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Best Hotels in Cologne (Köln), Germany in 2022

Looking for a place to stay within walking distance of the Cologne Cathedral? This guide will help you find the perfect place to sleep in city center of Cologne, Germany.

Cologne at night
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Home to the world-famous UNESCO heritage site and largest cathedral in Northern Europe, top-notch universities, a chocolate museum, and so much more, Cologne (Köln) should rank highly in anyone’s Germany travel bucket list – even if just for a short visit.

Cologne is also great jumping off point for visiting the Rhein and Mosel regions. I (Cate) lived in Cologne for a time in high school, and Aaron & I have been back to visit in both winter and summer.

Whether you’re looking for overnight accommodations or plan to stay a while, this guide will help you find the perfect place to stay in Cologne, Germany.

Where to Stay in Cologne: 10 Best Hotels in Cologne 

Cologne is a very walkable city, and fortunately, there are lots of cozy hotels right in the heart of Cologne. Tourist spots that are located away from the center are easily accessible via tram, bus, U-bahn or S-bahn.

The last time we were in Cologne, we stayed downtown in a vibrant pedestrian area full of shopping and restaurants. We were able to easily walk to the hotel from the train station and get to everything we wanted to see and do in the city, including the famous Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).

We highly recommend staying in the downtown area so you have easy access to everything Cologne has to offer (see our Cologne City Guide for what to do and see there).

This guide shows you 10 of the best places to stay in Cologne City Center so you can maximize your stay in this beautiful city. On the map below you can see where each hotel is located.

The yellow dot in the map below is the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). All hotels listed below are within a 10-ish minute walk from the train station and the Cologne Cathedral.

Cologne map
cologne cathedral


#1 – Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

SUMMARY: Lindner Hotel Dom Residence easily stands out for its unique and striking design. A four-star hotel, it offers spacious rooms, fine Mediterranean cuisine, and quick access to Cologne’s top spots!

LOCATION: Just a few minutes away from Cologne cathedral and Central Station.

TYPES OF ROOMS:

  • Business Class Room
  • First Class Room

LODGING STYLE: Part of the Lindner Hotels and Resorts

AMENITIES & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Free WiFi
  • Bathtub
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Some rooms have a view of the city
  • Rooms have city view
  • Highly rated breakfast
  • No parking

GUESTS SAY:

  • “Spacious room, very good breakfast”
  • “The hotel location is very good.”
  • “Great food.”

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Cologne train station
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#2 – Hilton Cologne

Summary: Hilton Cologne has famous tourist spots right at its doorstep. Additionally, being part of one of the biggest companies in the hospitality industry, this hotel offers the same excellent service the Hilton brand is known for. Exclusive perks and treats await members of the Hilton Honors!

Location: Situated at the heart of Cologne less than a kilometer from the Cologne Cathedral and the Central Station and near the Hohe Strase and Schildergasse shopping centers.

Types of Rooms:

  • King Room
  • King Room with View
  • Deluxe King Room with View

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Fitness center, spa & sauna
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Multiple parking options
  • Facilities for people with reduced mobility
  • Free lodging for children under 18 staying with their parents
  • Some rooms have city view
  • Highly rated breakfast
  • One of Booking.com’s best sellers in Cologne

Guests Say:

  • “The hotel has excellent location in close proximity to Cologne cathedral and railway station.”
  • “The breakfast buffet is amazing.”
  • “The staff made a huge difference to our stay and were incredibly helpful.”

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cologne at night

# 3 – Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom

Summary: A highly rated hotel in Cologne, the castle-like features of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom look straight out of a fairytale. This five-star hotel offers the best location in the city as well as top-notch service and first class facilities. Definitely perfect for guests looking for a luxurious getaway!

Location: If you want a direct view of the Cologne cathedral, this hotel is the perfect place because it is in front of the cathedral!

Types of Rooms:

  • Double Room 
  • Grand Superior Double Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite with Cathedral View

Lodging style: A family-owned hotel

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Honeymoon suite
  • VIP room facilities
  • Bathtub
  • Fitness center, spa & sauna
  • Live music/performances and temporary art galleries
  • Auxiliary activities (cooking classes, bike tours, walking tours, historical tours, bar crawls, movie nights, etc)
  • Off-site public parking
  • Highly rated

Guests Say:

  • “The breakfast was exceptional.”
  • “It has a great view of the cathedral.”
  • “Old design but has all the modern tech and advantages.”

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Cologne
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# 4 – Cologne Marriott Hotel 

Summary: The Cologne Marriott Hotel offers outstanding service, beautiful interiors, and easy access to public transportation! Its superb location is hard to match – close enough to walk to main attractions but far enough to enjoy a quiet and relaxing sleep.

Location: A few minutes away from Cologne Central and Cologne Cathedral.

Lodging style: Part of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts, this hotel has 365 guest rooms.

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Some rooms have city view
  • On-site public parking
  • Highly rated for location
  • A/C

Guests Say:

  • “The hotel was a few minutes walk to the cathedral and old town.”
  • “The staff is very kind and helpful.”
  • “Really top service and cozy room.”

