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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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SMARTY Cologne City Center

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Brilliant Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse offers more than just low-cost accommodation: Free Wi-Fi internet, 24-hour reception & bar and a fully equipped guest kitchen. Whether you are traveling solo or in a group, here you will be able to mingle with people from different places and cultures before you even walk out the doors.

SMARTY Cologne City Center Hotel | Hostel | Boardinghouse is located on the left bank of the Rhine river in the cosmopolitan district of Cologne close to the lively nightlife area. It is the ideal starting point for shopping trips at Schildergasse and a quick stroll through the old town to the Cologne Cathedral. The underground stations Zülpicherplatz and Rudolfplatz are in close proximity to the hotel and take you to Cologne Main Station, to Koelnmesse and LanxessArena within only a few minutes.

SMARTY 24hrs Snack & Coffee Place
Whether after a night of partying or for the start of an exciting city tour - on the ground floor of SMARTY Cologne City Center you will find SMARTY 24hrs Snack & Coffee Place. Featuring a quick bite as well as hot and cold drinks, the Snack & Coffee Place also offers a small Breakfast2Go from 6.30 hrs onwards daily.

Hotel Features

- Best-Price-Guarantee on official website
- Perfect location: nightlife area, city center, Cologne cathedral
- Always excellent value for money
- Free Wi-Fi internet
- Popular value breakfast buffet for groups
- Choice of single, double, family rooms & dorms, all with en-suite bathroom
- 24-hour reception & hotel bar
- SMARTY 24 hrs Snack & Coffee Place
- Guest kitchen
- Washing maschine & dryer
- Luggage store room & lockers
- Public parking nearby
- Excellent access to public transport View House Rules


At SMARTY Cologne City Center Hostel, our contemporary interiors and minimalist vibe make our building feel every bit as cool as the district we’re based in. You can chill out in our bar (it's open round the clock) and get to know other travellers over a drink. To find your feet in the city, join us on one of our free tours. And if jet lag's kicking in, you can drop into our 24-hour café for snacks and drinks at any time. Feeling competitive? Organise a foosball tournament before heading out for the evening – the winner buys the drinks!


If you’re all about the nightlife, you’ll be happy to know that we’re based close to Cologne’s buzzing clubs and bars. Head to Seiberts for swanky cocktails (just a 10-minute walk from us), or venture a little further to Papa Joe's Jazz Lokal for a night of live music, cabaret and vaudeville. It’s really easy to get around – we’re a 3-minute walk from Zülpicher Platz and Rudolfplatz underground stations, which head into the city centre. From the airport, jump on the S-Bahn line S13 to Köln Hansaring station, change to the U15 and get off at Zülpicher Platz.

Rooms and Dorms

Wooden floors, neutral walls and modern furnishings give our rooms a bright and airy feel. You’ll have the choice of singles, doubles and family rooms or sociable mixed and female-only dorms. All rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and there are lockers for safely stashing your kit. Bed linen's free, and we have towels and hair dryers to hire.

Extras and activities

To catch up on news from home, hook up to our free high-speed Wi-Fi for a spot of FaceTime. Breakfast and snacks are served in our café, but if you’re saving your cash for beers, we’ve got a guest kitchen where you can cook. Travelling as a group? We offer half-board meals and packed lunches to make things a bit easier – just ask at our 24-hour reception.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.2

  • Security 7.9

  • Location 8.2

  • Staff 7.7

  • Atmosphere 6.7

  • Cleanliness 7.5

  • Facilities 7.1

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    16 Jan 2020
    Smarty presents as a hotel more than a hostel. For the price, I haven't stayed in such a modern and clean facility with great location and amenities. Really happy to discover this establishment .
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    22 Dec 2019
    Recommended place for Cologne.
    Vietnam, Male, 18-24
  • 8.0


    20 Jan 2020
    Very clean, the location is great u have transport connection, shop's around .
    Poland, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    22 Dec 2019
    My roommate smelt like poop.
    Mexico, Male, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    15 Dec 2019
    The mattresses were a little stained and dirty. The lockers did not fit my large suit case so I decided to take out my valuables and store it in the locker. but my locks were not thick enough to keep the door locked so I was able still open the door. I was able to interact with my roommates who were super nice but I did not get any chance to interact with other travellers which I was hoping to do.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 6.9


    11 Jan 2020
    Nice enough area, cosy space. Only downsides are the staff weren’t overly friendly and there are only a couple of plug sockets per dorm. Beds are very squeaky too
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3


    27 Dec 2019
    Abfluss Geruch in Bad und im Zimmer. Laute Heizkörper.
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 5.7


    22 Jan 2020
    This property desperately needs a renovation. Very poor amenities - only one socket is available is a room for four people and not enough storage space. Space in the room is very tight but the en-suite toilet is surprisingly spacious. All in all, there are still better options, even at this low price point.
    Portugal, Male, 18-24
  • 5.1


    28 Dec 2019
    There was absolutely no ventilation in the bathroom (104) or the kitchen. Both unbearable to use. Stank like stagnant rotten water. The staff binned some of our untouched food from the fridge and argued it wasn’t in a bag/labelled. Arrogant front desk staff, who went on serving other customers in the midst of our conversation. The room had only one power outlet. There are no lockers in the room. The housekeeping staff were the most friendly and cleaned the rooms everyday.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 4.3


    09 Jan 2020
    Each night large groups were allowed allowed to check in at 3-4am, thus waking everybody up. There is no ventilation throughout the ent re place, kitchen is filthy and atmosphere is non existent. The worst part of my stay is that I got bed bugs!!! They only started showing up properly after I’d left( to go home, so I know they were from here). They are all over my body, including face and neck, and are extremely painful and itchy. Have now spent over €20 trying to clean all my belongings
    Australia, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    1st, Best Large Hostel Chain

  • 2014

    1st, Best Large Hostel Chain

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