Being from Seattle, I know the kind of place that is funky and interesting and aimed at the 20-something set. This place was almost a caricature of itself in that regard, but did pull back just in time to avoid being too cliché.
The rooms were a fair size considering the location. They are located in the newly redeveloped harbour area of Hamburg about 10 minutes walk to the old town area. The beds were a little firm for my taste, but actually helped with some back issues I had been having so I was a bit grateful for that!
The restaurant did a really good spread for breakfast (though it was 17 EUR so a bit pricey for basically continental breakfast) with lots of good German breads and cheeses along with fluffy pastries and other goodies.
There was a number of "hang out" type loungey areas (on the first floor) as well as a cool conference room made from a shipping container (again, it is in the port area). Of course, they also had a fairly large gift shop in the lobby where you could pick up some design related stuff.
My one complaint (I actually got past the overly trendy stuff) was that there was no workout room in the hotel - I've run into this a few times in Europe where it is geared more toward the drinking set vs. the business set (they do have a sauna but no exercise equipment from what I could tell) and it was a little cold and rainy to do it outside (so I just slept in!).
- 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 light-hearted style and held together with some seaman’s yarn. The HEIMAT restaurant offers the best produce from local lands, and of course local waters. 170 bunks • Mini-bar • Safe • UE Boom Bluetooth speaker • iMac workstations • Free high speed Wi-Fi throughout the building • mare kiosk • Free MINI rental • Schindelhauer bikes for rent • Jogging corner • HEIMAT kitchen+bar • 4 function rooms • sauna with harbour view • Vinyl room • Gibson music room • Car park ... more less
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