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Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Domplatz/Trankgasse 1-5 
Cologne, 50667
Germany

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Overview

Timeless elegance and tradition characterize the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and fascinate guests from all over the world. For more than 150 years of varied history, Cologne´s first and finest luxury hotel address unites tradition and innovation. As the only member of the Leading Hotels of the World in Cologne, the philosophy “Your individuality is our excellence” is lived daily by its 195 employees. The exposed position, in the heart of the city and vis-à-vis to the Cologne Cathedral, makes it easily accessible from all directions. Nobel materials and valuable antiques give each of the 137 rooms and suites its own character and individual charm. 12 elegant function rooms for up to 200 persons and our exclusive Business Suites provide the perfect venue for demanding events in a historic ambiance. The stylish design of the lobby lounge accompany the traditional Excelsior Hotel Ernst Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé which was extended with a selection of the famous Macarons from the French star confectioner Pierre Hermé.

Exclusive Amenities

  • Full Breakfast for each guest daily in Hanse Stube
  • One Way Transfer to the Dusseldorf Airport or return transfer from the Cologne Airport
  • Late check out until 4pm
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in:
  • Upgrade
  • Early Check-In

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM

Accommodations

Number of Rooms: 137

Grand Superior Room

The Grand Superior rooms impress with an outstanding light flooded ambience and a modern look. Enjoy the stylish atmosphere of our latest room category with fine carpet or elegant parquet, which is kept in light beige and brown, or calming deep blue tones. The high class bathroom rounds off the impression with its light marble style design and individual natural stone applications

Suite with Cathedral view

The Suites with Cathedral view offer much space and privacy to live and work. All suites are marked by a high level of luxury in a typical Grand hotel: a living area, a separate sleeping area as well as a spacious bath. Thanks to the sophisticated architecture all suites mirror luxurious elegance. Noble upholstery in gentle pastel shades makes the inviting atmosphere perfect.

Superior Single Room

Subtle design in comfortable atmosphere. The harmonic colors of the Superior Rooms create a home décor which invites to linger. Subtle design and simple clarity contribute to a comfortable ambiance. In the spaciously designed room a small seating accommodation and antique desk await you. The marble-tiled or natural stone baths complete the cozy surrounding.

Superior Double Room

Touch of romance in warm colors. Compared to the Classic Rooms, the Superior Rooms are designed more spaciously and individually. A cozy sitting area in warm and harmonic colors as well as an antique desk reflects discreet luxury. The large marble baths complete the exclusive ambiance.

Deluxe Double Room

Timeless elegance and harmony- elegantly combined You prefer more than “just” standard? If that´s the case, you have to select a room of the Deluxe category! Situated in the Hanse wing, our stylish and innovative 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. Available with king bed.

Junior Suite

Stylish combination of tradition and innovation All Junior Suites situated in the Hanse wing display a unique combination of the living and sleeping area. Owing to the modernly inspired design of the Junior Suite, an outstanding flair awaits you. Equipped with a walk- in closet, the Junior Suites additionally offer a large natural stone bath with rain shower. The Junior Suites with the exclusive view towards Cologne Cathedral are equipped with all these small amenities which definitely make you feel at home. A high-class décor made up of precious materials and strong colors creates a harmonic unity. Optionally bookable with twin or double bed.

Suite

Generously suites with an individual touch and an elegantly appointed spacious living room. The loving design, classic, modern or furnished with valuable furniture in the style of Louis XV., gives the suites their special charm. Some living rooms are excellently suited for meetings. Some can be connected to a single room superior on request.

Executive Suite

Luxurious suites in private atmosphere. The Executives Suites with their timeless design offer much space and privacy to live and work. The large suite with separated sleeping and living area is completed by the spacious marble-tiled bath wit Jacuzzi and 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. Available with king bed.

Excelsior Suite

Wake up with view of the famous Cologne Cathedral In the lavish Excelsior Suites with direct view on the famous Cologne Cathedral luxury has highest priority. Due to their open and appealing design both Excelsior Suites create a unique living experience. Enjoy the well-known Excelsior Hotel Ernst High Tea in the spacious living room while surveying the hustle and bustle on in front of Cologne Cathedral. Noble materials, subtle color elements and ornamental upholstery harmonize in a perfect symbiosis. You can also complement the Excelsior Suites with additional bedrooms.

