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Hotels located near Altona train station are plentiful and run the gamut from questionable to certain luxury. Falling just shy of the middle is the 2 Star-Superior Hotel Central, located just about a hundred yards from Altona's regional Bahnhof Station. I found the hotel reasonably priced for the service and atmosphere, which feels more comfortable and accommodating than the sterile, "bare bones" style of Standard Class hotels in the area.
As with the normal "perfectly pristine white" which is the standard of German hotel bathrooms in any hotel class, Hotel central also has in room safes, hair dryers, wifi, and flat screen cable tv. One of the people in our group had a slightly larger "Superior Plus" room that had a little seating area with pleather couch and small table. The decor, though not modern in the "metropolitan, contemporary interiors" sense, is inviting, with fabric covered headboard, patterned curtains, brass lamps and framed pictures on the walls in your hotel room. The common eating area has tufted, upolstered dining chairs with small chandeliers and framed, matted pictures. Even if not the most cutting edge in interior design, it's small aesthetic touches like these that give a traveler the feeling that they're in an actual hotel vs. something that looks a recreational or medical facility.
Unique Qualities: Hotel Central has a traditional redwood Sauna ( great for use on the days you may have gotten caught in Hamburg's chilly, rainy, weather), and features a hotel bar in their sister hotel next door at the Best Western. The bar is only open after 5:00, but the service was prompt and friendly and they also have an internet terminal we used to find some activities around town.
Address: Präsident-Krahn-Strasse 15, 22765 Hamburg-Altona
Comparison: about average
Phone: +49 40 306 150
Hotel Commerz is a conveniently located hotel perfect for those who are doing train travel, as it's only a about a 5 or 6 minute walk from the regional train depot at Altona Bahnhof right to your lodging's door on Lobuschstrasse.
The hotel is super clean, with pleasant, efficient, (though not entirely engaging) service, but overall has a rather sterile feeling that I normally associate with German Tourist/Standard class hotels: wooden, college dorm style beds, tables & chairs; casual, picnic patterned table linen service; & rooms with walls that are bare& stark white without ornamentation or personality. To make up for that, you are at least provided with tv & pristinely white bathroom with hair dryer, soap & shower gel.
Still, the hotel has wifi, a safe, and German style cold cut buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. They also have baby beds available, and it is important to note that if you want to check in before 2 pm, they charge 15 euros (which I had not encountered yet in other hotels I've utilized)! However, as a trade off, you can ask the front desk to hold your bags for you, and venture out into the surrounding area of Altona/Ottensen for a nice meal, and browse the many shops on Ottenser Haupstrasse.
Unique Qualities: Overall, this is a good value for those who appreciate a budget-freindly room rate, prefer close proximity to the train/subway station, and don't plan to spend a lot of time in the hotel, as they don't have any in-house features to keep one busy such bar or wellness areas like a sauna.
Address: Lobuschstrasse 26, Hamburg, 22765, Germany
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: From Altona Train Station, exit "Ottenser Haupstrasse". Walk Ottenser Haupstrasse to "AM FELDE", turn left. Walk AM FELDE to "KLAUSTRASSE", turn left. Continue on KLAUSSTRASSE to LOBUSCHSTRASSE, hotel will be on the right
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Phone: +49 40 391 387
This is a hotel that I scouted to place a gaggle of single women friends visiting Germany for the first time. It's in an old building steps away from Altona Altstadt (Altona "Old Town"), an area that has some of the quaintest, most charming "Jugendstil" architecture in Hamburg . This is an example of a small sector of Hamburg that survived the intense bombing of WW2 (which practically demolished most of the city), and before the World Wars, the area actually used to be a Danish possession and was formally recognized as part of Denmark.
Completely atypical of the modern hustle and bustle of the small metropolis that is Hamburg, something in the atmosphere of Hotel Stephan retains a very Old World European charm in very simple, but genial surroundings- with a very cozy atmosphere and small, but super friendly staff. Though the outside of the hotel looks like deceptively plain, the inside is very welcoming and the interior is a complete contrast to the usually slick, ultra modernist design that makes up most of Hamburg's hotel landscape. You end up with something that feels like a charming, old fashioned European pension, which is difficult to find in a city that has lost nearly all of it's pre-WW2 architecture, and where sterile minimalism is prized in its place.
