4* Novotel - Koeln City

Set next to the River Rhine, this modern hotel is a 7-minute walk from Ubierring U-Bahn station and a 9-minute walk from the Schokoladenmuseum Köln chocolate museum. The simple, airy rooms come with desks, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Amenities include a Mediterranean restaurant and a contemporary lobby bar, an exercise room and a sauna.

Rating: Four Stars