Hamburg is one of the world’s most modern fair and congress centres with over 300 annual events in the fairgrounds and the Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH). The location in downtown Hamburg makes it unique in Europe and increasingly popular among delegates at Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events (MICE). Hotels also play a role in raising visitor numbers.
Michel Molenda, Head of Corporate Communication at the Hamburg Convention Bureaus, noted: “Business travellers have different needs unlike those on a leisure trip.” The key aspects are: “The proximity of a location to the conference centre or the event. Well-equipped hotel rooms are important criterion for a business hotel. That means free Wi-Fi access, early bird breakfasts and exciting hotel surroundings.” Hamburg News took a closer look at five hotels.
Scandic Hamburg Emporio – reduces guests’ carbon footprints
Guests in Scandic Hamburg Emporio can check in or out anytime using Wi-Fi on their smartphones, computers or tablets. Those who must leave before 6.30 am when the breakfast buffet is available, can buy food in the 24/7 shop opposite the reception. Opened in 2012 with 325 rooms, Scandic Hamburg Emporio has eight conference rooms with multimedia equipment for 110 participants. Large conferences can also be held in the adjacent Emporio Tower and event spaces are available in the fair and congress centre around the corner. Concert-goers can enjoy evening events in the Laeiszhalle nearby. The Swedish hotel group values environmental protection and sustainability and helps business travellers to keep their carbon footprints in check. The Scandic Hamburg Emporio building recently won the golden seal awarded by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Arcotel Onyx in trendy St. Pauli
The sharp contours and the shiny black exterior make Arcotel Onyx on the Reeperbahn really eye-catching as do the adjacent “Dancing Towers” which allegedly depict a tango-dancing couple, says Hadi Teherani, the architect also responsible for the Twin Towers in Dubai, the Living Bridge in Abu Dhabi or The Loop office block in Copenhagen. The hotel has 215 rooms and suites three of which are themed “Neighbourhood”, “Shipping” and “Musical” – traits so typical of Hamburg. Business travellers can use a boardroom for meetings, training or small seminars. Two business apartments have work and sleeping areas for up to ten people. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel. Guests just have to step outdoors to enjoy trendy St. Pauli and all kinds of theatres, nightclubs and restaurants. The airport is half an hour by taxi and Hamburg main railway station can be reached per underground (U3) in 10 minutes. Breakfast is served from 6 am.
Reichshof Hamburg CURIO Collection by Hilton – art deco meets modernity
The Reichshof Hamburg Curio Collection by Hilton is opposite Hamburg’s main railway station. The hotel has 278 rooms, junior suites and apartments and a 100 history. It recently won the “Property of the Year” award and the “hotelforum management GmbH” praised its overall concept of design, economy and innovation. The hotel reopened in July 2015 after renovations to the tune of over EUR 30 million retained the art deco style of 1910 and combined it with modern aspects.
The VDR certified hotel is ideal for conferences and offers five authentically restored salons and four room dividers with space for up to 250 people. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available all over the building. The “Slowman” teams caters to guests and serves sustainably grown, fair trade foods prepared by youths from difficult social backgrounds. The hotel gives them a chance to train in catering based on an idea first mooted by the star chef Christian Rach in the Chilehaus in 2010. Breakfast is served from 6.30 am.
Park Hyatt Hamburg – loyal to Hanseatic merchant tradition
The Park Hyatt Hamburg is just a stone’s throw from the main railway station. Located in the historic Levantehaus in the Mönckebergstraße, the five-star luxury hotel features Hanseatic merchant tradition in 283 rooms and suites. Nine top-quality, well-equipped meeting rooms offer space for ten to 200 guests. Professional event teams advise about accompanying programmes and there is also a fully-equipped in-house business centre. The services of a secretary are available on request. Each hotel room has a desk, answer phone and a media cabinet with English and U.S sockets as well as free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel star spa offers a diverse range of professionally administered therapeutic treatments and beauty services. Guests who cannot stop over in the Restaurant Apples, open from 6.30 am, can get breakfast to go. Checking in and out per mobile phone will be available shortly.
Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg – 30 event rooms for every occasion
The Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg combines work and luxury. The hotel has 511 rooms and suites and can host events in varying sizes in over 30 event rooms. Most of them can be used as workrooms, workshops or exclusive recreation areas. The huge banquet room spreads out over two floors. A separate lobby area makes it ideally suitable for a congress or gala. Event technicians, a banquet concierge, a business centre and free high-speed internet throughout the hotel ensure work is efficient. The hotel also has a sauna, pool und solarium, gym, an art gallery and daily live music in the lobby. Downtown Hamburg and the Alster Lake as well as the railway station are easily reached. Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) offers conference guests at Grand Elysée Hamburg special conditions and Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH is only a six-minute walk. Guests arriving by car can use the underground parking lot with 450 spaces and valet parking service. A small grab-and-go breakfast is served from 5 am and breakfast proper is served from 6.30 am in the Le Parc restaurant.
Business travellers spread word of Hamburg
None of the hotels are over 2.5 kilometres from Hamburg Town Hall or the Chamber of Commerce. Theatres, museums, shops and diverse restaurants are all within walking distance. Molenda noted: “When a business appointment or conference becomes a pleasant stay in Hamburg, the business travellers will come back privately with their family. Business travellers can also bring interesting aspects like an exchange of knowledge, networks or company locations.“ Hamburg can reap the benefits.