"Hotel itself is fine, but area around is scruffy. "
Location is about 10-15 min walk from nearest S-Bahn station, Holstenstrasse. The area is not well served by eating places, although the hotel does try to help. Hotel position means most rooms face on to an inner courtyard / garden, which means they are quiet. The room was fine, plenty of room, comfortable beds, Wi-Fi worked well (and is free), and bathroom / shower were good. Breakfast was expensive, but there are few options in the area, if looking for alternatives. Quality of food was good, although the scrambled egg had dried out. Staff were polite and helpful.
We wanted a night in a hotel with not far to walk to the Reeper Bahn and fish market. This was the ideal place for us. The room or should I say apartment was excellent. Staff were lovely and it was spotlessly clean. A little bit more expensive than what we wanted to pay but once we got in there we could see why.
I have stayed here on every visit to Germany over the past 4 years. The hotel is exactly what is says - centrally located, very handy to a good variety of shops, a couple of lovely Xmas markets and the metro and train station. The room was small and comfortable, just suitable for a single person to base themselves at. I found all staff members, with the exception of one on reception on one occasion, to be very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately this one staff member decided I did not know what I was talking about when asked if they could help me get the address to supply to the taxi, of my next location to stay. However, I had stayed there many time before so knew exactly what I was talking about... when they finally looked it up for me, as I was firm but insistent, there was no apology forthcoming, but just a wave of the hand for me to go away. I found this distressing as I was a female travelling on my own. Upon me leaving she was very friendly, I would like to think this was an apology. I would however, still recommend this hotel to others. I don't feel that the one instance on this visit out weighs all the good and I am happy to stay there next year.
The city's second centre, trendy Altona has a vibrant café and nightlife scene, particularly in neighbouring Ottensen. Old buildings in various states of renovation cram the narrow streets, often with bars in the basements. Near the train station is the Altona Museum and City Hall, while old fishing warehouses line the banks of the Elbe. The famous Fischmarkt takes place every Sunday morning.
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