But if instead of cobwebs and spooky organ music, you want a Gothic building with, oh, say Eames furniture and sexy photos on the walls—that’s perfectly okay, too. Actually, that probably makes more sense.
Especially since the Qvest, a palatial 19th-century neo-Gothic hotel in Cologne with a modern sense of style, is now open. (Go ahead, ramble around inside for a bit.)
We don’t really know how often you get to Cologne these days, but this place might be a really good reason to start looking for an excuse. (Not that Beethovenfest isn’t.) While the building resembles a church, it was actually a historic archive for the city, which after a two-year gut reno is now a 34-room boutique hotel.
The Qvest magazine folks—sort of the German equivalent to Wallpaper—run the show here. They seem to have a knack for combining mid-century minimalism, contemporary photography, soaring trussed ceilings and snug cocktail lounges into one complete package.
Which so many historic archives just can’t seem to pull off.