Right in the middle of vibrant Cologne and yet in a quiet location – the statthaus is located in a small side street in Cologne’s traditional Gereonsviertel district, with the cathedral in sight and within walking distance. The building cannot be overlooked – like a tower, the house which is only 4.50 metres wide and has a neo-Gothic facade rises above its neighbours. The illuminated lettering on the facade discreetly announces the name, which is also the concept of the building: statthaus – statt Hotel (a play on words referring to the house as an alternative to a hotel).
The house from around 1860 was in dilapidated condition when architect and host Kristin Reuther-Mercurio discovered it 20 years ago while taking a walk in the area: almost in ruins, clad with facing bricks on the ground floor, with suspended ceilings and blocked windows. During the renovation of the listed building, many original elements such as the wooden staircase, stucco ceilings and neo-Gothic window formats were preserved. For the reconstruction of the historical sandstone elements, sandstone from the quarry that also provided the stones for Cologne Cathedral was used. The formerly twelve residential units were converted into six apartments and two maisonettes. The apartments, ranging in size from 16 to 57 sqm, all feature oiled oak floors, fully equipped kitchenettes and bathrooms tiled in white; otherwise, their design is individual. The furnishings, some of which have been owned by the family for a long time or were brought back from travels, are a combination of antique furniture, vintage pieces and modern design. Wall tiles and textiles add colour highlights. Build-in units and loft beds make good use of the available space. The largest flat on the fourth and fifth floors has a loggia with a view of the cathedral – the view over the roofs of the city compensates for the effort of climbing up the stairs.
What to do
Cologne with its sights and attractions! The shopping streets, restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs, museums, churches and the Rhine are all within walking distance. Sights in the surrounding area such as the Drachenfels Castle or the Rolandsbogen can be reached in a day trip by boat on the Rhine.
Why we like this house
In the statthaus you stay more independently than in a hotel and can almost feel like a local. It is ideally located for exploring the city. On the other hand, the flats, with their combination of historical flair and modern comfort, are designed so that guests really enjoy staying there.
This house is great for
Single travellers, couples, families, groups (the whole house can also be booked exclusively), business travellers (free high-speed WLAN and smart TV/monitor are available, a printer can be provided upon request).
Getting there without a car: From the cathedral/train station it is only 900 m or a 10-minute walk to the statthaus.
|Region/Town||DE – Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne|
|Name||statthaus - statt Hotel|
|Scenery||Quiet and central in Cologne city centre|
|Number of guests||Max. 20 in 8 appartments for 2-5 guests each|
|Completed||around 1860, stepwise renovation 2002-2021|
|Published||CUBE Magazin 03/2021, XIA by AIT 01/2021, Kölnische Rundschau (series "Wohn(t)räume" 03/2015) and in various travel guides e.g. Dumont, Brigitte (Cologne supplement).|
|Architecture||Historical, Listed building - old, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Meeting, Metropolis, Urban, No car needed|
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