Grand Deluxe Double Room

The impressive Grand Deluxe Rooms utilize its unique and individual design to stunning effects. Through the simple elegance in 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 precious 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. Well-being and feeling at home – this is what Grand Deluxe is all about.

Guest Services

24-Hour Reception Service

24-Hour Room Service

Airport Transportation

Business Services

Check In & Out at Leisure

Children's Program

Concierge

Currency Exchange

Limousine Service

Multilingual Staff

Shoe Shine Service

Turndown Service

Wedding Arrangement

Facilities

Fitness Center

High-Speed Internet Access

Meeting & Conference Facilities

Sauna

Afternoon Tea

DINING

Hanse Stube

The Hanse Stube offers not only brilliant service, but also innovative French cuisine combined with local influences. Gourmets and gastronomes appreciate the French cuisine of head chef Tobias Koch and his kitchen team. Their one-of-a-kind accuracy and ingenuity are creative and grandiose. Our maître d`Hôtel personally carves many courses at the guests’ table in an exclusive and comfortable ambiance. Culinary delectation demands corresponding wines and therefore our sommelier, helps you to make the right choice, regarding the versatile wines offered in the wine cellar of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst.

taku

Discover also the restaurant taku, awarded with one Michelin star. Experience our delicious creations of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. Head chef Mirko Gaul and his team prepare a sophisticated menu and Sommelier Julian Tröger is pleased recommend you the corresponding wines. Enjoy also one of taku’s specialties, the large offer of sake which is served by our skilled and courteous staff. The taku team will be pleased to explain the different components and spices of the exotic meals.

Piano Bar

The Piano Bar of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst is an insider tip among Cologne’s people. Immediately next to the Cologne Cathedral however not affected by the city rush you can unwind and relax. During the day, we offer coffee and tea specialties as well as pâtisserie and cakes. In the evening, our bar manager Luis de Gouveia and his team mix traditional but also self-created cocktails while you are listening to live piano music. Bartender of the year 2004, Luis de Gouveia is bar chef at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst since 1995 and is famous for his cocktail creations. The menu offers cooked meals until midnight.

Attractions

2 days in Cologne

Day 1: Morning: Mini-Train-Trip! No matter if you would like to visit the Zoo, the “Flora”(Botanical Gardens of Cologne) or to take the Aerial Cable-Car across the Rhine to the other side of the Rhine – you are directly on site with central stops! The trip takes you from the Cathedral oppsosite the hotel to the Rhine Promenade with the Rhine Park to the Zoo and the “Flora”. You can disembark there and travel back after a visit to the Zoo or the Botanical Gardens to the Cathedral. The way back takes you past the Vine Museum of Cologne and through the oldest part of Cologne, the “Eigelstein-Neighborhood with its Castle Gate and nowadays lively and multi-cultural scene back to the Cathedral. Afternoon: Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé! For the first time in Germany, a selection of Pierre Hermé, the famous French pastry chef, creations are now available exclusively at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst for Afternoon Tea: Taste his world famous macarons, a pleasure to eyes and palate which you will never forget! The harmonic ambience and the stylish design of the lobby and wintergarden accompany the Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a pot of tea from the large tea selection. The charming team of the Piano Bar around Tea Master Gold Andrea Helbig will be pleased to advice you concerning the choice of your favorite tea. In addition, a selection of sweet and savoury Afternoon Tea Classics, which accomplish the classic tea ceremony, is served.

Guided Tour—Beer stories from the Old City: During a walk from the cathedral to town hall and the Old Market, you will take breaks in three brewery houses and beer gardens (depending on the weather). After the tour you will know: why the malehops decrease the brewing value, why a Cologne mirror cannot get steamy and why the Prussian police ordinance forbid the service of waitresses. Famous Locals. originals and mascots also belong to this tour.


