Hamburg is a metropolis in progress. Thousands of newcomers flock here every year to get a slice of its chic hotels, tempting shops and alluring restaurants. Recently, it was our turn to experience all the temptations of the city – and we started by checking in to the elegant ParkHyatt in the city center.
For Scandinavians, Hamburg is located strategically smart. Located just one hour’s drive from the Danish border, the North-German city represents a great pitstop for all kinds of travelers. Deutsche Bahn provides train connections from both Copenhagen and Stockholm, and even though a train switch might occur, it is definitely worth the while. A 1st class train journey to Hamburg is a pleasant experience, as long as there are no delays.
Hamburg is full of hotels, so choosing one depends on what you are looking for during your stay: a little luxury perhaps? Or a laid-back atmosphere and easy access to the shopping district? In both cases, the 5 star hotel Park Hyatt would be a suitable choice. With a central location in Levantehaus (an old office building) close to the buzzing Mönckebergstrasse, Park Hyatt offers spacious rooms with a contemporary touch for discerning travelers, who are not looking for grandiose luxury, but discreet amenities. The interior is Asian-inspired with natural fabrics and warm colors as main ingredients, and all 252 rooms feature lots of light and space (min. 32 square-meters). Park Hyatt is first and foremost a business hotel, but there is room for families with children as well.
If you feel like treating yourself with a little wellness, the ‘Club Olympus’ day spa provides plenty of options including fitness, wellness treatments and a relaxation area covering a staggering 1000-square-metres. And if you want to unwind on a deeper level, the spa provides yoga classes every morning.
In food heaven
On a weekend get-away to Hamburg, you will probably find that food is one of the most interesting attractions of the city. Not because there is nothing else worth seeing (there is plenty!), but simply due to the fact that Hamburg is stuffed with delicacies in all shapes and sizes. The small hunger can be satisfied in the street food stalls, which sell pretzels, sausages and pastries (try a “Franzbrötchen” – a sugar covered pastry made from phyllo dough), whereas a lunch or dinner should be enjoyed in one of the many cosy restaurants, for example Die Bank, Witwenball or Casse Crout.
If you are looking for a true gastronomical feast, Hamburg accommodates a good selection of Michelin restaurants too.
At Park Hyatt one will find ‘Apples Restaurant’, which offers international cuisine in a cosy atmosphere. It is not exactly high gastronomy, but well-made food suitable for any occasion (may we recommend the tatar with caviar?). ‘Apples’ provides an open show kitchen, which supplies an informal and fun atmosphere.
Sundays at ‘Apples’ equals the almost legendary Sunday Brunch, which is a must-do if you are either staying at Park Hyatt or in the neighborhood. Every Sunday from 1PM-4PM the restaurant transforms into a foodie heaven with anything from fish courses to homemade ice cream and waffles. A selection food stations offer cheese, meat, pastries, fruit…you name it. And the whole thing is €59 per person (coffee, tea and soft drinks included). During Christmas, roasted goose is served as well. Table reservation is recommended.
If you are longing for a city get-away, look no further. Hamburg has got it all! And a stay at Park Hyatt will only put the icing on the cake.
For more information go to hamburg.park.hyatt.com.