When I found the QVEST Hotel, I almost regretted not going to Cologne for the recent design fair, just so I could have stayed in this amazing space. The hotel links history and modernity by combining neo-Gothic architecture with a curated collection of furniture, contemporary art, and photography. Thanks to the owner of QVEST magazine, Michael Kaune, whose love of modern design manifests itself not just in the pages of this niche art, design, and culture publication but also in his contemporary photography gallery, the hotel is a mid-century and Bauhaus lover’s dream.
With a large part of the hotel furnished with Kaune’s personal collection of furniture and photographs, the spaces form a veritable design museum. Savvy guests can even take home a “souvenir” from an exclusive shop selling the hotel’s carefully curated furniture and design objects. Qvest even offers a small library of art, design, and fashion literature in every room, in lieu of television sets.