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Excelsior Hotel Ernst celebrates the Gay Games in Cologne

21st April 2010 Print

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne, Germany is making its mark at this year’s Gay Games VIII and Cologne Pride with their ‘Leading Hotel of World Pride Package’.

To celebrate one of the biggest sport and cultural festivals in the world the 5* luxury hotel is offering guests a fantastic ‘Pride Package’ including breakfast buffet, welcome drink in the hotel bar, late 4pm check out, complimentary mini-bar and use of the sauna and fitness facilities.

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and is centrally located in the heart of Cologne, opposite the Cologne Cathedral and at the centre of all Cologne Pride and Gay Games celebrations. The hotel is a two-minute walk from the main shopping districts, the Cologne perfume houses and the famous breweries and beer kellers of the city.

Cologne Pride and Gay Games is one the most famous sport and cultural events to take place in Europe every Summer. This year Cologne Pride takes place from 19th June to 4th July with the highlight of the two weeks being the Christopher Street Day (CSD) weekend on the 2nd – 4th July in the centre of Cologne. The main attraction of the weekend takes place on Sunday 4th July when hundreds of dancers and floats take to the city streets to celebrate the social acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community and attracts around one million visitors each year.

The end of Cologne Pride sees the beginning of the Gay Games VIII in Cologne taking place from 31st July to 7th August. More than 12,000 participants from over 70 countries come together to showcase their athletic success and personal bests in 35 different sports from football to chess. This year’s Gay Games VIII encompass the motto of “Be part of it!” encouraging everyone to take part regardless of gender, sexuality or physical ability.

As well as sport, a number of cultural events also take place during the same week where around 2000 singers, musicians and dancers surround the Gay Games village to entertain both residents and visitors to Cologne.

Rates for the ‘Leading Hotel of the World Pride Package’ at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst start from €155 per person for a single room and €195 per person for a double room and are valid from 1st July to 5th July for Cologne Pride and 30th July to 8th August for the Gay Games. The package can be booked at