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6 Jan ’14

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Hamburg is a must-stop en route to Scandinavia. Some claim that the city lost some of its spark and appeal because of Berlin, others say it is a boring city with boring people and no creativity or cool vibe. Either way, we love cities with big ports so we like Hamburg. Hafencity is a newish development where the port meets the city. Cruise liners dock here and in the distance you see the lights and the action of the real port. A must-stay is 25Hours Hafencity, an affordable urban hotel with an eclectic interior referring to its marine environments. Huge Hapag Lloyd container doors in the reception area mix well with cosy sofas and intimate corners where you can have a drink or a bite from the restaurant Heimat. Book yourself a Kapitänskoje room, a spacious corner room with views over the harbour and the water. We love the decor of dark woods, plush blue carpet, nautical accents, a warmly lit globe on the writing desk and a cosy bathroom with bathtub for wintery evenings. The 25hours concept also works well in Vienna and end of January 2014 the hotel group is also opening up a new one in Berlin with views over the Berliner Zoo. This German hotel brand shows that affordable urban hotels with smart, warm design are possible. Mix this with friendly staff and good services like Martin, the concierge from 25Hours Hafencity who replied to my e-mail straight away and arranged in a second my restaurant booking in the city. This stay is in stark contrast with our night at the Daniel in Vienna, a hotel that can be portrayed as a similar urban refuge but one that doesn’t score half as good as 25hours.

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