- Family owned since 1863, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst looks back on a long history as Cologne’s most luxurious hotel and a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.
- The central location, in the heart of the city opposite Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage landmark, is appreciated by business and leisure travelers alike.
- All the important attractions, such as the Philharmonic Hall and the many famous museums and theaters, are located within walking distance, as are the best shopping areas. Even the fairgrounds are just across the Rhine River.
- Each of the 136 rooms and suites have their own character and individual charm. The hotel combines tradition and innovation with an inviting and elegant interior.
- A culinary highlight is restaurant Taku, awarded with one Michelin star, welcomes you with a masterpiece of authentic East Asian fusion cuisine while the gourmet restaurant Hanse Stube offers innovative French cuisine combined with local influences.
- The stylish design of the Lobby Lounge accompanies the traditional Excelsior Hotel Ernst afternoon tea inspired by Pierre Hermé. The Piano Bar in the style of the 1920s offers a very special ambience. Enjoy live piano music and a selection of excellent cocktails in a cosy atmosphere.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Cologne’s pre-Lenten Carnival, held in February or March, is a secret to everyone but the Germans, who throng the streets to enjoy masked balls, a huge parade and general delirium.
For an unforgettable experience, climb the 515-foot-high south tower of Cologne’s Gothic cathedral, the largest and tallest in northern Europe, and enjoy unparalleled views of the city and surrounding Rhineland.
Overlooking the Rhine in Cologne’s Altstadt, this long-established restaurant provides an artful introduction to traditional Rhineland cuisine and seasonal specialties such as white asparagus.
You’ll find everything you need on these two pedestrian-only streets in the heart of Cologne, reputedly the most visited shopping streets in Europe.
The rich, warm colors of Italy complement the fine Italian food and wine served at this welcoming restaurant in downtown Cologne.
Cologne’s showplace for contemporary art, Museum Ludwig features nearly every major artist and art movement of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Take the train to Bingen, famed for its vineyards, and return to Cologne on a boat that cruises along the most spectacular stretch of the castle-studded Rhine.
There is absolutely no light in this experiential “dark dining” restaurant where the waiters are blind and the darkness stimulates the taste buds.
Family owned since 1863, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst looks back on a long history as Cologne’s most luxurious hotel. The central location, in the heart of the city opposite Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage landmark, is appreciated by business and leisure travelers alike. All the important attractions, such as the Philharmonic Hall and the many famous museums and theaters, are located within walking distance, as are the best shopping areas. Even the fairgrounds are just across the Rhine River. Each of the 136 rooms and suites have their own character and individual charm. The hotel combines tradition and innovation with an inviting and elegant interior.
A culinary highlight is restaurant Taku, awarded with one Michelin star, welcomes you with a masterpiece of authentic East Asian fusion cuisine while the gourmet restaurant Hanse Stube offers innovative French cuisine combined with local influences. The stylish design of the Lobby Lounge accompanies the traditional Excelsior Hotel Ernst afternoon tea inspired by Pierre Hermé. The Piano Bar in the style of the 1920s offers a very special ambience. Enjoy live piano music and a selection of excellent cocktails in a cosy atmosphere.
The personal note combined with modern facilities are what characterizes the special ambience of our rooms and suites. The accommodations with view on the famous Cologne Cathedral ensure an unforgettable experience.
The harmonic colors of the Superior Rooms create a home décor which invites to linger. Subtle design and simple clarity contribute to a comfortable ambience. In these spaciously designed rooms a small seating accommodation and antique desk await you. The marble-tiled or natural stone baths complete the cozy surrounding. All Single Rooms Superior have an average size of 25 sqm.
Grand Superior Rooms
Our new Grand Superior rooms provide a luxurious and versatile space on 32 m² – each showcasing a unique contemporary design. The use of both subtle and bold colours creates a relaxing yet stimulating space, ideal for both business and individual travellers. The rooms feature comfortable beds, an intimate seating area and a modern workspace. The exclusive living is rounded off by their elegant bathrooms made from high-quality natural stone.
Double Room Deluxe
You prefer more than “just” standard? If that´s the case, you may want to select a room from our Deluxe category! Situated in the Hanse wing, our stylish and innovatively designed rooms impress through the symbiosis of noble fabrics and materials in warm beige and earth tones. Relax after a exhausting day in the marble-tiled bath with large bathtub and rain shower or enjoy a short break in the comfortable sitting area of the Deluxe room. All Double Rooms Deluxe have an average size of 32 sqm. All Double Rooms Deluxe situated in the Hanse Wing are non-smoking rooms.
