The 1986 World Cup sealed the fate of the Chelsea Hotel. Its owner, Werner Peters, lost a bet against the late artist Martin Kippenberger (he died in 1997). The challenge, one of his works if Germany lost a certain match, against a one-week stay at the hotel with breakfast if Germany won. Well, Germany won, and Kippenberger liked his stay so much he moved in, in exchange for works of art. Other artists followed, leaving behind a spectacular art collection, part of which still adorns the walls.
In 2001, the hotel became a work of art itself when a glass sculpture fully enveloped it. Under the deconstructivist-style roof are 39 rooms and 4 suites, including one dedicated to Martin Kippenberger. Alas, you will not see his works, but you will notice pictures of him. The Central Café, the heart and soul of the hotel, hosts numerous debates.
Jülicher Strasse 1
50 674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 207150
Rooms: from 78 EUR