April 23, 2024

Premier Inn, Hamburg St Pauli

THE HOTEL

This modern 219-room hotel is on Simon-Von-Utrecht-Strasse, just around the corner from Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn. Straight away, it felt reassuringly familiar to UK Premier Inns I’ve stayed at, so I knew it was going to give me everything I have come to expect from this budget hotel brand.

THE CHECK-IN

My colleague and I arrived at lunchtime, so the hotel was quiet and we were checked in straight away by two friendly staff. They took us through the facilities, highlighted the Wi-Fi codes and indicated the choices of the in-house café and restaurant, both on the ground floor. We were assigned adjacent rooms, which is always reassuring for female travellers to know a colleague is nearby.

THE ROOM

This hotel has a mixture of Standard and Premier Plus rooms. Mine (339) was a Standard room and was larger than the usual UK Premier Inn room. Décor was modern with purple hued lighting to give a nice relaxed feel. The room had a double bed, with the signature quilt and choice of pillows, a small desk, TV, armchair, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryer (close to a full-length mirror), ample clothes storage and a bathroom with a large rainforest shower and eco-friendly pump dispenser toiletries. I was able to request an iron and ironing board for the duration of my stay. Mulitple plug sockets were in convenient positions and full-length blackout curtains ensured a restful night’s sleep.

THE FACILITIES

An all-you-can eat buffet breakfast (€16.90) includes freshly-cooked sausages, bacon, eggs, sliced meats, cheeses, fresh bread, fruit and cereals, yogurts and pastries. I enjoyed a decent Americano from the self-service machine, plus a giant, warm pretzel (when in Rome!). There’s also a bar and a limited menu for evening meals, a separate café on site for grab-and-go, and a 24-hour vending machine.

THE BUSINESS

Wi-Fi was speedy and my desk had plenty of room for a laptop. Parking is €24 per day.

THE VERDICT

A central location for work and fun and great to be close to Walter Moller Park, which stretches through Hamburg and provided some welcome green space for my morning speed walks. From the end of February the hotel will have 33 Premier Plus rooms.

THE DETAILS

Rooms, excluding breakfast, from €100 a night. premierinn.com

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