As Cologne is a thriving student town and a major business centre, there are more than 200 hotels for you to choose from, from the high-end, luxury hotels through to small, budget hotels. Throughout the year Cologne is a busy city which means that accommodation prices can be quite high.
In addition, room prices further increase by up to 300% during the spring and autumn months when Cologne hosts a number of international conferences and trade shows. Therefore, if you plan on traveling to Cologne during these seasons, make sure that you book your accommodation in advance to secure the best price. However, if you do turn up to Cologne without any pre-booked accommodation, be sure to pay the tourist office on Unter Fettenhennen. For a small charge, the staff will help you find suitable accommodation for your stay.
As well as budget and required amenities, what you want to do in Cologne will also affect which type of accommodation you choose. If you would like to go sightseeing and explore the cities plethora of museums, you should consider of looking for accommodation near Dom Cathedral and Old Town as you will be in close proximity to all of the major destinations. However, if you are looking for something more relaxing, perhaps look for a hotel further out in the peaceful countryside.
There are a number of luxury resorts in Cologne, such as the Schloss Bensberg and the Hyatt Regency Cologne. Cologne’s luxury hotels are offer beautiful accommodation as many of them are set in stunning historic buildings, indeed, the Schloss Bensberg is situated in a renovated Baroque castle. These hotels also offer a number of additional amenities to make your stay in the city even more enjoyable, such as high-end restaurants, spas and indoor pools. In addition, there are also a handful of hotels that offer all-inclusive packages.
There is not a lot of cheap accommodation to be found in Cologne. But there are a number of pleasant pensions and private rooms scattered throughout the city. Unlike a number of major European cities, Cologne boasts an impressive selection of hostels. Hostel prices are fairly consistent and are clustered in prime locations, such as near the Cologneer Dom and Museum Ludwig. Nearly all of Cologne’s hostels offer their visitors a choice of dorm style rooms or private rooms.
Apartment rentals are becoming an increasingly popular accommodation option in Cologne. This type of accommodation is great for those traveling in a group as an apartment is more spacious and private than a hotel room. There are a range of apartments available, from budget through to luxury option.