If not specifically indicated in our offer, the overall price of your reservation does not include a City Tax (bed tax). For sojourns of 2 months or shorter the City of Cologne imposes a fee of 5% on the total amount for lodging (including VAT) i.e. on the total overnight rate which is paid to the host. This additional fee is to be paid by the guest. If required verification from the City of Cologne is provided, business expenses are exempt. We refer to: Satzung zur Erhebung einer Kulturförderabgabe im Gebiet der Stadt Köln (Articles on the imposition of a City Tax (bed tax) in the City of Cologne).
No, business travelers are exempt from Cologne City Tax if they provide the host with the required forms (filled-in and signed) upon arrival. You can download the necessary documents here, which you can then give to your host upon arrival.
The City of Cologne website provides all necessary information (in German only):