Hamburg ticks all the boxes for a fun city break: a city-centre that can be explored on foot or by bike; a historic old town; a waterfront and a great restaurant scene!
At the end of June, I spent a couple of days in Hamburg with James; a city of nearly 2 million people in northern Germany. Germany has never been a country I’ve thought about exploring. I love Barcelona for its delicious tapas and architecture, Budapest for its outdoor thermal pools and Pisa for it’s super delicious pizza and pasta, but I didn’t know anything about what Hamburg, a major port city, had to offer.
My Hamburg city guide is coming soon, but first of all I want to write about the best hotel to stay in in Hamburg: Reichshof Hamburg!
Reichshof Hamburg Hilton
Reichshof Hamburg originally opened its doors in 1910 as Hotel Reichshof, a Hamburger traditional hotel in the classical Patrician style. It was a 4* hotel by the end of May 2014, when Hotel Reichshof was cancelled. On the 17th July 2015, after extensive renovations, it was re-opened under a new name and management: Reichshof Hamburg: Curio Collection by Hilton.
Reichshof Hamburg Hilton is located in the centre of Hamburg city centre, a stones throw from the main railway station. The hotel has 278 guest rooms, 6 junior suites and 3 one-bedroom suites, 10 conference and meeting rooms and a modern spa and fitness area.
The heart of the hotel is the Stadt Restaurant, with elegant wooden paneling and a revolving gallery. The restaurant is set up like a restaurant on a cruise ship, designed by the ship outfitters Friese in the style of a luxury liner. The real showpiece is the bar however, which was built in the 1920s Art Deco style, and carefully restored during the reopening in 2015. The Art Deco style pours out into the reception, with stunning marble floors and pillars and decorative chandeliers.
James and I stayed in one of the Medium Rooms. The room felt welcoming and luxurious, with high ceilings, a stylish Art Deco design and modern furnishings. The bed is big and comfy, with soft pillows and an extra large duvet. The room also had a HD-flatscreen TV and free wifi – ideal for planning the days adventures! Extra features also included free bottled water and a Tassimo hot beverage machine.
The bathroom was chic and compact, with a rain-shower and a well-lit cosmetic mirror. There was also a hair dryer and shampoo, conditioner and lotions to use.
The room also had air-con, so it was easy to find a comfortable temperature we could both relax in. Not that we tend to use them, but the room did lack a minibar facility – but there was a fully stocked bar downstairs and room service available if you needed anything.
The best central hotel in Hamburg
The location of Reichshof Hamburg is perfect! The hotel is just a stones throw away from Hamburg’s main train station; Hamburg Central Station. From here you can get underground tubes and overground trains, alongside buses and tour buses departing right outside.
The public transport is extremely cheap in Hamburg (especially if you use the Hamburg travel card!) and is easy to navigate. The trains are clean and efficient – a far cry from the London underground!
The hotel is also just a short walk away from the shopping district, with supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and bars, alongside high street retailers including Zara, Nike, Lush and other department stores in huge shopping malls.
I love a good continental breakfast whilst I’m away on holiday – and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! Breakfast is served in the stunning Stadt Restaurant, with a continental buffet stocked full of German breads, hams and cold meats, cereals, pastries, fruit and cooked breakfast items including sausages, scrambled egg, hash browns and traditional German meatballs. The breakfast is satisfying and it set us both up well for a day of exploring! We did a lot of steps during our time in Hamburg and saw a huge number of sights in the city, so the breakfast provided the perfect fuel for exploring.
If you’re thinking about going for a city break in Hamburg, I’d recommend a stay at this beautiful hotel. The location is perfect with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby, and a short walk away from the main public transport hub. It’s fantastic value for money compared to other hotels in the city, too.
Reichshof Hamburg is clean, modern and spacious in a picturesque part of the city. It has a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for couples or a girly weekend away! It’s the ideal base to use when exploring the city, and the short walking distance from the main train station means you can relax in no time at all.
Check out my post on things to see and do in Hamburg and keep your eyes peeled for my guide on things to eat and drink in Hamburg coming soon!
We were given a complimentary stay for 2 nights with breakfast at Reichshof Hamburg in collaboration with the Come to Hamburg project.