Staying for the first time as a tourist in my hometown, I chose this hotel because of it's unique location. Das Smolka is right in the middle of Hamburg's most desirable quarters, Eppendorf and Harvestehude, a mixed refined residential and lively commercial area, with tree-lined streets, large art deco apartment houses, and a multitude of shops and good restaurants. All that in 5 minutes walking distance - as are underground and bus stations to the city center, museums, the harbor and other attractions.
The hotel itself was a disappointment. Growing up here, I had passed by the Smolka every day, it had a good name, and I always thought this would be a great place to stay.
The first thing we noticed was the pervasive room spray, something we don't care to inhale. But the sweet perfume could not mask the fact that we didn't get the non-smoking room we had booked. Fortunately the weather allowed us to keep the window open, otherwise the cold smoke would have been insufferable.
Our room, as the hotel in general, could do with a remodeling, the furnishings were rather dated, and the bathroom smelled musty. The mattresses were good, though, and the room, overlooking beautiful Isestrasse, was quiet. Though we appreciated the free wireless in our room, the frequency you had to re-enter the password (every hour) was a bit annoying. Free parking was available which can be quite an asset in this quarter.
Unlike in many other German hotels, breakfast was not included in the room price. Since there was only the buffet option (14 euros per person), we preferred walking down to one of the many nice bakeries and cafes down the street (like the Petit Café in the Hegestrasse).
Would I stay there again? Probably. But, I'm sorry to say, only because of the extraordinay location!
- 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