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Read about the history of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg

From seaman’s mission to first class hotel

As the first stone for the classical building above the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken was laid in 1858, no one could have known that one of the most beautiful hotels in Hamburg would one day have its home here.
The building, previously used as a seaman’s mission, would develop – under the careful direction of the Bartels family – into a hotel with much charm and flair: the Hotel Hafen Hamburg. After many extensions and changes, the hotel now impresses guests from all around the world, who appreciate the flair of a traditional hotel combined with a modern style of living and individuality.
Like few other hotels, the Hotel Hafen Hamburg connects with  the maritime heritage of the city and places great emphasis on personality and hanseatic flair.
Well equipped for the new millenium
Despite the new-found capacity, the growing demand for conferences could not be satisfied. That was to change by the end of the millenium due to a spectacular addition to the roof of the original building, in the form of a banquet room completely in glass. Willi Bartels recalls: “Everything needed to be ready by 13.12.1999, as that was my 85th birthday. I wanted to celebrate under the “Elbe Dome” and dance into year 2000 here 18 days later!”

What belongs together, grows together
Due to comprehensive renovation work at the beginning of the new century, the Hotel Hafen Hamburg climbed into the 4-star class, meaning both hotel areas had a similar classification. According to Willi Bartels “The thinking was there, to unite the two hotels under the one name of Hotel Hafen Hamburg.” The first milestone in the complete integration of both hotels was a unified logo. For external communication, however, it was decided to continue to use the names  “Classic” und “Residenz”. The room classes were kept also, to facilitate guests’ recollection. In September 2006 the process of unifying the hotels was complete. The individual names of both hotels were dropped for a single “Hotel Hafen Hamburg”. Standing still, however, is still not a characteristic one associates with the Hotel Hafen Hamburg: in 2009 135 rooms, the Port restaurant and the open areas of the original building were completely renovated. In 2012 came the next wave of renovation, with the modernisation of the nurses’ home to 64 modern, hanseatic ‘cabin’ rooms. Since then we have been welcoming our guests in the following categories: Sailor’s Class, Cabin Class, Lieutenant’s Class, Commander’s Class and Captain’s Class. The Hotel Hafen Hamburg today is among the largest hotels in Northern Germany and has become a beloved meeting point in the hanseatic city. With an average room occupancy rate of 90%, the Hotel Hafen Hamburg is among the market leaders in the Hamburg hotel business. The key to success: “Quality, charm and value for money – you must have it all!”

Growth continues
Beyond the Hotel Hafen Hamburg we are growing also: because of our growing popularity we were unfortunately unable to satisfy all booking enquiries in the Hotel Hafen Hamburg. Against this backdrop the idea of an entirely new hotel emerged. Just 300 metres away we found the ideal place for its development, right in the heart of St. Pauli. On the corner of Bernhard-Nocht-Straße and Davidstraße our lifestyle- & design hotel EMPIRE RIVERSIDE HOTEL opened its doors in 2007 – right beside the Reeperbahn and the port of Hamburg. Find out more about “Hamburg‘s lifestyle & design hotel” at
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