Excelsior Hotel Ernst          

 Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz 50667 Cologne − Germany

Member of Leading Hotels of the World

  JP Moser Stayed Here!

Your individuality is our Excellence!

This Grand Hotel, family-owned since 1863, combines valuable traditions with important innovations in a stylish manner.

Excelsior Hotel Ernst

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About us

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst is Cologne’s Grand Hotel next to the Cathedral. We provide individualized services to respond to the uniqueness of every guest and employee. We maintain the tradition of hospitality and remain modern by applying innovation. As Grand Hotel in the heart of Cologne, we actively participate in urban life and we are committed to art and culture. Your individuality is our Excellence.

At a glance

  • 137 rooms & suites, partially with view of the cathedral
  • 12 meeting facilities with natural day light
  • Only member of "The Leading Hotels of the World" in Cologne
  • Family-owned since 1863
  • Sauna and fitness area
  • Rooms: satellite TV, pay TV, price per room includes minibar, safe, broadband access, complimentary internet access through mobile devices, SuitePad, air conditioning, bath robes, hair dryer, shaving mirror
  • Restaurant Hanse Stube: Innovative French cuisine with regional influence
  • Restaurant taku: The house of East Asian hospitality, awarded with one Michelin star
  • Piano Bar: Premium bar offering a large variety of cigars and live piano music
  • Excelsior Hotel Ernst Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé
  • Services: 24 hour room service, 24 hour reception and concierge, valet service, luggage service, shoe shine service, conference butler, limousine service, wedding planning

The employees of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst see it as a daily challenge to make "their" guests' stay an unforgettable experience. Being a perfect host is on everybody's mind. The attitude, experience and abilities of our employees are our greatest asset. To be a suitable applicant superb references, an excellent manner and a friendly charm are a matter of course to you.

Fun for kids

To make our little guests feel themselves at home, we treat them like real VIPs at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. With an array of benefits especially for children we sincerely welcome families with their offspring.



Superior Rooms

Single Room Superior – 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 ambience. In the 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 averagely a size of 25 sqm.

Double Room Superior – Touch of romance in warm colors

The Superior Rooms are designed more spaciously and individually than the single rooms. A cozy sitting area in warm and harmonic colors as well as an antique desk reflect discreet luxury. The large marble baths complete the exclusive ambience. Optionally bookable with twin or double bed. All Double Rooms Superior have an average size of 30 sqm.

Grand Superior Rooms

Exclusive living in the heart of cologne

Our new Grand Superior rooms provide a luxurious and versatile space on 32 m² – each showcasing a unique contemporary design. The use of subtle and bold colours creates a relaxing and stimulating space, ideal for both business and individual traveller. They feature most comfortable beds, an intimate seating area and modern workspace. The exclusive living is rounded off by their elegant bathrooms, using high-quality natural stone.

Double Room Deluxe

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 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. Bookable with kingbed. 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

Exclusive living comfort in the heart of the city

The impressive Grand Deluxe Rooms utilize their 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. All Grand Deluxe Douple Rooms have an average size of 32 sqm.


Junior Suites

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 located towards the calm side street 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. The Junior Suites have an average size of 40 sqm.

Traditional Suites

You appreciate comfort, size and furnishing at the highest level? If that´s the case, our suites will be the right choice for you! All suites of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst 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. 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 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. Wake up every morning with the view of the imposing gothic cathedral, Germany´s most visited landmark and world heritage site. Bookable with double or twin beds. The suites with Cathedral view have an average size of 45 m².

Executive Suites

The Executives Suites with their timeless design offer much space and privacy to live and work. The large suites with separate sleeping and living area are completed by the spacious marble-tiled bath with 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. Bookable with kingbed. All Executive Suites have an average size of 60 sqm.

Excelsior Suites

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 Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé in the spacious living room while surveying the hustle and bustle 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. Both Excelsior Suites have an average size of 80 sqm.

Fitness area

On the sixth floor, you will find the fitness area of the hotel which is exclusively 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.

