Inspired by the city’s famous novelist Joachim Ringelnatz’s 1920 classic Kuttel Daddeldu, the tale of an anarchic sailor living within the harbour’s underbelly, the 25hours Hotel Hafencity is built to re-imagine a traditional seamen’s club. Located beside Hamburg’s harbour, a thriving urban hub with a rich maritime history, the hotel comprises 170 cabin-style suites, a rooftop sauna, Heimat restaurant, bar, art gallery, vinyl library, and a conference room housed in a repurposed shipping container. The hotel invites you to experience seafarer’s real-life stories of dangerous voyages, romantic encounters, violent storms and painful farewells.
Created by Stephen Williams Architects, the hotel expresses the contrast between harbour and the sea through architectural details like shipping containers, a check-in counter comprised from creatively stacked wooden crates, and an eye-popping floor design that evokes the bustle of a working shipyard. The harbor sauna and exercise room perched on the roof offer a terrace and views of Hafencity’s ever-changing skyline. Flea markets were scouted for vintage furniture and naval accessories to complement each of the hotel’s 170 rooms, which are conceived as personal cabins (via designhotels.com). For booking enquiries visit their website www.25hours-hotels.com.