Art’otel Cologne by Park Plaza, Cologne

It’s been a little while since I have re-visited my Cologne adventure here on the blog, so I thought I’d share with you the place we stayed for the first night of our visit.  As a reminder, I headed over to Cologne in July for the Beauty Bloggers Secrets party with a group of other bloggers and competition winners from around Europe.  We stayed in the gorgeous Art’otel Cologne where the event was held.  Before we jumped into the event we had time to unwind in our rooms and get ready for the day ahead.
I didn’t know what to expect when we headed up, I’m usually the one that books the rooms when traveling, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw the room we had been given by the organisers.  I had a large double room, called an ‘art room’, which I shared with a friend.  It was super spacious with loads of luxury little extras like Elemis products, hairdryers, bottles of spring water, a coffee machine, a minibar and more.  It even had air conditioning for those hot German evenings, something that is an unusual find in a European hotel.  The blackout curtains and hugely comfy bed and soft bedding meant we we slept like a dream and were well rested and ready for a day of exploring the next day.  The free wi-fi was also a hit in a hotel full of bloggers!
The decor was modern, light, with very chic and finished off with a gorgeous view of the river through the large windows which made this room really special.  The rooms were all white throughout and some rooms had colour tinted windows that give the hotel it’s colourful look from outside.  The whole place has a really modern artisan feel and is totally instagram-worthy!  I was struck by just how much space there was in the individual rooms, with large counters with plenty of space for us both to do put makeup on and get ready before the evening event.  The bathroom was also spacious, with a gorgeous mosaic coloured glass wall which filled the room with bright coloured light.  It’s one of the nicest rooms I’ve ever stayed in.
The function rooms where the main events were held downstairs were similarly large and airy but much more plain in decor.  The bar for the evening had wrap around windows, perfect for making the most of all available light.  The outside terrace was great to relax on during the evening too, and we had a great time indulging in a BBQ that evening looking out over the river.  The next morning we came down for breakfast and were greeted with a gorgeous self service European breakfast covering a wide variety of hot and cold dishes that set us up for the day.
The hotel itself is located right on the River Rhine, leading to some great views.  Straight across the road is the popular Chocolate Museum that we visited on our second day.  The area is is gorgeous and notably clean with a relaxing safe atmosphere.  It’s just a short walk along the river to the city centre and on the glorious summer days we were there we couldn’t have asked for a better trail to follow.

I highly recommend this hotel is you are visiting the area and want somewhere stylish an easy walk from the city centre.  Have you been to Cologne?  If you are headed there make sure you check out my travel diaries part one and part two.

P.S. a huge thank you to Hayley of Strangeness & Charm for supplying me with a lot of the pictures for tis post.

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