The Hotel Smolka (Das Smolka) in Hamburg was a disappointment. It is certainly not a 4-star as sold. My reservation for a non-smoking room was not honored because the available rooms were at a higher rate. My room was tiny, the bed was tiny, and the bathroom was tiny and awkward to use. The TV was an old 15 inch CRT and there were no English channels, and the furniture was old and very worn. Although the street noise was non-existent, the walls are thin enough to hear noisy neighbors.
The staff is friendly (but not so friendly as to give me a non-smoking room). A free bottle of water was given on the first night (not replenished), bottled shampoo and body wash (not replenished), and there is free wireless internet (60 minute sessions which can be renewed) which are all good notes. The hotel is located in a nice, quiet neighborhood (needs a pooper-scooper law, so watch out) near two U-bahn stations, and thus convenient. My rate did not include breakfast, so I cannot comment on what others have said is very good. There are several restaurants and food stores nearby.
To get to the hotel from the hauptbahnhof (train station) , take the U3 (18 minutes) and get off at Eppendorfer Baum or U1 to Klosterstern; there is a sign at the corner pointing to the hotel. A ticket should be bought at the touchscreen for 1.40 Euros before getting on the train. It is an entertaining walk from the hauptbahnofff to the hotel which takes about one hour (without stopping for the sites).
Most certainly I would not recommend this hotel. When you see the number of stars from a western (US) hotel, you are pretty sure of what you will get. German hotels seem to be rated on their best rooms, even if they can sell you a much lower quality experience.....I guess that is the purpose of Trip Advisor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Romantik Hotel das Smolka, one of the finest locations in Hamburg's elegant Harvestehude / Eppendorf district near Alster Lake. Whether you're in Hamburg for business or pleasure, whether you're interested in arts, entertainment, high-end shopping or the port - the Romantik Hotel das Smolka is your ideal location as it is situated in a quiet area with easy access to everything Hamburg has to offer. It is just a short walk to either of two underground stops from where you can quickly and easily reach the city centre, trade fair grounds, bus or train stations, port or airport. In the hotel's immediate vicinity you will find a great choice of restaurants and cafes, excellent shopping from designer outlets to quirky boutiques, and Hamburg's largest and best-known weekly market “Isemarkt”, held every Tuesday and Friday – possibilities are virtually endless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smolka Hotel Hamburg