Grand Deluxe Rooms
The impressive Grand Deluxe Rooms utilize their unique and individual design to create a stunning eexperience. Through the simple elegance of harmonic and vibrant colors such as burgundy red, matt orange and royal dark blue or the soft color palette of cream and stone grey, the captivating fusion of luxury and practicality stretches from the bedroom to the adjacent marble bathroom. All Grand Deluxe Rooms are furnished with intricate carpets, spacious desks and inviting armchairs. Aesthetic photographs of famous landmarks in Cologne decorate the walls and reflect the diverse facets of the city with local charm. All Grand Deluxe Douple Rooms have an average size of 32 sqm.
All Junior Suites situated in the Hanse wing display a unique combination and Transition between living and sleeping area. The cutting-edge design of the Junior Suite has a flair all of its own. Equipped with a walk-in closet, the Junior Suites additionally offer a large natural stone bath featuring a rain shower. The Junior Suites located towards the calm side street are equipped with an Array of amenities which will definitely make you feel at home. A high-class décor made from precious materials and strong colors creates a harmonic unity. Optionally bookable with twin or double bed. The Junior Suites have an average size of 40 sqm.
You appreciate comfort, size and furnishing at the highest level? If that´s the case, our suites might be the right choice for you! All suites of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst are are of the high level of luxury typical for Grand Hotels: a living area, a separate sleeping area as well as a spacious bath. Thanks to the sophisticated Architecture, all suites impress with luxurious elegance. Noble upholstery in gentle pastel shades makes the inviting atmosphere perfect. Bookable with kingbed. The suites have an average size of 45 sqm.
Suites with cathedral view
The suites with view of the famous Cologne Cathedral are equipped with an Array of amenities which definitely make you feel at home. A high class décor made from precious materials and strong colors creates a harmonic unity. Wake up every morning to a stunning view on the imposing gothic cathedral, Germany´s most visited landmark and world heritage site. Bookable with double or twin beds.
The Executives Suites with their timeless design offer much space and privacy to live and work. The large suites with separate sleeping and living areas are completed by the spacious marble-tiled bath featuring a Jacuzzi and a rain shower. A walk-in closet makes not only women´s hearts beat faster. Some suites have a separate meeting space guaranteeing relaxed meetings and conferences in a private setting. Bookable with kingbed. All Executive Suites have an average size of 60 sqm.
In the lavish Excelsior Suites with direct view on the famous Cologne Cathedral luxury is the highest priority. Due to their open and appealing design both of our Excelsior Suites create a unique living experience. Enjoy the well-known Excelsior Hotel Ernst Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé in the spacious living room while observing the hustle and bustle in front of the Cologne Cathedral. Noble materials, subtle color elements and ornamental upholstery harmonize in a perfect symbiosis. You may also complement the Excelsior Suites with additional bedrooms.
The Executive Suites with the timeless intérieur and the inviting Excelsior Suites featuring an imposing view of the Cologne Cathedral, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst puts great emphasis on the highest level of luxury. For each booking of these suites, incomparable hospitality fulfill.
Taku, the Asian-restaurant, recently awarded “best international restaurant in Germany”, makes an ideal dining experience for business or leisure and draws guests and locals alike, while Hanse Stube, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, offers contemporary.
The restaurant Hanse Stube is well-known for its elegant and friendly atmosphere. Due to its excellent cuisine, the Hanse Stube was awarded several ürizes and has become famous in Germany. For decades people from Cologne, as well as international guests have been enjoying innovative French cuisine combined with regional influences.
Awarded one Michelin star, Taku presents an Asian-inspired menu based on 1,000-year old culinary traditions. In an elegant and contemporary dining room, Chef Mirko Gaul serves authentic Japanese and Chinese cuisine plus spicy Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. Be sure to browse the diverse sake selection.
The Piano Bar at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst is an insiders’ tip in Cologne. You can enjoy cocktails, champagne or coffee in the Piano bar which is located only a few metres from the Cathedral but Managers to not be affected from the city’s turmoils. During the day, the bar team offers coffee and tea specialties as well as pâtisserie and cakes. In the evening, Bar Manager Matthias Allgaier and his team mix traditional and unique cocktails, while you listen to the soothingly elegant pianomusic. The menu offers cooked meals even after midnight. The mahogany panelled bar, designed by Count Pilati, provides just the right atmosphere to enjoy the wide range of cocktail creations. The mahogany paneled Piano Bar is popular among locals for its daytime coffee and traditional English Afternoon Tea offerings. At night, friendly staffers mix classic cocktails and may recommend a house signature drink, like the Dandy Boy, Blue Sky or the EHE Special. A light bar menu and wide range of cigars are also available.
Facilities on offer include a gym, sauna and steam room as well as in-room massages and treatments available from a local spa partner. Guests can also access free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception and room service, as well as a wedding planning service.
On the sixth floor, you will find the fitness area of the hotel, exclusive for hotel guests. The opening hours are from 6:30am to 10pm. If you wish, the concierge will book a session with a personal trainer for you.