A very new hotel, typical Scandic (Scandinavian style). You may find the Scandinavian absence of a wardrobe a bit odd - your clothes are exposed and not much space is available for it - but almost everything else is great. You are greeted and later taken care of by very friendly and service-minded staff. They are mostly very young but the lack of experience is very much compensated by abundant good will and eagerness to please.
The location is conveniently centric and very nice. However, also in the immediate neighborhood you will find some sort of a hippie-style colony which I wasn't quite sure about. I found myself walking right through it amidst the old caravans and buildings in an advanced state of neglect, all covered in graffiti and people whose appearance made me wonder if walking there was really a good idea. However, nothing happened so I was probably just overreacting.
The architecture and decoration of the hotel is tasteful, very functional and pleasing to the eye, Rooms are spacious and the enormous window surface (in some rooms that is full two walls) brings a lot of light. On higher floors you may enjoy a glorious view of the city through those big glass walls. There are no drinks in the minibar (on purpose - you are invited to the bar on the ground floor), but you do have a complimentary small bottle of water and an electric kettle with a choice of teas and coffees.
The beds are large and comfortable, a bit on the soft side and you can enjoy a good night's sleep. No noise is coming from the street, but the wooden floors may become a problem if an obnoxious neighbor keeps their hard shoes on. You are provided with a pair of slippers and a bathrobe. The bathroom is large and has everything you need. If you like a soap bar though, that you should bring yourself because the hotel provides liquid soap only.
The wireless Internet is very fast and I appreciated not having to fumble through complex username/password combinations. Your room number and last name is all you need. Also, after I used it the first time, I was no longer requested to enter it again each time I wanted to use my device.
Breakfast is served in a large and nicely arranged restaurant. The choice and quality of food is impressive. Same restaurant is offering dinner (I am not sure about lunch). I tried it twice and it was quite good, with the only exception of wine (too little choice).
I will definitely return to the hotel whenever in Hamburg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scandic Hamburg Emporio combines sustainability, Scandinavian design and functionality in a unique way. The concept of "water" as a stylish design theme can be found throughout the hotel. The Hamburg hotel has 324 rooms in two categories, a restaurant and bar "H20", as well as eight conference rooms with a view across the city. Thanks to its location on Gansemarkt in the heart of the city, the Scandic Hamburg Emporio is the ideal starting point for holidaymakers and business travellers. It is part of the Scandic Hotel Group that has more than 230 hotels in Europe and is considered a pioneer in environmentallyfriendly tourism. ... more less
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