Hit the lights, roll the cameras and strike up the band, because Ruby Ella is coming to you live from the Capitol in Cologne. Built on the site of the studio that once hosted Germany’s most popular talk shows, Ella’s roots are well and truly star-studded.
The 1990s late-night boom saw The Harald Schmidt Show and TV Total beamed live across Germany from this spot, featuring the biggest names from movies, music and comedy.
That’s why we’re bringing back the 90s late-night TV buzz. From polished chrome and neon signs to microphones and musical instruments, the bar harks back to those heady days, while plush fabrics and smooth curves recall the Capitol’s theatrical beginnings in the 1950s.
Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, our bar menu has you covered. Along with dangerously delicious cocktails and snacks, we serve up a healthy breakfast and barista coffee.
Upstairs, each room reflects our unique Lean Luxury style, with a big, comfy bed, a rainfall shower and soft, fluffy towels. While wood panelling and floors add natural texture, metallic accents and a moonlit skyline nod to the city by night. And, instead of a house band to play you in, there’s a Marshall amp to add oomph to your playlist.
Friesenplatz station is right outside, from where the city centre and main station are a three-minute tram ride, and the airport’s half an hour away.
Combining 90s glitz with 50s glamour, the Ruby Ella bar blends neon and chrome with plush fabrics and smooth curves, while microphones and musical instruments hint at Ella’s past life on air.
It’s an inspiring space where people come together to share tall tales and grand plans, catch an up-and-coming band or just unwind with a skilfully shaken cocktail.
Find an armchair in a cosy nook, grab a table or perch at the bar – our designers have made sure there’s a comfy spot for everyone.
Our healthy, locally sourced breakfast buffet with fresh barista coffee and organic tea will set you up for the day ahead.
Tuck into fresh fruit and superfood cereals, along with wholegrain bread from the local bakery, and a delicious selection of meats and cheeses.
Fancy a drink, forgotten your toothbrush or need a quick ironing fix? Head to a Galley – they’re on floors one to four.
There, you’ll find hot water and free organic tea, along with an ironing board and iron.
There’s also a Maxi Bar where you can buy everything from soft drinks and snacks to an umbrella or a toothbrush.
Music’s a big part of life at Ella. That’s why you can hire an electric guitar for an impromptu jam, tune into Ruby Radio in your room and even catch live acts in the bar.
Of course, every musician needs a muse, and ours is Cologne. The best way to explore is with our City Guide.
Loved your stay? Now get the goodies. From tea, coffee and scented candles to Ruby Care shampoos and shower gels, you’ll find all you need to unwind when you get home.
To recreate the full Lean Luxury vibe, you can even buy our bedding – all of which has been carefully designed with a great night’s sleep in mind.
Since the start, we’ve taken lots of steps to be sustainable. From choosing renewable energy to streamlining systems to reduce paper use, some of it’s behind the scenes.
In your room though, you’ll notice smart lighting and refillable Ruby Care amenity bottles, along with renewable natural materials like wood panelling and flooring. Where possible, we also rescue and restore second-hand furniture to add character and cut our carbon footprint.
We’re lucky enough to have some brilliant local suppliers in our home cities. That means we can keep our food and drink miles down on everything from breakfast treats to beer and wine.
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Looking for a lunch spot, a culture fix or the best bars in town? We’ve got you covered.
Take some time out with a coffee and the latest lifestyle stories and Ruby news.
Featuring interviews with artists, musicians and entrepreneurs, there’s inspiration for everyone.
From live bands to meet the author evenings, we’ve got lots lined up at Ruby Ella.
Stay tuned to find out what’s on while you’re in town, then grab a cocktail and join in the fun.
Just a 50-minute train ride away you’ll find Ruby Carl, our stylish shared workspace located in Dusseldorf.
Set up at a desk or book meeting rooms and private offices for a day, a week, a month or more.
Sandwiched between Cologne’s old town and the arty Belgian Quarter, Ruby Ella makes a great base for both first-timers and frequent visitors.
If it’s classic Cologne you’re after, the Altstadt is two tram stops away, where you’ll find the iconic cathedral, along with museums and galleries to catch up on culture.
If shopping’s more your style, Schildergasse is a two-stop hop on the tram, and you’ll find everything from historic arcades to ultramodern malls for some serious retail therapy.
When it’s time for a breather, hit the Belgian Quarter for the city’s best coffee or make a beeline for a Brauhaus, where Kölsch, the local tipple, is served up by the stein.
Come dinner time, everything from street food to Michelin stars are a short walk or tram ride away. And afterwards, the friendly pubs, clubs and cocktail bars of Friesenplatz, Ehrenfeld and Hohenzollernring are within easy reach of your room.
Friesenplatz station is right on Ella’s doorstep. From there, the city centre and main station are a three-minute tram ride, and the airport’s half an hour away.
We have a small car park at Ruby Ella and some parking spaces in the courtyard, but spaces are limited: first come, first served. We can’t guarantee you a spot.
The parking ticket costs €20 per night, €25 for parking spaces with integrated EV charging stations, and you can park until 11am on the day of your departure.
When you arrive, park outside the hotel, come in to the bar, and we’ll explain how it works.
There are some parking spaces on the surrounding streets, but remember you’ll need a ticket and there’s often a limit on how long you can stay.
Like you, we travel a lot. And wherever we go, we expect three things: a great night’s sleep, a powerful shower and top-notch connections – both to the city and the WiFi.
What we’re less keen on is paying for extras we never use. In dynamic cities bursting with Michelin stars and foodie pop-ups, room service sandwiches just don’t cut the mustard.
So we set out to create the best of both worlds – hotels with style and substance, but none of those expensive extras.
It’s what we call Lean Luxury.
To us, luxury means laid-back comfort in characterful surroundings, right in the heart of the city.
The lean part is all about being smart with space, streamlining things behind the scenes and doing away with the things you don’t need.
This innovative approach saves us and you money, without compromising on comfort.
Please note, bookings of up to nine rooms can only be made online using a valid credit card.
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