Located right at the River Rhine, the Hyatt Regency is one of the most iconic and also one of the best hotels in Cologne. My wife and I decided to spent our tenth anniversary in June 2021 at this amazing place. Why not waking up with a direct view of Cologne Cathedral? A special day needs a special stay – here are my thoughts about our overnight.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Location
The Hyatt Regency Cologne is located right at the Hohenzollernbrücke (the “Hohenzollern Bridge”, Cologne’s major rail brdige) at the Rhine River and thus in fact directly opposite of Cologne Cathedral. Köln-Deutz/Messe (Cologne Deutz / Trade Fair) does offer regional to international rail travel. The station is connected to the German high speed network. Alternative, you may use Cologne main station after a one stop train ride. There is public transport / trams to Deutzer Freiheit. The Hyatt Regency does come with a parking garage. The daily rate is 34 Euro – which is quite a bunch in German relations.
The train station does not offer too many shops for touristic needs, but there are some nice restaurants around. The pedestrian zone of Köln-Deutz (Cologne Deutz) offers quite a lot of shopping opportunities – and Cologne’s shopping district is just one or two stations away from Deutzer Freiheit (you may also take one of the two bridges around). The building behind the Hyatt Regency hosts the KölnTriangle, a high business tower. You may visit the great panoramic platform if you are staying in the hotel (small entrance fee, including the elevator).
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Atmosphere
The posh glass front is already stating that Hyatt Regency is special. The hotel comes with very generous and spacious design, the lobby feels impressive, but is not overwhelming. The rooms with river / cathedral view are staggered, so that they come without major
Hyatt Regency Cologne – The Room
My wife and I had a Friday to Saturday stay in the Hyatt Regency Cologne. We wanted to have a view of Cologne Cathedral, so that we booked a Cathedral / River View Room with breakfast. The refundable rate came with a Hyatt member discount and was 261.80 Euro, including a some 12 Euro Cologne city tax.
The room was just as I expected it to be. It was spacious and felt modern, but not too posh. Apart from unavoidable marks like little scars on the glass work desk, the room was in great condition. The bed was large and comfy – and I loved to work with the river and cathedral view. The only fun thing about the desk was that the power plugs were actually at the rear of the it. The heart of the room were, of course, the large windows, which gave us a perfect view of the river and the iconic buildings of Cologne Old Town.
Right at the entrance, the room had a large cupboard to leave your stuff. The room also featured amenities like slippers. The bathroom was great and spacious and came with separate bath and shower. We also had bathrooms and a rather large amount of towels. The amenities were nice as well – which simply has been in line with the great impression this room gave to us.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Breakfast / Food
We decided to go for a rather early breakfast to beat the queues. Breakfast is served at the Glashaus, which is also the poshest dining option of all at the Hyatt Regency. Glashaus means greenhouse – and this restaurant has a bit of the atmosphere of it – not regarding the heat, but the glass front. Needless to say that their poshest place has amazing river view as well. The breakfast offered live cooking, pancakes, a wide selection of cold cuts and bread and a lot of other items. Thus, the hotel also fulfilled my expectations at breakfast absolutely.
There are two buildings in front of the Hyatt, which look a bit like glass shoe boxes. Both feature restaurants, right at the river. While one features street food, we went for the Italian option, Grissini, for dinner. We opted for an indoor table, also because the outdoor terrace was rather packed. The food was really good (and reasonably priced) – I absolutely recommend the beautiful cold cut / starter plate for two.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Recreation
Covid-19 requested us to have a time slot at the spa (which included pool and sauna). The hotel informed us about it – and so we had some swim before dinner. On top of all the signed soccer balls at the entrance, the spa are is really quite nice. I especially liked the relax loungers, which are in fact right in front of the hotel, but people cannot have a look inside from outside. The other people who shared the time slot with us, preferred the sauna, so that we had a great time. The gym looked a bit limited, maybe due to distancing restrictions.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Service
Overall, the staff in the hotel was absolutely great, friendly and helpful. The check-in to the room was bothering, though. They felt to have trouble to find out if the room has been fully cleaned or not. Thus, from arriving at the reception until receiving the room keys, it took us some 15 to 20 minutes. WiFi worked out very well.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – My View
If you go for a staycation in one of the poshest places in your home town, you simply do have high expectations. I had them into the Hyatt Regency – and the hotel just made it. The spa area might be a bit of basic and the check-in process definitely decreases my final rating – but that’s all: great service, great location and a very memorable view from the room (if you ever stay in here, go for a river view room, for sure!). This stay has been a lovely experience.
Hyatt Regency Cologne – Views From Our Room
I loved the view from our room that much, I just felt I have to put the pictures into a dedicated section. These pictures use the size I typically use for my Pictured Stories.