165-Room Property in Cologne Will be the First to Offer Long-Stay ‘RESIDENT Rooms’
Ruby Hotels, the Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the ‘Lean Luxury’ philosophy, today announces plans for its second property in Cologne, Germany, to open in Q3, 2022. The new hotel will follow the opening of the brand’s first Cologne property next year, and forms part of an expansion plan for Ruby Hotels to unveil a total of twelve new hotels by 2022.
Set within a former post office in the trendy Ehrenfeld neighbourhood, the epicentre of Cologne’s thriving creative scene, the hotel will enjoy a city-centre location with excellent links to public transport, with the rail station opposite the hotel offering a direct connection to Cologne Bonn Airport and Cologne Central Station.
A collaboration with real estate partners Metropol Immobiliengruppe, the hotel will house 165 rooms and will be the first in the Ruby Hotels portfolio to offer extended-stay ‘RESIDENT rooms’, created with the business traveller in mind. With a more spacious design, an additional wardrobe and fridge, extended-stay guests will have access to a fully-equipped co-cooking and co-dining area. All guests will have access to a ‘Galley’ kitchen on each floor complete with complimentary hot drinks, a vending machine offering locally-produced snacks and drinks, an ironing station, washing machine and dryer.
In addition to the extended-stay rooms, the new project in Ehrenfeld will also feature co-working spaces of almost 2,500 m². Rather than conventional office spaces, Ruby Workspaces are designed to feel like a second home for tenants, with wall-paneling, furniture and atmospheric lighting shaping the studio-like rooms. Straight-forward pricing includes high-speed WiFi, a print quota, a reception and concierge service as well as a free selection of beverages. The package also includes a contingent of hours for the use of the multifunctional event and meeting rooms.
Cutting-edge technology will be on offer throughout the property; in each room guests will find a personal tablet PC and smartphone pre-loaded with Ruby Hotels’ carefully-curated Cologne city guide, social media apps and unlimited data and calls to use throughout their stay. A state-of-the-art self-check-in system will make use of tablets to reduce check-in time to under one minute, while a laid-back, contemporary design will see quirky touches such as the inclusion of a Marshall guitar amp in each room.
Just like the group’s other houses, the new hotel will follow Ruby Hotels’ ‘Lean Luxury’ philosophy: a top location, high-quality fittings, and outstanding design. All of this is offered at an affordable price by rigorously cutting out the superfluous and focusing on the essential.
“This works because we accommodate luxury in a relatively condensed space, similar to luxury yachts, and we forego unnecessary services. Thanks to proprietary technical innovations, we plan, build and organize ourselves differently from conventional hotels. To be precise, we plan and build in a very modular way and centralize as well as automatize processes behind the scenes wherever possible. This helps us create a luxurious and unique hotel experience at an affordable price”explains Michael Struck, Ruby Founder and CEO. Every hotel is designed and developed individually, referencing local themes and stories.
The combination of hotel, extended-stay offer and co-working creates operational synergies by sharing sales, cleaning, technical maintenance and personnel management functions. Space efficiency also increases as various space areas serve several uses. The fact that co-working and extended-stay guests share the co-cooking and co-dining area makes the offer more attractive for both user groups: for some, it means new contacts and inspirations, for others a connection to a local community.