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“a tale of two cities... (thanks Mr Dickens)”
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Hotel Monopol
Ranked #113 of 321 Hotels in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 15, 2011

i stayed here as part of a works weekend away. eight of us. mixed, men and women, and none of us had been to Hamburg before.
hotel-wise, for the price, i couldn't really fault this place. walking on the hotel side of the road, it was almost easy to miss. small frontage on a row surrounded by the sex shops, restaurants and fast food joints. from across the road it looked quite dated, but once inside i was pleasantly suprised.
there's a small reception in front of you and the bar and breakfast room continue back into the hotel on your right. these were both nicely decorated, welcoming and very cosy. not all the staff spoke english well but enough to muddle through.
breakfast we found really good, with something for everyone. from complete continental, cereals, fresh breads and cakes, various juices, fresh fruit and (largely) the ingrediants for a full english. these though were not always replenished but replaced with other items eg in the two nights i was there, i was never up in time to see a rasher of bacon, but the frikadellan put out in there place were ok. so, the earlier you dine the more full your choice. another big plus is that brekkie's on from 6am to 11am, the biggest window i've come across.
bedroom-wise, i was in a treble. the room was on the small side but for 2 nights was completely adequate. it was clean and comfortable and quite contemprary with all the bits and bobs you'd expect from a 3* with spotless toiet and good shower.
the plus here was that there were 3 proper beds. often in the past we've been given what seemed like a double with a dodgy folding camp bed pushed in as the third, and the inevitable discusion as to who gets 'it'. our room was right on the front and though some noise could be heard when initially going into the room, i slept like a log both nights, and no, not because i was blotto (just merry).
now to Mr Dickens. Hamburg itself, between day and night i found like chalk and cheese. the reeperbahn itself, though legendary, was a lot shorter than i thought, and in places quite dirty litter-wise. it certainly doesnt have the charm of Amsterdam. by day there are some nice walks around the city, parks and waterfront. there is also some fantastic architecture and a lot of really nice old churches. St Marks in particular has a very tall tower which you can go to the top for the views. yes,we were very comfortable walking around by day.
by night however it changes considerably. it did have a much more seedy feel to it, though very popular and very busy, saturday night in particular. you have to play it by ear, some bars were pretty good. there's probably a bar to suit everyone, from traditional german, to irish and from disco to heavy metal. sometimes though, they became far too crowded and with the crush often it felt like trouble could flare at any moment.
as mentioned in earlier reviews, we noticed the touts and working girls could be much more aggressive, luckily we were spared this, being in a mixed group, they tended to leave us alone but we saw it all around us.
overall, it was a very good weekend and quite an experience. i would go back but more to see of the city what i missed than to visit the bars. if i did go back though, i'd certainly stay in this hotel again.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

For tourists the hotel is perfekt situated.

You're allowed to park in front of the hotel for a very short time (unload only), the hotel itself has some parking spaces in a parallel road, which are very small.

You'll get every basic in that hotel but only at a basic level, cool designed rooms with cheep materials and very limited space.

If you're travelling alone it could be very stressing to go out after sundawn, all table-dance-club-inviters and "commercial girls" think you're there to have some fun in the red light district, they can be "aggressive" - was very annoying for me after the second evening out there.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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3  Thank Robinkrumm
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Reviewed March 31, 2009

Very good location for the reeperbahn, on the street and inbetween sex shops and strip bars and the like. Rooms were clean, I had one at the back so couldn't comment on the noise from the street. Bathroom had a shower cubicleand was very clean and tidy, lots of hot water. Breakfast was an excellent choice of cold breads, cheeses, fruit and cereals and there was some hot food too.
To be honest I didn't think much of Hamburg or the reeperbahn, I did go as part of a Stag party and we did have an excellent time but Amsterdam or Prague, both of which I have been too before were much better than this dirty little place. But if you this if your choice of city to visit then this hotel is pretty good.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed March 4, 2009

When considering the Monopol you have to fully aware of its location. It is bang in the middle of the Reeperbahn, which for those who don't know, is lined with bars, sex shops, dancing bars along with a few hotels as well as Burger King, MacDonald’s and other fast food joints. Basically Party Central.

If you want a hotel to enjoy a quite weekend in Hamburg then don't choose this place. If you want a hotel that is right in the heart of the action, then I would have no reservations recommending this place.

Its only 3 euros from the airport via train and then 400yds walk from the nearest station or about 20-25 euros in a taxi.
I booked this hotel for a group of 35 people and we had various twin and triple rooms. Breakfast was included which was mainly a cold continental affair but with the addition of some scrambled and fried eggs. The bonus was that it was served right up to 11am, with checkout a very generous midday too.

When booking a large group I would certainly recommend that you make the booking direct with the hotel and NOT go through a website. I booked direct and only had to "reserve" rooms, which meant I could make changes to the room numbers right up to the day before we travelled. Which was brilliant as I had two people pull out of the trip the week before we went and Doris on reception let me change the booking without charge, she was amazingly helpful all weekend. As I’d only made reservations, I didn't have to pay until we left, so only paid for what rooms we'd used.

The hotel itself was very clean. The bedrooms were on the small side, but adequate as we only used them for sleeping in. The bathroom looked nearly new and was very clean too, the shower was nice and hot as well.

We were on the 4th floor with a window facing the Reeperbahn and there was no getting away from the noise from below, even at 3am. But as I said at the top of the review, you have to understand where the hotel is located.

For a group of you looking to party on the Reeperbahn, then this is the place for you, no question.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed June 4, 2008

Great Hotel, conveniantly located RIGHT ON the notorious Reeperhbahn! We stayed here in 2002 in a triple and also in 2004 in a twin and had a great time! If you are looking for a good budget hotel right on top of all the action, this is the one to stay at!

Pros:
* Staggering distance from all the great seedy (FUN)reeperhbahn sex stores, strip joints, bars and clubs (Headbangers ballroom... Der Clochard!!!).
* breakfast included was great (continental type stuff including hardboiled eggs of which i had a dozen without complaint from the friendly service) and they didnt mind us rocking up half cut straight from an all-nighter the night before!
* Staggering distance from all the fast food you can eat (kebabs, pizza)
* Walking distance from Internet Cafes, Supermarkets and Laundrys
* Conveniantly located between two u-bahn stops!
* Birds eye view of the Reeperhbahn's "Colourful" characters all night and day long!
* Walking Distance from the DOM Fair site

Cons:
* Non-smoking rooms smelled of stale smoke
* Tacky 70s decor
* bathroom was a bit mildewy
* Lack of Airconditioning = HOT Nights In Summer!

  • Stayed: August 2004, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 30, 2006

I have stayed at the Monopol many timesin the last 8 years. As a regular visitor to Germany I can not thank the manager and staff enough for the consideration and assistance they give to their visitors.

The rooms are first class, and the cleanliness of both the rooms and the bath area is excellent, Room service leaves nothing to be desired.

The breakfast room is large and airy and food perfect - both hot and cold. On my last visit building work was going on to "imrpove" the Monopol. To my view it was perfect anyway but I look forward to my next visit.

It is in a perfect location for seeing the real Hamburg with two nearby underground stations. And returning late at night -or early in the morning - the intimate little bar is invariably open

I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has a life and wants to see Hamburg. Nearby Altona has a great shopping complex where many goods -perfume etc - can be purchased at a much lower price than at the up market city establishments.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled solo
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14  Thank Richard018
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Reeperbahn 48 - 52, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Location: Germany > Hamburg > St. Pauli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #113 of 321 Hotels in Hamburg
Price Range: $76 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Monopol 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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