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A glamorous stay at a five-star hotel with views of Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral, including breakfast, spa perks and a glass of champagne, plus festive dates
There’s no shortage of old-world glamour at this gracious five-star hotel, right in the very heart of Cologne - the art-rich German city that famously spans the River Rhine. Opened in 1863, Excelsior Hotel Ernst is a bastion of style that has entertained many an illustrious guest over the years. It's prime position, opposite the imposing Gothic structure of Cologne Cathedral, ensures magnificent city views. The hotel is a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2018 winner and holds a Certificate of Excellence.
The vibe in each of the guest rooms is one of refined elegance; expect opulent decor, marble-clad bathrooms with bathtubs, and a range of mod cons, such as SuitePad tablets (where you can access an array of hotel information). Elsewhere, you’ll find a well-equipped fitness centre, sauna and steam bath, and two superb restaurants - one of which is Michelin-starred and has won numerous awards for its authentic East Asian cuisine. There’s also an atmospheric mahogany-panelled Piano Bar where you can enjoy unique cocktails and even a slice of cake.
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Please note that a city tax of 5% of the total price is payable at the hotel upon check-out.
Magnificent views of the Gothic extravaganza that is Cologne Cathedral
The tinkling of piano keys, and unique cocktails, at the mahogany-panelled Piano Bar
Mouth-wateringly delicious East Asian cuisine at the Michelin-starred taku
Experiencing Cologne at its most magical, during the glittering festive period
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