If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter recently, you’ll know I spent most of last week in Hamburg as part of a collaboration with Come to Hamburg. This was my first trip outside the UK since I visited Bulgaria in June, so it was great to get away for a few days.
My Hamburg hotel – Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark
Throughout my visit I stayed at premier, three-star business Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark in Winterhude. This is one of six Hamburg hotels and residential apartments owned by Heikotel, along with Stadtpark Residence in Winterhude; City Nord and City Apartments in Barmbek; and Windsor and Worker’s Home, both in Bramfeld.
Around a 20-minute ride away from the city centre via the nearby Saarlandstraße U-Bahn station, the hotel is close to Hamburg Stadtpark recreational ground, a traditional German cafe and a pub.
Although Heikotel describes itself as a budget Hamburg hotel offering, I don’t think this description does it justice. The entire hotel is spotlessly clean and both the rooms and the facilities are of a high standard, while the relatively low number of rooms means staff can give guests their full attention.
After a quick, hassle-free check-in, I arrived in my room late on Monday night, after a long day of travelling (I flew from Manchester Airport to save money). I was greeted with a warm welcome in the form of a German postcard reading ‘Love and Kisses from Hamburg’, welcome letter, handy map, city guide and two bottles of German sparkling water, Fürst Bismarck Quelle along with matching wine glasses.
Decked out in warm, neutral shades, my spacious room had an upmarket, contemporary feel.
As I entered the room, I was stood on shiny, wooden overlay flooring in a small hallway which housed a luggage table, wardrobe, shelving space, drawers, full-length mirror and electronic safe.
A floor-to-ceiling window ensured the room was filled with plenty of natural light.
My double bed consisted of two twin beds pushed together, made up with crisp, white bed linen. In a nod to the hotel’s location, a horizontal monochrome collage above the headboard featured pictures of Hamburg’s scenery and attractions.
Two miniature Ritter Sport Knusperflakes (cornflakes) milk chocolates sitting on each pillow showed that the hotel pays attention to detail.
Opposite the bed, there was a large wooden-look desk with an overhead lamp, two cream leather armchairs, a coffee table, a flat-screen TV with Sky, a well-stocked mini bar and a coffee machine with pods.
Reliable, unlimited free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel, so you don’t have to worry about exceeding any data allowances during your stay.
The bathroom was just as modern as the bedroom, with a large sink, dual-flush toilet, plenty of space to store cosmetics and toiletries, hairdryer and clean towels.
The limestone finish shower cubicle was huge and it was easy to adjust the temperature of the water, while I absolutely adored the organic lemon shampoo/shower gel.
Served between 6am and 10am, the breakfast buffet is a real talking point of Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark.
Traditional German dishes included a variety of breads, cheeses, cold meats, coleslaw and creamy meat/herring salads, in addition to a choice of cereals and toppings, different flavoured yogurts, fresh fruit, free range organic eggs and scrambled egg with fresh chives, ham, peppers and cheese.
It was difficult to choose just one dish to eat each morning, so I was delighted to discover that the buffet was all-you-can-eat.
To drink, there was a choice of several pure fruit juices, teas, coffees and milk. Breakfast costs €12 per person per night, and you can choose to include a bottle of sparkling wine for an extra €14.90 per night.
Later on in the evening, the restaurant serves a variety of traditional German evening meals, which can also be ordered via room service if you can’t bear to leave the comfort of your room.
Meanwhile, the hotel bar opposite the hotel serves a range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
I can imagine it getting pretty busy in here during sporting events, as the bar boasts a flat-screen TV which shows the Bundesliga (national German football league).
If you like to keep fit when travelling, you’ll be pleased to know that Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark houses a fitness room complete with exercise bikes, a treadmill and a cross trainer. I fully intended to fit in a workout during my stay, but as I crammed as much sight-seeing as possible, I didn’t get round to it in the end.
As Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark is a business hotel, it also features a designated conference room and an underground car park.
When I left the hotel early on Thursday morning, in a rush to catch the U-Bahn to Hamburg Airport, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the check-out process was. There were no queues and the whole process probably took me less than one minute.
How to book
It currently costs from €99 to book a single room at Heikotel Hotel Am Stadtpark and from €109 for a superior single room, while a double superior room like mine costs from €136 per night. Booking direct means you’re guaranteed to get the cheapest available online rate and if you happen to find a lower cost elsewhere and inform Heikotel within 12 hours, they will match the price. You can book a stay at any Heikotel Hamburg hotels here.
Heikotel – Hotel Am Stadtpark
+49 40 278400
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