I have visited dozens of hotels whilst travelling on business. They all sort of blend into one amorphous ‘business hotel’ memory. Not this one. I’ll admit I was a little un-nerved on arrival as this was like no business hotel I had stayed in before. If you’re expecting a musack-filled reception with a dark wood reception desk, probably with some polished brass embelishments, then look elsewhere. My first thought was that it was clearly a hip and trendy designer place and I wasn’t really a hip and trendy designer person so wouldn’t like it. However I quickly revised my opinion and discovered I really did like it. It wasn’t trying hard to be hip and trendy for the sake of it, it was just a good quality, good value hotel with a different ethos and outward appearance.
Reception appeared to be constructed from pallets and shipping containers and hints at a focus on the environment and recycling. My room was another design surprise, being fashioned on a ship’s cabin (but a very spacious one) with a travel-inspired feature wallpaper on one wall. A good-size double bed was dressed with a full-size duvet, the desk appeared to be hewn from a large wooden travelling trunk and the large windows overlooked the harbour area. The bathroom was spacious and included a large and effective walk-in shower. Wi-fi was strong and there was an ethernet cable option.
I ate in the restaurant for both nights of my stay; the food was good quality and well-presented, which is also true of the breakfast service. The staff were friendly, courteous and efficient and spoke excellent English. The only slight issue I had was a long queue to check-out.
Overall, as I said, I really liked the 25 Hours; it made me smile as well as delivering a good hotel service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the style of a sailor‘s home at foreign ports, the guest cabins in the 25hours Hotel HafenCity are warm and cosy. Elements and materials from shipbuilding are interpreted in a lighthearted style and held together with some seaman‘s yarn. The HEIMAT kitchen+bar offers the best produce from local lands, and of course local waters.170 bunks • Mini-bar • Safe • iHome Sound Dock • iMac workstations • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building • Mare kiosk • Free MINI rental • Free bicycle rental • Jogging corner • HEIMAT kitchen+bar • 4 function rooms • Port sauna with view port • Vinyl room • Gibson music room • Car park ... more less
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