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Inside a Room at Hamburg's 25Hours Hotel HafenCity

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August 20, 2012 at 4:18 PM | by | ()

Okay okay, so no one guessed our hint about this hotel with the Atari game booth, but it's none other than the very industrial-chic 25Hours HafenCity Hamburg.

Confused by the name? Well, 25Hours is a small chain of design-focused hotels, but they have two here in Hamburg, Germany. "HafenCity" is their harbor city location and it happens to be the only hotel within this very cool, very up-and-coming area that's also the largest rebuilding project in Europe.

According to some staff with whom we chatted during breakfast in the Heimat restaurant, Europeans (and especially Germans and Swiss) know the 25Hours brand very well; it's rare for them to see someone like us, Americans, choosing it over, say, any of the other large chain, international hotels located closer to the city centre.

And indeed we did specifically choose the 25Hours HafenCity, paying much more and going without the free breakfast offer of its sister location, the 25Hours No. 1. What can we say? We're complete suckers for a nautical theme.

Staying for three nights in an "M-Cabin," the lowest room category , we paid 115 Euros each night for two nights, and 155 Euro for the third night (plus 16 Euros each morning for a kick-ass breakfast buffet).

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Amenities: The 25Hours HafenCity is kind of amenity city. Guest rooms keep the maritime theme with logbooks of sailor stories (leave your own!), hot water bottles to tuck into the bed on blustery eves, and excellent views to the wharf which sometimes sees cruise ships docking.

Want to see those ships closer up? The hotel has partnered with both BMW Mini and Two Wheels Good to offer free car and bike rentals, but it's first-come-first-served so wake up early!

Outside the rooms, the hotel has a very chill, very cool lobby, large restaurants and bar, meeting space, gift shop and bike shop on the main floor, but upstairs is where it's at. The second level houses a complete vinyl lounge, a tea lounge (with free tea), outdoor porch, a computer room decked out with iMacs and the aforementioned Atari console. All of this is complimentary, and we particularly enjoyed the vinyl room, which we'll show you more of tomorrow!

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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