About this listing
Whether you are travelling to Cologne for a trade fair at Koelnmesse, for a concert in Lanxess Arena, to visit the Christmas markets or simply to explore the city: Our bright, spacious, comfortable and central studio apartment offers an ideal base.
The apartment comfortably fits two colleagues, two couples, or a family with children. There are two double beds: One in the main room, and the other in a semi-separate alcove connected to the main room. (We do not call it a second bedroom because it does not have a door, but it does afford some privacy.) The double bed in the alcove consists of two single boxspring beds that can be set up as twin beds if you prefer.
Our guests enjoy the comfortable beds (sized 140 cm x 200 cm and 160 cm x 200 cm respectively) with high quality mattresses, cable TV, wireless internet, washing machine and cooking facilities. Fresh towels and bed sheets are provided for your convenience. If you are traveling with small children, we are happy to lend you a cot, pram, high chair, sleeping bag, toys, bibs, or whatever else you may need.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the same building and are always available should problems arise, or if you want sightseeing tips. We love languages and are happy to talk to you in English, German, French, Italian or Russian, but if you don't feel like chatting, we'll leave you in peace.
The neighborhood is friendly, pleasant and 100% safe. Playground, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, an organic supermarket and no less than seven bakeries are all within a 200 meter radius of the apartment. Within five minutes, you can walk down to the river Rhine, go skating on the promenade or just hang out and enjoy the view of the Cathedral, which is directly opposite. Within fifteen minutes, you can walk to the Rhine Park, which boasts an adventure playground, cable cars across the river, and a thermal spa (the "Claudiustherme") for the ultimate wellness experience.
Getting around could not be easier. "Deutz/Messe (Cologne)" station, about ten minutes walk from the apartment, has direct connections to all major airports. Regular direct trains from Cologne/Bonn airport take only twelve minutes and cost 3 Euros per person.
To get to the Koelnmesse trade fair exhibition center, you can either walk for 12-15 minutes, or hop onto metro line 3 or 4 and get off at the first stop.
To get to Lanxess Arena: just walk. You can see it from the apartment and will be there in five minutes.
The Cathedral, historic city center, Christmas Markets, and many museums are also reachable on foot, within around 20 minutes.
In case it rains or if you are tired, metro lines 1, 3, 4, 7 and 9 are just around the corner (within five minutes walk) and provide affordable transport to most destinations across the city.
Other Things to Note
The apartment is located on the top floor of a beautiful 19th century listed building with a lot of flair but no lift. You'll have to walk up the stairs if you want to enjoy the roof terrace with its sunbathing, citygazing and BBQ opportunities. (The apartment is on the fifth floor if counted the European way (where the ground floor does not count as a "floor"), or sixth floor if counted the American way (where the ground floor is the first floor.) Please note that there is no elevator.
Out of respect for our neighbors, we ask all guests to keep the noise down on the staircase. Also, please refrain from smoking inside the apartment, and always remember to close the slanted roof window before you leave.
Wir wurden sehr nett begrüßt, uns wurde die Wohnung gezeigt, im Kühlschrank waren sogar einige Basics vorhanden. Die Wohnung war sehr sauber und wie im Inserat beschrieben. Durch die Lage in der Nähe der Deutzer Freiheit waren alle Geschäfte gut erreichbar, und auch der Weg zum Dom und in die Innenstadt ist zu Fuß machbar. Vielen Dank für den Super-Aufenthalt.
The Callaghans were awesome and they made us feel right at home. It's exactly what the listing promised, but even more comfortable and relaxing. The neighborhood is very intersting and easy to walk, with everything you need and lots of taverns and cafes and restaurants. Close to the bridges that cross over to the old town. There's also a great park for kids (Rhein Park) and adults just a 30 minute walk north along the river.
The place is really beautiful. One of the days we visited was over 30 degrees hot and even though it's the top of the building, the apartment was cool and airy. They put out some electric fans for us to use, but we only needed one. Beds are really comfortable, too.
Maria's flat is very well located and beautifully maintained. Breakfast foods were even provided! The balcony/patio was a great highlight.
Far more than just accommodation, Helen and Fergal made our stay in Cologone more lovely than we could have imagined. We had some delays on our travels to Cologone and Helen & Fergal made sure to wait and help us into the room and even loaned us their bikes for our stay.
We went to all of their recommendations for food, coffee and beer and were overwhelmed by how great our experience was, the owner of the local cafe was even expecting us!
We had some delays on our travels to Cologone and Helen & Fergal made sure to wait and help us with our arrival which was
In the end, the only downside to our trip was that we didn't spend more nights! We will most definitely be coming back to our absolute favourite part of Cologone again soon. We covered almost the entire city by running & biking around and can say without a doubt that this little neighbourhood across the Rhein is the best part of Cologone you'll find!
The host was very kind and helpful. She met us at our arrival and offered advice about the city and answered our questions. She provided breakfast materials in the flat, which was absolutely lovely. It was in walking distance of all of the main cites in Cologne and was situated perfectly if one wanted to go for a run along the river. Great place to stay!
Wir haben uns in der Wohnung von Helen Callaghan sehr wohl gefühlt. Besonders aufmerksam haben wir die Einführung von Frau Treanor und den kleinen Lebensmittelvorrat zum Empfang wahrgenommen. Gekühlte Getränke nach einer langen Bahnfahrt und 30 Grad Außentemperatur vorzufinden waren einfach herrlich. Auch die kleine Dachterrasse haben wir sehr genossen. Vielen Dank dafür! Christiane
Helen was very accommodating and the apartment had a lot of added charms that you wouldn't find at a hotel. (board games, books, city guides, etc.) Being just a floor below, she was also more than willing to assist with anything we needed and was prompt to reply to any concerns we had. The neighborhood was nice and genuine, but not ideal for someone looking for late-night (10PM-) activities. The cathedral and main train station were a walkable distance away. However, be aware that the apartment is on the top floor of a multi-story building and there is no elevator. For us that wasn't a problem, but for others, it may be.
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About the Host, Helen
I am a political scientist at a research institute in Cologne. My husband Fergal teaches English at the uni in Wuppertal. We have a baby boy and a two-year-old and hope to have more children soon.