Day 2: Start the day with a Rhine boat trip, passing the legendary Drachenfels, Bonn and Königswinter. You will have a magnificent view to the beautyful ‚Siebengebirge‘ with the famous ‚Drachenfels‘ where according to legend, once Siegfried slew the dragon. Little further upriver you belong to your goal Remagen. Directly opposite the pier you will visit the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, which has been composed of a classical station building, and was harmonious inserted into the nature by the American architect Richard Meier. The focus is the art of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. In dialogue with these, works in sculpture and painting from contemporary artists are shown. Also, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck presents paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern era from the Rau Collection for UNICEF. Enjoy the Museum Café in the former ballroom of the restored station (mid 19th century) with stucco ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a large outdoor terrace with views of the Rhine and the Seven Mountains with the Drachenfels. It was the perfect room for all the famous people who once have moved here from the train to a boat, as well as a venue for concerts and theater performances. For your trip back to Cologne you take the train and enjoy the fantastic view during your ride along the river.

5 days Cologne

Let your visit to Cologne become a unique experience by using our tips for a maximum exhaustion of your precious time. We have put together proposals for five exemplary days, from which you can choose your own personal program.
Our friendly concierge staff is always happy to assist and keep information, personalized suggestions and certainly one or the other special tip for you.


Day 1:

Hop on Hopp off - Cathedral - Cologne‘s Zoo - Rhine Cable Railway - Rhineparc - Hohenzollernbridge - Rheinauhafen - Chocolate Museum - German Sports & Olympia Museum - Rhine Promenade - Old town

Explore the many facets of our Cathedral town while using the Hop on Hopp off bus. You can participate in a full city tour, or even get to the attractions of your choice and stay there as you like, before you continue your journey with one of the following buses. You could leave from the Cathedral to the Cologne Zoo. Well preserved animal houses and facilities such as the built in 1863 elephant house in the moorish style, or the monkey-rock of 1914 as well as new facilities, such as the rainforest or the elephant park show the development of zoological gardens. From here, you have the possibility to float with Europe's first cable car over the Rhine and experience the unique panorama of Cologne. The cable car ends in the Rhine Parc. Take a walk along the river, overlooking the left bank side with the Cologne Cathedral (World Cultural Heritage Site), Great St. Martin and the Musical Dome. Cross the Hohenzollern Bridge, on which already more than 40000 couples have followed the custom and have attached padlocks with their names. Back at the left bank, take the Hop on Hop off bus to the Rheinauhafen. The restructuring of the harbour is the largest urban development project in the city of Cologne. Its gastronomic offer from around the world and a growing number of service providers, makes it a worthwhile goal not only for lovers of architecture. If you want to, combine a visit to the Rheinauhafen equal to a trip to the Chocolate Musem located there, or the German Sports and Olympia Museum right next door. For the way back again take the Hop on Hop off bus, or take a walk along the Rhine Promenade, passing the old town and Cathedral.
 
Day 2:

Rhine river cruises - Bonn - Drachenfels - Königswinter - Natureparc Siebengebirge - Unkel - Linz - Arp Museum Rolandseck - Panoramic train tour


Start the day with a Rhine boat trip, passing the legendary Drachenfels to Bonn and Königswinter (duration 4 hours). Take the cog railway and discover the place where according to legend, once Siegfried slew the dragon. You will have a magnificent view down the Rhine Valley. Those who prefer to stay near the water, a beautiful promenade invites to stroll and to discover the splendid half-timbered houses. Little further upriver is the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, which has been composed of a classical station building, and was harmonious inserted into the nature by the American architect Richard Meier. The focus is the art of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. In dialogue with these, works in sculpture and painting from contemporary artists are shown. Also, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck presents paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern era from the Rau Collection for UNICEF. Enjoy the Museum Café in the former ballroom of the restored station (mid 19th century) with stucco ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a large outdoor terrace with views of the Rhine and the Seven Mountains with the Drachenfels. It was the perfect room for all the famous people who once have moved here from the train to a boat, as well as a venue for concerts and theater performances. Of course it's worth to further explore the region by boat. Charming Rhine towns like Linz or Unkel invite you to visit the preserved old places and streets. Our Concierge can assist you with the planning of further tours. For your trip back to Cologne, take the train and enjoy the ride along the river. Enjoy the evening during an excellent dinner at our restaurant Hanse Stube. Since decades people from Cologne, as well as international guests have been enjoying innovative French cuisine combined with regional influences.
 