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Cologne buildings
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#5 – Wyndham Köln 

Summary: Situated at the heart of Cologne, the Wyndham Köln is close to all amenities you will ever need for your stay in the city! Public transportation, famous landmarks, Christmas markets, and shopping centers are all within a few-minute walk from the hotel!

Location: Located at the heart of the metropolis by the Rhine River, opposite to Cologne Cathedral

Types of Rooms:

  • Standard Double Room
  • Deluxe Double Room with City View

Lodging style: Part of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bathtub
  • Bar
  • Fitness area
  • Highly rated for location
  • No parking

Guests Say:

  • “Soundproof windows and air-conditioning ensure perfect sleeping comfort.”
  • “Balcony was big enough to eat out for two people.”
  • “Ideal for business travellers.”

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Cologne sunset
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# 6- Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery

Summary: A four-star facility, Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery promises the best travel experience through authentic German cuisine, strategic location, and heightened health and safety measures. Experience Cologne like a local with their traditional dishes, fresh draught beers, and cultural attractions!

Location:
Just a few meters away from the Cathedral and 300 meters away from the railway station.

Types of Rooms:

  • Classic Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room

Lodging style:
Part of the Accor Group of hotels 

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bathtub
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck & terrace
  • On-site public parking
  • Fitness are, spa & sauna
  • Facilities for people with reduced mobility
  • Highly rated breakfast
  • Highly rated for location
  • Public parking

Guests Say:

  • “The hotel was in a perfect location.”
  • “Staff were excellent and very welcoming.”
  • “The general facilities are good.”

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Cologne Christmas market
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#7 – CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom

Summary: CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom is a highly rated Cologne hotel for location! Its lovely interiors are even made more attractive by the panoramic view of the Cathedral and city square.

Location: A few minutes away from the Cologne train station

Type of Rooms:

  • Double Comfort
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Junior Suite

Lodging style: Part of the CityClass Hotels

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Off-site public parking
  • Facilities for people with reduced mobility
  • Public parking

Guests Say:

  • “Nice room, pleasant staff and good WiFi.”
  • “Fabulous location and friendly staff”
  • “Lovely staff as well as breakfast.”

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Cologne city
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#8 – Hotel am Augustinerplatz

Summary: The four-star Hotel am Augustinerplatz is the perfect place for shopaholics as it stands right at the edge of the city’s shopping district!

Location: Situated right next to Hohe Strasse and Schildegasse

Type of Rooms:

  • Economy Class
  • Business Class
  • Premium Class

Lodging style: a four-star design hotel

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Bathtub
  • Airport shuttle
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center, spa & sauna
  • On-site private parking
  • Some rooms have city view
  • Private parking

Guests Say:

  • “The hotel is an unbeatable location.”
  • “The staff was really friendly and patient.”
  • “All clean and comfortable.”

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Cologne beer
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#9 –  Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln

Summary: The Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln in Altstadt Nord lets guests experience Cologne like no other: starting your morning with a hefty breakfast at the Faveo, spending your day walking to historical landmarks and shopping centers, and capping off your night with a drink at the hotel’s famous Harry’s New York Bar. Although preferred by business travelers for their numerous meeting and banquet facilities, this modern hotel is also perfect for tourists with its first-class amenities perfect for relaxation. Some rooms even come with front row seats to the majestic view of the Cologne Cathedral!

Location: In the city center of Cologne, approximately 200 meters away from the Old Town, the Heukmart Square, and the Heumarkt Underground Station.

Types of Rooms:

  • Standard King Room
  • Comfort Double with Cathedral View
  • One-bedroom suite

Amenities & Highlights:

  • Harry’s New York Bar
  • Indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa & sauna
  • Jacuzzi/bathtub
  • On-site private parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Some rooms have city view, landmark view, or terrace
  • Highly rated for location
  • Paid parking available

What Guests Say:

  • “Clean and nice room, hospitable staff, and good service.”
  • “Great location, very close to main shopping streets and restaurants.”
  • “Good atmosphere and great selection.”

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cathedral in cologne
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#10 – Maritim Hotel Köln

Summary: The Maritim Hotel Koln features a gorgeous geometric facade and an even more stunning view of the River Rhine. Among the city’s top accommodations, this hotel features a garden island, a restaurant, and an exclusive shopping arcade inside its premises.

Location: Located at the Deutzer Bridge, about 10 minutes from the Cologne cathedral and main station. Very near Lanxess Arena and the Kölnmesse Exhibition Center.

Types of Rooms:

  • Classic Double Room 
  • Superior Double Room with Cathedral View

Lodging style: This large property offers 454 rooms and suites with a shopping arcade inside.

Amenities/highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna and beauty services
  • Fitness center
  • On-site public parking
  • Live music/performances and broadcast of sports events
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Activities like cooking classes, cycling, hiking, walking tours, historical tours, happy hour, themed dinners, etc
  • Some rooms have landmark view
  • Public parking

Guests Say:

  • “Very good wellness hotel.”
  • “Staff are wonderful and courteous.”
  • “Good for sightseeing and close to the city center.”

>> Click Here to Look Inside & Read Reviews!

More Hotels in Cologne

You can also look at the map below to check out other hotels in the beautiful city of Cologne.

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