Staying at the Hafencity edition of the 25 Hours hotel chain is a cool experience. It’s worth noting off the bat that each 25 Hours hotel has its own theme. The other hotels are in Vienna, Paris, Munich, as well as other parts of Germany. Given that Hamburg is a historical port city, the theme of this hotel is Nautical.
The exterior is sleek and modern with a dark tone, which fits in nicely with the surrounding Hafencity buildings. Hafencity is up and coming. A lot of construction is taking place right now, with a Westfields shopping mall being built across the road. The location is conveniently near both the U-Bahn train station and the 111 bus stop. (Transport is very quick and convenient in Hamburg.) It’s also only 45 minutes from the airport by train.
The Überseequartier neighborhood is modern and there are shops, cafes and supermarkets next door if you need anything – also the 111 bus goes to most tourist spots.
You are also walking distance from the restaurants of the Speicherstadt warehouse district and can visit the sister 25 hours property just around the corner.
The interior structure is that of a loft/warehouse conversion. The tall ceilings display exposed pipes and wires, however, the finishing touches are maritime-themed. In the lobby, you’ll see a large shipping container, with a meeting room inside.
The lifts are designed like crates, with parted-wood-paneled walls and ropes. The halls and rooms have sea-blue carpets. The rooms are called cabins (designed like a sailors cabin) and have buckets for bins, mini rope ladders for shelves, and have cubby-like storage.
The restaurant, Heimat, is a buzzing hot-spot. The dishes are authentic Austrian, Swiss, and German, inspired by the chefs’ backgrounds.
The walls and fixtures are matte black, with dark wooden tables, chairs, and bar. There are large barrels suspended on the walls all around, with large art-deco tube lights above the tables with an orange glow from the bulbs. It’s clear what the fuss is about, as the food was excellent.
The perks and common areas are equally impressive. The hotel chain is a partner of car manufacturer Mini, which means guests can rent a Mini for 4 hours at a time, for free… Yes, totally free. The car park is under the hotel. It was a seamless process to hire.
The rooms come with a UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker – but the music doesn’t end there. On the 1st floor is a Vinyl room, as well as an Atari console, pinball machine, typewriter, and large sketchbook with colouring pens. It makes for a cool spot to unwind.
This post is sponsored by Come to Hamburg in collaboration with 25Hours Hotel. All opinions are my own