Best Place To Stay In Hamburg Germany

Looking for the best place to stay in Hamburg Germany?

Hamburg is an incredible place, and different neighbourhoods have different benefits and indeed different vibes depending on what you’re looking for.

In this post, we’ll be discussing how to determine where you should stay within Hamburg and the right accommodation within that neighbourhood for your circumstances and budget.

Best Neighbourhoods In Hamburg

There is so much to do packed into every district in the city so I am going to look at the most popular districts and show you what they have to offer in the way of interests and accommodation.

Sternschanze For Solo Travellers: If you’re planning on taking a solo trip to Hamburg then we recommend staying in one of the safest districts; Sternschanze. However, like any major city, there are good places and bad places and Sternschanze is certainly one of the nicer areas and generally feels more safe and wealthy than other places in the city.

St Pauli For Couples & Groups: If you’re visiting Hamburg as a couple or a group then you can stay in some of the funky accommodation in St Pauli or stay more central in Hamburg Hbf. If you’re visiting Hamburg as a couple or a group then you can stay in some of the funky accommodation in St Pauli or stay more central in Hamburg Hbf.

Hafern City For Families: If you’re visiting Hamburg with family then you’re going to want a safe, and family-friendly district. In this case, we’d recommend the newly regenerated Hafern City.

Best Place To Stay In Hamburg Germany

Now you’ve likely decided on the district you’d like to stay in during your trip to Hamburg, let’s look at the best hotels, hostels and Airbnb’s within each district.


Sternschanze is filled with youthful vibes, cozy restaurants and trendy cocktail bars. Here you’ll find second hand stores, alongside vintage clothing shops and fine furnishings. There’s also the popular Schanzenpark, the perfect place for summer picnics and early evening strolls.

Superbude St Pauli – Best Budget Hotel

We stayed at Superbude during our first visit to Hamburg back in 2017 and would go back in a heartbeat. This hostel is made up of stylish private and dorm-style rooms.

The bar area is the perfect place to relax with a beer or soft drink and meet new likeminded people, and the breakfast buffet is all you need to get you set for a wonderful day filled with exploration.

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Mercure Hotel Hamburg Mitte – Best Mid-Range Hotel

This four-star hotel has 180 air-conditioned rooms and comes with complimentary WIFI. Located just 500m from Dammtor train station it’s easy to get to anywhere you want to go in Hamburg.

The Mercure Hotel offers a range of street food, beers and wines making it the perfect hotel to relax and socialise with friends and family. The restaurant also offers an international daily breakfast for a small additional fee.

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Fritz im Pyjama – Best Luxury Hotel

It was a close call between the best mid-range and the best luxury hotel in the Sternschanze however the award-winning boutique hotel Fritz im Pyjama clinched the prize.

There are only 17 rooms here, a mix of single, double and triple rooms making booking in advance essential. The small lounge area by reception is the perfect place to relax and read a good book with a cocktail in hand.

Meanwhile, due to the size of the hotel, there’s no restaurant, instead, should you wish, breakfast is delivered direct to your room for a small additional fee – just another way to add a little extra luxury to your stay.

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Bright Studio – Best Airbnb

This small but central Airbnb located in Sternschanze is perfect for a solo traveller or couple. It has one double bed, a bathroom, kitchen and living room area.

The owner is a Superhost who responds to questions quickly and in great detail providing you with extra reassurance when booking.

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St Georg

Known for its quirky design shops, art studios and hip cafés the St Georg area is a hit with young tourists and those looking to experience more than just the traditional side of Hamburg.

The design of the hotels in this region certainly reflects the vibe here, as does the cost. A quality budget hotel here is around the same price as a mid-range hotel in the Sternschanze region.

Boutique 020 – Best Budget Hotel

One of the more expensive budget hotels in Hamburg is the Boutique 020. Directly opposite Hamburg Train Station, it boasts an incredible location alongside wonderful facilities.

What really makes this the best budget hotel is the complimentary breakfast, that easily saves guests €8 per person when compared to picking something up while out exploring the city.

The staff here are friendly and helpful and the rooms are more spacious than you’d come to expect in other budget hotels across Europe making it a solid choice when visiting Hamburg.

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Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton – Best Mid-Range Hotel

The Reichshof Hamburg is where tradition and modern style meet. This boutique style hotel under a household named brand is a fantastic combination.

The interior art deco design is incredible, and the exquisite meals inspired by local gastronomy at the property’s “Stadt Restaurant” make it so you want to eat nowhere else.

If all that wasn’t enough the property has a large fitness and spa area which includes two saunas and an exclusive relaxation lounge which can be booked for an additional fee.

