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The 16 rooms are sprightly at this family-run hotel that's very close to the Markt in the Altstadt. Cute touches abound, including rubber ducks for rooms with bathtubs...
Posh and petite, this 17-room hotel in an art nouveau villa in the historic suburb of Kettwig appeals to refined tastes...
This stylish boutique hotel makes excellent use of colour, customised furniture and light accents, and manages to appeal both to the suit brigade and city-breakers...
Hotel Im Wasserturm
This is an extremely classy designer hotel cleverly converted from an old water tower, south of Neumarkt.
Station Hostel For Backpackers
Near the Hauptbahnhof, this is a hostel as hostels should be: central, convivial and economical. A lounge gives way to clean, colourful rooms sleeping one to six people...
Despite the drab location near the Hauptbahnhof, this 69-room boutique hotel is an island of sassy sophistication. The design flaunts an edgy, urban feel tempered by playful light effects, soothing colours and natural materials...
Behind the drab exterior, movie glamour meets design chic at this urban boutique hotel...
Though on a busy street, this well-run place has 33 quiet, uncluttered rooms reached via art-filled floors. Fuel up with a generous breakfast served tableside and wrap things up with a sunset drink in the rooftop garden...
Welcome Hotel Essen
Sure, this hulking property can't shake the business vibe, but its handsomely furnished rooms have plenty to offer those who've left their tie at home...
Aquis Grana City Hotel
The best quarters at this gracious hotel have terrace and balcony views of the Rathaus. But even in the most modest of the 98 rooms, you couldn't be any closer to the heart of town. The hotel offers a full range of services.
This sleek hotel marries the historical with the contemporary in the defunct Germania Brewery. The 144 large and modern rooms feature wood, leather and concrete, and come with a balcony overlooking an artificial lake...
Ameron Hotel Königshof
Sit back on the leafy terrace and enjoy sweeping views of the Rhine from this luxurious understated hotel that dates to the 1950s. Rooms have some bold colour combinations...
Ensconced in a neoclassical mansion in a quiet corner of the Altstadt, this place puts you within staggering distance of pubs, the river and museums, yet offers a quiet and stylish refuge to retire to...
Steigenberger Hotel Remarque
Overlooking the old town from a small hill, this modern four-star hotel offers the unusual combination of quiet and convenience...
Until the late '90s, young men trained for the priesthood in this rambling neo-Gothic mansion near the Hauptbahnhof...
This well-kept property is a fine choice for wallet-watching nomads who have outgrown hostels. Room decor is nothing to tweet about, but all the expected comforts and amenities are here...
Hotel Sir & Lady Astor
Never mind the ho-hum setting on a residential street near the Hauptbahnhof: this unique twin boutique hotel brims with class, originality and charm...
Romantik Hotel Walhalla
If you’re looking for historic atmosphere, this hotel has it aplenty. The half that’s housed in a traditional half-timbered building has higgledy-piggledy rooms with low-beamed ceilings and rustic features...
This 13-room property is wonderfully quiet and is atmospherically close to the Hofgarten and the Rhine. The cheery breakfast room and the bamboo-lined patio are great for munching your morning croissants...
In a veritable ghetto of mid-priced hotels near the Hauptbahnhof, the Mondial stands out for having small but very clean rooms and service that borders on the jolly. Try for a room facing the street on the 5th floor and you'll get a small terrace.
The rate reflects the basic decor and amenities, but this 16-room cheapie near the Hauptbahnhof should do in a snap. It shares ownership with the Hotel Am Bahnhof around the corner, which has similar prices and amenities.
Hotel Van Bebber
Queen Victoria and Churchill have slept in this old-school 35-room hotel where waiters wear tuxedos and the reception is past a gallery of mounted animal heads. Rooms reflect the history, with open beams and antiques.