my.statthaus offers neo-gothic ambience in the quiet Steinfelder Gasse – in the very heart of Cologne. As a small but exclusive family-owned apartment hotel for almost 20 years now, we take special care to keep our ecological footprint as lean as the historic statthaus building plan: with us, everything runs on guaranteed non-nuclear green power. Our historic wooden staircase is a feast for the eyes, equipped with state-of-the-art fire protection – without a lift.
All eight units are individually furnished with antique pieces (mostly Biedermeier and mid-Century) and modern furnishings and feature an en-suite bathroom/WC, fully equipped cooking facilities, smart TV and intercom with personal doorbell on request. This way, you reside in Cologne in your own town house like it’s home sweet home.
The listed building was built around 1860, originally likely as a 4.50 m wide extension to a larger corner house with the same façade structure. The original sandstone elements come from the same quarry as those used by the Cologne Cathedral Building Lodge to this day. By the end of the 1970s, the building’s street-level neo-gothic façade was covered in anthracite grey tiles. The ceilings, which were up to 4.20 m high, were suspended to 2.20 m and the high window formats were reduced by bricking them up.
Around the turn of the millennium, after a botched renovation that had been abandoned, the building was in a state of disrepair both inside and out. The upper part of the façade had already been badly damaged by environmental influences and pigeon droppings. As part of a comprehensive restoration, the dark tiles were removed and the historic sandstone elements were carefully cleaned and partly reconstructed.
The thorough restoration from 2001/2002 aimed to preserve original details like the wooden staircase, the stucco and the original neo-gothic window formats as far as possible. The new wooden windows, for example, are modelled on the historical formats. The former twelve flats, some of which were only 10 sqm, were converted into 6 more comfortable units and two spacious maisonette apartments.
Hardwook oak flooring with impact sound insulation was installed on all levels, and all bathrooms were refitted and tiled in neutral white. Four windows were added to the new roof to provide a view of St. Gereon, and a loggia was created behind the historic tracery with a panoramic view of Cologne and of the cathedral towers. Some bullet holes from the World War II can still be seen; these have been preserved as a testimony to the times.