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Excelsior Hotel Ernst

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Trankgasse 1 - 5 | Domplatz, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Altstadt-Nord)
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Ranked #3 of 281 hotels in Cologne
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a real 5 star hotel in the heart of Cologne (only 1 min from the railway station (Köln Hb). Impeccable service, very nice room (and bed) and close to 'everything'. Cafe Reinhard acroos the road has a nice breakfast (if it's not included in your room). A dinner at the hotel restaurant (Hans Stube) is recommended.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply put, I loved this hotel. The service from check-in to check-out was first rate. The location, which is right across from the Koln Dom cannot be beat. The room was well appointed with large comfortable beds and a large modern bathroom. The breakfast buffet was one of the best I've experienced at a hotel, with a large selection. I... More

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Berlin, Germany
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my third week staying at Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Making this outstanding property my pied-à-terre in Cologne was a very wise decision! The owners have managed to keep the hotel up-to-date and still maintain its personality of a 150-year-old grand hotel. What I appreciate in particular is the fact that the hotel is family-owned and run. Being very luxurious... More

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Paris, France
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice hotel, ideally located, in front of the train station (but no noise) and on the side of the Cathedral. The hall dates back from the 50's when the hotel was rebuilt, but it is sober and pleasant. The personel at the front desk is friendly. the rooms are modern, not too large but well equipped... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the minute we arrived everything was perfect. Attention to detail, stunning rooms, friendly staff. It was a wonderful experience all round. Even got a special early breakfast in our room to allow us to catch an early train. Perfection!

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Mokena, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were wowed by this beautiful hotel from the minute we arrived, soaking wet from the train station! We were greeted with warmth and helpfulness and that continued throughout our stay. The breakfast was absolutely amazing! Too much to choose from! The free mini bar was a nice touch, but we agree that we would forego that for free wi... More

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Mons, Belgium
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is in a great location with a view of the cathedral and walking distance to all of the sights. Staff is attentive but the hotel was clean but felt dated. The bathrooms could have used a face lift and the furniture in the bedroom was a bit worn and from another decade. Overall our stay was nice and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would say, it was really a Nice hotel just what we always expected for the 5* hotel. Me and my husband took this weekend get away coz it was nearby the tourist spots in Keulen, shopping streets, restaurant, and just 2 mins from the train station. The public parking we paid was 42euro for 3 days and it was... More

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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed at this hotel several times while traveling on business. The location of this hotel is hard to beat, given it is right next to the train station. The staff is lovely and helpful. My biggest complaint about this hotel is that it is somewhat old and outdated. I would highly suggest asking for a room in the... More

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EHEKoeln, Geschäftsführer at Excelsior Hotel Ernst, responded to this review

Dear hotelsnobbija, First of all we would like to thank you for your several stays with us and for taking the time to share your impressions via Tripadvisor. Please be assured that we are continously anxious about updating and renovating our rooms and that we are also in a period of updating another wing of our hotel right now. Our... More

Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved just about everything about this hotel. It is beautiful, immaculate, quiet, and perfectly located near the train station and across the street from the cathedral. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed. The staff was wonderful with little touches throughout our stay all the way to our departure. Breakfast was incredible with the best hot chocolate in the... More

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EHEKoeln, Geschäftsführer at Excelsior Hotel Ernst, responded to this review

Dear NRMomof4, Thank you for patronizing the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and we hope you had a safe journey back home. We appreciate that you took the time to leave this wonderful comment on Tripadvisor and I will be glad to share it with the entire team. It means a great motivation for us and our endeavour of creating unforgetable stays... More

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Address: Trankgasse 1 - 5 | Domplatz, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Location: Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne > Altstadt-Nord
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Excelsior Hotel Ernst 5*
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Cologne #2 Romantic Hotel in Cologne #3 Family Hotel in Cologne #6 Business Hotel in Cologne
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Timeless elegance and tradition characterize the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and fascinate guests from all over the world. 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, valuable antiques and harmonic colors give each of the 142 rooms and suites its own character and individual charm and create a timeless home décor which invites you to linger. At our multiple award-winning gourmet restaurant, Hanse Stube, you will experience culinary magic moments. The motivated team creates innovative French cuisine with local influences, whose finesse is famous far beyond the city border.The name of the restaurant taku comes from Japanese and means House of hospitality. It is the first address for authentic East Asian delights. During the day, we offer coffee and tea specialties as well as patisserie and cakes at our Piano Bar. In the evening, the charming bar team will mix excellent cocktail classics and their own creations. Right next to the Hanse Stube, at our Riesling Lounge you can taste Riesling wines from all wine regions of Germany in a cozy atmosphere.13 elegant meeting rooms for up to 200 persons and exclusive Business Suites provide the perfect venue for demanding events at the historic ambience of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Business meetings and private events will find a representative frame. The Excelsior Hotel Ernst catering service offers culinary magic moments considering your wishes and ideas. After a hard day, you have the possibility to completely relax at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Spa area. With state-of-the-art Fitness equipment you can advance your fitness or you can chill during a visit at the excellently equipped sauna and steam bath area. ... more   less 
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