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Today marks the opening of the first MEININGER Hotel in Cologne, the MEININGER Hotel Cologne West. With this addition, the hotel chain now has a presence in nine German cities with a total of 15 hotels.
The design of the MEININGER Hotel Cologne West follows the theme “Art for everyone now,” aiming to inspire guests and stimulate conversation. The design is vibrant, varied, and slightly eccentric – just like the city of Cologne. After all, where else can guests be impressed by a cathedral over 600 years old, learn and drink Kölsch, celebrate Carnival, and find a thriving LGBTQI+ community? Such an open-minded city deserves a hotel where a welcoming culture is practiced. Therefore, for the first time in a MEININGER establishment, gender-neutral toilets have been introduced, promoting further inclusivity.
“MEININGER welcomes everyone and supports and respects all kinds of guest groups, individuals, and communities. That’s why our new location in Cologne is designed to offer something for everyone. Guests who take our motto ‘Step out and explore’ literally are well-prepared to discover the city thanks to our excellent connectivity. Those who prefer spending time at the hotel can enjoy the game zone, cook a cozy meal, or meet like-minded individuals at the bar,” says Pieter Bas van Litsenburg, Regional Director at MEININGER Hotels.
The hotel is situated in OVUM, a new urban complex in the Braunsfeld district of Cologne, which offers dining, parking, a supermarket, retail stores, a café, and free WiFi. The RheinEnergieStadion, home of 1. FC Köln, is nearby. Also in close proximity are the Botanical Garden, Technology Park, and Lindenthaler Animal Park. For trips to the city center, a bus stop is right outside the hotel, and the nearest S-Bahn station is just a ten-minute walk away. Bonn Airport can be reached via public transport in about 30 minutes, and the Cologne Cathedral is just one S-Bahn ride away. The hotel is ideal for families, couples, backpackers, business travelers, and groups of friends or students.
With the launch of the MEININGER Hotel Cologne West, MEININGER celebrates its second opening this year – the MEININGER Venezia Mestre was added to the portfolio earlier in the year. The next scheduled opening is expected to be in Krakow in early October. Furthermore, MEININGER is planning to penetrate new markets with hotel openings in Barcelona, Spain, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Ajit Menon, CEO of MEININGER Hotels, says, “MEININGER Hotels is a European Hospitality group. The planned opening in Tel Aviv will be our first outside of Europe. However, we continue to focus on growth in our CORE MARKETS and TO expand our presence FURTHER in Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe as well as in the UK.”