The beds are bright yellow and black, the view is always new and different. The Island Pension has only little in common with a classic hotel. Instead of conventional rooms, the new accommodation concept on Wilhelmsburg offers individually furnished rooms at several locations scattered across the island: a tree house, garden gazebo, shop gallery, crane bed, an artist residence in a harbour dock. Its unusual approach made the hotel one of the hottest spots during last year‘s IBA.
Fancy hotels like this one will be complemented in the coming years by new openings, mainly in the budget, design, and luxury category. In total, 27 hotel projects are being planed in the Hanseatic city. Hotel operator Foremost Hospitality teamed up with project developer Investa to realise two three star hotels from two brands on one property in Hamburg. Both Hampton by Hilton (161 rooms) and Holiday Inn Express (104 rooms) will be erected until 2016 on a 2,200 sq m plot at Soninkanal. In the city centre, Hamburg‘s historic state finance office will be undergo a 500 million euro conversion into a five star hotel with 147 rooms. The latest addition to Hamburg‘s luxury sector will be managed by an international hotel chain from Asia. With the Westin at the future Elbe Philharmonic Hall (picture), another luxury hotel is to open in the Elbe metropolis by 2015.
This spring will see the demolition of the former luxury hotel Interconti, erected in the 1970s on a premium plot next to the outer Alster lake. Logistics billionaire Klaus-Michael Kühne plans to replace it by “Hamburg‘s best hotel“, offering 120 suites and a gourmet restaurant experience on the roof by 2016.
In 2013, tourism was booming in Hamburg, first figures from the Office of Statistics North reveal. Large scale events such as the Lions Club International Convention with 23,000 participants from all over the world, the International Building Exhibition (IBA) and the international garden show (igs) lured more guests to Hamburg than ever before. With overnight stays climbing by 1.5 per cent to 861.000, particularly nights booked by foreign visitors catapulted by 7.8 per cent to 211,000.