With our partner easyJet Holidays, these are the best boutique hotels and urban retreats to stay at in Hamburg
Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck
Best for… animal lovers
Zip from Asia to the Arctic in seconds at the world’s first zoo-themed hotel, where continent-centric floors are connected by a boat (OK, a lift disguised as a boat). The rooms – each telling the story of an animal – are decorated with the kind of indigenous artwork and antiques fit for an explorer. The restaurant, bar and spa are smartly decorated around the same theme – and, if you’ve become attached to your room’s native fauna, the restaurant excels at vegetarian cooking.
Hagenbeckstraße 150Book with easyJet Holidays
NH Hamburg Altona
Best for… work and pleasure
A brilliant place to do business in Hamburg. Smart, modern and well-equipped, it’s got your work day covered – whether you need access to the extensive conference facilities, office space or a post-conference call sauna session. While its vibrant restaurant and smart lobby bar mean everything you need is a lift ride away, its enviably central location – close to fashionable Ottensen and the Barclaycard Arena – means there’s plenty to explore once you’ve closed your laptop.
Stresemannstraße 363-369Book with easyJet Holidays
Scandic Hamburg Emporio
Best for… foodies
Moments from the train station, right on Gänsemarkt square and close to the congress centre, this elegant little hotel is perfect for discovering the city. Its star attraction is the fabulous concept restaurant, with live-cooking stations where you can watch chefs rustle up modern Scandi and northern German dishes from locally sourced, organic ingredients. A playful creativity carries on into the rooms, bright with local art and spectacular views of the cityscape.
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Best for… wine lovers
Fine views wrap around this innovative hotel in central Hamburg, with glass-walled rooms and peaceful balconies looking out across the forest of church spires and skyscrapers that make up this unique German city. The suites, in particular, have unparalleled views of the lakes and the Alster river. The best view of all, though, can be accessed by any guest: the racks and racks of fine wine – 1,700 bottles in total – at its cool tapas restaurant bar.
Ferdinandstraße 15Book with easyJet Holidays
Best for… the Old Town
A gorgeous hotel in the heart of old Hamburg, this dreamy canalside boutique – elegantly built within an old seed warehouse – is a typically northern German blend of tradition and innovation. Rooms are sympathetically designed to reflect the gentle pace of life on the Nikolaifleet, Hamburg’s oldest canal, which flows alongside. But there’s nothing old fashioned about its elegant spa and atrium restaurant bar. Well-connected staff can line up some excellent experiences, from barista training to schnitzel making.
Katharinenstraße 29Book with easyJet Holidays
Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
Best for… a luxury stay
Pure luxury in the heart of Hamburg. This beautiful hotel, built in the traditional Hanseatic style, overlooks the stately Alsterfleet river, with its lobby sat at one end of its own fairytale bridge. Come for the views – the elegant riverside restaurant, built around a lush winter garden, is particularly special – and stay for its comfortably luxurious rooms and suites and extensive, recently renovated spa and wellness centre. The City Hall and HafenCity are just a stroll away.
Heiligengeistbrücke 4Book with easyJet Holidays
Grand Elysee Hamburg
Best for… a special occasion
Grand by name and nature, this sumptuous five-star hotel is so prestigious it boasts its own boulevard, a quintessentially German stretch of luxury cafes, boutiques and patisseries within the hotel itself. Rooms are capacious – the suites in particular – with some boasting balconies overlooking Moorweiden Park and others amazing views of the skyline. The destination spa is one of the best in the city, as is its rooftop cocktail bar. Its on-site art gallery, the Block Collection, is one of the most important private collections in northern Germany.
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