From stately grande dames on Inner Alster Lake to a literature-themed hotel for bookworms and a modern meat-lovers’ retreat in the shopping mecca of Neustadt, these are the best ports-of-call in Germany‘s port city.
Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg is rightly famous for its maritime history, cutting-edge architecture and exciting dining. Flush with world-class museums and lively nightlife, it also makes for a fun-filled multi-generation city break. And, as you would expect in a city of its size and energy, the accommodation options are endless – so we’ve whittled down the selection. From converted warehouses to trad pads, these are the best places to stay Hamburg can offer.
On the very edge of the Inner Alster Lake, the Fairmont is a sumptuous, elegant pile that lives up to every classical ideal of a high-end hotel – while adding a twist of modernity. The rooms – all studded velvet headboards, ceiling-height windows and antique furniture, and some with lake views – are an opulent retreat from the buzzing city outside. Want to ramp up the pampering? Take advantage of the florist and hairdresser.
When designing the concept for this curvy addition to the Hamburg hotel scene, architect Jan Störmer was inspired by the organic forms of the city’s sparkling Outer Alster Lake, which the hotel overlooks. And the design only gets better inside – with a stunning atrium, a lakeside restaurant and a bar that oozes louche Mad Men vibes. This suave, mid-century feel is carried through in the rooms, with oak flooring, touchscreen room control and a rain shower.
It’s the designer hotel Hamburg hungered for, marrying modern style with the German love of meat. But don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping on a side of beef – the minimalist bedrooms are luxurious and seriously kitted out. No – it’s downstairs that you’ll find the (M)eatery Bar and Restaurant, where the offerings include aged steaks from Europe, USA and South America, burgers, steak tartare and seafood dishes… and probably some vegetables, too, if you look hard enough.
A commanding building on the banks of the Alsterfleet, the rooms of this recently refurbished classic place to stay in Hamburg are the epitome of German no-nonsense design. Leather headboards above the bed, large semi-circular work desks and simple-but-stylish lighting firmly shake hands with the building’s masculine profile. For sightseers, the historical city hall, Speicherstadt and HafenCity are just minutes away, while a smart spa and wellness centre is primed for some pre-dinner pampering.
Understated, elegant – the GINN cleverly combines originality, innovative technology and industrial design to make a hotel that seems to embody Hamburg’s personality. You’ll have fun discovering the quirky touches (they’re very proud of their water-saving vacuum toilets, for instance) that make a stay here a unique experience. On the edge of the Elbe reservoir, bump elbows with Hamburg’s trend-setters in the GINN Bar as you sip on your Nordic Gazpacho (no, really).
Housed in a seven-storey Kontorhaus that used to be a seed warehouse, the Sir Nikolai occupies a prime location in Hamburg’s Old Town on the picturesque Nikolaifleet canal. Just moments from Saint Catherine’s Church, the Elbphilharmonie, Deichtorhallen and HafenCity, it makes for the perfect city centre stopover or romantic weekend away. Rooms, complete with custom-made furniture, art and accessories, have bags of individual character. Head downstairs for pampering at the in-house spa, and don’t skip breakfast in the gorgeous atrium.
Still not found your perfect stay? Why not treat yourself to one of the best luxury hotels in Hamburg, and book your stay on Culture Trip. Or if you’re after a wallet-friendly stay, book one of the top budget hotels in Hamburg.
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