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Recommended gay friendly hotels in Cologne

As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. In Cologne, the gay nightlight is clustered around Rudolfplatz and in Heumarkt, so you may prefer to stay in our of our recommended hotels there. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Check out GayMapper recommendations for gay friendly hotel deals in Cologne, Germany. Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!


3* Motel One Neumarkt

Ideally located in Cologne, Motel One Koln-Neumarkt offers air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to Saint Gereon's Basilica, Cologne Cathedral and Museum Ludwig. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. At the hotel, the rooms come with a desk, a TV and a private bathroom. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at Motel One Koln-Neumarkt. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Neumarkt Square Cologne, Theater am Dom and National Socialism Documentation Centre. The nearest airport is Cologne Bonn Airport, 14 km from Motel One Koln-Neumarkt.

4* Hotel Lyskirchen

This hotel lies in the heart of Cologne, 100 m from the Rhine Promenade and close to the gay bars. Guests enjoy free use of the large indoor swimming pool and modern gym, and the sauna can be used for a surcharge. The bright and spacious rooms at Hotel Lyskirchen feature elegant interiors. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a coffee machine as well as a complimentary bottle of mineral water. Free WiFi is available. A full breakfast buffet is served each morning in the spacious lounge with its tasteful pink colours, upholstered chairs and framed pictures. Guests can also relax and watch TV in the lobby. Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Main Station are a 15-minute walk from the Lyskirchen. It is a 5-minute walk from Heumarkt Underground Station, 2 stops from the Kolnmesse Exhibition Centre and 3 stops from the Lanxess Arena.

4* Maritim Hotel Koln

Centrally located in Cologne, very convenient for the gay nightlife, this hotel provides excellent panoramic views of the River Rhine. The Maritim Koln offers elegant accommodation and a spa with a gym and indoor pool. The air-conditioned rooms and suites of the Maritim Hotel Koln are furnished in warm colours. All rooms include satellite TV, a desk and a modern bathroom. WiFi is provided free of charge for guests in the whole hotel. A full breakfast buffet is available each morning in the spacious Rotisserie restaurant with its glass ceiling. International dishes are served in the roof garden restaurant on the 5th floor. Guests are welcome to relax with a coffee in the elegant Cafe Heumarkt. Drinks can also be enjoyed in the rustic-style Kolsche Stuff pub or in the stylish Piano Bar. The Maritim Koln is located at the Deutzer Brucke Bridge, a 10-minute walk from Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Main Station. It is 1 km from the Lanxess Arena and 2 km from the Kolnmesse Exhibition Centre.

4* Pullman Cologne

This 4-star superior hotel offers quiet rooms in Cologne's shopping district, convenient for gay nightlife and a 10-minute walk from Cologne Cathedral. The Pullman Cologne offers a luxury spa and spacious rooms with modern design. The elegant rooms at the Hotel Pullman Cologne include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a modern bathroom with a bath and shower. High-speed internet is available for a daily charge, and WiFi is provided free of charge in public areas. Guests at the Pullman are welcome to relax in the brasserie e.l.f. with summer terrace. LAB12 is the in-house bar inspired by perfume here in Cologne, the city of fragrances, and it serves aromatic drinks. The spa includes a sauna, a steam room, a gym, and massage treatments are also available. Underground parking is available at the Pullman Hotel Cologne. It is 400 m from Friesenplatz Underground Station, just 2 stops from Cologne Main Station.

4* Steigenberger Hotel Koln

This 4-star hotel in Cologne stands on Rudolfplatz Square, right in the heart of the gay district, just 200 m from Hahnentorburg Castle. Offering spacious rooms with view, a restaurant with buffet breakfast, and free WiFi access in all areas. All air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, a desk, a safe, a minibar and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Local telephone calls are free. Many rooms enjoy great views. The restaurant "Sands" offers buffet breakfast in the morning, while the Bar Bistro "Nullzwo" serves a variation of snacks and drinks. Rudolfplatz Underground Station is directly beside the Steigenberger Hotel Koln. Cologne Cathedral is 10 minutes away by underground.

