THE QVEST hideaway | Cologne

The Vibe: A marriage of neo-gothic architecture and a museum-worthy collection of modern design, art and photography.

The Area: Tucked on a quiet square in the Altstadt (Old Town), on the outskirts of the hip Belgian Quarter.

The DNA: The owner of QVEST magazine, Michael Kaune, purchased the former historic city archive ( a neo-Gothic building from 1897) in the shadow of the Basilica of St. Gereon and turned it into a boutique hotel, THE QVEST hideaway slash private art gallery where his love of modern art, design and contemporary photography manifests itself. The boutique hotel’s furniture is by Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe making it a mid-century and Bauhaus lover’s dream.

Suite-Me-Up: Rooms come with a small library of art, design, and past editorials of QVEST magazine. Original photographs by Roxanne Lowit, Marina Gadonneix, George Holz, and many others adorn the walls in lieu of television sets. Some of the suites boast impressive five-meter-high ceilings, dark-oiled oak-wood parquet floors, original stuccoes, a grand piano and/or a handsome bar.

Seen: archilovers

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 34 rooms (12-120m2) (129-1,292 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2015 • architecture: Friedrich Carl Heimann • interior design: Michael Kaune • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible

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