For the Sake of Hotel Art: 25hours Hamburg's Nautical Walls
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The 25hours Hamburg Hafencity's's in-room wallpaper.
The 25hours didn't win Travel + Leisure's 2012 hotel design awards for nothing. The place is an homage to the seafaring history (and the current hip culture that adores it) of Hamburg, Germany. Every little detail is considered, and twisted to conform to the hotel's theme, that of a international maritime trading post. At breakfast, your chair may actually be a pile of rugs. Need a meeting room? It's inside a repurposed Hapag-Lloyd shipping container.
The view the hotel sells is of the working harbor, and its guests consciously chose this location for a reason, over the 25hours' sister property deeper in the city. In fact, we're paying almost double and doing without a free breakfast just to live in its nautical surroundings these few days, and we don't regret the decision one bit.
Oh yes, so about that wallpaper. Does it look like sailor tattoos to you? That's certainly an inspiration, but the main idea for the extremely varied images (check out John Malkovich from Les Liaisons Dangereuses to the left there) are the hotel's own logbook of interviews (one in each room) with crew on oceangoing vessels, around the world. They work in tandem to tell a storythe logbook and the wallpaperand it's the story of the people who make the hotel's neighborhood, the Hafencity (Harbor city) the cultural magnet it is now.