Michael Struck's Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the ‘Lean Luxury’ philosophy, Ruby Hotels, has launched its first Cologne hotel, Ruby Ella.
Featuring 186 rooms spread over six floors, the property immerses guests into the legendary world of late-night shows, paying homage to Cologne’s status as the most important media location in Germany.
The public areas with check-in, bar & café are located on the first floor of the impressive new building, which is ideally situated in the city centre on the Hohenzollernring and in the immediate vicinity of the trendy Belgischen Viertel.
As in all Ruby Hotels, the Ruby Ella Bar is open 24 hours a day for Cologne locals and provides an enrichment on the Hohenzollernring nightlife mile. Where once iconic German hosts like Harald Schmidt and Stefan Raab offered late-night shows of the highest class, today the Ruby Ella Show presents itself.
Large illuminated signs, a typical stage with talk show host desk & guest chair, a colorful mix of vintage furniture and quite a few props from the cult late-night show times of the 90s can be found in the public areas. Highlights include an original camera crane, the eight-meter-long "Show Time" vintage lettering on the ceiling and the show band instruments suspended in front of it.
The centrepiece is the 24/7 bar with its quilted turquoise leather fronts that echo the typical look of old leather chairs and contrast excitingly with red marble and raw brass. Urban charm is provided by the open concrete walls that run throughout the hotel and rooms. These also show the typical Ruby signature: high open ceilings, fresh bright white, glass rain showers integrated into the room as well as wooden wall paneling and high-quality oak floors.
The design highlight above each bed is the "Late-Night" moon lamp whose cable depicts the skyline of Cologne.
The building, designed by architect Christoph Ingenhoven according to the highest sustainability standards, is impressive even at first glance. A particular eye-catcher are the almost 100 trees and shrubs planted in a staggered pattern on the hotel. The planting concept came from Swiss landscape designer Enzo Enea.