Stephan

Schmarjestrasse 31, Hamburg, 22767, Germany
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Cozy Little Inn Close to Altona City Hall

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 22, 2014

This is a hotel that I scouted to place a gaggle of single women friends visiting Germany for the first time. It's in an old building steps away from Altona Altstadt (Altona "Old Town"), an area that has some of the quaintest, most charming "Jugendstil" architecture in Hamburg . This is an example of a small sector of Hamburg that survived the intense bombing of WW2 (which practically demolished most of the city), and before the World Wars, the area actually used to be a Danish possession and was formally recognized as part of Denmark.

Completely atypical of the modern hustle and bustle of the small metropolis that is Hamburg, something in the atmosphere of Hotel Stephan retains a very Old World European charm in very simple, but genial surroundings- with a very cozy atmosphere and small, but super friendly staff. Though the outside of the hotel looks like deceptively plain, the inside is very welcoming and the interior is a complete contrast to the usually slick, ultra modernist design that makes up most of Hamburg's hotel landscape. You end up with something that feels like a charming, old fashioned European pension, which is difficult to find in a city that has lost nearly all of it's pre-WW2 architecture, and where sterile minimalism is prized in its place.

Hotel Stephan is an aged property that's not brand-spanking new, in interior decoration (sorry, no flat screen TVs on the wall here), but it's lovingly kept, and that is most certainly part of its charm. The rooms have beds with actual wooden headboards that DON'T look like IKEA knock-offs of high end Danish designers. Their fringed lampshades and (non-matching) accent tables of marble and wood add a charm to rooms accented by Queen Anne style chairs, and vintage textured wallpaper. Unlike like a good number of German accommodations, Hotel Stephan actually has art on the walls in its rooms (small paintings that lean toward Impressionism), with vintage wall mirrors, and ashtrays that are not made of logo-printed plastic rather than classic, cut crystal that used to be the norm for most hotels in years past. The hotel is comprised of 30 rooms (single and double, some doubles with 2 twin beds) features bike rental (it's in a very vibrant neighborhood worth exploring). It has free wireless internet , dry cleaning, ironing service, and transportation service from the Concierge that can help you with everything from sorting out travel tickets, to local subway tickets or multi-day public transportation passes. Also convenient (and a great value), the hotel's daily breakfast buffet is included in the price.

Unique Quality: The best selling points to this hotel is it's locale and and warm, welcoming atmosphere. The staff is (at least) bi-lingual with English fluently spoken (in Germany you can find people speaking at least 2 languages on average)- and they are happy to share local information to help make your stay a pleasant one. The hotel is walking distance to the Altonar Museum and Altona's picturesque city Hall. Hotel Stephan also sells the "HAMBURG CARD" - 3-day Pass for use on all public transport, with tourist attraction discounts to museums & restaurants throughout the city.

In the hotel's wood paneled breakfast room, each morning there is a very well-put- together German style buffet that has breakfast eggs (boiled), an assortment of breads (light, dark, croissants), condiments (butter, honey, assorted jams), traditional sliced hams & breakfast meats ("wursts"), cereals, yogurts, coffee, tea, & juices. The breakfast room opens at 7am, and there is also an open patio facing the back garden, open for summer months (weather permitting).

The hotel keeps the latest advertisements for current performances and attractions in town. They are located about 1 1/2 blocks from the S1 train (Königstrasse) which criss-crosses the city from east to west to some of the major attractions and neighborhoods of Hamburg, often directly to the front door (like the Reeperbahn, Hamburg Central Station, the very elegant Rathaus/City Hall, Alster Lake, Wandsbek Shopping Mall and others.) Hotel Stephan is also just one-minute train stop away from Altona Regional Bahnhof, where you can take trains to other parts of Germany or overnight trips to some small parts of Switzerland or Northern Italy. Altona Bahnhof is also close enough to walk (about 7 minutes time) to put you right in the middle of good shopping and fantastic choice of cafes, restaurants, and the various street festivals that take place near the station in summer.

Directions: S1 Train (Green line) to KÖNIGSTRASSSE, use the Behnstrasse exit. Upstairs, turn left, walk 1 block to PROFESSOR-BRIX-WEG. Turn right, walk 1 block to SMARJESTRASSE, turn left. Walk on Smarjestrasse till you see HOTEL GARNI STEPHAN on the left hand side.

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Address: Schmarjestrasse 31, Hamburg, 22767, Germany

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  • Free High Speed Internet

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