If you’re frantically googling where to stay in Hamburg, hopefully this review will help you out. I stayed at the rather lovely Hotel Baseler Hof on my recent trip to Hamburg, which worked out really well as a cosy base for exploring this brilliant and underrated German city.
I very rarely stay in hotels these days, usually going for apartments to save a bit of money. However, my time in Hamburg was limited and the weather was freezing, so I needed to be a) in a reliable hotel and b) really central. Hotel Baseler Hof ticked the boxes with a very big fat tick and I loved every minute of my time there. This is the first hotel review I’ve EVER written, by the way. Does that make me a proper travel blogger now?!
While you’re here and clearly doing a bit of Hamburg research, allow me to not-so-subtly shove you towards my post about how to spend 2 days in Hamburg, which covers all the things to do, see, eat and drink that I enjoyed there. It features a lot of cocktails and model railways. A classic combination.
If you’re just after a very honest review of a hotel that I genuinely would recommend for a city break in Hamburg, keep reading…
Hotel Baseler Hof: location
First off, the all-important location.
Hotel Baseler Hof is bang in the middle of the city, so much so that we could see the Alster lakes from our room. The nearest station is Stephansplatz and at less than a minute’s walk away, it’s ridiculously easy to get around even if you’re incredibly lazy like me. It’s also dead close to the main shopping area, which also has loads of places to go for drinks and/or food (more on that in my main guide to Hamburg).
I don’t think the location could get any better. Well done, Baseler Hof. Stay where you are.
Hotel Baseler Hof: room
Right, the other most important thing in any hotel is definitely the room. More specifically for me, the cleanliness of said room. Baseler Hof was spotless. I couldn’t fault it.
I really don’t care about the size of a room as long as you can put your suitcase somewhere out of the way, but I was pleasantly surprised by the space here. There was more than enough room to both get ready in the mornings without killing each other.
The bathroom was really nice, with good pressure in the shower (always a dealbreaker).
What really struck me was the view. We had a corner room and could see the Alster lake and fountain from it! I was expecting the usual city centre view of rooftops and offices, so this was a good surprise.
The most important thing about the room for me was that it had a handy mirror in front of a bench with a plug socket next to it. This meant that I could easily do my makeup and straighten my hair without performing any acrobatics or yanking my hairdryer cord to its limit. I think the bench was meant for you to put your luggage on really, but I transformed it into a dressing table.
Hotel Baseler Hof: important things
I wanted to do this little section to cover all the miscellaneous but important things I think of in any hotel:
- Was there somewhere decent to get ready? Yes. As already mentioned, I constructed a highly suitable getting-ready area. I’m not a fan of hotels that expect you to stand in a cloud of humidity in front of the bathroom mirror for that.
- Were there enough plug sockets? Yes. We managed to charge phones/cameras and use hair dryers/straighteners without getting into a taking-turns situation. There was also free Wi-Fi.
- Were there enough coathangers? You have no idea how annoyed I get when there’s a wardrobe with about two coathangers in it. What is the point? This wardrobe had plenty. I was happy. So much so that I took a photo of them. This what I do with my life now; sorry.
- Did they provide a kettle? They not only had a kettle in the room (not a given in Europe) but there was ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA. So the small stash of teabags I’d smuggled in with me wasn’t even needed. Top marks.
- What other little touches did they do? I particularly liked the fact they left a map of jogging/running routes you could do from the hotel. This would be dead handy if you were, unlike me, someone who enjoyed any form of physical exertion.
On top of these make-or-break things, I should also say that Hotel Baseler Hof is an independent hotel. I’d much rather stay somewhere like that than yet another faceless chain.
Hotel Baseler Hof: breakfast
Breakfast was a good old continental buffet affair. I don’t eat meat, so the usual German array of pig was wasted on me, but I was happy with my scrambled eggs on toast and fruit salad. I also found room for some nice little cakes/pastries.
The waiters were very cheerful and friendly, much more so than I can muster in the mornings.
Hotel Baseler Hof: value
Obviously it depends on the time of year, who you book through and the type of room you get, but I think Hotel Baseler Hof is decent value for money. It’s not super cheap, but it’s not ridiculously expensive either.
At the time of writing, Booking.com is coming up with a standard room at £99 per night and a superior room (which is what I stayed in) at £119 per night.
Where to stay in Hamburg – a review of Hotel Baseler Hof
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I was treated to this lovely hotel (Hotel Baseler Hof) thanks to the tourist agency Come to Hamburg after they were aware I had already booked a trip to Hamburg and offered me a complimentary stay there. There was no obligation for me to say anything nice about it and this gift did not affect my views or my writing in any way. Thoughts on both the hotel and Hamburg itself are all my own. My blog is always 100% honest and I cannot be bribed with goodies, although feel free to try.