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Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg – Best Luxury Hotel

Overlooking the Aubenalster Lake, this five star luxury hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a private cinema, gourmet restaurant and a spa complete with indoor pool.

Centrally located, with Hamburg Central Station just 550m away, the hotel was completely re-designed in 2012. Now each of the different floors reflects a different colour and the spacious rooms and suites come complete with a flat-screen TV and marble bathroom

The Kempinski’s Atlantic restaurant is the perfect place to dine on traditional dishes and seasonal specialities. Breakfast is also served here and available for a small additional fee.

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FabFlat in the heart of Hamburg – Best Airbnb

This Airbnb is part of Airbnb’s Plus programme which speaks to the level of both the host and the accommodation. Suitable for up to two guests, this apartment is perfect for a short stay in Hamburg.

Situated inside of a Wilhelminian townhouse the apartment comes with an incredible range of amenities including a complete kitchen. An if you don’t fancy cooking you’ll find a range of independent restaurants and cafés on your doorstep.

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Hafern City

Hafern City is well known for the harbour and the landmark Elbphilharmonie Hamburg concert hall. Near the busy Port of Hamburg, historic vessels moored in Sandtor harbor contrast with the upscale residential buildings and hip cafes by the water.

During our visit to Hamburg in 2019, we went on a tour of Hafern City to see the regeneration project that’s currently underway here which will see 7,500 new residential homes along with a magnitude of commercial properties.

Prizeotel Hamburg-City – Best Budget Hotel

Prizeotel offers contemporary rooms centrally located in the heart of Hamburg city. Each of the rooms is non-smoking and offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a smartphone docking station.

A fresh breakfast buffet is also available at the hotel every morning for a small additional charge.

The hotel is located a 10-minute walk from Hamburg Docks, and 20 minutes from Hamburg Rathaus town hall.

Breakfast is available at the hotel for a small additional charge, however, there’s also a number of independent restaurants and cafés within walking distance.

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PIERDREI Hotel HafenCity Hamburg – Best Mid-Range Hotel

Just 650 yards from the Dialogue House (Dialoghaus Hamburg gGmbH) exhibition is our favourite mid-range hotel in Hafen City, the PIERDREI Hotel HafenCity Hamburg.

Every room at the hotel includes a desk, flat-screen TV, private bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.

A range of different room formats is available including family rooms for those travelling with children. Breakfast is also available at the hotel for a small additional fee.

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The Westin Hamburg – Best Luxury Hotel

There’s no doubt in my mind that The Westin Hamburg is the most luxurious hotel in Hafern City, perhaps even on this list entirely.

Located inside the Elbphilharmonie, the hotel offers breathtaking views out over the river and the city.

Alongside incredible views and luxurious rooms, you’ll find facilities in the hotel such as a wellness spa, gourmet restaurant and high-end cocktail bar.

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ipartment Smart – Best Airbnb

This private apartment is suitable for up to two people and is centrally located within HafenCity. Not only is the interior decor highly finished, but the facilities go above and beyond to ensure you’ve everything you need for a luxury stay in the city.

These facilities include a espresso machine, bluetooth speaker and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The common area within the apartment building has washing and drying facilities for a small additional fee.

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The entertainment and nightlife district of Hamburg is without a doubt Reeperbahn. This district is also home to the only red-light district in the city and is the must-stay location for those looking for a good time during a short visit to the city.

Hotel Luckys Inn – Best Budget Hotel

Set just a short walk from Reeperbahn street, Hotel Luckys Inn is the perfect budget hotel. With around the clock reception area and a shared lounge along with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.

Breakfast is available at a small restaurant just around the corner from the hotel for a small additional fee.

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ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg – Best Mid-Range Hotel

This four-star hotel is the perfect place to stay when spending your time in Reeperbahn. Each of the rooms comes with complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a window seat where you can sit and look out over the city.

Downstairs you’ll find the Bar Wiener Café. Here you can taste incredible homemade cakes and a selection of hot drinks. It’s also where breakfast is served each morning.

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East – Best Luxury Hotel

This superior four-star hotel offers a range of different sized single, double and triple rooms suitable for multiple budgets. Each room comes with complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee machine, air-conditioning and a flat screen TV.

Guest have free use of the oriental wellness and sporting area, offering saunas and a roof terrace, as well as sporting equipment for strength and endurance. Massage Services and beauty treatments can also be booked here.

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5min Reeperbahn 15min Elbphilharm / Quiet & Sunny – Best Airbnb

This entire apartment on Airbnb is our favourite in the Reeperbahn district. The double bed makes the property suitable for both single tourists and couples visiting Hamburg.

The apartment is situated on the third floor of an old building and has no lift – certainly not ideal after a long day of exploring. However, we still believe staying here is totally worth the climb!

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