The hotel with the rhinoceros

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne, Lobby Area

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne represents sophisticated design, and offers its guests comfortable and elegant accommodation near the Koelnmesse. The “Wohnidee” Suites add to this, with these individual masterpieces of interior architecture combining quality, style, and a great attention to detail.

Starting with the entrance into the lobby, extravagant refinements await the guests. The Paparazzi Lounge Bar is located in the middle of the 15-meter-high glass atrium, from where you have a great view of the surrounding glass walls. A lightshow of over-dimensional ballet dancers can be admired, these never tiring of dancing for the guests.

Another, somewhat surprising, décor detail awaits visitors directly as they enter the lobby; a large rhinoceros is always ready to welcome the guests.

The history of the rhinoceros

The enormous statue is truly a sight to see, raising questions as to “Why?” Why is it part of the Radisson Blu family? It all started with the famous restaurant designer, Henry Chebaane. The creative director of the “Blue Sky” design studio from London designed the restaurants “Paparazzi” and “Pronto!”, with the Paparazzi Lounge Bar also showing his design influence. The sculpture, lovingly named “Henriette” by employees of the hotel, was installed to provide guests with an identification point among the very linear architecture.

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Cologne Zoo

Nowadays, one can’t imagine the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne without its life-sized bronze rhinoceros. Some guests even only speak about the “hotel with the rhinoceros”. Apart from Henriette there is also another heavyweight. In 2008 the hotel started sponsoring the black rhino “Taco” in the Cologne zoo and provides the food for the hungry animal. And it doesn’t stop there. There is also a stuffed rhinoceros or a pin available to take home with you.

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