The Gerling quarter is to become a new home for 25hours. The Areal, which used to be the company headquarters of Gerling, lies right at the heart of the Friesenviertel district and is currently being transformed into diverse accommodation and homes. The 25hours team finds working on a pre-existing building particularly exciting. ‘Existing structures compel us to be especially creative. You can’t just copy and repeat older designs’, said Henning Weiß, who is in charge of development. The 25hours Hotel will move into the striking circular building ‘Im Klapperhof 10’. A particular highlight will be the approximately 500 square-metre reception. A vibrant communal area with a lounge, shop, bicycle dealership and a DJ corner will be located in the old counter area, which is under preservation order and is where insurance customers once paid in their premiums. Henning Weiß has also floated the idea of having a kind of farm shop that sells regional products: ‘It will depend on our partners and the overall hotel theme as to whether we can actually put that into practice.’
Talks are currently being held about the design and story of the new hotel. 25hours is on the lookout for creative and local partners from all sorts of fields who could contribute to the design or interior in some way. The hotel will have international charisma but should also have deep local roots and connections. In addition to the approximately 200 bedrooms, the 25hours Hotel Cologne will also boast function rooms, a spa area and gastronomy. The restaurant and bar will be found on the eighth floor and will offer views of the Cologne Cathedral. The penthouse will be built on top of the existing building and have a terrace around its perimeter. A guaranteed new hotspot – right in the heart of the Gerling quarter.
Exhibitor: 25hours Hotel Company