Quality Hotel Ambassador Hamburg

THE HOTEL: Part of the Choice Hotels, this 124-bedroom property is centrally located and conveniently only a few minutes’ walk from a metro that is only one stop from the city’s main train station.

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THE CHECK-IN: The check-in was prompt and friendly and no queues for this quiet, mid-afternoon check-in.

THE ROOM: The size and smell of this room took me back momentarily, as it was a tiny single room – with even smaller bathroom – and the previous occupant had been smoking. Nonetheless, it was well-designed, squeezing in all that you could want for a short stay: a corner desk with minibar underneath and old-fashioned TV above (cable and pay TV), single bed, luggage rack, small wardrobe and a corner shower cubicle in the room. A sliding frosted glass door thankfully cordoned off the toilet and basin. Décor was modern and simple; definitely more function than form. No safe but there is a secure storage facility at reception.

THE BUSINESS: Free wifi throughout, 24/7 reception and seven meeting rooms accommodating as few as 12 people or as many as 110, depending on configuration. Room-only rates vary between 125 to 500 euros, depending on size, and delegate packages are approximately 55 euros.

THE FACILITIES: There's car parking behind the hotel; the cavernous Focus restaurant with separate street entrance and a private dining room offers affordable hearty pasta and meat dishes that were surprisingly good; a funky bar called LUX behind the reception area with small outdoor terrace; a pleasant, albeit small lobby lounge; and fitness centre with pool, sauna and sunbed.

THE VERDICT: This hotel is in a great location both for the city centre, airport and the Messe. Apartments for longer-stay guests and friendly service make it an inexpensive option for city centre accommodation.

THE DETAILS: Heidenkampsweg 34, 20097 Hamburg, Germany. Room rates from 85 to 129 euros excluding breakfast (at 14 euros). Guests can collect Choice Privileges. Tel +49 (0)402 388230: www.choicehotels.eu.

Reviewed by Gillian Upton (2012)