Top 3 design hotels of Hamburg

Working in fashion for 18 years now I had the privilege to visit many global cities for work, and always try to combine them with an extra personal day to explore the city. Last January I went to Hamburg for the first time in my life and again tried to combine business with pleasure. Hamburg is a city of industry, harbors, history and design, so a design hotel was easily found in this city.

During my city trips I prefer to stay in special hotels with a hint of history and an authentic touch, and I adore special design elements. That is exactly what I found in Hamburg!


Bahrenfeld area

Choosing between the design hotels in this city was still quite a challenge though, as the offering was so special and diverse. Therefore I put together a personal top 3, not based on ratings, but based on experience and personal preference.

As a heritage- and architecture lover my definite number one was:

  1. Gastwerk Design Hotel Hamburg

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg facade

Arriving at this hotel, seeing the original factory façade; an impressive brick structure with modern steel and glass entrance, appear before me, was already a marvelous sight. But it was the beautiful spacious rooms with big rounded windows, the atmosphere of modern design combined with the authentic brick walls, impressive high ceilings and the friendly and easy going staff, which really captivated me.

Gastwerk hotel Hamburg facade  Gastwerk-Hotel-HamburgGastwerk hotel Hamburg atmosphere (3)  Gastwerk-Hotel-Hamburg-Lobby

This spacious loft like hotel of brick, glass and steel combined with the historic gaswork building is a definite must visit for architecture-, heritage-and design lovers!

The facts:

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg:

  • Is the first design hotel of Hamburg since 2000, when the 120 years old gasworks building was transformed into a hotel.

Gastwerk hotel Hamburg facade (2)  Gastwerk hotel Hamburg facade (1)

  • Gastwerk is a 4 star hotel with a 5 star service and feel.
Gastwerk Hotel L.Bar

Gastwerk’s trendy L.Bar

  • The hotel is situated in the west end of the city in the quiet but vibrant Bahrenfeld neighborhood in the dictrict Altona.
  • Gastwerk has a variation of 6 room types, all spacious and unique, varying from 25 to 90 m2.

Gastwerk Hotel loft room (4)

  • The trendy in house L.Bar and beautiful restaurant Mangold with large summer patio, provide great ambiance and excellent food.
Drinks and bites in the atmospheric L.Bar

Drinks and bites in the atmospheric L.Bar

Gastwerk restaurant Mangold  Gastwerk L.Bar

  • Tranquil relaxation can be found in the hotel’s quiet and stylish spa area.

Gastwerk-Hotel-Hamburg-DaySpa  Gastwerk-Hotel-Hamburg-DaySpa (2)Gastwerk hotel Hamburg spa

Unique features:

  • The decoration of the hotel’s interior, as well as exterior is on point! You will see beautiful contrasts of raw industrial structures combined with tasteful lighting throughout the building.

Gastwerk hotel Hamburg atmosphere (6)  Gastwerk hotel Hamburg atmosphere (5)Gastwerk hotel Hamburg atmosphere (4)

  • All loft rooms types are spacious, comfortable, luxurious, trendy and tastefully decorated.

Gastwerk Hotel loft room (3)  Gastwerk Hotel loft room (1)Gastwerk Hotel loft room (2)

  • The ambiance of the breakfast area and array of fresh bread combined with many different food choices ranging from Bircher Muesli to salmon and seasoned mozzarella, are excellent.

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg breakfast (2)  Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg breakfast (1)

  • The old animal feed milling machine transformed into a bar is truly unique.

Rugged heritage machine bar

  • The spacious building offers plenty room for relaxation, 7 conference rooms, a beautiful winter garden and many other facilities, all surrounded by the authentic brick walls combined with glass, steel and high ceilings. Free wifi is provided throughout the hotel and there are free parking spaces in front of the building.

Gastwerk hotel Hamburg atmosphere (1)

  • The hotel even has an in house artist; Georgios Engonidis, who makes beautiful abstract paintings in the hotel’s open art room. His works decorate many of the hotel rooms.

Gastwerk Hotel art room  Gastwerk Hotel art room (2)

  • Gastwerk also offers free car rental service of their own Mini’s to explore Altona and the rest of Hamburg the hipster way.


  1. The George Hotel Hamburg

Also a beautiful hotel and my runner up, but definitely not because it lacked elegance, style or service! This hotel gives off a whole different vibe than Gastwerk and is unique in its design.

Entering the hotel you will immediately be immersed with that distinguished English style, which creates an atmosphere of class so distinctive for the British, combined with a touch of orient.

The George hotel lobby

The facts:

The George hotel Hamburg:

  • Is a 4 star hotel with a 5 star service and feel.

The George hotel Hamburg atmosphere (3)  The George hotel Hamburg atmosphere (4)

  • The hotel is located near the Alster river, many sights and the colorful district St. Georg.

The George hotel Hamburg view

  • The hotel has a wonderful rooftop terrace named Campari Lounge.
    Up here you will have a beautiful view over the Alster and the best sunsets in town!

The George hotel Campari lounge terrace (1)  The George hotel Campari lounge terrace (2)

  • The hotel has many business facilities such as: free wireless-lan, rooms with dividable beds, a nice offering of conference space, meeting rooms, a beautiful library, a bigger private library and the beautiful English Garden.
The beautiful English Garden

The beautiful English Garden

The George Hotel conceference ClubRoom S  The George hotel library

  • You can relax in the spa facilities with an own rooftop terrace including a beautiful view over the Alster.

The George hotel spa terrace  The George hotel spa terrace (2)

Unique features:

  • The interior is designed in New British style with lovely wallpapers, Eames Chairs and many interesting details. The spa is also designed in the new British style combined with Moroccan influences.

