25hours Hotel The Circle — Cologne, Germany

Neni restaurant at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany
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The 25hours hotel group is on a roll. Since June, it has opened almost one property per month in Germany, all the while plotting properties farther afield – Florence and Dubai are in the works for spring 2020. In August alone, three have come on-line, though the most visually striking, to our mind, is The Circle in Cologne.

The former HQ of the Gerling Insurance Group – a striking postmodernist curve of grey concrete and stone – has been repurposed by local architects O&O Baukunst and Berlin-based Studio Aisslinger into a lively stage-set straight out of the Jetsons’ playbook.

The 207 sun-lit rooms along with the large public spaces are a riot of colours and modular furniture – where armchairs resemble a space jockey’s cockpit and yellow globe lamps double as bug-eyed aliens. The bathrooms – the showers in particular – offer charming views of the Friesenviertel quarter and Cologne’s medieval skyline, though it’s the looming cathedral that dominates the horizon from the 8th-floor Neni restaurant. Here, the accompanying menu features Oriental-lite in the form of sabich with baked aubergines, and a luridly red ragu of tomatoes and chilli ragout crowned with a poached egg. Come sunset, retreat to the Monkey Bar for a highball. 

The lobby at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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The Monkey Bar at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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The Monkey Bar at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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Guestroom at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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Guestroom at 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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Exterior of 25hours Hotel The Circle hotel, Cologne, Germany

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.