When I was deciding how to get from Amsterdam to Copenhagen I looked online and saw that Hamburg was right in the middle of the two cities.
After looking to see what sort of things to do in Hamburg there were I decided to add the Germany city to my trip and spend a few days exploring.
In Hamburg I was lucky enough to be able to stay at the wonderful Henri Hotel right in the city center.
A short 5-minute walk from the train station, the Henri Hotel offered a great location to explore the city from and just steps away were a wide range of small shops, restaurants, cafes, and other interesting things to check out.
While there are plenty of hotels in Hamburg to choose from I really enjoyed the overall vibe and welcoming feeling at the Henri and the boutique-style of hotels like this one have really started to become my favorite when it comes to accommodation.
From the moment I walked into the lobby, where an actual bar is used as the reception desk, I was already able to appreciate the familiar interior design.
The style took on much more of a personal appearance unlike what you’ll typically find at a chain hotel where every room, lobby, and interior simply looks the same as the next.
These boutique hotels have started to become more popular across Europe and it’s easy to see why – people are really looking for that welcoming and friendly vibe rather than the surgical and inspiring feeling you get when you’re staying at a chain.
Chain hotels do have their merits but when it comes to making the most of a traveling experience then it’s hard to go wrong with boutique hotels like the Henri.
At first I was quite surprised by the size of the hotel, though at no point did it ever feel very busy and the staff always seemed to greet me with a personal touch.
I was able to sit down with Claudia, the Head of PR and Marketing of the hotel, and throughout our short discussion I was able to see how passionate she was about the hotel and the other hotels that the company currently owns.
She went on to explain to me that the hotel strives to offer a charming and unassuming environment that still delivers the same quality you would expect at a four or five star hotel.
With the overall design and standard of quality the Henri Hotel is able to cater to a wide range of different guests from solo travelers and families to business travelers.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had staying at the Henri Hotel as well as provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I’m further able to show other travelers why this hotel is one that definitely needs to be considered during a visit to Hamburg.
A Hotel Henri in Hamburg Review
Check-In and Interior
Entering into the hotel off of the street you walk in and up a luxurious dark red carpet and into the main lobby area.
Rather than using a dedicated reception desk there is actually a small bar used for checking into and out of the hotel and the lobby seems more like a lounge rather than just an uninspiring lobby like you would find if you were staying at the Hilton or Ibis.
The lounge is full of a selection of cozy, comfortable seating and the dark flooring along with the low lighting really helps to play into the welcoming and friendly vibe that the hotel exhibits.
It seems more like you’re returning home rather than visiting somewhere new – and this is a great feeling, especially after a long day of travel.
At the far end of the lobby is a more formal seating area with a selection of tables and chairs along with a full dedicated kitchen.
The kitchen area is another unique aspect of the hotel and rather than having a small selection of drinks in the room it’s possible to visit the “self-serve” kitchen and choose from a much wider selection of options (don’t forget to mark down your choices so you can pay for them later).
This is where breakfast is served in the morning and in the evening a little spread is laid out for a quick snack after a long day of exploring or working.
One thing I noticed is that the prices at the hotel for certain dinner specials and other food options were surprisingly quite reasonable and this is in stark contrast to the high prices you’ll find at post better quality hotels.
I found the lobby and kitchen area to be very well designed and I really appreciated the overall charm that it had.
I finally made my way up to the room to see what it had in store for me.
My first impression after opening my door to the room was that I was surprised by how spacious the living area was.
Then I noticed the windows lining the far all so I headed over to take a look at the view.
The view was just of the office building across the street and if I stuck my head out of the window I could look both ways down the street but the large windows helped to let in plenty of natural light through the day and kept the room airy and feeling spacious.
In one area of the room was a large, comfortable bed and right beside the bed was a small desk.
In the opposing corner was a seating area designed for one or two people with spacious and well-padded wooden chairs and there was also a cabinet with a mini-fridge inside and coffee or tea making accessories on top.
Right at the entrance was another table, one that I used for getting some work done on rather than using the desk, and there was plenty of lighting in the room so when I didn’t have the curtains open the room was still bright and well-lit.
There was a range of different options for storing luggage, clothes, and other travel accessories and I found that there was an ample amount of outlets for keeping my devices charged.
The wallpaper, wooden furniture, and the rest of the interior design of the room continued the “homey” vibe of the rest of the hotel and I immediately felt comfortable and at ease as soon as I entered the room.
The bathroom at the hotel was actually split into three different parts all in the same area – a dedicated shower, a room with just the toilet inside, and the sink area.
A selection of towels was available and there was even a towel heating rack to keep the towels warm and dry until they’re ready to be used.
Under the sink was a hair dryer and there was an outlet at the sink as well that could be used for plugging in a straightener or shaver.
The bathroom was very well-equipped for a short-term stay and the dedicated shower and toilet room meant that it could be used by two people at the same time without any issues.
One thing I didn’t like was that rather than having some separate amenities, like soap, shampoo, or lotion, the soap and shampoo was available in a generic pump bottle mounted on the wall.
Give the cost of the hotel and the standard of quality I had come to expect I would think that it would be a better idea to include the smaller amenities on their own rather than relying on the pump bottle method.
Depending on the type of room that you choose you can find rates for the Henri Hotel starting at around $150 USD.
I believe that breakfast is included in the rates, although if it’s not included it should be available for a reasonable price so I would recommend adding it if you don’t feel like grabbing something to eat nearby.
For such a high quality hotel I find that this is a very reasonable price and even more so once you consider the location and the quality of service that’s offered.
Hamburg is not a budget destination by any means. Despite the higher cost of travel it’s possible to find rates starting at $150 per night. This is reasonable, especially if costs are split between 2 people.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
Like I’ve previously mentioned, the location of the hotel is one of the best aspects of it.
The train station is just a short 5-minute walk away, so no need to order an Uber or use public transportation, and all of the main sights in Hamburg can be easily reached on foot.
For those interested in taking public transportation there are bus, tram, and metro stops less than 5-minutes away and I always noticed taxis waiting out front of the hotel for anyone that might need one.
The high street in Hamburg is a block away and here is where you’ll be able to find a wide range of small shops, cafes, restaurants, and other interesting stores worth checking out.
In under 10-minutes I was able to reach the Hamburg Town Hall and also the UNESCO area at the harbor so it’s very easy to get around the city from the location of the hotel.
Anyone driving into the city is able to park at a private location nearby for about $19 USD per day although I imagine there is more reasonably priced options for parking in Hamburg nearby as well.
I found the wireless internet at the hotel to be quite good and during my stay I enjoyed a quick and reliable connection.
It was suitable enough for uploading videos to YouTube, adding my photos to Flickr, browsing the internet, and streaming video for a Facebook conversation.
The only issue was that I had to log onto the internet provider every time that I left my room with my smartphone and I just wish that it was able to stay connected for the duration of my stay.
That’s not really a big problem though and otherwise I found the internet to be very good.
With so many different hotels in Hamburg to choose from it can be pretty tricky to know which ones are worth staying at and which should be avoided.
After 2 days at the Henri Hotel I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s definitely one that I would recommend staying at if you’re planning to visit Hamburg.
The location is great, the interior design is unique and welcoming, and overall the quality of service is what you would expect at a much higher priced hotel.
As for the price, I find that it’s quite reasonable for such a quality hotel, especially in Germany, and I would recommend taking a look at the Henri Hotel if you’re planning on visiting Hamburg in the near future.