Pros

  • Next to Alster Lake, walking distance to public transportation
  • Elegant rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and coffeemakers
  • Lovely indoor pool with a sauna
  • Spa offers massages and facial treatments
  • Fitness center and private movie-theater rooms
  • Restaurant serves German fare and seafood, plus 24-hour room service
  • Large indoor bar and a serene outdoor patio courtyard with seating
  • Smoker’s lounge and afternoon British tea service
  • Thirteen meeting rooms and a full-service 24-hour business center
  • Limousine service, bike rental, and baggage service
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • Fitness center is small
  • Breakfast is not included
  • Not all rooms have views of the lake
  • Complaints of noise from events
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Bottom Line

The five-pearl Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg is a historic property packed with grand European decor and luxurious amenities. The hotel is situated next to Alster Lake, providing lovely views in some of its elegant rooms and suites, which offer modern comforts like minibars and flat-screen TVs as well as large bathrooms. The impressive on-site restaurant serves German fare and seafood, while the bar is a popular spot and often features live piano music. An indoor pool, private movie rooms, a spa, and extensive event facilities attract a number of vacationing couples and German dignitaries. For something with more modern decor and extensive spa and restaurant services, travelers might want to consider the Grand Elysee Hotel Hamburg.  

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

Scene

Luxurious hotel with a nautical theme

Built in 1909, Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg bills itself as the “White Castle on the Alster,” and indeed, its grand white stone exterior has a palatial appearance. This luxurious hotel exhibits its upper-class service immediately with a doorman outfitted in a suit and black top hat. Interiors are elegant with marble columns, grand staircases with gilded railings, and chandeliers, while large nautical paintings and 76 displays of model ships throughout the hotel give the spaces a maritime flair. Other areas, like the restaurant and meeting rooms, have similar grand styles with sophisticated carpet patterns, high-end wooden furniture, majestic columns, and opulent chandeliers. By contrast, the bar has an Art Deco-style with bold black and red leather boxy chairs, wooden floors, modern lights, and shiny, reflective decor elements on the walls. Most guests are couples on a romantic vacation who can be seen congregating in the lounges and bar, though many guests have noted that it's also popular among German dignitaries.

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Location

Located by Alster lake and within walking distance of shopping and dining

The hotel is located right by Alster Lake, a picturesque area in Hamburg. Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall, popular upscale shopping streets, are a 13-minute walk away. It takes three minutes on foot to reach Kunsthalle Hamburg, a museum with an extensive German art collection. For nightlife, Sankt Pauli -- Hamburg’s red light district -- is an 10-minute drive away. There’s a variety of restaurants on surrounding streets, such as the laid-back A.mora, a lakefront restaurant with stunning views that’s only a minutes’ walk away. The closest bus station is a four-minute walk, while a major transportation hub (metro, train, and bus), Hamburg HBF, takes nine minutes to reach. Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport is a 19-minute drive from the hotel. 

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Rooms

Elegant rooms with minibars, Nespresso machines, and spacious bathrooms

Rooms are exceptionally modern with the same elegant vibe seen in the hotel's common areas. Color schemes vary, but sophisticated patterns on carpets and chic chairs, stately wooden headboards, high ceilings, and contemporary chandeliers are common among the 221 rooms and suites. Many rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that provide exquisite views of the lake. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, and Nespresso coffeemakers. Suites are often characterized by separate living rooms and some have balconies, while the Presidential Suite includes a pantry kitchen and two bathrooms. Luxurious bathrooms have marble countertops, large mirrors, and limestone tiles, and most have both bathtubs and walk-in rainfall showers (Superior Rooms just have showers), while high-end extras include Molton Brown toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, magnifying mirrors, and electronic scales.

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Features

Wellness facilities such as a spa and pool, plus meeting facilities and movie-theater rooms

True to its luxurious reputation, the hotel's Energy Clinic Spa provides a range of massages and treatments. There’s also a large indoor pool with a few loungers and a couple of sauna rooms. The fitness center isn’t open 24-hours, and some have noted that it's quite small for a luxury hotel of this caliber.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Atlantic Restaurant, is a white-tablecloth-and-candlelight experience with German and maritime cuisine. Guests can visit Atlantic Alstersalon for a pricey breakfast buffet and grab a late-night drink at the hotel’s large, swanky Atlantic Bar while listening to live piano music. During warm days, the Romantic Atlantic Atrium, an outdoor patio amid a garden and large fountain, is filled with travelers. The hotel also offers a Smokers’ Lounge, afternoon tea service, as well as cocktails served in one of the lounges, plus 24-hour room service is available.

Meetings and events can be held in one of the 13 meeting rooms that can hold up to 1,200 guests. Some even have direct access to the outdoor atrium. Guests have noted that these events can be bothersome and noisy, however. Private movie-theater rooms are also available for rent, where guests can have an exclusive movie screening with dinner and drinks. Other perks include free basic Wi-Fi, bike rentals, and on-site parking for a fee. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

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