Top 20 Cool and Unique Hotels in Hamburg 2023

The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is Germany’s seafaring hub and is commonly referred to as the maritime capital of the north. Now, it is one of Europe’s finest urban areas owing to a modern, cosmopolitan outlook, where the wonderful worlds of nature, art, and city are intertwined. This is alongside many landmarks dating back over 1200 years.

Famed for its many art museums, vibrant neighborhoods, and 19th-century architecture, Hamburg boasts one of the world’s most important ports, which can be visited before a stroll through the Old Town and its quaint, historic streets.

Hamburg’s hotels are bursting with life, vitality, and creativity and range from centuries-old renovated boutiques to trendy futuristic skyscrapers. Here are the best cool and unique hotels in Hamburg, Germany (in no particular order).

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25hours Hotel Altes Hafenamt

Hotel Altes Hafenamt in Hamburg Funky boutique hotels in Hamburg

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Design hotel in Hamburg

A funky offering from the 25hours chain, this chic hotel sits on the edge of the HafenCity development and is set inside an eye-catching, historic red-brick building.

Its beautiful aesthetic matches the elegant environs, while the interiors are decked out with a ‘luxe maritime’ theme. Large potted plants and leather armchairs are exposed against a cornucopia of anchors, globes, and lifeboat rings in a brickwork backdrop, while a savvy mix of contemporary and historic photographs adorns the corridors.

The bustling restaurant features some Middle Eastern touches to complement the cuisine, and the 49 guestrooms boast nifty touches like vintage-style chairs, globes, and books. 

Pros

Vintage chic vibes

Luxe maritime themed-interior

An eclectic bar

Tempting Mediterranean restaurant

Cons

Breakfast is extra

No fitness center

No spa

Best For Trendy Design

PIERDREI Hotel HafenCity Hamburg

Boutique hotel in Hamburg

Instagram hotel in Hamburg

Coolest hotels in Hamburg

The pulse of Hamburg reverberates through this eclectic inner-city hotel, which is set diagonally across from the World Heritage site Speicherstadt.

Welcoming families, couples, and business travelers with open arms, Pierdrei offers a charming roof garden with breathtaking views of HafenCity, and a caravan on the first floor called ‘Camper City’. The 212 guestrooms evoke a nostalgic charm through bespoke furniture and soft modern hues, with comfy seating areas inviting you to unwind.

The on-site restaurant offers an eccentric ambiance, and caters to modern jet setters through an eclectic range of comfort foods. From the hotel, you can rent a bike to explore the local neighbourhoods, and go souvenir shopping in the in-house store.

Pros

Brown hued interior

Hip ambiance

Easy on-site parking

Bike rentals to explore the city

Cons

Not pet-friendly

No extra bed provided

No swimming pools

Best For Millennials and Gen Zs

Moxy Hamburg City

Party hotel in Hamburg

Fun hotel in Hamburg

Funky hotel in Hamburg

Nestled between Alster and Elbe, the two iconic rivers that spread a maritime flair through the property, Moxy beautifully contrasts the romance of Venice with the industrial style of Hamburg.

Permeated by modern pop culture, this eclectic hotel is a vibrant social hub, yet invites you to become cocooned in high thread count bedding and luxurious interior décor.

Each room comes with a 42-inch HDTV and a state-of-the-art sound system, with full-height art images diffusing a creative air. In terms of dining, the hotel offers a breakfast bar, a day bar with a well-sourced wine aperitif, and a 24/7 pick-up service ready to serve you after a night out.

Pros

Youthful ambiance

Trendy colorful decor

2.6 km from romantic Alster lake

Exciting day bar

Cons

No iron in rooms

Costly breakfast

No swimming pool

Best For Partying

Empire Riverside Hotel

Empire Riverside Hotel - a trendy hotel1

Party hotel in Hamburg

Empire Riverside Hotel - a trendy hotel3

This cosmopolitan retreat towers above the Elbe, and is beautifully nestled between Hamburg’s harbour and the St. Pauli district.

Housed in an eye-catching bronze and glass structure, the Empire Riverside Hotel consists of a 17-storey tower and an L-shaped, four-storey base.

As you enter the soaring central atrium, a large open space and a charming collection of modern artworks will greet you with an enchanting welcome.

At the top of the building is the breathtaking Skyline Bar 20up, which draws in locals and guests with its black-stone bar and expertly made cocktails. The on-site Waterkant Restaurant is a signature dining spot, offering local classics and internationally inspired dishes.

