The creative agencies have all arrived and the city of Cologne awaits savvy travelers in the inspired design-driven Qvest.
Written by François Correia
Photography courtesy of The Qvest & Design Hotels
he Qvest hotel is a fine example of Cologne’s heritage and architecture. It is one of those exceptional places that are a destination in their own right. Cologne has become the hub of creative agencies and trendy design studios in Germany, probably in large due to its history and landmark of Gothic architecture.
Located in the old town – this former historic city archive turned luxury hotel is located in a quaint square in the shadow of the Basilica St. Gereon. Surrounded by narrow alley ways, colorful buildings along the river, and near to the main historic sites, the neighborhood is a bliss to wander around. Heading to the nearby Belgian quarter allows the visitor to experience one of Cologne’s trendiest neighborhoods full of street art, high-end fashion shops, and concept spaces.
The Qvest has a very unique composition of history and modernity by combining Neo-Gothic architecture with a curated collection of furniture, contemporary art, and beautiful photography. Thanks to Michael Kaune, whose love of modern design shows in every single detail – the hotel is a mid-century and Bauhaus lover’s dream. A large part of the hotel is furnished with Kaune’s personal collection of furniture and photographs, giving the ambience a certain art gallery atmosphere. The hotel counts with an exclusive shop selling the hotel’s carefully curated furniture and design objects, a small library of art, design, and fashion literature and high-end vintage and mid-century pieces in every room. A unique stay for those willing to be immersed in the wholeness of art and creativity.