Staying for four nights we were fortunate to have a spacious "Captain's Class" room with en suite shower on the 4th floor at the back of the hotel. Whilst not enjoying much of a view it was peaceful and the well-appointed room was also light and airy with a door on to a shared balcony. We found the bed and pillows most comfortable. Some of the nearby rooms were considerably smaller; others may have had a bath - specify your requirements if it matters to you.
The hotel is located in a quiet street close to the Landungsbrücken rail station and Überseebrücke ferry pier, and is surrounded by numerous Hispanic bistros and restaurants here in the Portuguese quarter. It is a short walk to the fabulous St Michaelis church and 10-15 minutes to the city centre beyond.
On the downside, the hotel Wifi service was appalling, generally slow, dropping out every few minutes and requiring full username and password re-entry. It was also switched off late at night. Equally we found no reliable Wifi in Hamburg city except at Starbucks. Two PCs and a printer are also available in the hotel lounge areas, but they suffered from the same Internet problems. For many travellers, Wifi access has become essential in a foreign country so I mark the hotel down on this - but resist taking off two points!
Elegant nautical decor lends the hotel a boutique air although the restaurant is only open for breakfast. Continental breakfasts were good quality with a moderate range of choices. The busy breakfast manager was very efficient.
The only other visible hotel representative was the duty manager/receptionist who ranged from cheerfully obliging to faintly truculent. Other duties permitting, the manager would also serve coffee and drinks in the lounge area.
In summary, a clean and comfortable hotel let down by very poor Wifi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Stella Maris is located at the port of Hamburg, close to the Landungsbrucken underground and "S-Bahn" train station, in the middle of the lively Portuguese quarter. Here you will find the typical Hamburg charm, with numerous quaint pubs and cosy restaurants: maritime and trendy at the same time. The furnishings of this modern hotel with its 49 bright, friendly rooms are based on a maritime theme. The salon with library and the recreation room with tabletop football provide different options for relaxation. The public areas in the hotel provide free WiFi, and the lobby has two Internet terminals that are free to use. ... more less
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