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A pilot ladder in my room

by Mike

19 November 2013 • It was a Saturday night in Hamburg and much to my surprise I found a pilot ladder in my hotel room.

Hamburg is one of my favourite European cities, and I am lucky to be there a couple of times per year. It is a vibrant city with ships and shops, design and creativity, and for me some very good friends too. Worth a city trip, oh yes.

In the past I often stayed in the 25Hours Hotel in the “Gaswerk” district. It is a young hotel which I liked very much for its young atmosphere and design-with-a-twist. One of the features is the Mini car that you can use to discover the city.

Nadine and Julia from Hamburg Tourismus both told me I had to try the other 25Hours hotel too, in the new trendy “HafenCity” area. Which I did in September. 

I discovered a highly original, creative, artistic, well-designed hotel, which really was to my taste. It is of course maritime inspired. The more I looked around, the more I discovered nautical details. A Hapag-Lloyd container in the lobby. A log book in each room. A bucket with a rope in the bathroom (a bin), a message in a bottle, and the pilot ladder.

Each room has a logbook where guests can write their comments

Throughout the hotel little design winks make you smile and create a feel good atmosphere. It is the first time I was accompanied throughout the night by a “schlafschaf” (German for a sleep sheep).

The room has a mini library with interesting travel and design publications.

The usually boring “Do not disturb” sign has been replaced by a little booklet with several reasons why you do not want to be disturbed. A hangover is one option.

The lobbyThe restaurantA little design shop and libraryView towards the cruise terminalView to the left

The hotel is easily accessible from the motorway and has an underground car park. For the U-Bahn you need to walk 5 minutes, and the trendy Speicherstadt area, the Portugese area and the Landungsbrücken are just 10-20 minutes away. If you do not want to walk you can rent one of the bikes. Or the Mini.

For sure one of my favourite hotels in Hamburg.

www.25hours-hotels.com/hafencity

www.hamburg-travel.com

www.designhotels.com