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Our first visit to Hamburg was full of surprises. From great food to specialty coffee, the city impressed us with its culinary scene. In fact, we could only scratch the surface during one long weekend in Hamburg.
This initial trip coincided with the annual Christmas market season, one of the busiest times of the year due to the popularity of the many Hamburg Christmas markets. Not that we’re complaining – we planned our trip around the markets too.
Four straight days of eating, drinking and being merry can be tiring. That’s why we stayed at the conveniently located Heikotel Am Stadtpark in Hamburg’s Winterhude neighborhood.
Heikotel Am Stadtpark Hotel Review
Located halfway between the airport and the Rathaus, Hamburg’s city hall, Heikotel Am Stadtpark was an affordable base for our visit. Not only did we enjoy staying in quiet Winterhude, but we also appreciated being just a few blocks from a metro station where we could catch a 15-minute U-Bahn to the center of town.
In addition to being a 5-minute walk to the Saarlandstraße U-Bahn station, the Heikotel am Stadtpark is near Hamburg’s Stadtpark, an urban oasis popular among Hamburgers, i.e. residents of Hamburg. Had we wanted to stay local, we could have easily eaten and shopped all within a few blocks of the hotel.
Though not a luxury hotel, the Heikotel Am Stadtpark offers 24-hour reception with friendly staff fluent in English. During our stay, we often stopped at the front desk to ask a question or two as well as to enjoy a piece of candy.
Beyond the reception service, this Hamburg hotel provides daily housecleaning, a fitness room and free Wi-Fi. Though many consider reliable Wi-Fi to be an amenity, we consider it to be a necessary service wherever we stay.
Our room at the Heikotel Am Stadtpark was both spacious and comfortable. In fact, the split bed was so comfortable that we slept like babies each night of our stay after busy days of touring.
Beyond the bed, our room included a small sitting area, flat-screen television and effective shower. As previously noted, the Wi-Fi was both free and reliable.
Though we appreciated little details like maps, bottled water and fresh fruit, we especially appreciated the mini Ritter Sport bars placed on our pillows each night. If there’s a sweeter way to end a day than with a bit of premium chocolate, we have yet to find it.
We enjoyed starting our mornings at the Heikotel Am Stadtpark’s breakfast buffet. In addition to typical items like cereal, yogurt and fruit, the hotel serves a wide assortment of cured meats, cheese and vegetables.
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we loaded our plates with all of these foods plus beef tartare, not a typical morning starter for us. As for drinks, we washed the food down with hot tea and chilled juice. Since Hamburg is one of Europe’s best coffee cities, we chose to drink third wave brews at the best Hamburg cafes instead of at the hotel.
Despite its residential location, the Heikotel Am Stadtpark is well-positioned for travelers who want to explore the city. The following attractions are all easily accessible by metro:
- Elbe Tunnel
- Miniatur Wunderland
Of course, you can skip these attractions and enjoy the harborside city at your own pace. The Heikotel Am Stadtpark is convenient for that too.
Plan to take the S1 S-Bahn train to and from the airport. This train typically runs every 10 minutes and is easy to navigate. The one-way fare is currently €3.30; however, you can buy a one-day ticket if you plan to ride multiple trains and buses during the day.
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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.