I stayed at the Empire Riverside Hotel last week for one night during a brief business visit to Hamburg.
The hotel is located in a very convenient location, next door to the, er...interesting, red light district and within walking distance (about 20 minutes) from Hamburg's centre and the HafenCity.
The lobby is clean and modern and check-in was quick and easy. My room was simple, clean and contemporary with a nice view over Hamburg's huge docks. Bed was very comfy. No iron and ironing board in the room (minimalist would be a fair description) but reception brought them up to me within about 15 minutes of my request.
No wifi in the rooms which is very surprising for what seems to be a business-driven hotel and really lets the place down a bit.
Staff were friendly and helpful in giving me walking directions to the city centre.
My highlight of the hotel was the bar on the 20th floor, where some business associates and I relaxed with a couple of cocktails at the end of the evening. The view over the docks/city is spectacular and they have a vast and interesting cocktail menu. The bar was bustling but we managed to get served right away for each round and the drinks were very good.
I can't comment on the value of the hotel as I believe all Hamburg's hotel prices were inflated when I travelled due to a trade show in the city.
All in all I liked this hotel but I think the lack of wifi in the rooms leaves the place at a real disadvantage, particularly as it's not a cheap place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Empire Riverside Hotel towers 90 meters above the River Elbe and dominates the skyline of Hamburg harbour. The hotel is located in a unique position high above the St Pauli Landungsbrücken in a triangle between the Hafen City, Elbchaussee and downtown Hamburg. Guests have immediate access to the city center and the port, and can watch ships entering and leaving the harbour from their beds. The Empire Riverside Hotel has 327 rooms starting from the fourth floor up to the twentieth floor. Most of the rooms are offering floor-to-ceiling panorama windows, extra-large beds, air conditioning, flat screen television, wireless internet, minibar and safe. The hotel restaurant waterkant serves international maritime cuisine and guests are welcome to watch chefs preparing the food in the show kitchen. There are two hotel bars: DAVID'S Bar & Lounge looking out onto Davidstrasse and the nightlife passing by, and the Skyline Bar 20up, offering an unrivaled panorama view overlooking the River Elbe and the Port of Hamburg. The RIVERstyle fitness& spa features cardio training machines, sauna, steam bath and Kneipp basin on a total of 200 square meters. The Empire Riverside Hotel is located in St. Pauli with acces to Underground and S-Bahn train in only 5-minutes-walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Empire Riverside Hamburg
- Hotel Empire Riverside