Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Trankgasse 1-5/Domplatz, Cologne, Germany
140 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Long Cologne’s number one grand hotel, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst has presided over Cathedral Square since 1863, a fixture in the heart of the city center. Over the last century and a half the stately old building has hosted all manner of VIPs passing through Cologne, from statesmen on down, and today finds it very much in fighting form. If the traditional interiors and antique furnishings show their age, it’s only in all the right ways, their patina complemented by recent updates like the stylish new lobby for a look that feels far from stale.

Upstairs the rooms and suites are outfitted with crisp reproduction furnishings, rich fabrics and all the requisite modern amenities, from sound-proofed windows to wi-fi. Many of the rooms have views across the square toward Cologne’s famous Dom cathedral, but iconic views or not, the feeling at every level is timeless.

Hanse Stube, the hotel’s locally-influenced French restaurant, and taku, a modern 
East Asian restaurant with a Michelin Star, are both local favorites. And the Piano Bar is precisely the sort of classic mahogany-paneled bar you’d expect from a traditional hotel like the Excelsior, all the more charming for being something of a throwback. A well-equipped fitness center, sauna and steam bath, meanwhile, bring us happily back to the present.

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Excelsior Hotel Ernst
Trankgasse 1-5/Domplatz, Cologne, Germany

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service
  • Sauna
  • Steam rooms
  • Gym
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • EV Charging Station
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Shuttle service
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • Cribs are available for infants under 3 years old free of charge.
  • Extra beds are available for guests 12+ years old at € 80 per guest, per night.
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 13:00

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Certifications and Sustainability Programs
  • Green Globe Certification
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses renewable energy
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • Gives guests the option to reuse linens and towels
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • No single-use plastic toiletries
  • Provides charging for electric vehicles
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Creates seasonal menus from locally sourced produce
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Composts food waste
  • Sources wine from organic and biodynamic vineyards
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife
  • Measures and reduces carbon emissions

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