Hotel Stephan is an aged property that's not brand-spanking new, in interior decoration (sorry, no flat screen TVs on the wall here), but it's lovingly kept, and that is most certainly part of its charm. The rooms have beds with actual wooden headboards that DON'T look like IKEA knock-offs of high end Danish designers. Their fringed lampshades and (non-matching) accent tables of marble and wood add a charm to rooms accented by Queen Anne style chairs, and vintage textured wallpaper. Unlike like a good number of German accommodations, Hotel Stephan actually has art on the walls in its rooms (small paintings that lean toward Impressionism), with vintage wall mirrors, and ashtrays that are not made of logo-printed plastic rather than classic, cut crystal that used to be the norm for most hotels in years past. The hotel is comprised of 30 rooms (single and double, some doubles with 2 twin beds) features bike rental (it's in a very vibrant neighborhood worth exploring). It has free wireless internet , dry cleaning, ironing service, and transportation service from the Concierge that can help you with everything from sorting out travel tickets, to local subway tickets or multi-day public transportation passes. Also convenient (and a great value), the hotel's daily breakfast buffet is included in the price.
Unique Qualities: The best selling points to this hotel is it's locale and and warm, welcoming atmosphere. The staff is (at least) bi-lingual with English fluently spoken (in Germany you can find people speaking at least 2 languages on average)- and they are happy to share local information to help make your stay a pleasant one. The hotel is walking distance to the Altonar Museum and Altona's picturesque city Hall. Hotel Stephan also sells the "HAMBURG CARD" - 3-day Pass for use on all public transport, with tourist attraction discounts to museums & restaurants throughout the city.
In the hotel's wood paneled breakfast room, each morning there is a very well-put- together German style buffet that has breakfast eggs (boiled), an assortment of breads (light, dark, croissants), condiments (butter, honey, assorted jams), traditional sliced hams & breakfast meats ("wursts"), cereals, yogurts, coffee, tea, & juices. The breakfast room opens at 7am, and there is also an open patio facing the back garden, open for summer months (weather permitting).
The hotel keeps the latest advertisements for current performances and attractions in town. They are located about 1 1/2 blocks from the S1 train (Königstrasse) which criss-crosses the city from east to west to some of the major attractions and neighborhoods of Hamburg, often directly to the front door (like the Reeperbahn, Hamburg Central Station, the very elegant Rathaus/City Hall, Alster Lake, Wandsbek Shopping Mall and others.) Hotel Stephan is also just one-minute train stop away from Altona Regional Bahnhof, where you can take trains to other parts of Germany or overnight trips to some small parts of Switzerland or Northern Italy. Altona Bahnhof is also close enough to walk (about 7 minutes time) to put you right in the middle of good shopping and fantastic choice of cafes, restaurants, and the various street festivals that take place near the station in summer.
Address: Schmarjestrasse 31, 22767 Hamburg-Altona
Comparison: about average
Directions: S1 Train (Green line) to KÖNIGSTRASSSE, use the Behnstrasse exit. Upstairs, turn left, walk 1 block to PROFESSOR-BRIX-WEG. Turn right, walk 1 block to SMARJESTRASSE, turn left. Walk on Smarjestrasse till you see HOTEL GARNI STEPHAN on the left hand side.
Phone: +49 40 389 5108
One of the hotels where I've enjoyed staying and placing friends in is Hotel NH Altona, which sits on the bordering neighborhoods of Bahrenfeld (to the West, with Grocery stores nearby), Altona (to the East), and Ottensen (to the South). The hotel is just steps away from bus stops for 2 major bus lines that run every 10 minutes: Bus # 2 that can take you to the regional Altona train station in about 9 minutes, and Bus #3 that can take you all the way west towards Hamburg's larger shopping malls, or east to the artsy neighborhood of Schanzenviertel with all of it's multi-culti restaurants, or continue west towards historic churches, Hamburg's media & publishing center, and downtown Hamburg where you have exclusive shopping by the Alster Lake.
NH Hotel has a pleasant, professional staff that essentially runs its' ship like most large chain hotels, feeling uniform and efficient even if it's not luxury class. Although it's known in Hamburg as a Four Star, NH it's on not on the same level you would expect a 4 star to look in other western cities, because it's simply practical and very minimalist in style. Everything is neat, uniform, and basic in terms of the rooms. It is tastefully decorated, but without any hint of opulence. At least where the amenities are concerned, you have a hairdryer (important if you're in Hamburg when it's chilly!), free Wi-Fi , satellite tv, and hotel services like massage, sauna and steam bath. I had friends who traveled with a small dog, which was allowed, but there is a pet fee( inquire when making your reservation). The hotel also has dry cleaning services on site, and is wheelchair accessible.
Their restaurant NAVARRA is also very good and the decor is in clean, metropolitan-minimalist style neutrals. The menu takes it's influences from Spain and focuses on Mediterranean specialities- and NAVARRO also has a bar lounge with a courtyard where it's nice to invite friends for cocktails and tapas. They have a good selection of wines as well, especially if you are a fan of wines from Spain (like from the Rioja region).
