The Most Stunning Boutique Hotels to Book in Hamburg

Enjoy a touch of luxury on your Hamburg holiday
Enjoy a touch of luxury on your Hamburg holiday | © Hotel Louis C. Jacob / Expedia
Nammie Matthews


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.

1. Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg

Chain Hotel

Cream leather couches on a decked terrace overlooking the river at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg.
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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.

2. TORTUE Hamburg

Hotel, Luxury

Room at the TORTUE Hamburg hotel, with blue and grey furnishings including a double bed with circular mirror above it, and a plush grey armchair.
© Tortue Hamburg / Expedia

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.

3. Fraser Suites Hamburg

Boutique Hotel

Elegant double room at the Fraser Suites Hamburg, with cream and blue furnishings, monochrome prints on the wall and a flatscreen TV.
© Fraser Suites Hamburg / Expedia

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.

4. Hotel Volksschule

Boutique Hotel

Double room at the Hotel Volksschule, with a large black-and-white photograph of a river scene above the bed, wooden floorboards and a large window.
© Hotel Volksschule / Expedia

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.

5. Superbude St. Georg

Boutique Hotel

Modernist room at the Superbude St. Georg hotel, with a double bed comprised of four plywood single beds stacked together, a grey and white geometric rug and a clothes rail.
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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.

6. The Madison Hotel Hamburg

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Living room area in a suite at the Madison Hotel Hamburg, with dark grey and white furnishings, including a checked sofa, oval coffee table and two armchairs.
© The Madison Hotel Hamburg / Expedia

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.

7. Hotel St. Annen

Boutique Hotel

Double room at the Hotel St. Annen with grey and cream furnishings, wooden headboard and wall-mounted flatscreen TV.
© Hotel St. Annen / Expedia

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.

8. Prizeotel Hamburg-City

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Funky double room at the Prizeotel Hamburg-City, with wavy furnishings including a puddle-shaped mirror, bright blue patterned carpet and lozenge-shaped wall-mounted TV.
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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.

9. Hotel Louis C. Jacob


Outdoor riverside dining area with many tables and brown wicker chairs shaded by large trees at Hotel Louis C. Jacob
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In the hills above the River Elbe, surrounded by plush villas and captains’ houses, lies a special hotel: the Louis C. Jacob. Its 85 rooms and suites offer a private, luxurious atmosphere in the best Hanseatic tradition. The hotel’s art collection includes more than 500 original paintings, and the shelves of the sophisticated library are lined with old classics. The on-site two-Michelin-starred Jacobs restaurant offers a gourmet dining experience; while 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.

10. Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus


The modernist, wood-clad exterior of the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus, which also features large wraparound windows.
© Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus / Expedia
On the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg, the Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus proves 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 super comfortable rooms and a restaurant serving local, seasonal food.

11. 25hours Hotel HafenCity

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Warehouse-style check-in area at the 25hours Hotel HafenCity, featuring brown leather sofas, exposed pipework and walls clad in wood from pallets.
© 25hours Hotel HafenCity / Expedia

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.

12. My Place


Double suite at the My Place hotel, with grey mid-century-modern furnishings, a navy sofa and floor-to-ceiling windows.
© My Place / Expedia
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 rooms and apartments is individually designed and named after a district of Hamburg; the standard room features local artwork, while the suite stands out for its deep bathtub. Downstairs, there is a communal living room where breakfast is served; jams are made on-site and include unusual flavours such as sour cherry with coffee.

13. The George Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Double room at the George Hotel with black bed, white leather armchair and footstool, lime-green patterned wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling window.
© The George Hotel / Expedia

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.

14. Strandhotel Blankenese

Hotel, Villa

Lounge area in a suite at the Strandhotel Blankenese, with grey and black furnishings, a desk and white lacquered wardrobe.
© Strandhotel Blankenese / Expedia
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 has all the pizzazz of a 19th-century seaside resort. The 15 rooms are individually designed and combine romantic ambience with modern features, such as deluxe mattresses and Bulgari toiletries. Between the homely on-site cafe and delightful terrace overlooking the river, you may never want to leave.

15. HENRI Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Business Hotel, Hotel

Double room at the HENRI Hotel, with white wood panelling and a grey fabric bed.
© HENRI Hotel / Expedia
In the heart of the city, the HENRI Hotel attracts guests who are looking for a certain cosmopolitan style. The spacious suites nod to the 1950s, with unique details such as dark-wood floors, custom-made furniture and handwoven rugs giving them a homely, welcoming feel. Help yourself 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.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Ilze Ievina.

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