To be honest, I’m still debating whether I should really recommend The Westin Hamburg as a hotel for a trip to Hamburg. It’s just too tempting that you make yourself really comfortable in one of the great rooms with panoramic view and forget all about sightseeing in one of the most exciting cities in Germany! :)
The Westin Hamburg: Location & Arrival
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Located at the top of the Speicherstadt, The Westin Hamburg is the perfect starting point for a city trip to Hamburg. From here you are quickly in the city center, but also in St.Pauli, the Landungsbrücken and the Schanzenviertel. You are within walking distance of a subway and a bus stop, and with a Hamburg Card* you can use public transport in Hamburg free of charge. If you arrive by car, you can conveniently park it in the hotel’s underground parking garage for an additional fee.
Tip: The Elbphilharmonie
Getting lost on the way to The Westin Hamburg is nearly impossible: the hotel is located in Hamburg’s newest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie building, which you can spot from afar.
The Elbphilharmonie is the new concert hall in Hamburg, opened in 2017 and is one of the most modern of its kind. The acoustics here are said to be unparalleled. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to attending a concert here yet, but it’s definitely still on my wish list. If you’re not that into classical music, by the way, that’s not a problem either: there’s often more modern music for the ears!
The rooms at The Westin Hamburg
The Westin Hamburg is a five-star hotel that can easily be called luxurious. So it is not surprising that the rooms are really perfectly equipped. Here you’ll find everything you need: mineral water for free, a small Nespresso machine for coffee in between, a good steam iron to freshen up your crumpled clothes (the flight attendant in me comes through again) and many other nice little things. But above all, well, an absolutely perfect bed that you could snuggle up in for hours.
The highlight is the panoramic view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Elbe and the gigantic Hamburg harbor, if you have a room facing outward (the extra charge is worth it!). My room had a large bathroom with shower and bathtub – also with a view. And that was really spectacular.
There are different room categories at The Westin Hamburg, I stayed in the “Studio” category. But even from the premium rooms with “water view” you should have a similar view. I recommend you to pay the extra charge for a higher category, because the view is really unbelievably impressive and even better the higher up you stay.
In the larger rooms, you also have the chance of a not entirely unimportant gimmick! In modern hotel buildings it often happens that you can not open the windows and everything is air-conditioned. At The Westin Hamburg, however, some rooms have a small porthole cleverly built into the mirrored window frames. Very unusual, but so you can still sniff fresh air even on the 18th floor!
Food & Drinks
Close to the hotel there are certainly one or two options, but I only saw tourist traps as far as cafes and restaurants were concerned. The Speicherstadt is rather touristy and not very lively as far as everyday life is concerned. But you are well taken care of at The Westin Hamburg itself!
The breakfast buffet is rich and really good, and there is even a completely separate corner with vegan options. The breakfast area is located in the lower part of the building, and I think it’s due to the architectural circumstance as a former warehouse building that you unfortunately don’t find an all-round panoramic view with huge window fronts here. There is a small outdoor terrace with a view, though, so it’s best to come at the less popular breakfast times so you can snag a spot there.
By the way: Breakfast is available here until 11 am, on weekends even until 12 noon. If you still can’t make it out of your comfy bed, you can order your personal breakfast selection to your room via room service; it’s sinfully expensive, but you can enjoy your great room view even longer and avoid the hustle and bustle in the breakfast area when the hotel is busier.
For a drink or coffee, the Blick Bar is located in the lobby of the hotel. Here you are on the same level as the observation deck of the Elbphilharmonie, which you can also visit as a non-hotel guest (but then you may have to wait). I can recommend the in-house cocktail Elphi Spritz and the signature duo of a glass of champagne and a fish brioche.
For the big appetite in the elegant ambience there is still the restaurant Fang und Feld.
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Spa & Wellness
As befits a Westin, there is also a fairly large spa area in the lower level of the building here in Hamburg. Equipped with a pool, sauna area and a small gym, you can relax to your heart’s content. I didn’t try out the spa area myself, but I took a quick look and found it very appealing.
Professionally, I always have an eye for little things that simply make good service. And of course, at the scale of a The Westin Hamburg, there is nothing to complain about! Still, there are a few small details that make a positive impression, such as the obligatory evening service with chocolate hearts on the bed or the attentive crew at the Blick Bar.
All in all, The Westin Hamburg is a perfect choice if you are looking for comfortable accommodation with high standards and want to impress someone else (or yourself) with a spectacular view of Hamburg!
Transparency: The Westin Hamburg invited me for this stay.