Anniversary of our hotel director
At the beginning of the year there was a very special event for us to celebrate: the 4-year anniversary of our hotel manager Mr. Enrico Ungermann. 4 years ago we welcomed the new captain on board, since then he has been the leading man at the top for both of our hotels! We are extremely grateful for the successful team work, and keep looking forward to the future together.
Welcome on board!
In February, the time had come again: We were pleased to welcome our new apprentices on board.
A total of seven young talents started a new chapter with us and our sister hotel, the Empire Riverside Hotel. To welcome our new sailors, two orientation days were planned where the apprentices had the opportunity to get to know their new workplace a little bit better. Each department introduced themselves to the new team members with a presentation or other project to provide insight into the departments our trainees will be going through.
We are glad to be a part of this exciting time and look forward to the future!
The two year anniversary of the new restaurant Port
This year in june, we got to celebrate another small milestone: the two year anniversary of our renewed restaurant Port!
Two years ago, we brought a fresh breeze to the restaurant Port with our major remodelling project. Now it has been shining with its new modern, yet maritime charm for two years already! The Port does not only offer an incredibly cosy atmosphere, but it also impresses with a historical collection of items from the hotel's founder Willi Bartels. Whether it is the ship models in glass showcases, figureheads or binoculars as lamps; these small details tell the long history of our hotel in a new style.
Welcome to our new sailors!
In August, it was once again time to say: "Ahoy new apprentices!". We had the pleasure of welcoming seven new young talents as apprentices as hotel specialists, restaurant and event catering specialists and chefs on board of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg as well as the Empire Riverside Hotel. To give the apprentices a good start into this new, exciting chapter of their lives, two orientation days were planned where our newcomers could gather their first impressions. The new team members were allowed to experience their new workplace from the guest's perspective by spending the night in the hotel and were invited to a three-course meal in our restaurant Port. There were also guided tours of the two hotels so that our new trainees could quickly find their way around. Each department introduced itself by means of a small project and explained the tasks and areas that our trainees will go through during their apprenticeship.
Our trainee representatives also introduced themselves and offered to answer questions.
This not only provided an insight into the different departments, but also gave the newcomers the chance to get to know some of their new coworkers and fellow trainees already.
The greensign certificate
In August, we were able to achieve a new goal: The Hotel Hafen Hamburg is now part of the certified GreenSign Hotels! The focus on ecological, economic and social sustainability in our two hotels has paid off and proven successful, as we have already achieved level 4 out of 5 in the sustainability category. Our sustainability projects such as our own honey supply from our two bee colonies living on the roof, the installation of water-saving taps, energy-efficient light bulbs and minibars and much more have contributed to this success.
Summerparty at the beach!
After our summer party had to be postponed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we finally had the opportunity to celebrate again this summer! Together with our colleagues from the Empire Riverside Hotel and our external partners, we were able to enjoy an evening full of fun at nearby Strand Pauli! In addition to the varied buffet and the large selection of drinks at the bars, there was also a raffle, photobox and creative station organised by our trainees.
The proceeds from the raffle were donated to the St. Pauli Church. The summer party was a complete success and brought us especially much joy and bonding time for the employees.
Trip to east frisia!
In October, our third-year apprentices got to go on a trip to East Frisia together. Here they explored the coastal towns of Greetsiel, Schillig and Jever and took a journey through East Frisian culture. In addition to a tour of a fish production plant, a visit to the Klimahaus Bremerhaven and a hike on the mud flats, which of course cannot be missed during a visit to the Wadden Sea, our trainees had the opportunity to take part in a traditional East Frisian tea ceremony. Here, the preparation of East Frisian tea was explained in detail, and afterwards the tea was allowed to be consumed together with a piece of cake. The trip was a time of many beautiful moments and teambonding experiences that our trainees were able to gather just before their exams.
Aprreciation for our employees: The new diner!
Another highlight of this year was the restructuring of the Hafen Diner. The former hanseatic-style burger restaurant has been given a general overhaul and now serves as an employee restaurant and training room for our colleagues. As a sign of appreciation for our employees and for the daily achievements of the team, the staff restaurant was set up by the management as a thank you gift.
Teddy bears for charity!
In November we had the opportunity to work together with the Leuchtfeuer Hospiz again in order to assist a good cause. The Leuchtfeuer Hospiz supports seriously ill and dying people and accompanies them in these difficult phases of their lives. To make this possible, the organisation works with donations of teddy bears, which can be purchased at a charity price.
The cute helpers can be found in our rooms next to the baby beds and accompany our little guests during their stay.
We are happy to be able to once again support the Leuchtfeuer Hospiz through this campaign!
New Year's Eve at the harbour
We are happy to start another year together and to have spent the first hours of 2023 with the great company of our guests. At our various events, whether it was the New Year's Eve menu at the restaurant Port or the 360° event in the Tower Bar, we celebrated properly together! We will remember this unforgettable evening with pleasure and happily look back at this eventful night.
Steer with us into a new year!
This year offered us some challenges, but through them also many successes. We are happy that we were able to take the first step back towards normality this year and that a part of normal life has returned to our hotels. Due to the difficult times of the past two years, we appreciate being able to welcome you without any restrictions in our hotels even more.
However, we are not only looking back on the difficult times, but also on all of our positive experiences! To all our successes, new projects, the outstanding teamwork and of course the arrival of our new trainees in February and August. Now we look forward to the new year with a positive state of mind and are excited to make new memories with you.
We wish you and your loved ones a successful start into the year 2023. We are looking forward to what the future holds for us this coming year.
Your team from Hotel Hafen Hamburg