15 Fantastic Places to Stay in Cologne, Germany

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Where to stay in Cologne – a full guide to the best places to stay in Cologne, Germany.

where to stay in cologne germany

Cologne is located on the banks of Rhine river in North Rhine-Westphalia. With its stunning Gothic cathedral and a history that dates back to the Roman Empire, the city absolutely deserves to be on your German itinerary. Cologne is also a great base to explore the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, including Bonn, Aachen, Essen. Besides, the Rhine River day trips from Cologne are not to be missed.

Where to stay in Cologne, Germany – the best area

What area to stay in Cologne, Germany? The Rhine river cuts the city into two halves that are connected by four bridges. The Old City (Altstadt) lies on the west bank, right in the city centre. Here are also most of the attractions, bars and restaurants, including the Central Railway station (Köln Hauptbahnhof). Everything is conveniently packed in one place. Actually, the Old Town is the best area to stay in Cologne not only for sightseeing but also for shopping.

Where I stayed

During my first trip to Germany, I spent 1 day and a half in Cologne and one night in Dortmund.

For my stay in Cologne, I booked Hotel Domstern. It has a fabulous location – a few steps from the Central train station and the famous Cologne cathedral. And the best part is that the hotel overlooks a quiet street. It’s a family run small hotel with exceptional breakfast that features homemade Nutella, butter, bread and jam.

Cologne Cathedral

Hotels near Cologne Cathedral

If you’re looking for the best central place to stay in Cologne, choose a hotel near the Cologne Cathedral. You’ll be at a walking distance from the most famous attractions and close to the best restaurants. Moreover, most of the good hotels in Cologne are located within this area.

Mid-ranged hotels near Cologne Cathedral

Hotel Sandmanns am Dom – Closest to the cathedral

Hotel Sandmanns am Dom is at the beating heart of the city, close to the main attractions, shopping streets and the Central train station. It’s only 100m away from the Cologne Cathedral. The desert themed rooms feature king size beds and coffee & tea making facilities. Some of the rooms are equipped with a room safe. During the weekends the delicious buffet breakfast is available till 11:00 AM.

9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 840+ guest reviews

Stern am Rathaus – Best rated 3-star

Stern am Rathaus is a small 3-star boutique hotel located in the centre of the Old Town, near the City Hall. The Central train station is 5 min away. It’s a great base to explore Cologne on foot. Yet, if you need to use the public transport, the underground is just around the corner. The outstanding buffet breakfast features regional products from farmers of the surrounding countryside. A room safe and coffee and tea making facilities with kettle are available in all rooms.

9.6/10 Rating – See hotel images and 340+ guest reviews

Luxury hotels near Cologne Cathedral

Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom – Best rated 5-star

Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom is one of the best luxury hotels in Cologne, Germany near the cathedral. This grand hotel, family-owned since 1863, has an unbeatable location. It overlooks directly at the Cologne Cathedral. The hotel features a piano bar, French and Asian restaurants, a 24-hour room service and a free minibar. It’s the perfect base for a luxurious getaway in Cologne.

9.7/10 Rating – See hotel images and 860+ guest reviews

CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom – Well priced 4-star

CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom is located at the main square in the Old Town, only 300m away from the cathedral. The beautifully designed cosy rooms are ideal not only for tourists but also for business travellers.

8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,180+ guest reviews

Apartments near Cologne Cathedral

Residenz am Dom Boardinghouse Apartments – Best rated apartment

This residence style hotel features a garden, a sun terrace and a parking. The apartments are perfectly located, only 200m away from the cathedral. They are spacious, with separate lounge and bedroom and the kitchen part has everything you need. A coffee shop and a restaurant are available on site.

8.8/10 Rating – See apartment images and 710+ guest reviews

First Domizil – Nearest to the cathedral

If you look for a comfy apartment just a stone’s throw away from the Cologne Cathedral, First Domizil is the place. The apartments are bright, modern and well equipped. You can enjoy awesome views of the cathedral from your room and hear its bells.

8.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 270+ guest reviews

Cologne Central station

Hotels near Cologne Central station

Cologne Central train station is located in the city centre, right next to the cathedral. So both locations (near the station or the cathedral) are ideal for sightseeing or exploring this region of Germany by train. However, if your itinerary includes a lot of day trips, check out these 3 hotels, that are right next to the Cologne Railway station.

Hotel Domspitzen – Closest to the railway station

Hotel Domspitzen is a 3-star modern hotel located 70m away from the Central Railway station. The Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and many cultural attractions are within a walking distance. The included breakfast is stupendous with a wide range of options.

8.6/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,640+ guest reviews

Savoy Hotel – Best rated near the station

Savoy Hotel is one of the best-rated hotels near Cologne Hauptbahnhof. It’s well positioned both for sightseeing and day trips, being only 100m away from the railway station. This 4-star boutique hotel features a spa, a wellness centre, a modern German cuisine restaurant and a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view.