Pros

Sleek modern decor

Energetic partying ambiance

Exciting skyline bar

Charming central atrium

Cons

Breakfast is extra

No inter-connected rooms

No coffee maker in rooms

Best For Unique Stay

Hausboot Wilma

Hausboot Wilma - a unique and quaint place to stay2

Hausboot Wilma - a unique and quaint place to stay3

Hausboot Wilma - a unique and quaint place to stay1

One of Hamburg’s unique accommodation offerings, Hausboot Wilma is set on the canal, inviting you to awaken to the sound of flowing water.

The property’s charm is the result of a maritime flair coalesced seamlessly with the modern comforts of a high-end hotel. The boat has only 1 bedroom, meaning it is the ultimate spot for a total retreat from the real world, in a romantic seclusion near impossible to find within the centre.

However, a stay on the water does not mean you have to compensate on your overall connection to the real world, with high-velocity Wi-Fi in the houseboat.

Pros

Soft minimal decor

Breathtaking river view

Well-equipped kitchenette

20 km from the airport

Cons

Small accommodation

Small folding sofa

No minibar

Best For Stunning Views

Ruby Lotti Hotel Hamburg

Ruby Lotti Hotel Hamburg - a hip and quirky hotel1

Ruby Lotti Hotel Hamburg - a hip and quirky hotel3

Ruby Lotti Hotel Hamburg - a hip and quirky hotel2

Located in the beating heart of Hamburg, this lean luxury design hotel greets you with an upbeat tone and hip décor, themed vaguely around the tabloid journalism of the Fifties and Sixties.

Once a publishing house, the building that houses Ruby Lotti has been transformed into a synthesis of colourful, stylish furnishings, with large windows affording stunning river views.

The guestrooms are breezily decorated with crisp white bedding, curtains and walls, and offer a glass-walled rain shower as well as other nifty, tech-savvy touches.

The tablet-style check-in system even dispenses room cards, one of many playful mod cons which grab your attention at Ruby Lotti.

Pros

Breathtaking river view

Tablet-styled check-in system

Energetic bar

Utterly tasteful rooms

Cons

No on-site parking

No swimming pools

Not pet-friendly

No fitness center

Best For Funky Vibe

prizeotel Hamburg-St. Pauli

prizeotel Hamburg-St. Pauli - a funky and stylish hotel2

prizeotel Hamburg-St. Pauli - a funky and stylish hotel3

prizeotel Hamburg-St. Pauli - a funky and stylish hotel1

The prizeotel Hamburg exists in the centre of the pulsating port metropolis and has been styled to combine a cool and welcoming design with a functional aesthetic in a relaxed atmosphere.

At the prizeotel, you are only a stone’s throw from the legendary Reeperbahn and the Fischmarkt, and your in-house comfort will be catered to by a charming staff presence.

Each guestroom is fitted with modern solutions, including high-velocity Wi-Fi, soundproof windows, and a flat-screen TV with a mobile connection

. The lobby is a vibrant communal space which showcases big sporting events via SKY, and offers a stunning spread of delicious food and crafted drinks.

Pros

Funky eclectic ambiance

Modern cozy suites

Lively communal area

Designated smoking area

Cons

Windows cannot be completely covered

Rooms may be smaller

No safe in rooms

Best For Hipsters

Kröger by Underdog Hotels

Kröger by Underdog Hotels - a rustic-chic hotel2

Kröger by Underdog Hotels - a rustic-chic hotel3

Kröger by Underdog Hotels - a rustic-chic hotel1

Catered to the free-spirited globetrotter, the business traveller, and the sports enthusiast, KRÖGER by Underdog Hotels has a close link to the sport of boxing, which is revealed in many details showcasing the history of the sport.

Here, casual furniture complements elegant design, an essence reflected in the spacious lobby through its graceful lounge areas and wooden hues.

The 58 guestrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and are all graced by state-of-the-amenities and a quirky, rustic feel. At any time of the day, you can head for a workout at the fitness centre, which boasts a bountiful array of high-quality equipment.

Pros

Uber-chic decor

Elegant sporty ambiance

A fitness center

Opulent bar

Cons

No laundry services

Breakfast is extra

No lifts

Best For Great Breakfast

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg - design-led hotel1

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg - design-led hotel3

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg - design-led hotel2

Here we have Hamburg’s first design-led hotel, which embodies the connection between good friends through lovingly curated interior embellishments and a carefully renovated industrial vibe.

The Mangold restaurant and bar awaits you with a dash of cosines, as well as a fusion of harmonious compositions and first-rate service.

You can look forward to a spacious ambiance of warm colors, fine wood, and luxe fabrics which beautifully contrast the trendy concrete hues, regardless of which room category you opt for.

