The opening of the Elphilharmonie on January 11-12, 2017 is likely to see several new hotels open bringing more guests to Hamburg. Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, said: “We achieved a 78.3 per cent room occupancy rate in 2015. That is a top rate on a par with London and Paris.” Some 13 million overnight stays are expected in 2016 – an increase of 5 per cent. Constant demand is prompting interest among investors. Up to 30 new hotels are due to open by 2019 and account for an investment of around EUR 1 billion. They include several top-class projects:
1: Living in Hamburg’s new landmark
The Westin Hamburg is among the new exciting hotels and is set to open on November 4th, 2016. It extends from the seventh to the 20th floor of Elphilharmonie. Guests can access the hotel in two elevators from the ground floor and parking levels or on Europe’s longest escalator in a lit-up, colourful tunnel leading to the Plaza and offering spectacular views. Tassilo Bost, bost group berlin, is responsible for the peaceful, purist interior design. Floor-length windows in the 244 rooms and suites (Westin has 39 suites – the most of any hotel in Hamburg) mean the city will be at people’s feet. A huge 1,300 square metre spa on the sixth floor and Hamburg’s longest indoor pool invites guests to relax. A 900 square metre conference area is also available.
The restaurant on the seventh floor offers international delicacies and SuperFoodsRX™ dishes. Westin has teamed up with doctors and nutritionists to create a menu that cultivates “food synergy,” the pairing of certain foods to increase their nutritional value. Austrian national Martin Kirchgasser has been appointed chef de cuisine while Dagmar Zechmann, Director of Westin Hamburg, will have overall responsibility.
2: Spectacular view of Alster in “republic’s best house”
The five-star Fontenay will offer spectacular views of the Alster in the “republic’s best house” when it opens next spring, according to developer Klaus-Michael Kühne. Hamburg News had a tour of the building on the site of the former InterContinental. Fontenay, designed by architect Jan Störmer, is an eight-floor, sculptured building measuring 19,000 square metres gross. The heart of the building is made of 198 sandblasted glass panes forming the Atrium Lounge with an unobstructed view of a golden mirror on a height of 27 metres. Some 131 suites, four event rooms measuring up to 220 square metres and a 1,000 square metre spa with indoor and outdoor pools on the seventh-floor roof terrace are being built at a cost of over EUR 100 million. Thies Sponholz was appointed hotel director on January 1, 2015.
The PIERDREI aims to attract both local and international hotel guests as well as people in the new suburb KPTN (pronounced captain) being built between Sandtorkai and Tokiostrasse in Hafencity. The three-star, superior design hotel has 212 rooms and is due to open in late 2017. The team will reveal the hotel’s special concept early in 2017. Many surprises are likely, according to the five-strong team of operators including Kai Hollmann, a hotelier, Professor Norbert Aust of Schmidts Tivoli, Frederik and Gerrit Braun and Sebastian Drechsler of Miniatur Wunderland. The hotel features a “port stage” for concerts, plays and readings and a special creative area for children is being planned as well. Dreimets will design PIERDREI’s interior. Hollmann has already collaborated with them in his 25hours hotels and Superbuden hotels.
4: Historic atmosphere meets high-tech
The operator of the Gold Inn group has three hotels in Berlin and their first hotel in Hamburg will open next spring under the new GINN hotel brand. The four-star hotel is located on the Elbe River, near the Fischmarkt, and beside the Hamburger Elbspeicher built in 1873. The hotel’s 132 rooms and suites will be designed like lofts. The lounge will be on the first floor with the reception desk and access to the restaurant and hotel bar with a clear view of the Elbe River and is likely to become a popular night-time haunt in Hamburg. GINN’s concept includes state-of-the art technology with high speed internet throughout the hotel. Guests can check out on their smartphones and tablets.
5: Aiming high in City Nord
The Holiday Inn in Hamburg’s City Nord on Kapstadtring is only eight minutes from Hamburg Airport on the hotel shuttle and 15 minutes with suburban railway. From March 2017, the four-star business and conference hotel will be trying to attract tourists, but predominantly business travellers. The oval-shaped building celebrated its roofing ceremony on September 23rd, 2016. Holiday Inn has 18 floors and is likely to become the highest building in City Nord. Around 100 of the 279 rooms offer expansive views of Hamburg with comfy window seats. The sauna on the 18th floor offers a panoramic view of the city.
Special Hamburg experience
Otremba is looking forward to the various hotel openings. He said: “From a customer point of view, it’s great to see so many different and individual hotel concepts being built. A special hotel concept is important for an exceptional Hamburg experience.”