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“Superb Style / Design. Often on account of functionality.”

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SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg
Ranked #37 of 321 Hotels in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 January 2012

We have stayed in this hotel few times in the last 5 years. Amazingly, it is still very stylish and very hip. Everything little detail in the hotel is carefully designed. Rooms are also some of the most stylish rooms you will ever come across. Showers in the room are fabulous! Also - breakfast served is absolutely the best. Not to be missed.

Rooms are often spacious and well equipped, though you do need to take some time to learn how to operate the lights in the room / bath and how to locate the garbage dispenser in the bathroom.

My feeling is that often the design took a far more important role than the practicality - room keys do not operate smoothly, bathroom door is a smoked glass, so do not expect any privacy when using the toilets, and once you shave or brush your teeth over the uber hip bathroom sink basin,the whole wooden area around looks quite messy...

Finally - as a premium hotel, which charges quite a lot for 'Executive Rooms', it is always quite a shock to see you need to still pay extra for internet [hello, this is the year 2012 !!!]. We were told we could get 3 X 1 hour free charge but it still seems very cheap and very disgraceful when your room bill is around 300 Euro. And what is most annoying - the hotel claims it is 'not them', it is an exterior supplier. Shame.

Good News - the hotel's restaurant (M)eatery is sublime. Absolutely amazing food. Book a table.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in January 2012. We were very impressed with the architectural design- the rooms and hotel are absolutely stunning. We did have have difficulty getting connecting rooms for our teenage children and they ended up having to stay on a different floor to us. We booked "business rooms" as we were told they could connect, but that didnt appear to be the case once we got there? It ended up ok, but it was an inconvenience.
We also booked with Expedia and got a good rate including breakfast -at checkout they tried to charge us for breakfast. Luckily, I had the print out from Expedia, which they called in a supervisor to review but they eventually honoured it. The breakfast was unbelievable and we would highly recommend getting it included if you can (it costs about 23 Euros if you don't). You can create your own cereal, pancakes, bacon, eggs made to order, yoghurt, fruit, cheese, breads etc etc. Never seen anything like it!
The LOCATION is pretty good in that it is very close to the main shopping strips, walking distance to the Rathaus (town hall), St Nikolas church, etc etc. In fact, we were able to walk everywhere. It was very cold and wet when we were there so a boat trip was ruled out, but hot chocolate and berlina buns ruled in! ("Dat Bakhaus" bakeries are located everywhere and are CHEAP!)
The only issue for us (which is nothing to do with the hotel) is that we couldnt walk to the train station for the train trip to Berlin. Its 1.5km and too trickly to walk, so we had to catch a taxi (and the 6 euro journey didnt please the driver).

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

I often stay at this hotel when I go on business trips to Hamburg, and so far have never been disappointed. The hotel is quite typical boutique - clean, slick design, compact rooms with funky 60s design chique interior, cool bathroom with a nice rain shower (that took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to turn it on!) and all the usual amenities. The service is friendly and efficient. I did not have breakfast at the hotel, so I cannot comment on that. Overall, I think is it a great hotel equipped to a high standard in a good location.

What always blows me away though at the Side hotel is the (M)Eatery restaurant. It is one of Hamburg's best steak restaurants, quite upmarket with matching prices, but excellent, excellent steaks. I recommend the Argentine filet mignon which is melt in the mouth (quite small though) with a side of potato gratin. Mmmmm!! Spectacular. The deserts are rather disappointing, so don't bother with that - the steaks are the highlight. The service is impeccable as well, with very attentive staff. It is advisable to reserve in advance, particularly if trying to get a table Thursday - Saturday. Even when if you don't stay at the Side, the (M)Eatery is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Stayed in the hotel for the 4th time. Always a pleasure. You must try the hotels restaurant M Eatery.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mads M
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Stayed two nights in Side when visiting the Christmas markets in Hamburg. This is a nice and modern hotel, ordinary sized rooms with a little bit firm matresses.

Modern style with glassdoors to the bathroom, bad soundproofing though between the bathroom and the sleeping room.

Quiet location but still very central. The nearest market was only a few minuttes away, and all the other markets and shopping areas were in walking distance from the hotel.

Very nice people at the reception, good service always with a smile. Would stay again if in Hamburg.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Additional Information about SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg

Address: Drehbahn 49, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
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Region: Germany > Hamburg > Neustadt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Hamburg
#31 Luxury Hotel in Hamburg
#33 Business Hotel in Hamburg
#37 Family Hotel in Hamburg
#45 Romantic Hotel in Hamburg
Price Range: ₹ 11,168 - ₹ 23,182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — SIDE Design Hotel Hamburg 5*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As Hamburgs first 5* Superior Design Hotel, SIDE is directly located in the heart of the city. Built by architect Jan Störmer, designed by Matteo Thun and illuminated by Robert Wilson, space and light have been put perfectly in relation to one another. These are the factors, which essentially shape the heart of the hotel and make the SIDE a sensual location for the urban generation of today. The 168 rooms in different categories are minimalist in style, yet welcoming, comfortable and with a personal touch. Ten "flying" suites on the 10th and 11th floor are all decked out in white. A further highlight of the hotel is the Sky Lounge and the roof top terrace on the 8th floor which offer an impressive view over Hamburg. Both are perfect venues for summer parties, events or photo-shootings. On the ground floor, the [m]eatery bar +restaurant serves dry aged steaks, different self-made burgers and special tartars. Colourblocking is a key theme in the SIDE SPA. This wellness oasis is refreshingly colourful and luxuriously furnished ... more   less 
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