By Patricia Wersinger
The legendary nightlife of Hamburg is a cure for everything, according to those who visit its bar and club culture on a regular basis. Though the St. Pauli neighborhood and the Reeperbahn in the Red Light district are well-known destinations, new trendy neighborhoods are emerging in the Hansestadt, such as the St. Georg.
Close to the Hauptbahnhof (or central station) on the Lange Reihe, the St. Georg neighborhood is often referred to as Hamburg’s global village. An upscale neighborhood with many eateries, it boasts Beckerei (bakeries) on every corner, cocktail bars, and fashionable restaurants that include organic and vegan options. Situated near the Aussenalster recreational area, it also offers a beautiful natural environment to relax along the Alster river, one of the two rivers of Hamburg.
For a stylish place to stay in the neighborhood, the George Hotel is the best address. A fine establishment with a lively night scene in its restaurant and bar, it cultivates a playful ambiance that mixes colonial British vintage with a multicultural vibe.
The airy reception area featured high ceilings, solid oak doors, and dark wooden floors, and imparted the feel of old-fashioned gentry revisited by bohemia.
There are several areas to relax, including the Library, where you’re welcome to sit and enjoy a quiet time – or in the Private Library, where you can hold business meetings and private receptions.
I was delighted with my room, which was decorated with luxury wallpaper and inspiring designer furniture. The immaculate bathroom was stunning and included artistic decorative touches such as a radiator that appears to be a piece of sculpture, art photographs, and a large mirror that evoked a ‘70s-era disco powder room.
Bathrobe, slippers and luxury amenities are available in the bathroom to ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible.
Though situated at the end of the St. Georg district, an area thriving with bars and fashion boutiques, the hotel is extremely quiet and your privacy is absolute.
In the evening, relax in the DaCaio bar with a cocktail or glass of wine from the extensive list of Italian wines from all regions, and watch the crowd of locals and visitors cheerfully hang out. Dinner is offered in the Italian DaCaio restaurant at 7 p.m. and it would be preferable to make reservations, as this popular destination was packed at 8 p.m.
In the morning, discover a very fine breakfast elegantly presented in the same restaurant. Enjoy fresh squeezed juices, fruit, kombucha, superior yogurts, cheeses, salmon, and other wonderful goods in a softly lit room for your morning meal.
If you’re exhausted after your flight to Hamburg, a Marrakech-style oasis awaits for relaxation on the sixth floor of the hotel. The Spa team offers a vast array of massages and beauty treatments for body and soul.
In the warm season, gravitate to the rooftop, where a full bar and lounge chairs offer a splendid view of the Alster river.
Though the reception will call for a taxi, you can easily hop on a bus close to the hotel to take you to the Central station in 5 minutes. From there, you can catch the underground train or another bus to reach any part of Hamburg quickly. If you travel to Hamburg, consider The George, which is considered to be one of the best German boutique hotels.
I always love visiting Hamburg. There are many reasons to come to this arresting and progressive city again and again, summer or winter. The magical presence of water everywhere instills in its inhabitants a certain easy spirit that rubs off on all aspects of life. With its stunning port, amazing fish market, quaint architecture, new Elbphilharmonie, shopping, music, and art scene, it is nothing short of wonderful.
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To learn more about the George hotel, check http://www.thegeorge-hotel.de