feel right at home in the Wohngemeinschaft – the German word for ‘flat share’. Which is very apt, considering that the whole establishment really does have the vibe of a fun residential community. This hostel prides itself on its informal, laid-back atmosphere. The café-bar on the ground floor simply oozes a cosy living room flair, while the adjoining event space regularly hosts readings, concerts, theatre performances and film screenings. And when you’re ready to rest your weary head, you can opt for an originally designed bunk in a dormitory room or one of the themed rooms designed in the different styles of various fictitious roommates.

Richard-Wagner-Str. 39, 50674 Cologne,


Hotel Chelsea

How about residing like painter Martin Kippenberger for a night? Well, you can: at the Chelsea’s two-storey suite that is named after the artist, who died in 1997. This hotel in the Belgian Quarter, which first opened its doors in 1984, is where Kippenberger liked to stay during his wild years in Cologne. This explains why it is decorated with many of his artworks, which he was only too happy to exchange in return for free board and lodging. The Chelsea is still a popular meeting place for creatives, gallery owners and musicians to this day, and, thanks to its sculptural roof, even looks like a work

of art itself.

Jülicher Str. 1, 50674 Cologne,


The Qvest

Originally built as a monastery in neo-Gothic style, Cologne’s most beautiful boutique hotel can be found tucked away behind an impressive 19th-century façade. Located in the Gerling Quarter, Qvest combines historical architecture with modern design elements from the Bauhaus and mid-century era. Each room is individually furnished with design classics and contemporary art, collected over the years by the hotel’s owner, prominent gallery owner and publisher Michael Kaune. And you can wind down the evening in style with a nightcap in the Bar Rossi on the ground floor, which is also open to non-hotel guests.

Gereonskloster 12, 50670 Cologne,