The George hotel wallpaper decoration (1)  The George hotel wallpaper decoration (2)

  • A big variation in choice of rooms, which are beautifully furnished and decorated with a classy touch.

The George room size S Alsterview  The George hotel Suite

  • The luxurious suite has many extras, such as flat screen TV in the bathroom, two separated rooms, beautiful furniture and interior decoration and a spacious balcony with wide river view.

The George hotel Suite   The George hotel Suite (2)The George hotel Hamburg suite terrace (2)  The George hotel Hamburg suite terrace (1)

  • The restaurant serves an excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Their typical dish is the Tagliatelle DaCaio swiveled in a loaf of parmesan and black truffles, served at the table and very tasty!

The George hotel Hamburg Da Caio restaurant (1)  The George hotel Hamburg Da Caio restaurant (3)  The George hotel Hamburg Da Caio restaurant (2)

  • The Bar DaCaio was voted best hotel bar of the year 2014, and is perfect for a great night out. Both locals and tourists come here for a drink, because it’s one of trendiest bar in town.
  • They also serve the traditional afternoon tea from England.

The George Bar DaCaio  The George Bar DaCaio

  • You can even rent a The George Jaguar for a drive in the beautiful city of Hamburg and surroundings.

The George hotel car rental facilities

  • The hotel is certified by EarthCheck as green, trendy and sustainable hotel.

The George hotel Hamburg atmosphere (2)  The George hotel Hamburg atmosphere (1)


  1. 25Hours Number One hotel Hamburg

My number 3 felt like a home away from home. This hipster hotel is one of the 7 locations of the 25Hours Hotels spread out over Europe, 3 of which are located in Hamburg. The Number One is around the corner from the Gastwerk hotel and also situated in the quiet but vibrant Bahrenfeld area.

25hours_Hotel_Number_One_facadeAlthough this is a 3 star hotel and very well priced it does look more expensive and is definitely on point! The designers of this hotel know their stuff and are on top of the trends, with a themed interior designed differently for each hotel.

The hotel offers many extra’s, such as free water bottles to go with your neighborhood running maps, an outside burger van, many recreational areas, terraces, and the list goes on and on.

For the young at heart and those who love modern design this is the place to be!

The facts:

The 25Hours Number One hotel Hamburg:

  • Is an affordable 3 star hotel decorated in an unique design with lots of extras, such as free wifi throughout the hotel and much more.
25Hours Nr.One_reception

Unique 60-70’s style reception

  • All of the 25Hours hotels are designed by a different concept which is unique per location; if you have seen 1, you have seen none!
  • All 25Hours hotels are trendy design hotels with a hipster touch, the Number One is designed in the colorful retro mix of the 60’s and 70’s.

25Hours Nr.One Hamburg facilities (3)

  • The Number One is situated on a vibrant location with many restaurants in Altona and the surrounding Bahrenfeld area.

25Hours Nr.One Hotel Hamburg facilities

  • The hotel is spacious with a lot of different room types and facilities, while keeping the cozy atmosphere intact.

25Hours Nr.One_rooms  25Hours Nr.One_rooms 25Hours Nr.One hotel_Public area

Unique features:

  • The 25Hours Number One has a unique guesthouse concept across the street also known as: your home away from home! You can rent this beautiful house with 6 rooms together with your own kitchen, private terrace and balcony, how convenient is that?!

25Hours Nr.One guesthouse (1)  25Hours Nr.One guesthouse (2)

  • The hotel rooms are great value for money as there is a big choice in rooms which fit any budget.
Your home away from home!

Your home away from home!

  • The hotel offers many unique and trendy extras, like:
  • Freitag bags for borrow,
  • Free running accessories and maps,

25Hours Nr.One Hamburg facilities (2)  25hours_Hotel_Number_One_Burger_de_Ville

  • Recreation and living room including event bar,
  • Rooftop terrace,
  • Hip Burger de Ville airstream van and trendy but cozy restaurant,
25Hours nr.One Hotel restaurant

Cozy hotel restaurant

  • Imac working stations,
  • Free Mini and bike rentals,
  • And so much more….

25Hours Nr.One Hamburg facilities

  • All hotel facilities are on top of the trends through collabs with young and fresh brands.
  • Also nice to know that this hotel is certified by EarthCheck as green, trendy and sustainable hotel as well!

As you can see there is a design hotel for every taste in Hamburg, all of which trendy, classy and tastefully designed, just take your pick. And make sure to check out my next blog post Hamburg city trip in 1 day for the perfect city guide, this city really impressed me and is definitely worth a visit!

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About Authentic Chica

Traveler, wanderer and explorer from the Netherlands, with a special love for authenticity, while keeping it chic. With a passion for traveling, lust for exploring, heart for holidays and an eye for beautiful things. Find out about my tips on how to find the perfect traveling combination of authentic chicness.
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4 Responses to Top 3 design hotels of Hamburg

  1. Veera Bianca says:

    I am the biggest fan of unique design hotels! Therse ones are super cool! Love connecting with you on Instagram ! 🙂


    • Dear Veera,

      Thanx for your appreciation! I am a big fan of design and authentic luxury hotels too. Currently working on a post of my 10 favourite hotels around the world and many hotel reviews will follow this year, so keep posted! I love your blog and IG to and happy to follow eachother!


  2. Flitter Fever says:

    I agree with you that Gastwerk is a great design hotel in Hamburg! Loved staying there. I also remember to see that home window prostitution was just around the corner.


    • Hahaha Elisa, funny story…didn’t notice that, but great that you have been here too! Really loved the design and hospitality of Gastwerk..very special! Good taste girl, xx


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