Day 3:
Museum Ludwig - Roman Germanic Museum - Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum


Cologne has a unique number of museums that attracts visitors because of its diversity from around the world. Our recommendation for a daily schedule starts at the Museum Ludwig on the back of the Cologne Cathedral. It houses an exhibition area of 8000 square meters modern art of the 20th and 21 Century and is one of the most important museums in Europe for contemporary art. Regular changing special exhibitions complete the visit.
Right next door is the Roman-Germanic Museum. The Roman Mosaic with scenes from the world of Dionysos and the reconstructed tomb of the legionary Poblicius are the most famous works in the museum. The collection draws on the archaeological heritage of the city and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Roman glassware and an outstanding collection of Roman and early medieval jewelery. You also should not miss the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, just a few minutes away. The Cologne citizen Ferdinand Franz Wallraf started in the 18th Century to save medieval art that was stolen from the church and destoyed in the course of secularization. After his death in 1824 he bequeathed his extensive collection to the city of Cologne. Focal points of today's collection: the medieval section, the department Baroque 19th Century, the paintings of German Romanticism, the French Realism and Impressionism (including Collection Corboud) and sculptures. If you are ready for another outstanding museum, you will visit the new Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. This Ethnology Museum presents in spacious premises an innovative exhibition concept. The three floors of themed tours "People in Their Worlds" invites to a journey of discovery. Visiting the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum is an exciting change even for older children. For a traditional dinner we recommend a visit at the Gaffel next door, one of Cologne‘s typical breweries.
 
Day 4:
St. Andreas—St. Aposteln - St. Cäcilien - St. Georg - St. Gereon - St. Kunibert - St. Maria im Kapitol - St. Maria in Lyskirchen - Groß St. Martin - St. Pantaleon - St. Severin - St. Ursula and of course the cathedral


The Cologne cityscape is characterized by numerous churches. Like a magnet the Cologne Cathedral, World Cultural Heritage Site attracts its visitors again and again. Who wants to enjoy a wonderful view of the city has to climb the 533 steps of the 157m high south tower and to stop next to the "Dicke Pitter", the largest free-swinging bell in the world. The effort is forgotten, and the stun-ning views over the rooftops of the city is reward for the trouble. Equally exciting is a tour of the interior of the Cathedral, on the high roof or to the treasury and the excavation. Allow enough time for a visit to the Cathedral, because you certainly are - once there - fascinated, and you will discover more and more interesting details .

Besides the cathedral, there are the twelve Romanesque churches with many legends in Cologne, and each is worth a visit. They lie in a narrow space within the course of the old city wall. The monastic churches are among the largest in Western Europe, and document the growth and wealth of the high medieval Cologne. In order to have enough time for viewing, pick a maximum of three to four churches in order to gain a good in-sight. Our friendly concierges help you to choose the most interesting for you and put together a matching route for this purpose.

Plan an all day, and process the impressions during a break at the hotel for business lunch or a classic English afternoon tea inspired by Pierre Hermé. Relax in the evening while visiting one of the many theaters in the city, the opera or the Philharmonie.
 
Day 5:
Hohe Strasse - Schildergasse - Neumarkt - Pfeilstraße - Mittelstraße - Ehrenstraße - Breite Strasse - Offenbach-platz - Glockengasse 4711 - Früh am Dom - Heinzelmännchenbrunnen - Alter Markt - Historisches Rathaus


After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you should visit the main shopping streets of the city. The major labels and famous fashion shops can be found along the 'Hohe Strasse' and the 'Schildergasse', which leads you straight to the Neumarkt. From here it is only a few minutes to reach the 'Pfeilstrasse' and 'Mittelstrasse'. Here you will find smaller boutiques, trendy designers and one or the other café, where you can relax and observe the general bustle.