Unique Qualities: Although by US standards the hotel is very basic in architecture, and simply but tastefully decorated, the advantage to staying is the location. Though it's located on a main road with a lot of rush hour traffic, it also has quieter parts of the day being on the border of three residential neighborhoods. As such, NH Altona is in a close proximity to a wide variety of activities that can work well for different age ranges and different types of trips. It works well for families, because you have the quaint, family friendly neighborhood of Ottensen a few minutes by bus with tons of cafes, shopping and ice cream parlours. It's works for mature travelers for that same reason, but just around the corner you can also ELIXIA Spa, other independent spa services (like hot stone massage), find a bistro or two, plus Scotty's Bar, which is a quiet gathering place that also opens up for outside service, and you can people watch the local neighbors from the surrounding apartment buildings. NH Altona is also located next to a series of refurbished warehouse facilities that house everything from wine shops, to a printing service, artist spaces, and local design showrooms. For the single traveler or art & Hipster types, you can hop bus #3 going east and be in the extra-boho sectors of Schanze & St. Pauli in less than 10 minutes. This is a great hotel for people that really want to get out and see things with an active city vacation, rather than those that prefer to enjoy a vacation centered heavily around the hotel, and languishing in opulence with lots of in-house amenities.
Address: Stresemannstrasse 363 - 369, (formerly Astron Hamburg Altona), Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Comparison: about average
Directions: From Hamburg Haubtbahnhof, take train S11, S21, or S31 to Holstenstrasse. Then take Bus# 3 (direction Schenefelder Platz) to BORNKAMPSWEG . Or, from Hamburg Hbhf take train S1 to Altona Station, then Bus #2 (direction Schenefeld Mitte) to BORNKAMPSWEG.
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Phone: +49 40 4210600
Located in the charming little sector of Hamburg-Othmarschen, Hotel Schmidt is an inn that was formerly a private city villa in one of Hamburg's most pleasant west side neighborhoods. It belongs to a 4-property group that includes apartments in the back gardens, Villa Schmidt next door, and a larger property for groups nearby. It's a simple hotel, but is intimate. Perfect for women (singles/ multiples), seniors, or romantic travel, they also accommodate groups (think small weddings, book clubs, fine & performing arts clubs, and the like).
Hotel Schmidt is suitable accommodation for someone that wants to avoid excessive city noise, preferring quiet walks & trips to dainty cafes and restaurants in a refined, but family like atmosphere. The area where it's housed, though part of Hamburg-West, doesn't feel so much like a fast paced metropolis rather than a quaint little suburb. The grittiest you'lll get in Othmarschen is the fast food kiosk across the street from the hotel at the train station, and that's about it.
Although Hotel Schmidt is an inn, because it's housed in what was formerly a private residence, you can expect to see the local neighbors picking up flowers and vegetables at the local stand, dads driving their Mercedes home from the office, Moms jogging or carting golden retrievers in the back seats of Volvos, and little old German ladies with perfectly coiffed hair on their way to meet friends for ice cream served in crystal boats.
The staff at the hotel is exceptionally friendly, and the front desk attendees speak English fluently. They have suggestions for activities in the area as well as tips for events around Hamburg to help make your stay interesting.
Unique Qualities: The complete first floor of the inn is the general dining area, where breakfast is served buffet style every morning (included in the price).
The rooms are very simply but tastefully appointed with double bedding, & a space for a small seating area with neo-traditional style chairs/sofa. They have excellent bathrooms that with double sinks (a great convenience for shared rooms Wireless internet is also provided.
The location is great for mature travelers who seek tranquility. The hotel is in an upscale middle-upper middle class neighborhood- comprised of settled, suburban families. Steps from the hotel's front door are a steakhouse, a few steps further is Othmarshen's small but charming main shopping street -filled with graceful little cafes & restaurants, a grocery store, fruit & flower stands, take-out sushi, & a full service bank. When you want to get out into the hustle & bustle of Hamburg, Othmarshen S-Bahn station is directly across the street: you can be in Altona for bars, shopping, & live music in only 2 train stops (6 minutes). You can also make your way easily to downtown directly on the S1 (7 stops further from Altona) to Hamburg Main Station, or continue on directly to the Hamburg International Airport on the day you would like to depart the city.
Hotel Schmidt is also 1 train stop from Hamburg Botanical Gardens & the picturesque Jensich House Museum, former country house of 18th century Senator Martin Jenisch- people roam it's 110 acres of hills & creeks with hounds, or settle inside the small castle for coffee & sweet delicacies at Cafe Louis Jacob. The Museum charges to view art exhibits & attend classical concerts in its salons, but enjoying the outside, gift shop, or Cafe Jacob has no cover charge. Hotel Schmidt also has easy access to buses to Othmarschen locales to enjoy golf, tennis & equestrian events& polo matches.
In addition to single rooms ( €69-85 per night), and double rooms (€95-140 per night), the inn also offers fully equipped apartment dwelling (€120-220 per night).
