Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg
The Steigenberger hotel group's outpost in Hamburg has a great canalside location in the heart of town.
S is one of Germany's leading hotel groups, with more than two dozen properties in Germany and another dozen or so in Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Egypt. Its hotels are upscale without being over the top, and they attract a mixture of business and leisure travelers. I've stayed at five Steigenberger hotels in recent years, and while all have been comfortable, I'd have to say that my favorite is the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg. Here's why:
The Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg is on the Alsterfleet, one of two parallel canals that run between the Inner Alster lake and the Elbe. It's within walking distance of the main railroad station, sightseeing attractions in the city center, and downtown shopping zones like the Mönckebergstrasse, the Jungfernstieg, and the Alster Arcades.
The hotel's immediate neighborhood is quiet, with a canal on the front side of the building and a pedestrian-friendly street with bars, restaurants, and shops behind. (Soundproof windows also keep noise out.)
Just a few meters away, however, you can catch the S-Bahn at Stadthausbrücke or the U-Bahn at Rödingsmarkt. For access and convenience, the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg is hard to beat.
The Steigenberger Hamburg Hotel has 221 rooms and 12 suites, with separate floors for smokers and nonsmokers and modern but comfortable furnishings. Even the cheapest "Standard Rooms" offer a choice of king-size, queen-size, or twin beds, plus large desks and chairs for sitting and reading.
As a bonus, all rooms have waterway or city views (no parking lots or blank walls to look at). My suggestion: Book a room on one of the upper floors and use the glass-walled staircase to enjoy the changing view on your way down to breakfast.
The buffet breakfast in the is pricey but up to the Steigenberger group's high standards, with enough food choices to keep you going until a late lunch or teatime.
The serves excellent lunches and dinners indoors, in the winter garden, or (in good weather) on a terrace.
The hotel also has a .
Steigenberger's staff are more efficient than fawning, but they're also friendly and helpful. I've never had a problem with check-in our check-out at a Steigenberger hotel, and my free morning newspaper at the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg was either the Herald Tribune or the Financial Times, in deference to the language on my passport.
If you can afford the rates, enjoy well-designed contemporary hotels, and don't mind paying for Internet access, you're likely to be satisfied with the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg.
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The Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg faces the Alsterfleet canal.
A walking and cycling path, the Alsterwanderweg, runs in front of the hotel at water level. In this picture, a commuter bikes to work while a fisherman adjusts his rod and reel with the hotel's breakfast room as a backdrop.
Here's a photo of the breakfast room, a.k.a. Restaurant am Fleet, taken from the lobby:
The S-Bahn's Stadthausbrücke station has an entrance along the Alsterwanderweg, a few meters from the hotel.
From Stadthausbrücke, it's only one stop by S-Bahn to the Landungsbrücken boat pier in the harbor and two stops to the Reeperbahn.
In the other direction, the Hauptbahnhof or main railroad station is just two stops from the hotel.
The Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg's main entrance is at street level, facing a bridge across the canal that doubles as a taxi stand.
Inside the lobby is a large reception desk, where you'll normally find several receptionists on duty.
The lobby is attractive, with plenty of natural light from glass walls that face the Alsterfleet.
I stayed in Room 619, which overlooked the Alsterfleet. (This photo, taken from near the windows, shows the large desk, a chair for reading on the right, and a king-size bed.)
These pictures show views from Room 619 at the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg.
The upper photo was taken from the center of the room; in the telephoto shot, a U-Bahn train approaches the historic Rödingsmarkt station, which opened in 1912 and is a one- or two-minute walk from the hotel.
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