The property feels more like a gracefully furnished loft than a hotel, and trendsetting amenities provide true comforts of home. 

Pros

Industrial vibes

Mangold restaurant and great breakfast

Pet-friendly

Innovative spa

Cons

No fitness center

Costly drinks

Small wardrobe

Best For Couples

Zollenspieker Fährhaus

Zollenspieker Fährhaus - a historic and stylish luxury hotel3

Zollenspieker Fährhaus - a historic and stylish luxury hotel1

Zollenspieker Fährhaus - a historic and stylish luxury hotel2

Here we have a truly exclusive hospitality experience. Situated next to the nature reserve at the southernmost point of Hamburg, Zollenspieker Fährhaus represents a piece of Hanseatic history, and its foundations date back to 1252.

Having lived through many historical events, this traditional house is under monument protection, and has taken a big step towards the future by featuring all the mod cons of a luxury hotel.

A ferry awaits day-trippers for a ride across the Elbe at the pier right in front of the hotel’s front door, and you can indulge in many beautiful vantage points in and around the property.

Pros

Vintage-chic ambiance

Soft tasteful decor

Traditional beer garden

River Elbe view

Cons

Breakfast is extra

No ACs in rooms

No hot tubs

Best For Luxury

SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg

SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg - a colorful and unique hotel3

SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg - a colorful and unique hotel2

SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg - a colorful and unique hotel1

This conspicuous 11-floor structure is fronted by a boxy stone-and-glass façade, which welcomes you into an elegant interior design graced by a vivid colour scheme.

A bright, commodious feel is lent by a computerised light installation by theatre virtuoso Robert Wilson, and this feature is reiterated in the sleek, minimalist guestrooms.

All come with workstations and glass-fronted bathrooms, while the higher-floor units boast awe-inspiring views across the Hamburg skyline.

You can savour a lavish affair during breakfast, which is served in the swanky bar and restaurant, a space which turns into a low-lit hub for evenings of fine dining.

Pros

Luxurious calm ambiance

Indoor Swimming Pool

Serene rooftop terrace

Hamburg skyline view

Cons

Limited room service menu

Costly valet parking

No kettles in rooms

Best For Eco-Friendly Operations

Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus

Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus - a stunning and popular hotel1

 

Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus - a stunning and popular hotel3

Raphael Hotel Wälderhaus - a stunning and popular hotel1

An eco-conscious haven located on the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg, Raphael Hotel offers a super-friendly atmosphere, and treats guests with a warm welcome.

Each of the 82 rooms are named after local tree species, and combine natural materials with ecological fixtures and modern technology to offer a unique experience without scarifying on comfort.

The hotel is housed in the WÄLDERHAUS, a stunning multifunctional building which is holistically imbued with sustainability principles.

Guests can reach the main train station within 10 minutes, owing to the hotel’s supreme location. The on-site restaurant is a vibrant hub where seasonal and regional ingredients are fused into dishes made with love and creativity.

Pros

Utterly tasteful soft decor

Peaceful ambiance

Spacious meeting rooms

Modern classic bathrooms

Cons

No refrigerators in rooms

No wellness center

Expensive breakfast

Best For Boutique Accommodations

Landhaus Flottbek Boutique Hotel

Landhaus Flottbek Boutique Hotel - an award winning boutique hotel1

Landhaus Flottbek Boutique Hotel - an award winning boutique hotel2

Landhaus Flottbek Boutique Hotel - an award winning boutique hotel3

Graced with country-style oak floorboards and 200-year-old ceiling beams, this lavish boutique manor is teeming with the heritage of the former courtyard.

Transformed in recent years into a place for feel-good moments, the pluralistic design is accompanied with plenty of space, light, and warmth.

The award-winning establishment HYGGE is one of Hamburg’s most favored hangouts, and offers a restaurant, a bar, and a living room, echoing the hotel’s vision of ‘enjoying the moment’.

Guests can take advantage of high-quality materials and an air of casual luxury in each of the guestrooms, which all come with a personal touch and a quirky charm.

Pros

Stylish chic decor

Lush traditional courtyard

Garden and courtyard view

15-minute drive to the harbour

Cons

Costly pet charges

No swimming pools

No air conditioners in rooms

Best For Great Location

Henri Hotel Hamburg Downtown

Henri Hotel Hamburg Downtown - a retro quirky-chic hotel2

Henri Hotel Hamburg Downtown - a retro quirky-chic hotel1

Henri Hotel Hamburg Downtown - a retro quirky-chic hotel3

The encapsulating, seven-storey clinker-brick building that houses Henri Hotel was once a tea merchant’s house. Nowadays, the hotel boasts a retro aesthetic, with book-laden shelves, hand-woven rugs, and Fifties-style chairs filling a spacious, multifunctional lobby space.

