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Hopper Hotel St. Josef

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed for a few days around Christmas in the Hoppers St Josef. Hoppers operates three hotels in Cologne - all are in converted historical buildings and feature a modern design. We enjoyed our stay very much, the room (rather a small studio) was spacious and the bed was of very good quality. Everything was clean and well maintained, although furniture and electric gadgets were a few years old (adapters for the “new” iPhone would be nice if you offer docks). AFAIK there is no AC. Staff was friendly and young, but not exceptional in knowledge of the area or proactive. The hotel is 5-10 min walking from the main station on the “off” side. Walking to the Rhine , cathedral and old town is 15 min. Area is quiet and save, the nearby Eigelstein is multi-cultural and colorful but not one of the posh areas. We didn’t try the restaurant but the menu was promising modern bistro cuisine. Good value, good location, big rooms, no chain, pleasant modern design. I can recommend the Hopper.

We were at a trade fair this week. We found this hotel on at a fair price. It’s circa 4km from the Messe so a little out of the way but it was a good well run hotel in an old and interesting monastery building with some great architecture nestled with around clean and recently refurbished rooms. The bed and bathroom were good. The staff attentive. The breakfast was lovely. We booked again for next year.

Charming hotel, close tu Chlodwigplatz, convenient to come to downtown in 10 minutes by tram. Former church adapted to hotel with nice equipment and hotel service. Since travel during fair season it was little bit expensive but comparing to other hotels it has its own spirit. Recommended for single travelers.

I have stayed at the other Hopper Hotels in Cologne so I thought I would try this one. I didn't arrive until 10pm so went straight to my room. It was minimal like the others but a little more unfriendly. The curtains didn't cover the windows properly so the streetlights came in, no bedside tables so I pulled a chair over and no lights that worked above the bed. I was too tired to ring down so gave up! The breakfast room was untidy with uncleared tables. The bread to slice had run out as had the fruit salad and there was still 1 hour to go. The 120 euro price per night plus a very poor breakfast for 13 euros is just not worth it.

Hmm ... when I arrived late on a Sunday evening, the receptionist told me he had 'absolutely no record of any booking in my name'. This has happened at other hotels before so I didn't panic. A week before, I'd decided to arrive a day early, assuming my client would have let the hotel know, but they hadn't. Even before denying my booking, the receptionist had confirmed that there were rooms available, so the feet-dragging was unnecessary. So, he could find my booking, it transpired, but starting Monday. This was after midnight. My room was functional but the smallest I can ever remember staying in, and I've been staying a lot in New York, where all room are small. Everything was very clever (foldy-out ironing board outstanding) but you wouldn't have got two people into the room, never mind sleeping together (I did know it was a single room on the confirmation). The real issue with the hotel was over the wifi. I was given a code on arrival that worked on the Sunday night but had stopped working by the Monday morning. Bit of a problem for me, as I'd arrived early to run WebExes on the Monday morning. I had to walk to McDonalds for internet access and make calls surrounded by giggling schoolchildren. The internet still wasn't working when I checked out on the Wednesday, but colleagues checking in on the Monday and Tuesday were still being given the wifi password as if it was all tickety-boo, which it wasn't. They then wasted 30 minutes as I did testing their computers for faults when the problem was with the hotel. How difficult can it be to get internet working in the lobby at least? Does it really take three days?

I love the architect of this hotel. It was originally built for monastery in the past then converted to a boutique hotel. Therefore the ceiling of restaurant is very high and I enjoyed sitting there to relax and have breakfast every morning. The design of the room is very modern and smart, practical as well. In fact, hotel room is quite small but with smart design, you find it very functional and cozy. Hotel is conveniently located in the center, close to the public transportation, walking distance to many shops, restaurants. Staff is friendly and helpful.

When you are in your room, you feel like you are in a modern club; white, open room with a very nice big shower. If I would get a room like this in every town I stay I would be happy. When you are at breakfast, you feel little as it is in an old church. Very nice breakfast, not big but with the most needed things. Small bar but they got what you need. Employees were very friendly around this place. Only disadvantage is the absence of a parking garage: we had to walk few hundred meters to a big underground garage near the water but in the rain..... Oh yeah, if you go to the garage, watch the birds in the trees at the trafficlight or you will be fully sh@tted on!!

Stayed at HStJ during a weekend to Cologne. Got to know about it from an old colleague. The hotel is situated in Severinsviertel which is a nice and quiet area and is close to an underground station. The distance to Cologne old town is a 20 minute walk. The building interior is beautiful with stained glass and high walls. I had a single room which was small, but clean and and functional. Bed was also good. Breakfast was very good. On the negative side, parking in immediate proximity to the hotel : forget it! It's more ore less impossible to find a parking lot around the hotel. You have to use the parking houses which are five minutes away... The wifi is quite slow. But all together a good alternative for a stay in Cologne.

I have to admit, that my first impression was not exactly delighting - I agreed with some of the previous reviews and even prepared my own, but wanted to give the place another chance. I have been staying at the St. Josef since over a month now on a weekly basis and I have to say that my first impression was not so right. I still do believe that this posh room's design is far from being practical. Depending on the room, you may discover some empty corners in there, when you think to yourself 'Dear lord, they could have put a wardrobe there, instead of keeping it weird and unused!'. Another topic are the arts pieces in every room, but those also vary and often don't disturb much, if are not lightened. The second issue the unusual interior causes are the features like a desk or a lightening for reading in bed are hidden so well, that even a degree in engineering didn't help me to find them from the first try (I'm still believing not to have found them all yet). My personal advice is: if something is missing and it bothers you, ask the receptionists to help you. From here to the good stuff: rooms actually do have everything a (business) traveler needs: a desk, the radio, a safe, some soap, an ironing board ... And Who knows, what else I haven't discovered yet :) Some of the reviews claim the staff to be unfriendly and at the beginning I found them a bit distant indeed. After a while, I just recognized the quite common pattern of the locals in this city - people are so very nice and friendly... After some time :) I would not call the service unfriendly - they really are friendly, but this friendliness is slightly culturally driven and would appear in a more modest way. So my conclusion would be, that this is a very nice place to stay in a very good location in Cologne, but some proactive behavior might be required from guests.

Old abbey with nice modern rooms, very functional rooms, not to big but enough when you are alone. Good breakfast, was able to eat outside on the deck, very pleasant. Rooms have no airconditioning. TV, minibar , phone and alarmclock nicely build into the room!

Dreikönigenstraße 1-3 Cologne NW

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Great St. Martin Church
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Fitness center

Located in Altstadt-Sued, Hopper Hotel St. Josef is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Great St. Martin Church. This 65-room, 3-star hotel has free in-room WiFi along with a fitness center and a rooftop terrace. Located centrally in Cologne, it's also close to City Hall and Alter Markt.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.


The 65 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including iPod docks, free newspapers, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect to find cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night.

Property features

Guests staying at Hopper Hotel St. Josef enjoy a fitness center, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a library.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

73.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 143 reviews