Hotels fill up in spring and fall when conventions come to town, and the two hostels are often booked from June to September. The Mitwohnzentrale, Im Ferkulum 4, arranges apartments for longer stays. ( 194 45. Open M-F 9am-lpm and 2-4pm.)
Jansen Pension, Richard-Wagner-Str. 18 (25 18 75). Ul, 6, 7, 15, 17, or 19 to Rudolfpl. Owned by a welcoming English couple and featuring beautiful high-ceilinged rooms in Victorian style. Breakfast included. Singles ‚31-39; doubles ‚57. Hotel Heinzelmannchen, Hohe Pforte 5 (21 12 17). Bus #132 to Waidmarkt. Or walk down the Hohe Str. shopping zone until it becomes Hohe Pforte. Fairy-tale pictures decorate this family-run hotel. Rooms with TV. Breakfast included. Reception 6am-10pm. Singles ‚34-38; doubles ‚60; triples from ‚70. Discounts for stays over 2 nights. Station Hostel and Bar, Rheing. 34-36 (23 02 47). Clean rooms, a popular bar, and English-speaking staff. Free Internet. Reception 24hr. Reserved rooms held until 6pm. Singles ‚27; doubles ‚42; triples ‚57; quads ‚70.
Station Hostel for Backpackers, Marzellenstr. 44-48 (912 53 01). From the station, walk 1 block along Dompropst-Ketzer-Str. and take the first right on Marzellenstr. Abuzz with backpackers and reggae beats. Breakfast ‚1.50-2.50. Sheets ‚1.50. Internet ‚0.50, plus ‚0.05 per min. Reception 24hr. Check-in 2pm. Check-out noon. 4- to 6-bed dorms ‚15-16; singles ‚27; doubles ‚40; triples ‚54. 0 Jugendherberge Koln-Deutz (HI), Siegesstr. 5a (81 47 11), just over the Hohenzollern-brucke. S6,11, or 12 to Koln-Deutz. Exit the station, walk down Neuhofferstr. and take the 1st right; the hostel is in a courtyard. Newly renovated rooms. Breakfast included. Free laundry. Reception llam-lam. Curfew lam. Call ahead. Dorms ‚20.
Hotel Im Kupferkessel, Probsteigasse 6 ( 13 53 38). From the Dom, follow Dompropst-Ketzer-Str. as it becomes An der Dominikan, Unter Sachenhausen, Gereonstr. and finally Christophstr.; Probsteigasse is on the right. Spacious, comfortable rooms with TV and telephone. Well-stocked breakfast included. Singles ‚30-41; doubles ‚66.
Das Kleine Stapelhaus’chen, Fischmarkt 1-3 (257 78 62). Cross the Altenmarktfrom the back of the Rathaus and take Lintg. to the Fischmarkt. An’old-fashioned, elegant inn overlooking the river. Breakfast included. Singles ‚39-41, with shower ‚52-64, with full bath ‚64-74; doubles ‚64-74100-121.
Jugendgastehaus Koln-Riehl (HI), An der Schanz 14 ( 76 70 81), on the Rhine north of the zoo. U16 (dir.: EbertplatzMulheim) to Boltensternstr. Breakfast included. Reception 24hr. Call ahead. 4-to 6-bed dorms ‚21; singles ‚34.
Campingplatz Poll, Weidenweg (83 19 66), on the Rhine, southeast of the Altstadt. U16 to Marenberg and cross the Rodenkirchener Brucke. Reception daily 8am-noon and 5-8pm. Open mid-Apr. to Oct. ‚4.50 per person; ‚2.50 per tent or car. O