Hotel Review: The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review: The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review: The Westin Hamburg

After my Premium Economy flight from IAH-FRA, I had a 1.5 hour layover until my flight to Hamburg. Pretty tired and wanting to just sit down and work (instead of finding a priority pass lounge), I grabbed a coffee and a sandwich from a busy breakfast stand near my gate and waited for my flight to Hamburg.

Frankfurt Airport

United 747 at a remote stand at the Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport Sandwiches

So many carbs. Beautiful, beautiful carbs.

Next thing I knew my flight to Hamburg was over and it was time to finally be done traveling and check into what turned out to be a fantastic hotel!

Here’s where we are:

I snagged by Audi rental car (thanks, Enterprise) and quickly headed into downtown Hamburg. I could tell I was going to like this city!

Hotel Review: The Westin Hamburg

My view as I drove up!

I pulled up to the hotel around 1:30pm and pulled into the garage beneath the hotel.

Let’s back up a second and talk about some facts of the hotel a bit.

  • The hotel opened on November 4th, 2016, so I was staying there about 5 months after the opening.
  • The hotel is located above the¬†Elbphilharmonie, a popular concert hall in downtown Hamburg.
  • The eastern side of the total building is the part rented by the Westin, while the western side is luxury apartments.
  • The hotel rooms are between 9th & 20th floors and has 244 rooms.
    • The lobby & bar are on the 8th floor, the restaurant and event rooms are on the 7th, and the SPA/Fitness area is on the 6th.
  • The Westin Club is located on the 19th floor. Unfortunately I wasn’t in a suite nor am I an SPG Platinum so I couldn’t review it!

Anyway – back to the post!

After I parked, I headed up to the lobby on the 8th floor and was able to check in a bit early – win!

I grabbed my keys and headed up to my home for the next four nights – room 1512. The room was the first one off the elevator after you took the right. Convenient location and noise was never an issue.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

15th floor elevators

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hallway looking down the other hallway (my room is about 20 feet to the left)

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Elevator is on the right, my room is the first door on the left

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

1512

Finally to the room I got the mandatory room pictures before I settled in for a post-flight nap.

The room was well-appointed with a king-sized bed, lounge chair, desk, and large bathroom all with views of the River Elbe.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

TV with the entrance to the bathroom on the right

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Lounger

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Mini “kitchen” and open closet area

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Desk

The bathroom had a tub overlooking the river on the right, the large sink and vanity in the middle, and then a shower on the left side of the bathroom.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Tub with a view.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Vanity

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Shower next to the vanity.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

View of the whole bathroom

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

After unpacking and a quick nap, I went to grab a bite at a restaurant near by and got some good views of the exterior.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Such a strange look!

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Probably the best shot I got (on the way home from dinner)

Back at the hotel it was time to explore a bit more and hit the gym.

As a reminder, the hotel lobby is on the 8th floor. Also on the 8th floor is some sort of observation level and an opening to get into the concert hall. There’s a semi-indoor area and then the outside along the rail.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

View back inside

As you’ll see in the first and second pictures, there’s a curved glass wall protecting this area, but you can simply go through a covered doorway and back out the other side to get a better view of the river.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Looking back in from the outside

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

The River Elbe

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Check in desks in the lobby.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Right side of the lobby.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Left side of the lobby.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

View of the lobby from the check-in desks.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Looking back at the lobby from the past the check-in desk on the way to the elevator

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Hallway to the elevator

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

I love taking this picture to remind me what floor everything is on!

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Lobby area to the left of check in (the bar is behind this).

Now, to the gym. I went up to the room and changed then went back to the 6th floor. While the gym isn’t huge, you can tell it’s brand new as the equipment is very nice and the size more than enough for a couple-day stay.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Treadmills

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Mats/bar/mirror/bands

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Ellipticals

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

All the weights were in kg, and who knows what that means.

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Adjustable bench and cable-combo machine

Hotel Review The Westin Hamburg

Colorful kettle bells

Rate:
I’m afraid my pictures didn’t do it justice, but this whole is stunning and in a great location in downtown Hamburg. I got the government rate at about $300 a night, but the rate during my stay was closer to $375. There was a major airline conference in Hamburg that week which is why the rates were so high – doing a quick search for the same timeframe now is showing me rates around $225 per night.

Conclusion:

I had an incredible stay and would absolutely stay here again with a rate of $225 per night. Hamburg also has a Park Hyatt that I need to check off my list, but I was incredibly happy with this hotel and would highly recommend it.

Have you been to Hamburg? If so, did you get a chance to check out the Westin?

Up next: Just a few pictures from around Hamburg!

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