Ruby Hotels has launched its first Cologne, Germany, hotel, Ruby Ella. It is the 11th hotel for the Ruby Group. Architect Christoph Ingenhoven designed the building. The 186 rooms are spread over six floors and take guests into the legendary world of late-night shows, paying homage to Cologne’s status as an important media location in Germany. The public areas with check-in, bar, and café are located on the first floor of the new building
Where once iconic German hosts like Harald Schmidt and Stefan Raab offered late-night shows, today the Ruby Ella Show presents itself. Large illuminated signs, a typical stage with talk show host desk and guest chair, a colorful mix of vintage furniture, and quite a few props from the cult late-night show times of the ‘90s can be found in the public areas. Highlights include an original camera crane, the eight-meter-long “Show Time” vintage lettering on the ceiling, and the show band instruments suspended in front of it.
The centerpiece is the 24/7 bar with its quilted turquoise leather fronts that echo the typical look of old leather chairs and contrast with red marble and raw brass. Urban charm is provided by the open concrete walls that run throughout the hotel and rooms. These also show the typical Ruby signature: high open ceilings, fresh bright white, glass rain showers integrated into the room as well as wooden wall paneling and high-quality oak floors. The design highlight above each bed is the “Late-Night” moon lamp whose cable depicts the skyline of Cologne.
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