The 65 guestrooms exude a sense of chic sophistication, with polished wood floors and bright tapestries paired with subtle color schemes and oversized beds.

The hotel is serenely situated on a cobbled street, ideally placed for the city’s renowned Altstadt and its many eclectic shops and restaurants. On-site you can benefit from a Finnish sauna and a steam bath, as well as trendsetting gym equipment.

Pros

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Cons

No shuttle service from the airport

No swimming area

Not pet-friendly

Best For Onsite Dining

TORTUE HAMBURG

TORTUE HAMBURG - Schöner als die Fantasi - an upscale and top-rate hotel2

TORTUE HAMBURG - Schöner als die Fantasi - an upscale and top-rate hotel1

TORTUE HAMBURG - Schöner als die Fantasi - an upscale and top-rate hotel3

Tortue sets out to impress with a dimly lit, arty lobby dotted with comfortable sofas where you can indulge in a fancy welcome drink.

A large fireplace, bold artwork, and a romantic tone constitute the slick, sophisticated interiors, which were inspired by hip-style creatives.

The guestrooms feature high ceilings, balconies, and plush box-spring beds, and come with spaces to work, a free minibar, and coffee/tea-making facilities.

Another standout feature is the bathrooms, with white tiled floors and rectangular sink units adding an industrial flair.

A charming in-house brasserie with an open kitchen serves German-inspired French cuisine, and across the cobbled courtyard you will find a whole host of eclectic restaurants.

Pros

Artistic design

Five bars and three restaurants

Harmoniously balanced rooms

Design-centric lobby

Cons

No swimming pool

Breakfast is extra

Costly valet parking

Best For Modern Design

INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen

INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen - a cosmopolitan boutique hotel3

INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen - a cosmopolitan boutique hotel2

INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg Hafen - a cosmopolitan boutique hotel1

Innovative in design, INNSiDE is a cosmopolitan boutique hotel located within one of central Hamburg’s most attractive areas, catered to both business and leisure travellers.

A refined, minimalist design characterizes the guestrooms, which exude comfort through soft fabrics, plush linens, and first-rate amenities.

The hotel’s eclectic vibe is carried into its on-site dining experiences, which include a bright, modern restaurant with classic influences, and an urban hub serving skilfully made dishes on the banks of the River Elbe.

In addition, a charming sundeck terrace invites you to indulge in a crafted cocktail as you kick back in a swaying hammock.

Pros

Uber chic decor

Neutral hued interior

Dining on the bank

Scenic sundeck terrace

Cons

Only some rooms have bathtubs

No swimming pools

No shuttle service

Best For Budget-friendly Stay

Chez-Ronny

Chez-Ronny - a kitsch and eccentric place2

Chez-Ronny - a kitsch and eccentric place1

Situated directly on the Reeperbahn and half a kilometre from the Port of Hamburg, Chez-Ronny is brimming with eccentricity and is graced by a seductive tone sparked by a vibrant red lighting system.

The vivid colour scheme extends into the guestrooms, with idiosyncratic red curtains and headboards contrasting an array of modern décor.

The in-room flatscreens offer satellite channels, providing the true comforts of a home away from home. The character of this elegant townhouse can be relished from its graceful communal nooks, which are adorned with bespoke artwork and comfy lounge areas, where guests can help themselves to tea and coffee.

Pros

Effortlessly beautiful decor

Colourful ambiance

Comfortable lounge

Cons

Not pet-friendly

No soaking tubs

No spa

Best For Rooms with Balconies

Hotel du Nord Alster

Hotel du Nord Alster – auf der Uhlenhorst - a contemporary hotel1

Hotel du Nord Alster – auf der Uhlenhorst - a contemporary hotel2

Hotel du Nord Alster – auf der Uhlenhorst - a contemporary hotel3

Located only 5 minutes from the Außenalster Lake, Hotel du Nord Alster is a unique hospitality concept combining Hanseatic flair with an Avant-Garde edge, and invites you to an environment which emphasizes comfort and service.

The surrounding area of Uhlenhorst is teeming with Art Nouveau buildings, individual boutiques, and a bountiful variety of bars, cafés, and restaurants.

Inside, powdery teal blue beautifully contrasts the radiant saffron and vivid velvet, with hand-chosen designer pieces forming a quirky, hip interior aesthetic.

The guestrooms are decorated with high-quality furnishings including box-spring beds, and intelligent wardrobe systems offering plenty of storage space.