Address: Reventlowstrasse 60, 22605 Hamburg (in Othmarschen)
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: S1 Bahn to OTHMARSCHEN Station, exit left and down the escalator. When you reach the bottom of the escalator, you will see the hotel directly across the street in front of you.
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Phone: (49) 040 889 070
Fun, Groovy Hotel 25....
Service is pretty good here, with a small front desk in the lobby where you will probably get to know the staff personnel by name during your stay. Lobby decor is modern and the decor very hot pink, very 60's pop, and might remind you in some cases of scenes from Stanley Krubrick's film "2001 Space Odyssey", while the rooms themselves also add a little bit of Scandanavian/"50's style" decor into the mix...
Unique Qualities: As of this update, Hotel 25 Hour's Sushi Factory restaurant has been closed in favor of opening up a more continental retaurant for lunch and dinner. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the restaurant is still used in the morning hours to serve a breakfast buffet for hotel guests, but be sure to check with the hotel reception. Like the Gastwerk Hotel across the way, 25 Hours will remind US domestic travelers of the more hipster variety of Ian Schrager or Steve Rubell hotels in New York and Miami Beach. It also feautures a minimalist style "living room" with large flat screen tv, plus two "event" rooms that look like trendy cocktail bars known as Freiraum I and II. The building itself is located a hundred feet or so from the neighboring Gastwerk Hotel, behind which one can find a small Italian wine and food shop, and the more casual neighborhood restaurant haunt "Scotty's Bar". Room prices are per night rather than per person, and the hotel houses a tiny workout room with treadmills. For guests that need a more vigorous workout, Hotel 25 Hours offers discounted day cards to the neighboring upscale spa/gym, ELIXIA located next to the GASTWERK.
Address: Paul Dessau Strasse 2, , Hamburg, Freie und Hanses
Comparison: about average
Directions: From Altona train station, bus #2 (Schennefeld Mitte) to Borkampsweg bus stop (about 10 minutes and 5 bus stops). Exit bus, turn left & make immediate left at 1st cross street, then another immediate left onto Paul Dessau Str.
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Life at the Hotel Gastwerk is a combination of high-end Executive lifestyle and "scenester chic". There's the usual mix of international businessmen and fasionistas on advertising assignments from Hamburg and across Europe. In spite of this the staff remains very professional and friendly, more than hotels you find of the same catagory in Paris, New York, or Miami Beach. Being housed in a refurbished gasworks factory, the lobbies have a wonderfully loft-like airy feeling and the decor is modern and minimalist, yet still retains a warm feeling and are nonthing short of top notch. It is somewhat affordable ( starting at 149 euro p.nite), but due to it's size and accomadation for an international clientele, it's a hotel best suited for those who are not familiar with or used to the more bare bones boutique style of European hotels , and even better for those traveling on expense accounts.
Unique Qualities: Again, the hotel is housed in an old gas factory, but the renovations are nothing than than perfect in the urban sense of the word. The decor is Asian inspired, gearing towards the modern, tasteful ,elegant style of the Japanese, and the lobby reflects a feeling of peacefulness and serenity upon entering. The rooms themselves range from your standard 150 euro per nite room, with full modern bathroom and Japanese style decor, to pricer loft style rooms with exposed brick walls and decor more reminiscent of feautures you see in "Metropolitan Home" or "ELLE DECOR" magazines. Included in your room price are are access to the hotel's marble sauna ( with small relaxation rooms), and one free pass per guest to fitness club ELEXIA next door. Breakfast buffet available for approximately 13 euro per person, and there is an upscale Italian inspired restaurant on the premises. In close (taxi) proximity of the theatres that house Broadway style musicals like Mama Mia and Dirty Dancing. On the website for Gastwerk you can usually find a special offer for a spa, theatre, or romantic weekend for two, including breakfast and an extra travel value. In general prices are per room rather than per person, the latter of which is usually the case in other parts of Europe. There isn't anything by way of attraction in the immediate vcinity surrounding the hotel, because it's housed smack in the middle of a quiet residential part of Altona-Ottensen. But the bustling neighborhood life of cafes and shopping are 10 blocks walking distance/ 4 bus stops on the #2 , or 5 euro by taxi if you ask the driver to drop you at ALTONA BAHNHOF.
Address: Forum Altee Gaswerk: Daimlerstrasse 67, 22761 Hamburg, Germany
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Bus #2 or #3, exit @the BORNKAMPSWEG stop in Altona. Cross corner Bahrenfelder Chausee & Bahrenfelder Steindamm, walk straight 1/3 block on Bahrenfelder Steindamm, past Italian market/lunch stop. Turn right on the corner of the parking lot.
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Phone: 49 40 890 620
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