The Swedish hotel group Scandic is known for the modern design in their buildings. In Hamburg, a city where diverse architectonic styles mix up freely in every corner, it wouldn’t be different. The harbor city in Northern Germany and its endless channels call up the element water wherever you look at, and this is the main concept at Scandic Hamburg Emporio hotel.
Shades of blue
At the reception, you notice all shades of blue: on the walls, in the elevator, and in the wave-shaped sculptures at the bar entrance, which is appropriately named after H2O. When you enter the elevator, the dark blue lights become lighter as we arrive at our floor, as if we were emerging to the surface. The color is also present in the carpets and in the representation of see life.
The hotel has seven floors and six different types of rooms: Standard, Superior, Superior Plus, Master Suite, Superior Family and Junior Suite. We stayed at the Standard room, with a view to Valentinskamp.
It’s a comfortable basic room: TV, minibar, room for luggage and clothes hanger, hair dryer, plug sockets near the bed, and even a bottle opener in on the bathroom wall! By the way, room and bathroom were spotless.
The location os great. Right beside the subway station (U-Bahn) Gänsemarkt – only two stops from Hamburg central station – near Laiszehalle concert hall and only a few minutes walk from Saint Michael’s church, one of the city’s most famous symbols. Another positive point is the staff: all workers we met were nice and helpful.
The breakfast room’s ornament is beautiful and once again, full of details related to water: miniature ships, animals books, but all fits in place, without tiring our eyes. It’s worthy to pay attention to the design when as you sit to enjoy your coffee. The buffet is diversified and offers practically everything you can wait from a good hotel, including many types of bread, just like a breakfast in Germany must be. You’ll even find Franzbrötchen, the delicious cinnamon bread typical from Hamburg.
Don’t surprise if you notice there are only water bottles in the minibar. It’s intentionally made to avoid wasting unconsumed items that stay too long in the fridge. This is also the reason why shampoo and liquid soap are kept in dispensers in the bathroom, and not in small individual flasks. To serve the customers willing to have a drink or purchasing hygiene items, there is a small shop right in front of the hotel desk. The store concept is not only practical but also helpful to visitors who are not familiar with closed shops on Sundays, which is very usual in Germany.
Good news for bike lovers. Hamburg is a mainly flat city and has hundreds of kilometers of bikeways. Thinking on that, Scandic Hamburg has bicycles available to loan. Accessibility is also another concern. To clean the carpets, the hotel uses a special technology that doesn’t allow mites and dust to stick in the vacuum cleaner’s filter. In the breakfast room, there’s an elevator for wheelchairs and some rooms are specially equipped for people with disabilities.
Events and conferences
Located on the seventh floor, the conference rooms provide a stunning view on the West side of Hamburg: the TV tower and Sternschanze quarter. The rooms have all necessary gadgets for presentations and events too.
Each suite on the seventh floor has an artwork created by a different artist, using the theme “water” as inspiration. On this floor, you will also see the gallery containing pictures of the German national soccer team. The art project is a partnership with local soccer club Sankt Pauli. In the next months, they will open new rooms on the eighth floor. I can already picture what the view will look like… At last, in the underground, is a gym, changing room, and saunas.
Scandic Emporio is a great option if you look for a comfortable and well-located hotel in Hamburg. Besides all the options offered by the hotel, the big glass windows provide a beautiful view to the city. Certainly, a pleasing way to start seeing Hamburg.
Scandic Hamburg Emporio
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