8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,690+ guest reviews

Cologne Marriott Hotel – Stylish 5-star

This 5-star stylish hotel is located 200m away from the Central train station. Marriott Hotel features spacious rooms, a private parking and a French-Asian fusion restaurant. It’s a great place to stay for business or leisure.

8.6/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,740+ guest reviews

Cologne cathedral

Hotels near Koelnmesse, Cologne

While the west bank is great for sightseeing and nightlife, the east bank is a better option if you’re visiting the city for an event or exhibition. Plus the views of the Cologne Cathedral from the east bank are remarkable. If you need an accommodation near the Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse or Lanxess Arena, check out these three hotels.

Dorint An der Messe Köln – Closest to Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse

Dorint An der Messe Köln is the nearest hotel to Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse and Lanxess Arena. It’s a great business hotel located opposite the Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse. You can easily reach the Cologne exhibition grounds. In addition, the Lanxess Arena is less than 500m away. The hotel features soundproofed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, safety deposit boxes and a spa area. The breakfast is outstanding with delicious hot and cold selection.

8.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,350+ guest reviews

Radisson Blu Hotel Köln – Well priced 4-star

This 4-star stylish hotel is 200m away from the Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse. Its proximity to the Koelnmesse trade fair makes it a great base for any business traveller. Plus Lanxess Arena is on a short walk. The hotel offers a spa centre and there are an Italian restaurant and a private parking available on site.

8.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,930+ guest reviews

Hyatt Regency Köln – Best views of the cathedral

Hyatt Regency has the ideal location both for business and sightseeing. It’s situated less than 1km away from Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse, Lanxess Arena and the Cologne Cathedral. The rooms offer marvellous views of the cathedral and the city’s skyline. This 5-star luxury hotel features an excellent spa area and a winter garden restaurant.

8.7/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,650+ guest reviews

Where to stay in Cologne for nightlife

If not sightseeing, but nightlife is your priority, don’t stay near the cathedral or in the Old Town. The best area to stay in Cologne for nightlife is between Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz. There are plenty of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs to choose from. Yet, you’d still be close to the main attractions, no more than 1km away.

Old Town Hall

Where to stay in Cologne for Christmas markets

There are several Christmas markets and the most famous ones are at the cathedral, in front of the Old Town Hall and at Neumarkt. The markets are scattered around the city, so it’s difficult to choose a hotel that is close to every one of them. Yet, if the markets are the main reason for your trip, book a hotel in Old Town. This is the best area to stay in Cologne for Christmas markets.

Hotel am Museum Köln – Ideal location for Christmas markets

Located between two of the main Christmas markets, this 3-star hotel features a family atmosphere. The room’s design is a beautiful combination of modern amenities and old world charm. Although it’s right in the middle of the touristic and shopping area, the hotel is on a quiet street with no traffic.

8.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 720+ guest reviews

Hotel Sion – Nearest to the Old Christmas market

Hotel Sion is the nearest hotel to the Christmas market in front of the Old Town Hall. This 3-star modern hotel offers spacious rooms with good facilities including a free mini bar. The included breakfast is awesome with a lot of different choices.

8.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 670+ guest reviews

Eden Hotel Früh am Dom – Closest to the Cathedral Christmas market

Located directly opposite the Cologne Cathedral, this is the nearest hotel to the main Christmas market. The included breakfast has a good variety of products for all tastes. It’s a great base not only for the Christmas markets but also to explore the city.

8.4/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,740+ guest reviews

Castle hotels near Cologne, Germany

Staying in a castle or a palace is a unique and unforgettable experience. And the best part is that the price is the same as the price of a hotel room in Cologne. So if you need a place for a romantic escape or to explore the beautiful region around Cologne, check out these two great castle hotels near Cologne, Germany.

Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg – Luxury 5-star

This castle hotel is located in Bergisch Gladbach, a city only 16km away from Cologne (a 30min journey with a car or a train). This is the most luxurious castle hotel near Cologne. Prince-Elector Johann Wilhelm II of Duesseldorf commissioned the construction of Schloss Bensberg in the 18th century. This 5-star sumptuous hotel features amazing 1,000 square meter spa area and a library with a vast selection of old and new works. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 330+ guest reviews

Hotel Schloss Auel – For golf lovers 

This palace hotel is in Lohmar, less than 30km away from Cologne (a 30min journey with a car). Hotel Schloss Auel is housed in a converted 14th-century water castle and it’s a fantastic place for golf lovers.

8.9/10 Rating – See hotel images and 200+ guest reviews

Things to do in Cologne

Visit the famous Cologne Cathedral and climb the south tower.

Take a panorama boat cruise through Cologne.

Take a day trip to Augustusburg Palace, Drachenburg Castle or a boat cruise through the spectacular Siebengebirge.

How to get from Cologne airport to Cologne city centre

The Cologne airport is located about 15 kilometres from the city centre. You can easily reach it by bus or train.

Further reading for your trip

Visitors often combine Cologne with Koblenz. Find out why Koblenz is worth visiting.

Flying to Dortmund Airport? Check out the best places to stay in Dortmund for one night.

What is the best place to stay in Cologne, Germany for you?

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