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New Hotel Opens in Iconic Former Water Tower in Cologne

Hilton recently celebrated the opening of the Wasserturm Hotel Cologne, Curio Collection by Hilton, housed in what was once the tallest water tower in Europe. The historic building, owned by Aroundtown, Germany’s largest listed commercial real estate company, is now home to 88 guest rooms and suites, a spa, gym, and three bars and restaurants.  It is located less than five minutes from major attractions such as the cathedral, Cologne Chocolate Museum, and the Rhine. 

David Kelly, senior vice president, Continental Europe, Hilton, said, “Wasserturm Hotel Cologne joins a growing number of Curio Collection by Hilton hotels in Europe, a portfolio that is expected to more than double in the coming years. This hotel, with its imposing structure, tasteful design, and elevated guest offering, is a perfect addition to that collection. As both a centre of commerce and a popular tourist destination, travellers will be well poised at this enviably located hotel to take advantage of all Cologne has to offer.” 


A Cologne icon reinterpreted

The Wasserturm Hotel Cologne presents itself as a work of art that always has new, unexpected discoveries in store. Designed by internationally awarded design studio Goddard Littlefair, this ethos can be felt as soon as you enter the characterful 11-metre-high lobby, where you are greeted warmly and casually in true Cologne style. The hotel’s design contrasts formidable brickwork, lofty ceilings, and geometric patterns with contemporary elegance and touches of down-to-earth charm throughout. 

A hotel experience of a different kind

At the heart of the water tower is a round hub, leading guests to the lounge and adjacent winter garden. Here, hotel guests can start the day with a breakfast of regional delicacies, freshly baked bread, and homemade jams. It is also characterised by its particularly inviting interior and warm ambience. From here, you can enjoy a direct view of the private garden, which wraps around the entire hotel like a green ring and helps to create a calm oasis in the city.  Also with access to the private garden are the hotel’s nine fully-flexible event and meeting rooms, which combine to make 500 square metres of event space. 

On a voyage of discovery over 11 floors 

As the lift traverses the water tower’s 11 floors, guests move past the rooms and suites, all with state-of-the-art furnishings, and Tapps, the hotel’s spa and gym, complete with treatment rooms, sauna, and training equipment. On the 11th floor, the top of Wasserturm Hotel Cologne, guests can experience a whole new view of the city at a height of 35 metres. The intriguing and atmospheric Bar Botanik is where botany, plants, herbal and floral aromas meet industrial chic and Cologne air. As the new ultimate hotspot for cocktail lovers, the rooftop Bar Botanik represents the bar culture and trendy Cologne society scene. This is where Cologne and its visitors feel equally at home – an atmospheric mix that can only be topped by the breathtaking panoramic view.

Jörg Schiffmann, area vice president, GCH Hotel Group, says: “A hotel in Europe’s largest former water tower is unique, but a visit to the Wasserturm Hotel Cologne will be so much more. Here, a door is opened into a world of experiences that exceeds all expectations.”

The hotel is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty programme for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Wasserturm Hotel Cologne, Curio Collection by Hilton, is located at Kaygasse 2, 50676 Köln and is managed by GCH Hotel Group. 

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