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Activities for the 31st Annual Conference will take place at the Maritim Hotel Köln. The hotel is located in the heart of Cologne and has great proximity to touristic attractions and easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shopping areas.

Maritim Hotel Köln 
Heumarkt 20
50667 Cologne
Telephone: +49 (0) 221 2027-0
Reservations: or
+49 221 2027 849
Hotel Website

Room Reservations

Maritim Hotel Köln is the headquarter hotel for the ISOQOL 31st Annual Conference. ISOQOL attendees who book in the group block will receive a discounted rate of €129.90 EUR / €145.80 EUR* for a classic room single/double occupancy. Please click on the dropdowns below for more room rates and hotel provisions/clauses.
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*Please note:

  • The room rate includes breakfast buffet and internet connection.
  • The room rate does not include city tax (5% as of January 2024).
  • Early check-in, late check-out and fitness center access are subject to a fee.
  • Rooms at the discounted rate are available until the room block reaches capacity, or through 16 September 2024. Discounted room rates are not guaranteed after this date.

Room reservations can be made online using the link below:

Note: After clicking the link above, you will see a pop-up window. Click on the “Go to next step” button to proceed to the reservation page. If you exit the pop-up window by clicking close (X), you will leave the ISOQOL room block reservation page and be redirected to the hotel’s main reservation portal.

A period of prolonged inactivity will result in a session timeout. After a session timeout, the page will redirect you to the hotel’s main reservation portal and not the ISOQOL room block. To return to the ISOQOL room block, please click the booking button above.

The reservation link is limited to the ISOQOL room block dates. If you wish to extend your stay outside the ISOQOL room block dates or to amend your reservation, please contact the hotel at or +49 221 2027 849 to request edits to your reservation by providing your confirmation number.

We strongly encourage attendees to book their stay at the Maritim Hotel Köln, the Annual Conference headquarter hotel. ISOQOL commits to a room block at the hotel on behalf of the attendees and has a financial obligation to fill the contracted rooms. Please help us to avoid potential penalties and support the conference by staying at the headquarter hotel. Thank you!

Why stay at the conference hotel?

  • Enhance your conference experience with convenient access to the conference activities/sessions and networking events
  • Easily return to your room if you forget something or need a break
  • Benefit from a discounted room rate negotiated for ISOQOL attendees
  • No worries with planning your commute to the conference hotel
  • Great location in the heart of Cologne, within walking distance to the train station, and with proximity to the subway and tram station
ISOQOL Room Rates

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Hotel rates are quoted in Euros and include breakfast buffet and internet connection. Please note that the room rate does not include the city tax (5% as of January 2024). Rates increase based on occupancy (single/double) and room type. Early check-in, late check-out and fitness center access are subject to a fee. Please consult the hotel website for the most up-to-date fees here.

Please note: Rooms at the discounted rate are available until the room block reaches capacity, or through 16 September 2024. Discounted room rates are not guaranteed after this date. To check for availability after the cutoff date, contact the hotel at or +49 221 2027 849 and mention the ISOQOL room block.

Check in after 3:00 pm | Check out by 12:00 pm

Book Your Room

Booking Your Room

When booking online, you will be asked to provide payment information in order to secure your reservation. (A credit card number with an expiration date is required in order to guarantee the booking.) 

When booking your room via email or by phone please make sure to mention the ISOQOL room block in order to benefit from the discounted room rate. Please be sure to request a confirmation number or ask for a written confirmation email.

Hotel Cancellation Policy

Cancellations of guaranteed bookings will be free of charge, if received no later than 7 days prior to arrival by 11:59 PM local hotel time. Otherwise 90% of the full stay will be charged. Booking amendments will be handled as a cancel / rebook.

Travel Information

Transfer to Maritim Hotel Köln​


Maritim Hotel Köln offers underground parking for registered guests for € 27 EUR/day. For the most up-to-date parking rates, please visit the hotel page.

