Hotel Chelsea

Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Why Stay Here?

Located in Cologne, 1.3 miles from Cologne Theater, gay friendly Chelsea Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a sitting area for your convenience. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms.


“Chelsea Hotel offers a great service, the rooms are very clean, comfortable and very stylish, very interesting art in each room, staff are very friendly and flexible for any requests. Location is very central for Cologne. Definitely will be staying at the Chelsea again and again....” -Baerbel, Ireland

“Great location in Cologne to feel like a local, with excellent shops and restaurants nearby. Our room had a loft style, with a nice terrace to relax in, and much needed air/con during the 35C heatwave.” -Ian, United Kingdom

“Our quadruple room looked like a huge apartment! 2 rooms, 2 toilets, a dinner table, a hall, a big wardrobe... it was perfect!” -Helder, Brazil

“Staff on reception were polite and helpful. Shared toilet/shower very clean as was the room.” Stephen, United Kingdom

“The initial reason for choosing this hotel was that we found it to be one of the cheapest in Cologne city centre. The room was very clean, we had the top floor which had a small roof terrace which was brilliant and the bed and bathroom were very good.” -Callum, United Kingdom

“I loved the room, clean & cosy. The staff are really friendly & helpful. The location is perfect; I used to walk to the center & the old town/river. Variety of restaurants. I would stay there again if ever i go back to Cologne. PS. They used to put candy or Chocolate on my pillow everyday :D” -Nissreen, France

“Got an amazing and tidy room with large bathroom. The staff were very helpful and kind, and the food at the hotel's restaurant was so delicious! I am really happy they let me check in a few hours before normal check in time, which allowed me to get to an event early!” -United Kingdom



The Chelsea hotel calls itself "the hotel different“. What’s so different about the Chelsea? Is there something special which other hotels don’t have?

The Chelsea is not a "design hotel“, even less a "boutique hotel“. Design hotels are by definition "designed“ (by now we have even got "budget design hotels“), the Chelsea has grown by itself; it is authentic.

The Chelsea hotel is often called an artists‘ hotel or an art hotel. But foremost it is a house for guests, where everybody is welcome and where those who esteem a taste for the individual feel comfortable. Nevertheless, it is true, that for more than 30 years the Chelsea has been residence, indeed "home away from home“ for many artists.

These artists have left their traces. The works of art which are on display in the rooms are more than just decoration, they are proof of the bond between the artists and the hotel, among them Walter Dahn, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Martin Kippenberger, Albert und Markus Oehlen, Andreas Schulze, Günther Förg, A.R. Penck, Georg Herold, Sam Samore, Rosemarie Trockel and many others.

The Chelsea has 39 rooms, including 4 suites. The rooms are equipped with all necessary facilities, shower or bathtub, WC, minibar, hotel safe, flatscreen-TV, free high-speed WLAN internet access. Guests are also welcome to use a computer at the reception with internet access and printer free of charge. On the top floor – built in deconstructivist architecture – most rooms have their own little terrace, some rooms there are two-storied. All the rooms on the top floor are air-conditioned. For small gatherings or conferences up to 25 persons we offer our suite on the second floor. Limited parking facilities are available.

It was Martin Kippenberger who initiated the exchange of art against lodging. Dr. Werner Peters, the owner of the hotel, remembers: Since 1985, Martin was a regular guest at the Café Central, which is part of the hotel’s first floor, since he had his studio close by "behind Karla’s kiosk“. It was in the summer of 1986 that he took up residence in the Chelsea. He very generously offered me loans from his collection of works of art (not only his own) to decorate the walls of the rooms and exchanged them for lodging, or sold them to me. In this way we developed the prototype of the now often copied „art hotel“. The Chelsea became his preferred residence whenever he stayed in Cologne – often for several months in a row. It all started with a bet. Martin came to the Café Central during the Football World Cup 1986 boasting: "Patriotism finally pays off! I just won 500 Deutschmarks worth of free drinks at Café Broadway and a 500 Deutschmarks voucher for food at "Chin’s“ because I bet on Germany’s victory.“ He asked me if I would bet with him on the next game: He offered a drawing worth 1000 Deutschmarks against one week in a double room with breakfast at the bedside and every service imaginable. I lost the bet. The next morning, rather early Martin appeared at the front desk with a little suitcase and demanded his prize. When the week was over, he told me that he liked the idea of living in a hotel and since he was going anyway to Teneriffa during the winter, he could as well give up his apartment in Cologne and stay at the Chelsea in exchange for works of art. This is how the symbiosis between artist and hotelier and the legend of the Chelsea hotel in Cologne started. Many prominent, and lesser known colleagues followed suit. A veritable collection ensued, much to the enjoyment of the overnight guests. The tour may start with the check-in at the Chelsea. For many artists, gallerists and museum’s curators it is the "home away from home,“ as Joseph Kosuth the American conceptual artist, whose neon installation greets the guests at the entrance, once observed.

Since the construction of the new roof in the year 2001 the exterior of the Chelse presents itself as a piece of art, too. Upon top of the rather unpretentious building from the 1960s a spectacular roof in deconstructionist architectural style was installed. It looks like a sculpture on a pedestal, for which the artist Günther Förg designed the colour scheme. The slanting architecture creates unique and intriguing spaces with wide outlooks through the floor to ceiling cantilevered windows. The construction pinnacles in the twisted split-level Martin Kippenberger suite with a glassed-in staircase which juts daringly out of the building’s facade.

Inseparable from the Chelsea hotel – not only in space but in spirit and history – is the Café Central. It was here during the Eighties and Nineties that legendary parties took place under the "artistic direction“ of Martin Kippenberger. Not only visual artists like this café, with its timeless, black and white interior, it has been a center of literary and intellectual discussions from the outset. The outside terrace with palms and bamboo plants brings an almost mediterranean atmosphere which attracts hotel guests and Cologne natives alike in the summer, which in Cologne sometimes starts as early as in February.

Since the spring of 2014 the Café Central is under the management of Achim and Gaby Mantscheff, and Britta Barthelmeß, all well-known in Cologne for their successful gastronomical enterprises, among them Café im Bauturm, Café Feynsinn and the cafeteria in the Museum Ludwig. They continue to develop the tradition of the Café Central with new ideas. In times of industrial food-processing we are very glad to have found partners, who have the opportunity to raise animals with organic farmers, who are able to import vegetables and wine from trusted growers, to get their coffee through fair trade from cooperative associations in Mexico, as well as doing their own coffee roasting. They also continue the tradition of lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other cultural performances.

We are very pleased about this new collaboration.

Great location close to shops, clubs, restaurants and transportation.


  • 24 Hour reception
  • Bar
  • Breakfast available
  • Business Center
  • Cable TV
  • City Center
  • Coffee shop / cafe
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Daily Cleaning
  • Desk
  • Dry cleaning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Gay Friendly
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry Service
  • Minibar
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Safe
  • Safe deposit box
  • Shower
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries assortment