Lately, I've been spending more and more time in Hamburg. And I've seen quite a few of the many luxury hotels in Germany's wealthiest (and, after Berlin, second largest) city. The Park Hyatt Hamburg
ranks right up there with the finest addresses in the city--and in a well-heeled town like Hamburg, that's saying a lot. The US women's soccer team was checking in on the same day as my visit, and a member of the hotel staff confirmed that guests from the States are the most prevalent. For a fine balance of American and European hospitality, charm and luxury in one of Europe's prettiest cities, this hotel is hard to beat.
Park Hyatt Hamburg: My Sixth Floor Room Defined Mellow Elegance
The fluffy white pillows and a billowing duvet
on my large bed defined the European version of luxe comfort. Polished wood floorboards and simple wood furnishings, natural-colored carpeting and artistic black and white sketches hung on the wall gave my room a very peaceful feel. And the windows opened to a quiet interior courtyard with subtle netting draped overhead to prevent any pigeon problems.
I lounged in a comfy chair by the large desk to read a booklet offering the hotel's suggestions for area shopping and dining before checking out my bathroom. The deep soak tub and separate glassed-in shower with a rain showerhead and a large dressing room stocked with plush robes and slippers did not disappoint. And the toiletries box--stocked with fragrant Verbena-scented shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion from L'Occitane--included a loofah scrub, which I took home to continue the pampering theme chez-moi.
Park Hyatt Hamburg: A Wunderbar Wellness Area
Guests have access to the hotel's soothing spa area, complete with a large indoor pool and whirlpool, Finnish sauna, steam room and fitness area
with good cardio and weight equipment. Massages, facials and other treatments are on offer. But I got enough of a détente by sweating it up in the sauna then refreshing myself with a super-quick dip in the frigid plunge pool--do be aware that Germans tend to partake in the sauna in their birthday suits, and young children should not enter the closed off sauna area unescorted.
Park Hyatt Hamburg: Delicious German Breakfast and other Hotel Dining
at German hotels is usually something well worth writing home about, and the Hyatt's version sticks to that high standard--a vast spread of smoked fish (a Hamburg specialty), cured meats, homemade muesli, freshly squeezed juices and nutritious smoothies, and cooked-to-order eggs, pancakes and waffles. Breakfast is served in Apples Restaurant, just off the main lobby, which also serves lunch and dinner (think fine steaks and North Sea seafood) in stylish surrounds complete with delicate halogen lights over each table and views into the gleaming open kitchen. Ask for a table overlooking Mönckebergstrasse, one of Hamburg's main shopping promenades. Or, when the weather cooperates, sit outside in the courtyard surrounds of the "summer terrace."
Park Hyatt Hamburg: In the Neighborhood
The hotel's location is very central. It's just a few minutes by foot to Hamburg's main train station (from which you can take the subway straight to the international airport). And two of the city's most stocked shopping promenades--Mönckebergstrasse and Spitalerstrasse--are just out the door. You're also very close to the Alster Lake here, as well as high-end boutique shopping at the elegant retail drags along Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall. If you fancy some exercise alfresco with you sightseeing, ask the concierge for a jogging map that will lead you on a beautiful path along the lake.
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