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.
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