During my recent trip to Cologne I was fortunate enough to find myself staying with Koncept Hotels for 2 nights. With a brand new digital concept I was eager to see how it worked and experience what they had to offer. The hotel was perfectly placed in the heart of Old Town Cologne which put me right in the centre of all the action. I loved being so close to pretty much everything I wanted to visit. On my likely return to Cologne I’d stay here again for that reason!
Staying With Koncept Hotels – Checking In.
So what is the digital concept behind the hotel? Simply put, everything to do with my stay was done on my mobile phone. In today’s world that is actually a no brainer. Most people have a smart phone and use it on a daily basis, including me. So before my arrival I checked in via the mobile app named HotelBird. Once checked in I received my room key on the app. All I had to do once I had accessed my digital key was hold it next to my door and press the unlock button (pictured below) With a quick click my door was open and I was into room 305, the room with a view!
Staying With Koncept Hotels – The Room.
As you can see from that view out the window I was super close to the cathedral and Old Town Cologne. With a short walk I could also get down to the Rhine river where I was then able to cross the Hohenzollern Bridge. Great location for sure! The room itself was lovely and I had a very comfy 2 night stay. It was super spacious, had cooking facilities and a great little work space which I made use of each day when editing. The rooms were maintained well which is always good to see in a new facility. I loved the vintage record theme and the record player that worked via bluetooth for a bit of music!
Staying with Koncept Hotels – Checking Out.
I unfortunately wasn’t able to get into the dining area at the hotel as it was closed during my stay. This being said, I think it would be a cool little area to have your morning coffee! I did find plenty of places for a drink right outside the hotel which then set me up for my days of exploration. Cologne is a great place and I felt I got a good insight into the city. After my final bit of trekking it was then time for my departure. Leaving the hotel was simple. All I had to do was pull up the app on my phone and hit ‘check out’. This did the job and when leaving I just dropped my main door key card in the funky gumball machine.
Staying with Koncept Hotels – A Few Thoughts.
Koncept Hotels bring a very simplified and efficient approach which I absolutely love. I’ve been in scenarios where I have arrived at a facility and it’s taken forever to get checked in. The speedy access to my room in this case was definitely welcomed! This being said I do have a few thoughts to consider. The digital concept and the fact your key is on your phone is great, but you must make sure that your phone stays charged. You’ll likely be out all day using your phone for photos, navigation etc . . . so it may loose battery. Carry a charger with you so you don’t end up getting locked out!
Secondly, it’s a great place if you want to be right in the heart of Cologne and all of its action. It’s why I loved it there! I wouldn’t however suggest it is the place for you to go if you want to be in bed by 9 o’clock. The hustle and bustle out of the window was lively and I was involved in it most of the time but I can imagine it’s quite noisy if you were trying to sleep though it!
All in all, it’s a great place and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for your stay in Cologne. Koncept Hotels, I’ll be back!
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(Huge thanks to Koncept Hotels for hosting me in Cologne, all opinions expressed are my own)