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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.

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

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Babysitting or childcare  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Soundproofed rooms  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( 17 EUR ), Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge

Room Amenities

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

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.


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

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 1 PM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children under 12 years old stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for EUR 40 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


Pets allowed

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.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • A 5 percent city/local tax will be charged
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.
The city of Cologne imposes a culture tax (Kulturförderabgabe) of 5%. Business travelers may be exempt from this tax and need to contact the hotel for further information or ask the hotel at check-in. Guests can contact the property using the information contained in the confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: EUR 32 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: EUR 17 (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: EUR 65.00
  • Self parking fee: EUR 27 per night
  • Valet parking fee: EUR 27.00 per day
  • Pet fee: EUR 30 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.

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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