The best hotels for a weekend away in hipster Hamburg
By Emma Power, 7th April 2017
Known as one of the Venices of the North thanks to its hundreds of winding canals – more than Amsterdam and Venice put together – Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city (and between you and me, possibly the coolest – sssh, don’t tell Berlin!).
The urban-yet-nautical vibe of Hamburg is inimitable, and you won’t find it anywhere else in Germany. After all, there’s a reason it’s been included in so many ‘places to visit in 2017‘ lists.
So whatever you look for in a quick city break – be it the theatre (they LOVE musicals in Hamburg), flea markets, high-end retail or a deliciously tacky-but-trendy entertainment district – there’s never been a better time to visit this edgy port city.
And thanks to our friends at Come To Hamburg, we know exactly where you should call home while you’re there…
Your slice of luxury
This pearl of Hamburg is one of the most historic hotels in the city, situated next to the newly-built Schauspielhaus (theatre) and central train station.
The Hotel Reichshof was built in a fantastic reformation style with baroque influences, and its art-deco facade is as iconic today as it was then.
Indeed, this hotel has always enjoyed a luxury reputation since the very beginning; in the olden days the Reichshof was said to have served the best coffee and tea in the city thanks to its own exclusive water spring.
The rooms at the Hotel Reichshof are an elegant fusion of old-time glamour and modern sophistication, designed in an art-deco style with the hotel’s signature high ceilings, copper-and-marble decor and slick wood panelling.
The luxury at the Hotel Reichshof isn’t just confined to the lush suites; take your pampering to the hotel’s first-class spa with attractive massage area, steam sauna and Finnish sauna, complete with a beautifully serene relaxation room.
The simply exquisite atrium of the Hotel Reichshof will set the luxurious tone of your stay straight away. As you take in the fine marble columns, watch as guests indulge in sushi, snacks and cakes from the hotel’s very own patisserie at Emil’s cafe, bistro and bar.
For something even more stately, dining in the hotel’s Stadt Restaurant is a classy affair, with a carefully chosen international culinary selection as well as more classic German dishes.
The hotel’s Bar 1910 radiates the bon viveur lustre of the Golden twenties. Serving a chic selection of old-time cocktails and high-quality spirits, the bar also features a club room with a billiard’s table so guests can unwind after dinner over a game of pool.
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The George finds itself nestled in a diverse neighbourhood brimming with trendy boutiques and cool street cafes in Hamburg’s colourful St. Georg district.
This boutique design hotel embraces old-school elegance, and is an homage to the classic sensibilities of English social club rooms, yet injected with cutting-edge design and funky furniture.
The George’s reinterpretation of chic colonialism sees 125 impeccably dressed rooms in warm shades of cocoa and champagne. Details such as the Chesterfield armchairs, Osborne & Little wallpapers, dark wood casework, houndstooth-patterned bed throws and white Eames rocking chairs with Union Jack cushions add to the “classic with a twist” theme.
A break away from the all the Brit-nostalgia is the spa on the sixth floor. Decorated in a lavish Marrakesh style with deep colors and details in gold, it’s a small, exotic oasis in the heart of the German metropolis, offering luxury facials, hot stone massages and wellness manicures.
The atmosphere in bar DaCaoi is sophisticated yet snug; the lighting islow, the bartender can be heard humming along to Goldfinger, and the furniture has been carefully selected in deep shades of green, brown and black.
Make sure you order a G&G from the crooning mixologist (named after bar-manager Giovanni and his right hand, Gordon) – it’s guaranteed to please any G&T enthusiast.
Another option is the hotel’s Camparilounge, a beautiful rooftop terrace that offers scenic views over the Alster lake where you can sit back and watch the sailboats with an expertly-made spritzer before dinner.
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Your romantic retreat
A modern and intimate riverfront hotel in the heart of Hamburg, the Ameron Speicherstadt is the only hotel in the historic and picture-perfect Warehouse District.
As you enter the hotel you’re greeted with a retro fresco depicting a sailor embracing his fiancee, the first nod to Hamburg’s romantic reputation as the Venice of the North.
No romantic hotel stay is complete without a trip to the spa – with its subdued light, Finnish sauna and sun loungers, the Ameron’s Vitality Spa is sensual and cosy all at the same time.
What’s more, its dreamy relaxation rooms are ideally located on the top floor of the hotel so that love-birds can unwind together with dazzling views over the rooftops of Hamburg.
Then, walk hand-in-hand over the iron bridge into the old coffee exchange where the cantinetta ristorante awaits you with its classy 50s/60s design, creative Italian cuisine and panoramic windows that overlook the Brooksfleet.
On warm summer days, the spectactular roof terrace is open for guests, while at nightfall you can watch the lights of the city reflected on the water of the calm canals.
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Hotel Hafen Hamburg
Your first port of call
An authentic German hotel, the Hotel Hafen Hamburg is the perfect place to stay for your first visit to the Hanseatic city.
Rambling across two buildings, one old and one new, the historic maritime hotel is located directly above the famous Landungsbrücken.
Here in this hotel, you and your fellow travellers can enjoy unforgettable and unparalleled views of the busy Port of Hamburg, the St.Pauli docks and River Elbe.
Their 62-metre high Tower Bar is legendary in Hamburg; a trip to this effortlessly chill city isn’t complete without a delicious cocktail or freshly tapped beer, served with a cool bird’s eye view.
While the hotel neighbours the bustling port, you’re guaranteed a peaceful sleep; the double-beds are a generous size (1.8 metres wide) and extremely comfortable – perfect for a relaxing slumber after a long day (and night!) spent exploring the vibrant city.
One of the main distinguishing features of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg is its distinct personality and charm; on the inside, the hotel is atmospherically lit, with soft, plush patterned carpets and ornate gold railings running up the grand staircases.
Each corner of the hotel is bursting with character, and like a pirate discovering hidden sea treasures, you’ll find yourself looking in every nook and cranny for kitschy nautical artifacts, from wooden chests to ships in glass bottles.
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Empire Riverside Hotel
Your contemporary comfort
A modern high-rise design hotel located on the historical grounds of the old Bavaria site, the chic Empire Riverside Hotel rises between the Reeperbahn, the port of Hamburg and the Speicherstadt.
The bright, spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the city – arguably the hotel’s most distinguishing detail, along with its sleek bronze facade .
Dining in the Empire is a classy affair, always accompanied with spectacular views and a buzzy atmosphere. For a skyline drink, try 20up – situated on the 20th floor with a 20 metre-long-bar, you can enjoy picture-perfect sunsets and tasty cocktails.
For dinner, the elegant Waterkant restaurant awaits you, ready to prepare a delicious selection of international dishes or Hanseatic specialties in their open show kitchen.
Alternatively, David’s bar is a cosy lounge where you can order specialty sushi and other snacks right next to the real fireplace, or take in the tunes from the live DJ at weekends.
The RIVERstyle spa is the perfect place to renew your energy for a busy day in Hamburg, whether you prefer the Finnish sauna, steam bath or plunge pool.
Afterwards, simply sit back on the recliners in the RIVERstyle chillout area and flick through a magazine or newspaper in peace.
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