The exploration of a dazzling and unique city Hamburg calls for equally appealing and individual accommodations. With that in mind, the Culture Trip has rounded up some of the best boutique hotels that the bustling port city has to offer.
In the hills above River Elbe, surrounded by plush villas and captains’ houses, lies a special hotel: the Louis C. Jacob. Its 85 rooms and suites offer guests a private and luxurious atmosphere in the best Hanseatic tradition. The hotel’s art collection includes over 500 original paintings, and shelves of the sophisticated library are lined with books. The on-site two-Michelin-starred Jacobs restaurant offers a gourmet dining experience, and in the summer the famous Lime Tree Terrace is one of the city’s best locations for sipping a drink and watching ships pass by.
On the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg, the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus invites guests to experience that high comfort and sustainability can go hand in hand. The hotel’s 82 rooms and common areas conjure the atmosphere of a peaceful forest. Ecologically processed wood is the dominant material of the building and the furniture; the roof is home to 9,000 domestic plants and serves to improve the city’s microclimate. The Wälderhaus not only presents the most advanced green technologies, it also offers its guests state-of-the-art facilities and all modern comforts.
The sleek new 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 unique, seafaring-inspired design and details as well as a logbook with real sailors’ stories of voyages across the world. The hotel’s guests enjoy free bicycle and MINI rentals to explore the city.
There are not many hotels that represent the city better than My Place in the trendy and alternative Sternschanze district. Each of the hotel’s 18 rooms and apartments is individually designed and named after a district of Hamburg, showcasing the diversity and individuality of the bustling metropolis under one roof. The comfy living room lounge invites guests for drinks and tasty treats, while the countless cafés, restaurants, and bars of the lively district are just a short walk away.
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 colors, vintage wallpapers, and plush furniture, all brightened by unique accents. The British flair of muted elegance and privacy is echoed in the common areas like dining club and the libraries. In turn, the rooftop luxury day spa transports guests to the baths of Morocco.
By the River Elbe, at the foot of the picturesque “district of stairs,” a beautifully renovated Art Nouveau villa houses the Strandhotel Blankenese. Among the villas, captains’ and fishermen’s houses of the Blankenese district, the hotel emanates the flair of a 19th century seaside resort. The 15 rooms are individually designed and combine romantic ambience with modern equipment. Between the cozy on-site cafe, the elegant Greyroom, and the delightful terrace overlooking the river, guests may never want to leave.
In the heart of the city, the HENRI Hotel attracts guests who value hospitality, authenticity, and a cosmopolitan flair. The spacious studious and suites of the boutique hotel are furnished in a 1950s style. Unique details like dark wood floors, custom-made furniture, and handwoven rugs give the hotel a cozy and welcoming feel. Guests can help themselves from giant retro fridges in the lounge or enjoy a meal at the on-site KontorKüche. On the top floor, a spa and gym area complete the attractive amenities package of this one-of-a-kind hotel.