Equipment of the health area

  • step machines
  • fitness bike
  • cross trainers
  • treadmills
  • multifunctioning strength training machines
  • sauna
  • steam bath
  • rain shower, hail shower, refreshing shower
  • rest room
  • changing rooms for ladies and gentlemen
  • fruit and sparkling water
  • bath robes and towels

Stylish get-together - meetings, parties, weddings

Let the tasteful surroundings of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst provide the perfect backdrop for your sophisticated events. Twelve elegant conference facilities offer ideal conditions for your prestigious events and private celebrations for up to 200 persons.

The Function Rooms

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst offers 12 different function rooms which you can exclusively book. All rooms provide your personal conference butler, natural daylight, state-of-the-art communication and presentation technology as well as air conditioning.


Celebrations at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst - more than just an event! The Excelsior Hotel Ernst offers excellent premises which you can book individually for all your small and big celebrations.

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst team also offers a wide range of culinary highlights at the restaurants Hanse Stube and taku. Use the opportunity to receive individual advice from the Convention Sales department.


The Excelsior Hotel Ernst offers a creative and versatile range of culinary delights for your events. Be inspired by the the versatile break concept. The restaurant chefs will also create a tailor-made offer specifically for your event.

Love and passion for your wedding

Since 1863, Cologne’s most beautiful weddings have been celebrated at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst next to Cologne Cathedral. We provide you with our experience and expertise for planning and celebrating your wedding. Your personal wedding planner supports you, the chef creates your personal wedding menu with you, the pâtisserie of Excelsior Hotel Ernst designs your unique wedding cake and our sommelier gives you professional wine selection advice.

Cologne – the Metropolis at the River Rhine

Cologne – one-of-a-kind, coloured and sincere

Cologne- More than you might imagine

With more than 2,000 years of lived history Cologne has to offer much more than you might imagine to its visitors. The famous Cologne Cathedral is Germany´s most visited sight and world heritage site. Romanic churches as well as popular museums and landmarks attract many tourists from all over the world.

Sightseeing in Cologne

With its 2000 years of history, Cologne has a lot to offer to its visitors. Cologne Cathedral is Germany’s most visited tourist attraction. On almost every corner of the city, visitors discover roman constructions and interesting museums.

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Sculpture Park
  • The Romanic Churches
  • Archaeological Zone
  • Zoo and Flora
  • Rhine Park
  • Historic City Wall
  • Heinzelmännchen-Brunnen
  • Historic District
  • Triangle Tower

Cologne Museums

With its 42 museums Cologne has got an outstanding art and cultural scene. Whether municipal, ecclesiastical, company-owned, or private museum - the wide array of displayed exhibits ranges from Roman, medieval via non-European to contemporary art.

  • Museum Ludwig
  • Wallraf Richartz Museum
  • Kolumba Museum
  • Museum for East Asian Art
  • Roman-Germanic Museum
  • City Museum
  • Museum Schnütgen
  • Chocolate Museum
  • The Treasury of Cologne Cathedral
  • NS ­Documentation Centre
  • Cologne Carnival Museum
  • Rautenstrauch­ Joest Museum
  • Museum of Applied Arts

The Hanse Stube Restaurant

The Hanse Stube, Cologne’s prime address for many years

The restaurant Hanse Stube is well-known for its elegant and friendly atmosphere. Due to its excellent cuisine, the Hanse Stube was several times awarded a prize and has become famous in Germany.

About the Hanse Stube

The restaurant Hanse Stube is well-known for its elegant and friendly atmosphere. Due to its excellent cuisine, the Hanse Stube was several times awarded a prize and has become famous in Germany. Since decades people from Cologne, as well as international guests have been enjoying innovative French cuisine combined with regional influences.

Service traditions are especially maintained at the Hanse Stube. Restaurant manager Andreas Wengel and his team provide excellent service quality and indulge their guests fulfilling their wishes. The maître d`Hôtel personally carves many courses at the guests’ table in an exclusive and comfortable ambiance.

Culinary delectation demands corresponding wines and therefore Christoph Clemens, sommelier, helps you to make the right choice, regarding the versatile wines offered in the wine cellar of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst.

While designing the interior, Count Pilati underlined the restaurant’s tasteful character with mahogany panelled and inviting niche tables. The two side rooms, Spiegelsalon and Fischsalon, offer privacy for small banquets. In summer, you can have lunch or dine at the Mediterranean patio.