4* URBAN LOFT Cologne

Urban Loft is a stylish choice in Cologne and features a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a business centre. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, every room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All units at Urban Loft Cologne include air conditioning and a wardrobe. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Urban Loft Cologne offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna and terrace. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Musical Dome Cologne, Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum. The nearest airport is Cologne Bonn Airport, 14 km from Urban Loft Cologne.

4* art'otel cologne

This hotel is located on the River Rhine in Cologne's historic city centre, convenient for gay nightlife and features modern design, stylish rooms, free WiFi, and a large rooftop terrace. All rooms at the art'otel cologne by park plaza have a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee facilities. Many feature ceiling-high windows, stylish wall art and a minimalist design. The art'otel's art'eat restaurant offers freshly prepared food using only local products.The elegant bar and lounge features a summer terrace, and serves a wide range of drinks and snacks. Other facilities at the art'otel cologne by park plaza include a sauna area and library. The hotel offers a free guided tour for guests wanting to learn more about the Korean artist SEO. The famous Cologne Cathedral is a 15-minute walk from the art'otel cologne by park plaza. The popular Imhoff Chocolate Museum is 250 m away.

5* Excelsior Hotel Ernst

For an extra special stay in Cologne, choose the Excelcior Hotel Ernst am Dom. This luxury 5-star hotel is located directly opposite Cologne Cathedral and a 2-minute walk from Cologne Main Station. It offers award-winning cuisine and elegant rooms with a free minibar. The Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom has been family-run since 1863. The spacious rooms and suites all feature air conditioning, international satellite TV and a marble-style bathroom. Free WiFi is available for all mobile devices. Exotic Asian dishes are available in the stylish taku restaurant, which has a Michelin star, and innovative French cuisine is served in the Hanse Stube restaurant. The Piano Bar features tea/coffee specialities, homemade pastries, cocktails, a cigar lounge and live piano music. The Excelsior Cologne offers free use of the gym and 2 saunas from 07:00 until 22:00 daily. Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

5* Hilton Cologne

Centrally located next to the historical Cologne Cathedral, Hilton Cologne is within walking distance to Cologne's famous sites and museums. This hotel offers an exclusive spa with 24-hour gym, gourmet cuisine, and stylish rooms are offered. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms at the Hilton Cologne feature an elegant desk and tea/coffee facilities. Bathrobes are available upon request. Guests can choose among a range of pillows. The Hilton's Fit & Well Health Club includes a Finnish sauna and a sanarium. Massage treatment sessions can be arranged on request. International specialities are prepared in the Cologne Hilton's contemporary-style Konrad restaurant.

Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft

This hostel is located in the heart of Cologne's trendy Belgian Quarter, very convenient for the gay nightlife, 2 km from Cologne Cathedral and the Rhine Embankment. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft offers free Wi-Fi and design interiors. All rooms at die Wohngemeinschaft Cologne are individually decorated on a unique theme. Rooms feature parquet floors and views of Cologne, while shared bathroom facilities are located in the hallway. The cafe on the ground floor serves snacks, coffee and wonderful pastries. In the evenings, it is transformed into a popular bar with live DJs. A separate room is used as a theatre and venue for cultural events. Guests can also play table tennis or hang out in one of the individually designed rooms. The common lounge is open 24/7 and is decorated in a classic 1950s style. Free coffee and tea are provided, as well as DVDs and books. Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft is a 2-minute walk from Moltkestrasse Underground Station and a 4-minute walk from Rudolfplatz Underground Station. Cologne Main Station can be reached in under 10 minutes on foot.

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Cologne Gay Scene

The gay life in Cologne is centred around two main areas of the city, Rudolfplatz and Heumarkt (or the Old Town.) Heumarkt has had gay venues for many years, and as such attracts a somewhat older crowd than in the area around Rudolfplatz. There are many gay bars and clubs to choose from, depending on your mood or tribe. If you're new to town or just visiting, a bar crawl across an evening or two is definitely a good way to start. Check out our listings below of all gay venues in Cologne, Germany and choose where you'll start!

Tours & Experiences in Cologne

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