Via the trendy 'Ehrenstraße' which merges into the 'Breite Straße', you will belong to the 'Offenbachplatz' at which you will find the famous house 'Glockengasse 4711'. At each full hour 9 to 19 the clock plays tunes such as the Marseillaise or the Faithful Hussar, accompanied by rotating historical horsemen figures. Should you be looking for souvenirs, you are sure to find it here. On your way through the city you will meet again on the famous Kölsch breweries, for example the famous Brauhaus Früh am Dom, which offers a tasty Kölsch as well as Rhenish cuisine and specialties. In front of the brewery is the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen that represents the famous legend of the elves of Cologne since 1899. For another walk, cross the Old Market with its cafes and pubs. Here it is where the street carnival is opened each year when Cologne‘s mayor hands over the keys of the city hall to the Prince Carnival. Right next door is the historic town hall with an arbor from the Renaissance from 1569. The town hall tower adorn some 130 stone statues, people from the city's history. Remains of the Roman praetorium prove that the city was ruled from here 2000 years ago. Treat yourself and close the day at our restaurant taku. The taku has been awarded with one Michelin star and welcomes you with a masterpiece of authentic East Asian cuisine! Chef Mirko Gaul knows how to elicit the finest flavours out of basic Asian recipes by developing his own elegant and genuine interpretation of Asian cuisine.

 

Map / Location

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Destination guide for train:

Leave Cologne Central Station using the main entrance which faces the Cathedral. Walk straight on into Trankgasse, the Cathedral must be on your left hand side, now. After approximately 150 m, you will see the Excelsior Hotel Ernst on your right hand side.

Destination guide coming from Frankfurt:
 

  • Leave the highway A3 at the junction HEUMAR; change to A4 direction AACHEN / VENLO; at the interchange KÖLN-GREMBERG take the eastern access road L124 direction KÖLN - DEUTZ / ZENTRUM / KÖLNARENA; follow the course of the road underpass “Kölnarena” direction ZENTRUM / NEUMARKT,; cross the Rhine on Deutzer Bridge; take a right directly after Deutzer Bridge,; take a left after the underpass; on the bank of the Rhine take a left to the tunnel direction DOM / PHILHARMONIE; take a left behind the musical marquee direction HBF /BRESLAUER PLATZ; take the left exit of the next roundabout circulation direction DOM / PHILHARMONIE; take a right in the underpass; you find the hotel on your right hand side.
  • Drive up to the entrance, the porter takes care of your car; If you have a navigation system, please enter TRANKGASSE 1 as address.

Nearby airports: Koeln (Koln,Cologne)/Bonn [Konrad Adenauer], Germany
Distance: 9 Miles

[ Print Directions ]

Destination guide for train:

Leave Cologne Central Station using the main entrance which faces the Cathedral. Walk straight on into Trankgasse, the Cathedral must be on your left hand side, now. After approximately 150 m, you will see the Excelsior Hotel Ernst on your right hand side.

Destination guide coming from Frankfurt:
 

  • Leave the highway A3 at the junction HEUMAR; change to A4 direction AACHEN / VENLO; at the interchange KÖLN-GREMBERG take the eastern access road L124 direction KÖLN - DEUTZ / ZENTRUM / KÖLNARENA; follow the course of the road underpass “Kölnarena” direction ZENTRUM / NEUMARKT,; cross the Rhine on Deutzer Bridge; take a right directly after Deutzer Bridge,; take a left after the underpass; on the bank of the Rhine take a left to the tunnel direction DOM / PHILHARMONIE; take a left behind the musical marquee direction HBF /BRESLAUER PLATZ; take the left exit of the next roundabout circulation direction DOM / PHILHARMONIE; take a right in the underpass; you find the hotel on your right hand side.
  • Drive up to the entrance, the porter takes care of your car; If you have a navigation system, please enter TRANKGASSE 1 as address.

Nearby airports: Duesseldorf (Dusseldorf) [Rhein-Ruhr], Germany
Distance: 25 Miles

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