Spread across the River Elbe with canals running through it, Hamburg is awash with waterside charm. Hop between the Neustadt and Aldstadt via the Jungfernstieg boulevard and admire the pretty boats on the Inner Alster lake. Hamburg’s high status in the historic Hanseatic League has left the city with a penchant for excellence – whether that’s across dining, architecture or its elegantly designed hotels. Here are the best boutique hotels in Hamburg – book a place to stay now with Culture Trip.
More than a century old, the Fairmont Hotel is the epitome of a grand European hotel, standing proudly at the Inner Alster lake in the heart of Hamburg. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch the fountains from your hotel room, which emulates traditional opulence with crystal chandeliers and gold accents. Hamburg’s spectacular Botanical Gardens and its historical Rathaus are both just a short walk away.
Nestled in between Stadthausbrücke, Große Bleichen and Neuer Wall, design-led hotel TORTUE offers another world for you to explore within Hamburg’s thriving centre. Whether it’s the generously sized bath in your room, the delicious German-inspired bouillabaisse served in the brasserie, or the international drinks at one of the four bars, there’s plenty to explore before you even think of leaving the hotel. Wander out to enjoy the Elbphilharmonie and surrounding Speicherstadt, both within walking distance.
With a unique facade that hails back 100 years, luxury five-star Fraser Suites is immediately recognisable. It’s striking design extends to inside too, with art deco stylings that pay homage to the golden 1920s era. Request a room overlooking the Alsterfleet tributary – one of Hamburg’s most important and prominent rivers – for a view into the city’s maritime history, and explore the culture and arts of the Unesco-listed Speicherstadt within a short walk away.
Combining the unique with the comfortable, Hotel Volksschule is housed in an old school building that has been completely remodelled with industrial accents and huge, attractive rooms. Wake up to a buffet breakfast any time in the morning, courtesy of the hotel’s late breakfast times, which last all the way until 11am. Once finished, you can experience the metropolis with ease; all major sights can be reached either on foot or via a quick ride on the city’s U-bahn.
Superbude is situated in Hamburg’s most colourful and trendy district, St Georg. The remarkable attention to detail is immediately apparent. Rest on inviting Rolf Heide design beds, complete with soft linens, for a great night’s sleep – you’ll need the extra shut-eye to re-energise between adventures. Whether it’s exploring Hamburg’s sights or the luxe gym, private cinema or the bar within the hotel, there’s not a single moment left for boredom.
Whether you’re in Hamburg on a romantic weekend away or a family holiday, The Madison Hotel has everything to make you feel right at home. High-quality furnishings, a spacious bath and fully functional kitchenettes – even in the studio rooms – help you settle into Hamburg the way you want to. Snippets of its skyline are visible from most bedroom windows. You can reach the gem in the cityscape – Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie – within a 10-minute walk.
Start every day in Hamburg feeling well rested when you stay at Hotel St. Annen, located between the trendy districts of St Pauli and Sternschanze. The hotel blends modern and sleek design with high-quality comforts, from its plush Fränkische Bettwarenfabrik beds to a buffet breakfast of freshly baked croissants and premium filter coffee. For daytime wandering, most of Hamburg’s sights are within a short walk. Come nightfall, you’ve got the sprawling bars of St Pauli on your doorstep.
Step into the vision of Egyptian designer Karim Rashid at this Prizeotel, with its futuristic lines and a vibrant pops of colour throughout. Here, you can stretch out in spacious beds, nuzzle into luxurious sheets, refresh in deluxe floor-to-ceiling showers and feel the heat rise through your feet, thanks to underfloor heating. Prizeotel has everything you would expect from a luxury hotel at just a fraction of the price.
The sleek HafenCity District is home to one of Hamburg’s youngest and trendiest design hotels, the 25hours Hotel HafenCity. Fitting to the maritime flair of its location, the hotel’s 170 rooms are styled as ship cabins; cabins come in four sizes, each distinguished by a seafaring-inspired design. Eccentric details include a logbook in each room with real sailors’ stories of voyages across the world. Take advantage of the hotel’s free bicycle and Mini rentals to explore the city.
On the shore of Lake Alster, in the multicultural St Georg District, lies the George Hotel. The stylish hotel masterfully blends British tradition with colonial influences and modern amenities. The 125 rooms present an old-school charm underlined by warm colours, vintage wallpapers and plush furniture. The British flair for muted elegance and privacy is echoed in the common areas including the dining club and the libraries. Meanwhile, the rooftop luxury day spa offers sweeping views from the treatment rooms, plus there are private saunas to book on request.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Ilze Ievina.
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