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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."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


SMARTY Cologne City Center

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous 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 7.5

  • Security 8.1

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 8.1

  • Atmosphere 6.9

  • Cleanliness 7.6

  • Facilities 7.3

Latest Reviews

  • 9.1


    12 Nov 2019
    My time here was great! Close enough to the subway, friendly staff, very clean and almost hotel like rooms. The only thing is that they charge you a pre paid amount on your card but they refund you after your stay, it just takes a few days. Also the kitchen was fine but not many dishes for guest use. Over all I recommend staying here if you’re in Cologne for a few days.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    02 Oct 2019
    Great value. Everything you need; good location, good price, nice common area. Staff were ok
    Israel, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    05 Oct 2019
    Nice hostel to stay a couple of nights. Rooms are small but they make the work. No lockers. Pretty clean. Situated in a good area. Stuff at the reception was really kind and helpful
    Italy, Male, 25-30
  • 6.3


    14 Oct 2019
    You get what you paid for. Wouldn’t recommend for solo travellers looking to meet other people. Kitchen is okay, fruit flies hanging around. Weird hotel/hostel vibe..
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 5.7


    06 Nov 2019
    Disappointed. 2 plugs in a room of 4 beds with only one beside a bed? So silly, not even a power extension. Rooms were super basic, but shower and toilet area were very nice. Room temps was up and down. Beds were a little dirty, mattress and pillows stained etc. I would not stay here again as I believe there is better hostels for similar ££. Charging a big deposit to my card before the stay was annoying too and the first I have done for a hostel. No atmosphere. Bar is 3 beers in vending machine
    England, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 5.7


    09 Oct 2019
    The staff are not friendly at all! They were so stricted about check in time with inpolite way. And when it comes the time we were a huge row standing infront of them, and lost time. The staff needs to be somehow flexible.
    Egypt, Male, 25-30
  • 5.1


    17 Oct 2019
    My room smelt like pee and the bathrooms were gross. Most staff were friendly. If you’re just looking for a bed and nothing more, then this might be a place for you. Not great for making friends as a solo traveler.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 4.6


    09 Oct 2019
    Glad to check out!!! Not as described. No lockers in the room as advertised! Only lockers available to me were tiny & located in the basement. Staff unhelpful when I suggested making people aware of this online before booking. Had to carry all valuables around at all times. Bathroom unpleasant, kitchen tiny with very few utensils - no bowls, only 1 mug for example. Approximately 25-30 minutes walk to the cathedral. Would not recommend & would not stay again.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 4.0


    25 Oct 2019
    Very small room for 4 people with no ventilation (window is broken and opens only for a small part). Under sliding drawers (no lock) the dust has gathered for many months so it appears. Mattresses are worn out, one can feel every spring. When asked about the double credit card payment the woman behind the desk responded rude and agitated ending her monologue by saying I better book somewhere else if I don't like it. Which is exactly what I would recommend to do!
    Netherlands, Male, 41+
  • 2.0


    31 Oct 2019
    This hostel robbed me and my friends! They took a deposit on my card in advance, and when I arrived at the hostel they told me that I would have to pay the amount again and that the deposit would be refunded on my card. 1 month later and nothing to be refunded. I called them, and they told me that I didn't pay for the hostel in person (even though if I hadn't paid, they wouldn't have let me stay there). So in short, they robbed me and my 4 friends. I don't advise anyone to stay in this hostel.
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
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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


  • 2014

    1st, Best Large Hostel Chain

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