Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Trankgasse 1-5/Domplatz, Cologne, Germany
140 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt
18.8 /20
Public Spaces
Overall Experience

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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.

Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 1 pm

Credit cards accepted

  • 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.

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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
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Shuttle service
  • Designated smoking area
  • Restaurants near the hotel