If you’re considering a European City Break, but want to avoid the tourist hotspots of Paris, Venice and Vienna, then Hamburg in Germany might be a great destination choice. Germany’s second largest city, after Berlin, and its biggest port; Hamburg in northern Germany is a picturesque city surrounded by large areas of parkland and criss-crossed by hundreds of canals and waterways. The central Jungfernstieg Boulevard, which lies beside the Binnenalster Lake, connects the pretty Altstadt (old town) and the Neustadt (new town) with many boats, cafes, bistros, and restaurants to admire along the way. A great, centrally located, luxury hotel to lay your head each night is the Hotel ARCOTEL Onyx which boasts modern design with plenty of character.
This four-star superior hotel looks rather domineering from the outside with its all glass façade, but I think this rather beautifully reflects the many glistening waterways of this beautiful city. The ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg lies on the Reeperbahn, at Millerntor right in the heart of the city’s trendy neighbourhood of St. Pauli, making this hotel the perfect base from which to discover the harbour, historical Speicherstadt warehouse district and the musicals and theatres in the area.
The hotel has 215 rooms and suites mainly decorated in monochrome with hints of saffron yellow as well as stylish and quirky interior design touches like irregular shaped lamp shades and almost Alice-In-Wonderland style unusually shaped headboards. All the rooms come with Joka mattresses, cosy window seats, air conditioning, flat screen TV, mini-bar, safe, cordless telephone, hair dryer, tea and coffee making and use of the spa and gym. You can choose between Comfort and Superior Rooms, Junior Suites, Suites, Apartments and Theme Rooms. The fashionably furnished Comfort Rooms range in size from 24-26sqm and feature twin or double beds, sitting area and bathroom with shower or bathtub. In addition to everything the Comfort Rooms offer, the up to 28sqm Superior Rooms provide guests with more space, an iPod docking station and a pamper package consisting of more luxurious cosmetic products plus bathrobes and slippers. The 34sqm Junior Suites offer combined living and sleeping areas with a comfy leather sofa (which can double as an extra bed), an extra large bed and a bathroom with bath tub. Full Suites offer 54sqm of comfort with separate living, work and sleeping areas featuring a circular theme including a fabulous unique round bed with round tasselled mirror above, circular windows and a top-of-the range bathroom with marble floor. Tip: Enjoy the minibar as it’s all included in the price of the Suite. Uniquely, there are also three Theme Rooms each with their own style: the exotic Kiez Room includes a designer purple sofa, headboard in the shape of a lips and a pole dancing pole(!?); the Nautical Room features deck flooring, sloping walls and a porthole to give the feeling of being aboard a ship; and the Musical Room takes its lead from the hit musical Rocky, with an unusual sofa in the shape of a boxing glove, a punch bag and exclusive photos taken during rehearsals for the musical’s world premiere in Hamburg. Finally as if there hadn’t been enough choice already, there are also the Business Apartments with magnificent views over the lively entertainment district. The 84sqm apartments feature separate sleeping and living areas, a modern stand-up bar, guest toilet and a top-of-the-range bathroom with marble floor. Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room on one of the higher floors away from the atrium and elevators – you also get better views on the higher floors too.
In addition to all the accommodation, the hotel also features a boardroom for up to 12 people; a public garage adjoining the hotel; a gym with all the latest fitness equipment (including treadmills, ergometre, stepper, line bench and training wall) and a spa which offers a sauna area with Finnish dry sauna and steam bath, massage showers and a relaxation room.
There is plenty of great dining in this city with hundreds of great local and international restaurants, not forgetting the delicious oysters and traditional Aalsuppe (a type of soup) which are tasty local specialties. The hotel itself offers the Bar Wiener Café which is open all day from 8.30am – 1/2am serving Viennese coffee specialties, beers, wines and cocktails as well as hot and cold snacks, gateaux, cakes and chocolates made in the hotel’s very own on-site patisserie. The Wiener Bistro serves a varied and healthy buffet breakfast with local and regional specialities as well as jams, cheeses, sausages, fresh bread rolls, tasty pastries, a muesli station and fresh fruit. Tip: They also offer tasty vegan alternatives and lactose-free options.
A stay at the ARCOTEL Onyx in Hamburg offers a fantastic location in the heart of the city, friendly staff and unique and quirky accommodation that is sure to leave you with a great memory of this beautiful city.
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