Pros

Contemporary design

Vibrant vibe

Close to bars and cafes

Modern furniture in rooms

Cons

Breakfast is extra

Only suites have bathtubs

Costly per day parking

Best For Spa and Wellness Services

Aspria Hamburg Uhlenhorst

Aspria Hamburg Uhlenhorst - an urban retreat3

Aspria Hamburg Uhlenhorst - an urban retreat1

Aspria Hamburg Uhlenhorst - an urban retreat2

Sport and luxury go hand in hand at Aspria, an urban retreat boasting expansive indoor and outdoor facilities. Located on the former site of a Tennis and Hockey Club, the property is secluded within 18,000 m² of gardens, and represents a vision of enhancing the quality of life.

This 48-room boutique is attached to Hamburg’s most exclusive health club, and offers a spa area characterized by the unique power of natural, essential oils.

The hotel is dotted by lush, manicured green areas, a handful of relaxation pools, and tennis courts, invigorating a sense of vitality in every corner.

Pros

Uber-chic decor

Lush garden view

3 swimming pools

Tennis court

Innovative spa

Cons

Not pet-friendly

No balconies in rooms

No minibar in the rooms

Best For Families

Sir Nikolai Hotel

Sir Nikolai Hotel - a classic chic boutique hotel2

Sir Nikolai Hotel - a classic chic boutique hotel3

Sir Nikolai Hotel - a classic chic boutique hotel1

Peacefully located on a quaint street between Hamburg’s Altstadt and HafenCity areas, Sir Nikolai is a sassy boutique hotel emanating a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe.

High attention to detail has given a chic flair to the public areas, with comfy sofas and Sika armchairs from Brabbu offset by a cozy fireplace and glamorous artistry.

The hotel boasts a glass-roofed courtyard, as well as a swanky Asian kitchen & bar, which presents stunning panoramas over the canal.

A quirky, stylish mix of décor complemented by custom-made furniture fills the guestrooms with a unique charm, while Bluetooth Marshall speakers and branded coffee machines enhance a sense of luxury.

Pros

Chic hotel design

Classic lively vibes

Minimal charming rooms

Glass-roofed courtyard

Cons

No fitness center

No spa

Parking is extra

Coolest Hotels in Hamburg Compared

The following table accesses the Top 20 Cool and unique Hotels in Hamburg on account of different measures.

Hotel NameLocationPrice Range (per night)Fitness FacilitiesDistance to Attractions (km)Nearby Restaurants
25hours Hotel Altes HafenamtOsakaallee 12, HafenCity,$361-$511Yes0.28
PIERDREI Hotel HafenCity HamburgAm Sandtorkai 46, HafenCity$228-$298No0.110
Moxy Hamburg CityAnckelmannstrasse 11,$243-$352Yes0.17
Empire Riverside HotelBernhard-Nocht-Str. 97, St. Pauli$303-$346Yes0.111
Hausboot WilmaNeuländer Hauptdeich 11$309-$391No0.88
Ruby Lotti Hotel Hamburg1-3 Düsternstraße, Hamburg Neustadt,$1180-$1340 (2 night stay)No0.413
prizeotel Hamburg-St. PauliHolstenstraße 7, Altona-Altstadt,$155-$229No0.211
Kröger by Underdog HotelsAhrensburger Straße 107-109$135-$217Yes0.75
Gastwerk Hotel HamburgBeim Alten Gaswerk 3, Bahrenfeld,$293-$432Yes1.210
Zollenspieker FährhausZollenspieker Hauptdeich 143, Kirchwerder$281-$1011Yes0.15
SIDE Design Hotel HamburgDrehbahn 49, Hamburg Neustadt$434-$923Yes0.39
Raphael Hotel WälderhausAm Inselpark 19, Wilhelmsburg,$399-$486 No0.38
Landhaus Flottbek Boutique HotelBaron-Voght-Str. 179, Groß Flottbek$274-$285Yes0.85
Henri Hotel Hamburg DowntownBugenhagenstr. 21, Hamburg Altstadt$147-$269Yes0.112
TORTUE HAMBURGStadthausbrücke 10, Hamburg Neustadt,$231-$728No0.310
INNSiDE by Meliá Hamburg HafenHögerdamm 30, Hammerbrook$126-$384Yes0.64
Chez-RonnyReeperbahn 131, St. Pauli,$104--$126No0.310
Hotel du Nord AlsterHofweg 75, Uhlenhorst$147-$262No0.89
Aspria Hamburg UhlenhorstHofweg 40, Uhlenhorst$177-$243Yes0.68
Sir Nikolai HotelKatharinenstrasse 29, Hamburg Altstadt$185-$608No0.38