Gay Cologne • Hotels

Cologne’s iconic Cathedral, museums, pedestrianised shopping streets and gay scenes near Rudolfplatz and Heumarkt are all in the city centre.

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home to Cologne's lively gay "Bermuda Triangle"


the Old Town, near Cologne's second largest gay nightlife area

Cologne Cathedral

just a short walk from some of Cologne's most famous sights

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Home to Cologne’s main gay district, known locally as “Bermuda Triangle”. The city’s pedestrianised shopping streets, Old Town, Rhine Promenade and Cathedral are within walking distance.

In the gay district.

Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne | map | distance

8.26 Excellent
based on 3641 reviews

Steigenberger Hotel Köln4 stars

Why this hotel? In the gay district. Value for money. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2015
Top 25
Top 25
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Located in the heart of Rudolfplatz gay district, close to many gay bars, nightclubs and saunas as well as shops and restaurants. The great-value Steigenberger features a restaurant with open kitchen, spa and free WiFi.

The guest rooms are huge!, each featuring comfortable beds, satellite TV and a desk. Some rooms have great city views. There’s a sauna, steam room and small gym onsite, but you may more tempted to visit Phoenix Sauna, located close by.

The Rudolfplatz underground station provides quick access to other parts of the city, although you can walk to the Cologne Cathedral in about 20 minutes.

features: bar, restaurant, steam room, sauna, gym, free wi-fi

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Excellent value.

Rubens Straße 33, Cologne | map | distance

6.98 Good
based on 3080 reviews

Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt3 stars

Why this hotel? Excellent value. Great for shopping & gay bars. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2016
Top 100
Top 100

The very good-value Novum Hotel Leonet is less than two minutes’ walk from all the gay bars – Ixbar, ExCorner, Iron, etc. The Schildergasse shopping street and Rudolfplatz underground station are also very near, as is a great choice of restaurants and cafés.

Each large guest room features soundproofing, free WiFi, cable TV and private bathroom. There is a 24-hour reception, and a breakfast buffet is served daily. The hotel also has a sauna (extra charge).

features: sauna, free wi-fi

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Near the gay scene.

Brüsseler Straße 26, Cologne | map | distance

7.67 Very Good
based on 270 reviews

HOPPER Hotel et cetera3 stars

Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Excellent dining & service. Great value. Free WiFi.

The stylish HOPPER Hotel et cetera offers 48 modern, en suite guest rooms. The hotel has a gym, solarium & sauna. The onsite restaurant has a courtyard terrace, serving a variety of international dishes and wines.

The HOPPER is located just a few steps from gay sauna Phoenix Sauna and Pansauna and a couple of minutes walk from gay bars around Rudolfplatz.

Whilst it is a bit further away from the city center, the nearby Moltkestraße underground station makes it a good base for exploring Cologne.

features: bar, restaurant, sauna, gym, free wi-fi

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Gay-popular budget hotel.

Richard-Wagner-Straße 39, Cologne | map | distance

9.6 Exceptional
based on 101 reviews

Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft

Why this hotel? Gay-popular budget hotel. Cool, stylish rooms. Great location. Free WiFi.

Stylish budget hotel, just a couple of minutes’ walk from from Cologne’s gay nightlife and within easy reach of the city’s shopping district and sights.

The hostel offers both private en suite rooms and shared dorms, some with great city views. Breakfast buffet is available at extra charge. The casual lounge serves snacks and pastries. Free coffee & tea are provided, as well as DVD’s and books in the common area.

features: bar, free wi-fi

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Heumarkt / centre of the Old Town

Heumarkt is located in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town, just a few steps from the Rhine Promenade and the second largest concentration of gay nightlife in the city.

Close to gay nightlife.

Filzengraben 26-32, Cologne | map | distance

8.22 Excellent
based on 2493 reviews

Hotel Lyskirchen4 stars

Why this hotel? Close to gay nightlife. Large, modern rooms. Great value. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2015
Top 50
Top 100

Hotel Lyskirchen has a great location in the heart of Old Town Cologne, near the Rhine Promenade, and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the gay bars, saunas and cruise clubs in Heumarkt.

Guest rooms have been recently renovated, each featuring a flat screen Sky TV, desk and free WiFi. We like the hotel’s large indoor heated pool, the modern gym & sauna. Breakfast buffet is quite good.

The Cologne Cathedral, the main museums and shopping streets are less than 15 minutes’ walk away.

features: bar, free wifi, swimming pool, sauna, gym

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By the Rhine River.

Holzmarkt 4, Cologne | map | distance

8.07 Excellent
based on 3802 reviews

Art’otel Cologne by Park Plaza4 stars

Why this hotel? By the Rhine River. Close to gay nightlife. Modern design. Free WiFi.

Most booked 2017
Top 100

The unique, contemporary Art’otel has a fabulous location on the bank of the Rhine river. From here, it’s just a 20-minute stroll along the promenade to the Cathedral and just steps from the famous Chocolate Museum.

The hotel has a great rooftop terrace, sauna, library and showcases artwork by well-known Korean-born artist SEO. The onsite restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine. Large guest rooms feature free WiFi, flat screen TV, minibar and coffee maker.

Art’otel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the gay bars in Old Town Cologne and a 15-20 minute walk from the gay nightlife around Rudolfplatz. A popular choice on Travel Gay Europe.

features: bar, restaurant, sauna, free wi-fi

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In the Old Town.