Public Transport

Should you wish to explore the city, you can travel comfortably and quickly throughout Cologne on the well-developed public transport network. More than 850,000 people travel through Cologne every day on the buses and trains of the Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB). Visit the KVB website for more details.

Additional Information

Passport and Visa

​For attendees requiring additional entry documentation, advance travel planning and early visa application are important, as visa applications are subject to a great degree of scrutiny. It is strongly suggested that all attendees contact their local embassy to determine what, if any, travel documents they will need to travel to Germany. Attendees are responsible for completing their own research pertaining to necessary documents.

The ISOQOL office will send letters of invitation upon request. Please note, in order to receive this letter, participants must be the presenting author on an accepted abstract at the Annual Conference. ISOQOL cannot issue letters for family members or other individuals without an abstract.

It should be understood that this letter is only to help participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa and is not a commitment on the part of ISOQOL to provide financial support.

To find out if a visa is required to enter the country, or how long an application will take to process, please check with your local embassy. Please note that ISOQOL is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each delegate to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. We advise you to request a letter of invitation from ISOQOL at your earliest convenience.

To request a letter of invitation, email the ISOQOL Office at Please include the following:

  • Full name, postal, and email address of each individual requesting a letter of invitation
  • Embassy or consulate to which the letter should be addressed

Letters of invitation will be emailed to the requesting individual, NOT to the embassy or consulate. Please allow up to five (5) business days for processing your request.

Coat Check

Given that most of our attendees are staying at the conference hotel, ISOQOL does not accommodate coat or luggage check at the registration desk. Attendees are responsible for their belongings.

Visit Cologne

Make the most of your visit to Cologne! Check out the page below for recommendations on local cuisine, tourist attractions, pre & post conference getaways, and more!

About Cologne

Dietary Restrictions Disclosure

We value and appreciate the dietary needs of all our attendees and strive to be inclusive when discussing menu options with hotels. However, sometimes we are limited in what we can arrange with the hotel by their contracted providers. In the event our onsite menus do not fully meet your dietary needs, here is a list of local grocery stores in proximity of the hotel that could provide alternate options.

REWE (5 minutes walk)
Address: Hohe Str. 30, 50667 Köln, Germany

GALERIA Kaufhof (6 minutes walk)
Address: Hohe Str. 41-53, 50667 Köln, Germany, Floor G

Accessibility Accommodations Disclosure
We regret to inform you that the breakout rooms located on the lower level are only accessible by stairs. Despite our efforts, we acknowledge that this may present challenges for some attendees. In response, the hotel has kindly agreed to allow the use of the staff/service elevator with prior arrangements. If you require this accommodation, please reach out to us at, and we will do our best to assist you.

Health and Safety Guidance

Below is the health and safety guidance ISOQOL adopted for the 2023 Annual Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which may be subject to updates for the 2024 Annual Conference.

In response to the changing conditions of COVID-19 and its variants, ISOQOL adopted the following guidance for the 2023 Annual Conference:

  • We encourage attendees to be fully vaccinated prior to attending the conference.*
  • We encourage attendees who are experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID to self-test during the 72-24 hours prior to the conference and only attend if their most recent test is negative.
  • We ask attendees to respect the comfort level of others while interacting. Please be cognizant of patient research partners in attendance as well as of attendees who interact with patients and people with compromised immune systems on a daily basis.
  • While mask wearing is not required, ISOQOL will have masks available onsite at the registration desk.
  • If you experience any COVID symptoms during the conference, we encourage you to take a COVID self-test.
  • In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 during the Annual Conference, we ask that you please begin isolating immediately.
  • In the event of an onsite emergency, ISOQOL has a Crisis Response Plan in place. For more information, please view ISOQOL’s Policy Manual.

For those needing a test for travel, it is the attendee’s responsibility to arrange for the correct testing.

Any changes to these health and safety protocols will be available on this area of the conference website.

*ISOQOL is unable to enforce vaccination policies and mask mandates beyond local ordinance.

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The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.