We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Hamburg as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“The Westin Hamburg opened in 2016 and occupies 19 floors of the Elbphilharmonie, offering breathtaking views over the Hafencity and Elbe through the floor-to-ceiling glass bubble windows that ripple across the facade. The decor subtly echoes the wavy design of the building, from the lampshades to the wallpaper.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Hamburg, Germany.
“You can chose from a lot of options at this stylish and low-key retreat near the shores of the Alster: a choice of pillows and bedding, the style of decor, which of four buildings you prefer, even where you want to enjoy breakfast.”
Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Hamburg.
“Recently opened in the heart of the Schanzenviertel, August the Boardinghouse is a beautifully designed and compact apartment building nestled in a residential courtyard off Schulterblatt, at the very heart of Hamburg’s creative scene.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Hamburg, Germany.
“Despite its bland, modern office block exterior, this trendy HafenCity hotel is full of fun, from guest rooms that resemble designer ship cabins to a chill-out room with retro couches and a record player for guests to use.”
Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Hamburg.
New York Times, Telegraph
Fodors, Lonely Planet
New York Times
Hamburg is a key port city in northern Germany that is connected to the North Sea by River Elbe. The city’s Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Altstadt (old town) with the Neustadt (new town) and it is home to St. Michael’s Church.
Some of the great neighborhoods of Hamburg are:
Altstadt is a neighborhood that is the home to Hamburg’s parliament and senate. The neighborhood also has numerous affordable restaurants, shopping malls and stores. It also has historic landmarks such as St Jacobi and St Petri churches.
Blankenese is among the wealthiest and most beautiful neighborhoods of Hamburg. The area is home to several historic mansions and gorgeous villas. The area has numerous waterfront cafés alongside the River Elbe’s sandy beach.
Eppendorf is an up market residential neighborhood that is situated near Lake Alster and the largest park of the city. The main street of the neighborhood –Eppendorfer Landstrasse – is filled with historic buildings with restaurants, cafés boutiques, and retail shops.
The HafenCity is one of the most newly built neighborhoods in the city that provides tourists and locals with classic examples of contemporary architecture filled with restaurants, museums, playgrounds, park areas, offices and residential buildings.
Neustadt is an upscale commercial neighborhood with plethora of shopping options for locals and tourists. The area has several landmarks such as St Michaelis church, Neuer Wall, Jungfernstieg, Landungsbrücken and Große Bleichen. It has several great cafes such as Cafe Alex.
Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Hamburg.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Hamburg, then book Fritz im Pyjama Hotel. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.
You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in Hamburg, you should check out Hotel Wedina. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Hamburg, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Hamburg, then go for The Westin Hotel. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.
Looking for a good and affordable private room or cozy dorm in? Check out Pyjama Park Schanzenviertel hostel. The hostel has been highly rated by backpackers. Also check out our list of best hostels in Hamburg.
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $130 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $180 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Hamburg hotel then you can expect to pay around $260 per night.
Try 25hours Hotel HafenCity, if you're looking for a delicious breakfast at a hotel in Hamburg. The hotel has excellent customer review ratings for breakfast.
Hamburg: Evening Illumination Cruise through Harbor. Enjoy an evening journey from the illuminated Speicherstadt and travel through the Hamburg port. Take a look at the HafenCity, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the St. Pauli Piers. Price: $24.
Guided Hamburg City Bike Tour. Glide around the atmospheric St. Pauli district, pass the modern waterfront of the HafenCity and cruise through the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s famous warehouse district. Price: $36.
Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+. Explore the red light district of Hamburg on this exciting 2-hour sex and crime tour in the St. Pauli district. Hear anecdotes and details about the lives and loves in this district, and visit the boxing club in the basement of the “Zur Ritze” bar. Price: $28.
More things to do in Hamburg
Hamburg is recognized as the second-largest city in the whole of Germany. The city name reflects its rich history that shows Hamburg as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League. The city is home to the second-largest port in all of Europe while it is also the seat of the oldest German stock exchange and world’s oldest merchant bank, making it an important financial center home and abroad.
Hamburg attracts millions of people every year making it one of the top destinations in the world. It is ranked 18th in an index showing the world livability in the year 2016. The city of Hamburg is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel. Modern advancement and rich history combine to make the city of Hamburg a tourist attraction.
A major hub of European science and research and a major education hub, Hamburg really does have it all. Several universities and institutions are located in the city. Cultural venues for entertainment are also present in the city with the most renowned being the Laeiszhalle and Elbphilharmonie.