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Live from Cologne

Built on the site of the studio that once hosted Germany’s top talk shows, Ruby Ella’s roots are well and truly star-studded. That’s why we’re bringing back the 90s late-night TV buzz, from polished chrome and neon signs to microphones and musical instruments.

Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, our 24-hour bar menu has you covered. Along with dangerously delicious cocktails and snacks, we serve up a healthy breakfast and barista coffee.

And upstairs, each room is a haven of Lean Luxury calm, designed with sleep experts to help you drift off after a busy day.

Sandwiched between Cologne’s old town and the arty Belgian Quarter, Ruby Ella makes a great base for first-timers and frequent visitors. The city's main sights are a short stroll away, or Friesenplatz station is right outside.

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Showbusiness meets hotel

Hit the lights, roll the cameras and strike up the band, because Ruby Ella is coming to you live from the Capitol in Cologne. Once home to The Harald Schmidt Show and TV Total, the spot where Ella now stands was once a studio hosting the biggest names from movies, music and comedy. Combining 90s glitz with 50s glamour, Ella's style blends neon and chrome with plush fabrics and smooth curves, recalling the Capitol’s beginnings as a theatre in the 1950s.

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Get your key card in seconds using our speedy self check-in screens at the bar. Need a hand? Just ask one of our hosts.


Packed with locally sourced treats, our healthy breakfast is served in the bar and topped off with bottomless barista coffee.


Join us in the 24-hour bar to take our signature cocktails for a spin, try the local tipple or catch a live gig from an up-and-coming band.


You'll find free tea and an iron on floors 1-4, plus a Maxi Bar selling everything from drinks and snacks to umbrellas and toothbrushes.


Music’s a big part of life at Ruby Ella. That’s why you can hire an electric guitar, tune in to Ruby Radio and catch live acts in the bar.

Local favourites

Discover our Cologne favourites: start with cocktails along the Rhine, soak in the city's energy, then explore nearby galleries for a perfect blend of riverside relaxation and vibrant culture.

Kickstart your adventure

In the mood for Cologne? We can't wait to see you. Simply tap in your dates, pick a room and start planning your trip.

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The bar is the beating heart of Ruby Ella. From breakfast and barista coffee, to afternoon snacks and our expertly shaken signature cocktails, you'll find something to tempt you, whatever the time. We also host live gigs and regular events, so grab a drink, pull up a seat and enjoy.

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Every room at Ruby Ella is a calming, sound-proofed sanctuary. From the luxurious, pocket-spring mattress and oversize bedding to the rainfall shower and aromatherapy Ruby Care products, everything's designed with relaxation and restorative sleep in mind. Step inside, dim the lights and unwind.

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From fresh fruit and superfood cereals, to wholegrain bread and a delicious selection of meats and cheeses, our healthy, locally sourced breakfast buffet will set you up for the day ahead. You'll also find bottomless barista coffee and tasty organic teas.

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Cologne awaits, all that's missing is you… Choose your room and snap up your stay today.

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Our location

Ruby Ella's a five-minute tram ride from Cologne's main station. From there it's a 15-minute hop by S-Bahn to the airport.

Hohenzollernring 79-83
50672 Cologne

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Got some work to do while you're in town? Pack your laptop and enjoy a discounted day pass at Ruby Carl – our bright, modern workspace in Dusseldorf. The short trip by high-speed train takes around 25 minutes from Cologne.

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    Treat yourself

    Enjoy a little Lean Luxury at home, with aromatherapy Ruby Care shampoos and shower gels, along with scented candles, organic tea and Hausbrandt coffee – all available in our online shop. You can even buy Ruby-style bedding, carefully designed with sleep in mind.

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    Hello little luxuries

    Our Lean Luxury philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. Simply put, it's about making smart choices so we can offer extraordinary stays at sensible prices. From our thoughtfully designed rooms to the little luxuries at every turn, we focus on what matters and skip the superfluous.

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    Unwind in style

    To us, luxury means laid-back comfort in characterful surroundings, right in the heart of the city. So, in your room you'll find an oversize bed and fluffy duvet, a rainfall shower and aromatherapy Ruby Care products. Bliss.

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    Character and charm at every turn

    From royalty to reportage, 80s kitsch to haute couture, every Ruby hotel has its own unique story and design, rooted in the city it calls home. Because where you stay should be full of character and charm.

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    Save on stylish stays

    The lean part is all about doing away with unnecessary extras, like room service and a mini bar. We're also smart with space and streamline systems behind the scenes. This innovative approach means we can offer luxury for less.

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    From choosing renewable energy and installing smart lighting, to refilling Ruby Care bottles and restoring pre-loved furniture, we're serious about sustainability. We're also lucky enough to have brilliant local suppliers who keep our food and drink miles down.

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Good to know

How do I get to Ruby Ella?

You'll find us at Hohenzollernring 79-83 50672 Cologne. 

Friesenplatz station is right on our doorstep. From there, the city centre and main station are a five-minute tram ride, and the airport’s half an hour away.

Is there anywhere to park?

We have a small car park with a few integrated EV charging stations – spaces are first come, first served. When you arrive, park outside the hotel and come to the bar to find out more.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is 11am.

If you arrive before 3pm, we'll do our best to find you a room. Otherwise, we'll happily look after your bags while you go exploring or grab a drink.

Fancy a lie in? Just ask our hosts for late check-out options when you arrive.

To check in, look for the screen at the bar and tap in your details. Your key card will pop out the slot and you can head straight to your room. If you need any help, just ask.

There's no need to check out. Simply leave your key card at the bar or in the drop box. We'll send the invoice for your stay to the email address you used when booking.

Lost & found

Left something behind? We'll do our best to reunite you with your beloved item. Just fill in our lost and found form and our housekeeping team will check if it's been handed in.

How can I contact the Ruby team?

Send us a message via e-mail and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.

I want to explore your corporate offers, what's the process?

Embrace stress-free business travel with our modern approach. Simply drop us a request through our form, and we'll handle the rest. Or, take a casual stroll through our corporate page to get a sneak peek.

How can I book a group stay?

If you're planning a group stay for 9 or more people, you can simply fill in the form – we will contact you as soon as possible.

I'd like to organize an event at Ruby, how does it work?

Let's turn your event dreams into reality. Quick and easy – just send your request via the form, and our team will get in touch.

I am a travel agent; what are your GDS codes?

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Time to explore

What are you waiting for? Let's go to Cologne…

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