The Side hotel is a striking looking structure, right near the Hamburg Messe and the Congress Center, so it's really handy if you need a location near theere but also near to the shopping area and the canal. It's furnished with impeccable taste as well as being clean and light, not like other designer hotels which may feel a little claustrophobic. On the lower level there is a well-equipped fitness center, with gym, swimming pool and sauna to relax after a hard day shopping or working. The meatery at the ground floor is allegedly one of the best place in town to sample strong and excellent meat. In fact, as you walk in the hotel hall, you will see some beef quarters displayed on glass shelves. I am not a big meat eater, but my colleagues have said the meat is really delicious albeit only for real meat lovers. The breakfast buffet is full of delicious savoury and sweet delicacies, cakes, home-made jams, smoked salmon and so on. It is worth the money (24€) if you plan to stay out all day with little chance to have a lunch break, otherwise I recommend the Italian style cafè “Mama deli” situated 100mt from the hotel on Stephansplatz 6, with 5€ one can have a earthy and delicious breakfast.
As I said, Side Hotel is really stunning but there were a couple of things which put me off the staying: the superior rooms are spacious and light however the one I stayed in, had the sun shining since 5.30am in spite of the thick curtains, it was quite difficult to get a good sleep, that is if you are bothered by daylight when sleeping. The duvet was too thick, in June even Hamburg is warm enough and there is no need for such thickness, the thing is if I took it off I would be cold as air con cannot be adjusted and it’s set at 22°€ and if I kept the duvet I would be boiling, so I had to sleep covering with a little pile they put at the end of the bed. The floor is wooden, very stylish but very noisy both myself and colleagues staying in different rooms could hear all the noise coming from the upper floors, that is quite unpleasant, especially if you’re working 10hours a day standing on your feet for a fair. Also the swimming pool was beautifully designed but one must be careful as it’s easy not to see the end and bump on the tiles as you’re swimming. The staff is nice and helpful however we have had some problems with them keeping the credit cards as guarantee, but later charging them in spite of the fact that we had explained we would be paying with one credit card for all. of course this is a designer hotel and quite expensive too, so probably my perception was caused by the fact that I was there to work hence I needed comfort over style. Overhall a good hotel, but I am not sure i would go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Hamburgs first 5* Design Hotel, SIDE is directly located in the heart of the city. Built by architect Jan Störmer, designed by Matteo Thun and illuminated by Robert Wilson, space and light have been put perfectly in relation to one another. These are the factors, which essentially shape the heart of the hotel and make the SIDE a sensual location for the urban generation of today. The 168 rooms in different categories are minimalist in style, yet welcoming, comfortable and with a personal touch. Ten "flying" suites on the 10th and 11th floor are all decked out in white. A further highlight of the hotel is the Sky Lounge and the roof top terrace on the 8th floor which offer an impressive view over Hamburg. The [m]eatery bar +restaurant serves dry aged steaks, different self-made burgers and special tartars. Colourblocking is a key theme in the SIDE SPA. This wellness oasis is refreshingly colourful and luxuriously furnished. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Side Hotel Hamburg
- Side Hamburg