Gastwerk is located in Hamburg Bahrenfeld. This first seemed to be a bit off the beaten path in my eyes, but going by train you reach the harbour and the centre quite fast. The train station is an about 5/10 minutes walk away from the hotel. There is also a bus station around the corner, buses going to Altona stop there. In case you do not want to go to the centre or to Schanzenviertel in the evening you could also walk for around 10 minutes to a quarter called Ottensen, where you find a lot of restaurants, little shops and bars. A taxi ride to the airport costs around 25 EUR and takes around 15/20 minutes.
The hotel is located in the premises of a 19th century municipal gas plant, and therefore it has a truly interesting architecture - high ceilings, brick stone walls and an old industrial machine in the hall. It is just a fantastic design hotel, with interesting details to discover in every corner. I`ve been to quite a few design hotels lately and somehow they all looked the same - but Gastwerk is different due to it`s special architecture and still very cosy.
They use high quality fabrics and furnishing in the spacious rooms, which have also those lovely rain forest showers :). If you spend a little more you can also rent a loft room with brickstone walls.
They have an obviously orientally inspired spa with a sauna, a steam room and a lovely resting room, where you can read fashion or home design magazines, unless you fall asleep there under cosy blankets. They offer massages and beauty treatments for men and women.
There is also an italian restaurant and a bar.
All in all - I highly reccomend it. Room prices start from EUR 150 upwards.
Directions: Close to Bahrenfeld train station, about 25 minutes from the centre
Life at the Hotel Gastwerk is a combination of high-end Executive lifestyle and "scenester chic". There's the usual mix of international businessmen and fasionistas on advertising assignments from Hamburg and across Europe. In spite of this the staff remains very professional and friendly, more than hotels you find of the same catagory in Paris, New York, or Miami Beach. Being housed in a refurbished gasworks factory, the lobbies have a wonderfully loft-like airy feeling and the decor is modern and minimalist, yet still retains a warm feeling and are nonthing short of top notch. It is somewhat affordable ( starting at 149 euro p.nite), but due to it's size and accomadation for an international clientele, it's a hotel best suited for those who are not familiar with or used to the more bare bones boutique style of European hotels , and even better for those traveling on expense accounts.
Unique Quality: Again, the hotel is housed in an old gas factory, but the renovations are nothing than than perfect in the urban sense of the word. The decor is Asian inspired, gearing towards the modern, tasteful ,elegant style of the Japanese, and the lobby reflects a feeling of peacefulness and serenity upon entering. The rooms themselves range from your standard 150 euro per nite room, with full modern bathroom and Japanese style decor, to pricer loft style rooms with exposed brick walls and decor more reminiscent of feautures you see in "Metropolitan Home" or "ELLE DECOR" magazines. Included in your room price are are access to the hotel's marble sauna ( with small relaxation rooms), and one free pass per guest to fitness club ELEXIA next door. Breakfast buffet available for approximately 13 euro per person, and there is an upscale Italian inspired restaurant on the premises. In close (taxi) proximity of the theatres that house Broadway style musicals like Mama Mia and Dirty Dancing. On the website for Gastwerk you can usually find a special offer for a spa, theatre, or romantic weekend for two, including breakfast and an extra travel value. In general prices are per room rather than per person, the latter of which is usually the case in other parts of Europe. There isn't anything by way of attraction in the immediate vcinity surrounding the hotel, because it's housed smack in the middle of a quiet residential part of Altona-Ottensen. But the bustling neighborhood life of cafes and shopping are 10 blocks walking distance/ 4 bus stops on the #2 , or 5 euro by taxi if you ask the driver to drop you at ALTONA BAHNHOF.
Directions: Bus #2 or #3, exit @the BORNKAMPSWEG stop in Altona. Cross corner Bahrenfelder Chausee & Bahrenfelder Steindamm, walk straight 1/3 block on Bahrenfelder Steindamm, past Italian market/lunch stop. Turn right on the corner of the parking lot.
This hotel has, rightly, featured in most of the 'hip hotels' reports since it opened in 2000. It's not exactly in the centre of Hamburg (check for the closest railway station as it's at least a 20 minute cab ride from the main Bahnhof) but it's worth getting there!
The public spaces are terrific, with wonderful flower arrangements and water features. And the rooms aren't a let-down. Plenty of space even in the standard doubles, with comfy beds and feather quilts.
The bathrooms are lovely - etched glass doors to the shower, and a bamboo ladder towel rail - just tooo funky!
The Italian restaurant attached is quite expensive, but with an excellent wine list. I didn't feel out of place dining alone, and was able to listen in to some great conversations. One very small niggle - my risotto was made with long grain rice instead of arborio.
Unique Quality: Stunning conversion of an old gas works - combines utilitarian architecture with the best of modern hotel design.
This hotel on the west side of Hamburg is converted from an old coal-gas works. It is very stylish, and there is a strong emphasis on quality architecture and design. The conversion has been particularly well done, and although many of the rooms (particularly the cheaper ones) have internal windows looking into the large interior spaces, this does not seem matter.
Unique Quality: Industrial architecture,
Very nicely furnished rooms
Directions: On the West side of Hamburg, about 5km from the city centre. There is an S-bahn station about 10 minutes walk away.
Hamburg's 1st design hotel, created in an old and refurbished gas-works used in the past to provide gas for streetlights in Hamburg Westend.
The atmosphere is simply wonderful if you like these kind of old and refurbished monuments ...
Rooms are comfortable and plenty of taste in furniture.
If you can try to avoid the "Atrium" rooms due to some noise during night time.
Unique Quality: Enormous hall !!!!!!
Nice bar with lots of well-prepared drinks & snacks (Da Caio, accessible also for non-guest).
Small but elegant sauna.
This hotel is included in the HIP HOTELS books collection (and this is the only reason I knew it :-) ... please check the travelogue to get more views.
Spending a saturday night in Hamburg next week, and I am looking for something a little different from the norm. Any ideas on some 'off-the-wall' hotels ?
Gastwerk Hotel, http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Europe/Germany/Freie_und_Hansestadt_Hamburg/Hamburg-56480/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Hamburg-Gastwerk_Hotel_Hamburg-BR-1.html
or Hotel Residenz Hafen, http://www.wcities.com/en/record/,67421/15/record.html
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Address: Beim Alten Gaswerk 3, Hamburg, 22761, Germany