Holzmarkt 47, Cologne | map | distance

8.11 Excellent
based on 2991 reviews

NH Köln Altstadt4 stars

Why this hotel? In the Old Town. Great value. Popular with gay guests. Free WiFi.

A popular mid-range hotel with gay travellers. The NH Köln Aldstadt in conveniently located in the heart of  Cologne’s Old Town, close to the Rhine River, the famous Chocolate Museum and Severinstraße underground station

Guest rooms are modern, air-conditioned rooms and include TV and free high-speed WiFi. Many rooms offer great city views. Guests have free access to the onsite gym, sauna and spa.

The NH has its own bar and restaurant, although plenty of dining options are within easy walking distances. The gay-popular Blue Lounge and Deck 5 gay cruise bar are also nearby. Excellent value for money.

features: bar, gym, restaurant, spa, sauna, free wifi

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Very affordable. Budget option.

Tel-Aviv-Straße 6, Cologne | map | distance

8.73 Excellent
based on 1063 reviews

Motel One Köln-Waidmarkt3 stars

Why this hotel? Very affordable. Budget option. Walk to gay bars. Free WiFi.

Excellent-value designer hotel for budget travellers. The Motel One Köln is in great location for exploring Cologne on foot, just a short walk from the gay bars and gay cruise clubs in the Old Town.

The modern and very functional, air-conditioned guest rooms feature a workstation, flat screen TV, free WiFi and rain shower. This popular hotel sells out fast, so make your reservation early.

features: bar, restaurant, free wi-fi

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Cologne Cathedral & central railway station

These hotels are close to Cologne’s most important sightseeing attractions including the Cathedral (Dom), St. Andreas and the Ludwig Museum. The gay scene near Rudolfplatz and the Old Town are also within easy reach.

Opposite the Dom.

Domplatz / Trankgasse 1-5, Cologne | map | distance

9.23 Exceptional
based on 3011 reviews

Excelsior Hotel Ernst5 stars

Why this hotel? Opposite the Dom. Award-winning restaurant. Free WiFi.

Located right across from the iconic Cathedral, the historic Excelsior Hotel Ernst remains one of the best 5-star hotels in Cologne, offering a combination of traditional comforts and modern services.

The hotel has a choice of classically styled Superior rooms or more contemporary Deluxe rooms. Guests have free use of the onsite gym and two saunas daily, from 7am-10pm.

Of particular note is the hotel’s restaurant Taku that has won a prestigious Michelin star for its East Asian cuisine.

features: bar, restaurant, massage, sauna, gym, free wi-fi

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Modern rooms.

Dagobertstraße 22, Cologne | map | distance

8.46 Excellent
based on 1179 reviews

Hotel Santo4 stars

Why this hotel? Modern rooms. Good breakfast. Walk to the Cathedral. Free WiFi.

The modern, 4-star design Hotel Santo offers 69 spacious rooms with oak furniture, flat screen cable TV, minibar and free WiFi.

An extensive buffet breakfast is served in a stylish breakfast room. There is a bar onsite, although the popular gay bar Kattwinkel is two blocks away.

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the iconic Cathedral, Hauptbahnhof and River Rhine. The nearby Ebertplatz underground provides direct links to other parts of Cologne.

features: bar, free wi-fi

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Excellent pool & gym.

Stolkgasse / An den Dominikanern 4A, Cologne | map | distance

8.38 Excellent
based on 3495 reviews

Lindner Hotel Dom Residence4 stars

Why this hotel? Excellent pool & gym. Convenient location. Great value. Free WiFi.

Excellent choice in Cologne, located just a 5-minute walk from the famous Cathedral and the central train station and 15 minutes away from the gay nightlife in Old Town and Rudolfplatz.

Each modern guest room features a flat screen cable TV, minibar and safe. You can work out at the well-equipped Fitness Forum, swim in the large indoor pool, suntan in the solarium, or chill out n the courtyard or bistro bar.

The in-house La Gazetta restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine and international wines. Excellent value for money.

features: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, gym, free wi-fi

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Convenient location.

Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne | map | distance

7.8 Very Good
based on 3826 reviews

Hotel Cristall Superior3 stars

Why this hotel? Convenient location. Walk to the Cathedral. Value for money. Free WiFi.

Excellent value for money, stylish hotel just a 5-minute walk from Cologne’s Cathedral and Central Railway Station.

Guest rooms at Hotel Cristall feature free WiFi, satellite TV, minibar, comfortable beds and spacious showers. You can walk to the gay bars and nightclubs in Altstadt in about 15 minutes, or catch a taxi.

features: bar, free wi-fi

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Gay-managed hotel.

Domstraße 26, Cologne | map | distance

8.65 Excellent
based on 1243 reviews

Hotel Domstern3 stars

Why this hotel? Gay-managed hotel. Great value. Near the Cathedral. Free WiFi.

Charming, compact hotel near the Cathedral and the central station (3-minute walk). The gay-managed Domstern offers 16 non-smoking rooms with free WiFi, satellite TV, minibar, safe and en suite bathroom.

This great-value hotel is located on a quiet side street, within walking distance of the gay nightlife and the sights in the Old Town area. A nice breakfast buffet is served every morning.

An excellent alternative to larger hotels.

features: free wi-fi

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