With our partner easyJet Holidays, these are the best boutique hotels and urban retreats to stay at in Hamburg

Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck

Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck
Live life on the wild side at this themed hotel

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 150

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NH Hamburg Altona

NH Hamburg Altona
A tranquil space for business in the city

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 363-369

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Scandic Hamburg Emporio

Scandic Hamburg Emporio
Unexpected Scandi-chic

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.

Dammtorwall 19

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Barcelo Hamburg

Barcelo Hamburg
Get a glimpse of your idyllic room... then head straight for the wine cellar

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 15

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SIR Nikolai

SIR Nikolai
A cosy spot by the canal

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 29

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Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg

Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
You know your hotel is fancy if it has its own bridge

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 4

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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. 

Rothenbaumchaussee 10

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