• Close to Aussenalster Lake, public transportation, and restaurants
  • Rooms include flat-screen TVs, kettles, and minibars; connecting rooms available
  • Minibars, club lounge entry, and free breakfast in upper-category rooms
  • Two chic restaurants and a bar with outdoor seating
  • Meeting and banquet rooms and business center
  • Small fitness center with cardio- and weight-training equipment
  • Bike rental and garage parking (for a fee)
  • Room service 24/7 and free tea selection in the lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pet-friendly
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  • Guests have complained about heating and air-conditioning
  • Breakfast not included in standard rates
  • Limited room service menu
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Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster is a solid choice for business travelers and tourists seeking to stay near Aussenalster Lake, a quiet area on the edge of the busy tourist zone. Its 285 rooms are typical for a chain hotel, but they’re spacious with flat-screen TVs, kettles, and free Wi-Fi; Club Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Suites add minibars, entry to the club lounge, and free breakfast. The hotel has two restaurants, a small gym (undergoing renovations as of June 2019), a business center, and meeting and banquet facilities. The location is pretty good and is convenient to public transportation, and prices are competitive. Travelers could also consider the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hamburg City Center, which includes breakfast in its rates. 

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  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

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Crowne Plaza Hamburg – City Alster


Modern business-style hotel with quirky details

The Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster has a boxy, brick exterior, but once inside, the look becomes bright and airy with a cream-and-purple color scheme and a large atrium with a skylight the lets in plenty of natural light. The hotel generally draws business travelers and tourists, especially couples.

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Close to Aussenalster Lake, public transportation, and a few restaurants

The Crowne Plaza Hamburg has a nice location near Aussenalster Lake. It's in a quiet area on the edge of the city center, but it's within easy reach of most attractions. It’s an eight-minute walk to the closest U-Bahn station (Uhlandstrasse) and two minutes to a bus stop. Hamburg Kuntshalle Museum is 15 minutes away on public transportation, or a 20-minute walk, while St. Peter’s Church is 11 minutes away on public transportation. A small selection of restaurants are on surrounding streets, though there's not much shopping in this area. Hamburg International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. 

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Spacious rooms with a fading style that include flat-screen TVs, kettles, and free Wi-Fi

The Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster's 285 rooms have a generic homey style, but the rooms are well-maintained. Standard in-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, kettles, safes, and air-conditioning, though there have been some complaints about the AC and heating from past guests. Club Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Suites add minibars, access to the club lounge, and free breakfast. Suites also have separate living rooms. Simple white-tile bathrooms have shower/tub combos, with toiletries and hairdryers provided. 

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Two stylish restaurants, a small fitness center, meeting rooms, business center, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel's restaurants are stylish and the highlight here. The Blue Marlin offers a breakfast buffet (not included in standard rates) and serves international and local fare for lunch and dinner. The King George Bar and Restaurant opens later in the day, and it has a lovely patio. The small fitness center includes four cardio machines and a weight machine (currently undergoing renovations). There are eight meeting rooms that can hold up to 190 people, an enclosed business center with a printer, and free Wi-Fi. On-site parking is available for a fee. 

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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