GASTWERK HOTEL HAMBURG: ROOM /RATES
Beim Altern Gaswerk 3, 22761 Hamburg From Hamburg airport take the S1 to Hamburg Wedel and get off at "Bahrenfeld" station, from which there is a short 10 min walk. From central train station take the above option or the S11, S21 or S31 towards Hamburg Altona station "Holstenstraße"; from here take the bus line 3 till "Bornkampsweg". From 120,- (for a small loft or atrium room) to 210,- € (suite) Latest reservation was in 2011 with the addition of the hotel’s new bar, ‘L.Bar’.
Year of Establishment / latest renovation
Beim Altern Gaswerk 3, 22761 Hamburg
From Hamburg airport take the S1 to Hamburg Wedel and get off at "Bahrenfeld" station, from which there is a short 10 min walk. From central train station take the above option or the S11, S21 or S31 towards Hamburg Altona station "Holstenstraße"; from here take the bus line 3 till "Bornkampsweg".
From 120,- (for a small loft or atrium room) to 210,- € (suite)
Latest reservation was in 2011 with the addition of the hotel’s new bar, ‘L.Bar’.
Hamburg’s first ever Design Hotel, Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg opened in 2000 and has grown in popularity and size ever since. Entering the lobby you are immediately struck by the sheer size of the building, the 6,500 square foot lobby space an extremely impressive welcome. Originally the place where 5,000 tons of coal were stored, now the bridges of each of the five floors are visible, welcoming you to your new temporary home. Despite the industrial nature of the building the decor creates a surprisingly cosy atmosphere throughout the hotel – this is heightened through the warm earth tones used for furnishings and the abundance of candles quietly burning in most of the communal areas.
Since its opening the hotel has been extended twice and now boasts 141 rooms and suites between 25 and 90 square metres for a whole spectrum of clientele. The junior suite we stayed in was the perfect blend of new and old interiors, the bare brick walls creating a lovely rustic vibe which was complemented by the luxurious furnishings in shades of gold, beige and brown. Offering a walk in closet, double bed, desk, leather arm chairs and reading table the loft suite was a place I found it extremely hard to leave! The perfect location for an autumnal or winter get away, cosy and inviting.
THE CROWD AT GASTWERK HOTEL HAMBURG
The crowd we mainly encountered at Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg were professionals on a working weekend away. With the business lofts and dedicated function rooms for business meetings it’s easy to see why – the venues impressive setting an excellent place for inspiration and new ideas to have room to flourish.
ART / DESIGN / ARCHITECTURE
The unique architecture of the hotel is one of the features which really sets it apart, its design enhancing the buildings unique historic features. Black and white photographs of the building in its heyday as a gasworks adorn the walls, and tasteful Asian inspired statues and a peace garden create a sense of tranquility amongst the industrial setting.
FOOD & DRINKS
The Restaurant Mangold on the ground floor is an inviting sanctuary for a combination of both international and regional cuisine. The breakfast we enjoyed there was complete with all of the trimmings – an excellent selection of fresh fruits, breads and condiments as well as perfectly scrambled eggs and other continental breakfast staples. The restaurant itself is decorated in the same warm tones as the lobby, with an abundance of lanterns and candles creating a cosy atmosphere. The adjoining L.Bar with its ancient brick walls shares the same vibe, a good choice for relaxed evening drinks or a casual lunch time meeting.
THINGS TO ENJOY
If you’ve come to Hamburg to catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation Gastwerk also offers a full luxurious day spa service. From massages and physiotherapy to manicures and Ayurvedic treatments, you won’t be disappointed by the pampering options on offer.
Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg is situated approximately a 20 minute bus ride from Hamburg city centre. Contrary to this being a nuisance it allows you to take in another section of the city which is a little further afield than the typical tourist destinations, allowing some peace and quiet in the Altona district.
Text: Marie J. Burrows