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Get an overview of this hotelGrand 19th-century hotel beside Cologne Cathedral

The cathedral for company

Excelsior Hotel Ernst stands in the magnificent shadow of world-famous Cologne Cathedral. Köln Station is a 5-minute walk away, and it's also a short stroll to the banks of the River Rhine, the city's ancient Roman Praetorium, and the superb modern art collection at Museum Ludwig.

A choice of restaurants

The hotel is home to 2 well-regarded restaurants with fine French dining at Hans Stube and East Asian delicacies at Taku. Guests can enjoy a workout in the fitness room and a relaxing session in the sauna, and the piano bar is perfect for an evening cocktail.

A choice of pillows

Each ornate yet cozy room is designed in rich classic colors and fabrics, combining an Old World atmosphere with the modern conveniences of satellite TV and free WiFi. Guests can also enjoy a drink from the free minibar. To help ensure a comfortable stay, the hotel offers a choice of pillows.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a sauna, Excelsior Hotel Ernst features a steam room and a fitness center. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.

Business amenities at this 5-star property consist of a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and a meeting room. This luxury hotel also offers a terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff.

Excelsior Hotel Ernst has designated areas for smoking.

  • Terrace 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Steam room 
  • Sauna 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Number of floors - 6 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Year Built 1863 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Business center 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Express check-in 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 140 
  • Meeting rooms 8 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Free train station pickup 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Soundproofed rooms  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Wired internet access ( EUR 22 per 24-hour period )

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( EUR 22 per 24-hour period ), Wired high-speed internet ( EUR 22 per 24-hour period )

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Flat-panel TV 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Desk 
  • Turndown service 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Pillow menu 
  • Pay movies 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Separate sitting area 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Slippers 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Soundproofed rooms 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Free newspaper 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Tablet computer 
  • Individually decorated 

Where to Eat

Hanse Stube - Onsite restaurant. A children's menu is available.

Taku - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a sauna, a steam room, and a fitness center.

Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the "Special or Accessibility Requests" section of "Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at Midnight

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is 1 PM

Payment types

Pets

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No onsite parking is available.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • The city of Cologne imposes a culture tax (Kulturförderabgabe) of 5 percent. Business travelers may be exempt from this tax. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: EUR 34 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): EUR 22 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: EUR 22 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in public areas: EUR 22 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: EUR 65.00 per vehicle (one way)
  • Valet parking fee: EUR 27.00 per night
  • Pet fee: EUR 30 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 40 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Ernst Excelsior
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  • Excelsior Ernst Cologne
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We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Free Minibar Promotion

Book a stay in any room type and receive the following:

  • Complimentary beverages
Minibar will only be filled once per stay and not be replenished. Valid anytime, subject to availability.

National Rating

Hotelstars Union assigns an official star rating for properties in Germany. This property is rated 5 star Superior.

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