My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights at Mercure Hotel Hanseatic Bremen during our visit to Bremen in August 2013.
We booked our stay through the excellent Bremen Tourism website (www.bremen-tourism.de), which was offering by far the best rate that we could find for this hotel. Booking.com and other similar hotel booking sites were quoting 90 Euros per night for a double room with no breakfast included. Through the Bremen Tourism website, we were able to book a superior double room WITH breakfast for 90 Euros per night, and also take advantage of their "3 nights for the price of 2" offer. So we paid 180 Euros (or 60 Euros per night) for a double room with breakfast.
The room that we booked was non-cancellable, but didn't require payment up front. We settled our bill, in cash, upon departure.
Mercure Hotel Hanseatic Bremen is located between the airport and the city centre.
Upon arrival, we were able to walk from the airport to the hotel in around 15 minutes. We would have caught tram #6 from the airport to the hotel, but on the day that we arrived the service was only running as far as BSAG-Zentrum, a couple of stops short of the airport. There was a bus replacement service connecting the airport with BSAG-Zentrum, but given the relatively short distance we decided to walk instead. Ordinarily, the hotel is easily reached on tram #6 from directly outside the airport terminal. If, like us, you arrive on a Ryanair flight you will have to walk from the Ryanair terminal to the main terminal a few minutes away. Alight the tram at Schleiermacherstrasse (just 3 stops from the airport) and the hotel is less than 100m walk away.
The same tram (#6) carries on to the city centre, the main railway station and, ultimately, the university. It therefore provides a very good connection between the hotel and the city centre. We found the following stops to be particularly useful:
Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brucke (3 stops from Schleiermacherstrasse) – from here you can simply walk down the steps to the riverside Weserpromenade Schlachte, with its wide selection of restaurants, bars and biergartens;
Domsheide (4 stops from Schleiermacherstrasse) – this is the main stop on the central market square;
Hauptbahnhof (7 stops from Schleiermacherstrasse) – this stop is right outside the front of the central railway station.
The tram ride from Schleiermacherstrasse to the city centre costs a couple of Euros per person. If you intend to use the tram more extensively, you'll find it better value to purchase an all day ticket. We found the TagesTicket Plus (8.50 Euros for an all day ticket for 2 adults and up to 4 children) to be the best value for our needs. The tram ride from Schleiermacherstrasse to Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brucke takes around 5 minutes, with Domsheide just a couple of minutes further and Hauptbahnhof around 5 minutes further.
Alternatively, it is easy to walk from the hotel to the city centre. It is a straight and flat walk along Friedrich-Ebert Strasse, which leads directly to Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brucke in around 15 minutes. There are supermarkets, shops and restaurants on this street and the various side streets that branch off it.
Our double room was located on the 2nd floor and had a large window overlooking a busy carriageway. Although traffic noise was clearly audible in the room during the day time, it abated as night and didn't cause us any problems with sleeping.
The double bed was very comfortable and contained two seperate duvets.
There was a large wardrobe, a small table with a couple of cushioned chairs and bedside cabinets on both sides of the bed.
The TV picked up a dozen or so channels, including CNN, CCTV News and Russia Today. Wi-fi was available in the room but was not free of charge. We didn't bother to pay for it as we could access the Internet free of charge from a terminal in the reception area when we needed to.
There was a stand-alone air-conditioning unit plugged in in one corner of the room. We didn't need to use it as the room temperature was fine and we could leave the window slightly ajar to let some fresh air in.
There were plenty of electrical sockets for recharging batteries and devices overnight.
A kettle was provided, along with a good selection of complimentary tea and coffee sachets. These were replenished daily. A couple of bottles of mineral water were also provided (on the table, as the room had no fridge), but these were not complimentary and displayed a price tag of 3.20 Euros each. We left them alone and purchased larger bottles from the nearby "Penny" supermarket for around 0.20 Euros each!
There was no in room safe, but the information brochure stated that valuables could be held in safes that were housed behind the reception desk.
The en-suite shower room was reasonably sized (well, no smaller than average) and contained a very powerful shower. It met Emma's high standards of required water pressure for washing her hair – which is always the acid test for rating a hotel's showers! The water was always warm when we needed it.
A small selection of "Nivea For Men" toiletries (but nothing for female guests) were provided on the first day. A bar of soap and a shower gel dispenser in the shower cubicle were also provided. Fresh towels were provided each day.
Had it not been included in our room rate, the breakfast buffet would have cost 9.90 Euros per person per day.
On the first morning of our stay, a Sunday, breakfast was served from 7am until 11am. On the following two mornings it was served from 6:30am until 10am.
The breakfast buffet was fairly extensive. There were half a dozen choices of cereal and various dried fruits to be added to them. There were several different flavours of yoghurt (vanilla, peach and passionfruit, strawberry, cherry), fruit salad, a selection of fresh fruits and slices of sponge cake.
The bread rolls were fresh and tasty and there were various spreads (honey, jam, marmalade, nutella). There was a good choice of cheeses and several types of cold meat including ham, salami and wurst, as well as pickled herring fish.
The cooked items included bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs and soft boiled eggs. On one morning there were also meatballs.
Drinks included fresh orange and apple juices and a selection of teas. A pot of coffee was brought to the table by a waitress each morning.
It was a decent enough breakfast, especially as it was included in our room rate, but I would probably have expected more (especially in the way of cooked items) if I had paid 9.90 Euros for it.
We arrived in Bremen on an early morning flight and turned up at the hotel at around 10am. We knew that check in wasn't until 3pm, but decided to try our luck. The friendly receptionist (who spoke English perfectly) pulled out all the stops to get us a room immediately. After a couple of phone calls, she identified a room that had already been cleaned by housekeeping and arranged for our immediate check in. We really appreciated the effort that she went to, as it meant that we could dump our luggage and set about exploring the city without having to return later in the afternoon to check in. She was also happy to furnish us with a city map and to answer our questions about the sights and public transport network.
Although free wi-fi wasn't available in our room (and we chose not to pay for it), we were able to access the Internet for free at a terminal that was provided next to the reception area.
The hotel offers sauna and solarium facilities, but these were closed for a month for renovations at the time of our visit.
At the end of our stay we were able to store our luggage, at no charge, in a storage room behind reception between checking out and travelling to the airport later in the day.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Mercure Hotel Hanseatic Bremen. For the price we paid, it was very good value. The location was convenient both for the airport and the city centre, especially with the Schleiermacherstrasse tram stop just a few metres from the hotel. Our room was clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast buffet was tasty and filling. We'd happily stay there again if we ever return to Bremen and would be happy to recommend the hotel to others.
Directions: Located between the airport and the city centre. Close to Schleiermacherstrasse tram stop.