Gourmets appreciate our kitchen team for its accuracy and ingenuity. The team draws its inspiration from regional influencse to combine it with French cuisine.

For your lunch break, the restaurant offers a specially developed business lunch concept. If you have only a short lunch break, which should be balanced and healthy, we serve your lunch in three courses within 59 minutes. Enjoy your lunch at the Hanse Stube and discover the high-quality and varied selection! The team awaits you with weekly changing courses and delights you with varied creations.

Taku Restaurant

Michelin starred restaurant - opposite Cologne Cathedral

Taku, awarded with one Michelin star, welcomes you with a masterpiece of East Asian cuisine! Head 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.

Get excited about the east Asian cuisine!

Head chef Mirko Gaul uses the modern concept of „Asian fusion“ cuisine, in which he reinterprets the gourmet kitchen of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

At taku, awarded with one Michelin-star for years and 16/20 points at the Gault Millau, Head Chef Mirko Gaul and his team are creating refined dishes.

Additionally, the skilled employees gladly recommend corresponding wines and are happy to explain the components of the exotic dishes, if you wish.


Chef de Cuisine Mirko Gaul welcomes you at taku, the house of East Asian culinary delights. Mirko Gaul developed his own interpretation of the elegant and delicate East-Asian cuisine.

In his solid line he combines the ingenuity of the Japanese cuisine, savoury Chinese delicacies and influences of the spicy way of cooking in Vietnam and Thailand. The authentic East Asian cuisine is based on simple recipes while eliciting the finest flavours.

Matcha tea ceremony 抹茶

Another innovation at the taku that Mirko Gaul has introduced after his culinary journey through Asia:

Our new Matcha tea ceremony is now available at taku. Directly prepared at your table! Matcha (jap.: „pulverised tea) consists of finest powder of crushed green tea which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony. This sort of tea has an intense green colour and a mellow sweet flavor.

To produce round about 300 gramm of Matcha powder, the traditional granit mills need an hour. The way of preparatin of Matcha was probably developed in the 6th century in China. As used in the traditional East Asian medicine, the tea leaves are dried as medical plants and are milled afterwards.
This type of medicine was traditonally produced in Buddhist abbeys and mainly consumed there. Based on this tradition, the first tea ritual of the cen and chan Buddhists emerged.

The taste of genuine matcha is called umami which symbolized the fifth sense of sense. Get to know your own umami in a traditional tea ceremony happening at your table!

Piano Bar

Right in the city center – the Piano Bar

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 not affected from city rush. 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 sound of the piano. The menu offers cooked meals even after midnight. The mahogany panelled bar, designed by Count Pilati, provides the right atmosphere to try the wide range of cocktail creations.

Service in the Piano Bar

Bar Manager Matthias Allgaier and his team meticulously prepare every single cocktail for their guests. The team attaches much importance to ingredients and presentation of all beverages from Latte Macchiato to champagne.

The hotel´s Tea Master Gold Andrea Helbig is in charge of the tea selection for the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Afternoon Tea. Each tea is expertly brewed so that the aromas can develop freely.


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Hotel: Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Address: Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz 50667 Cologne

Region: North Rhine-Westphalia

Country: Germany

Official website: http://www.excelsiorhotelernst.com/en.html

Telephone: +49(0)221 270 1

Fax: +49(0)221 270 3333

Hotel email: reservation@excelsior-hotel-ernst.de

Destination guide for car

Information for your navigation system: Trankgasse 1, 50667 Cologne.

If you do not have a navigation system, choose the written route description below.

Cologne’s city centre is an environmental zone. Only cars having a valid eco-sticker (Feinstaubplakette) are allowed to enter. If you wish we will help you to organize the eco-sticker.

The porter parks your car across the street in the multi-storey car park which has closed-circuit TV cameras installed. There you can find reserved parking spaces for our hotel guests. On demand, he will drive up your car at the hotel’s entrance.

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.

We are glad to meet you at the platform and to bring you and your luggage to the hotel. Just inform our concierge about your arrival time and your coach number. 

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