Hardly anything feels like a 5 Star experience during Covid times, unless you check into the Scandic Hotel in Hamburg. The location is 5 Star+, right next to both, alternative culture and high end shops, city center, the nightlife capital REEPERBAHN and the harbor is not far either. Everything seems within walking distance (or biking- since the hotel has its own bike fleet). But let’s get back to the hotel. My favorite things were: the mix of high end business class and art. They seem to
Collaborate with the famous VIVA CON ACQUA art initiative for many years. Beautiful art (try to stay in the ZEZAO Room or room 630 with a Uber tall ceiling) is everywhere.
I am NOT a morning person, but I was always looking forward to the 7am interactions with the Chef - who prepared tasty treats but MOST OF ALL, welcomes you with his vibrant smile who h is powered by his enormously positive and joyful personality. He was my daily boost of happiness. THANK YOU. And.... he actually uses scraps and leftovers to create new dishes. He is not a mere”omelet chef”, he actually creates things like ARME RITTER (German version of bread pudding) with left over Christstollen and Croissants.
In general, the hotel is REALLY committed to reducing its environmental impact. I saw half a dozen clever initiatives.
Overall: I was very happy - everyone seemed genuine, nice, helpful and caring. On top: Hamburg is just so cool. Yes Berlin is hip, but if you want to be hip, check out Hamburg!