Altes Hafenamt Stylish parlours with harbour history

Wednesday, October 26 2022


Altes Hafenamt Hamburg
Osakaallee 12
20457 Hamburg-Hafencity
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+49 (0)40-5555750

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The Alte Hafenamt is one of the oldest buildings in the Hafencity. Where sailors once went in and out, 49 cosy parlours now offer hotel guests the highest level of comfort in a contemporary design with industrial charm. Since mid-2016, the listed red brick building has housed the Hotel 25 Hours Altes Hafenamt, the NENI Hamburg restaurant, and the Boilerman Bar.

Like a relic from times long past, the neo-Gothic building with its red bricks, pointed arches, and wall reliefs stands in the middle of the young, modern Hafencity. The building complex was built in 1885 and used as the headquarters of the "Amt Strom- und Hafenbau" until 2005. Eleven years later, after extensive renovation work, the hotel opened its doors without this place losing even a shred of its maritime charm. Just a stone's throw from the Elbe, the Alte Hafenamt is an ideal starting point to explore the famous harbour and the rest of the Hanseatic city.

After admiring the beautiful architecture from the outside, we enter and find ourselves in the reception, the heart of the hotel. It's a good place to sink into the cosy seating area and grab a book from the high shelf next to it. If you didn't go shopping during your visit to Hamburg, you could buy hand-picked little things here as souvenirs. From the reception, we walk through the NENI restaurant, which is part of the hotel, and then through the small, winding corridors to our hotel room.


All guest rooms have been lovingly furnished and individually designed by the Augsburg design team Dreimeta. Historical elements are combined with industrial chic. There is a lot to discover here. The headboard of the bed, for example, is made of old doors, and antique water pipes have been converted into shelf supports. In this room, we forget that we are in a hotel. Instead, it feels like a stylish home you would like to move into.

On the wall hangs a Schindelhauer bicycle with the note "ride it like you stole it." As the message reveals, guests can get on the saddle and discover the city's most beautiful cycling routes from here. Unfortunately, it's too late for a bike ride tonight, and we're also far too full from our dinner at Neni. So instead, we make a detour to the Boilerman Bar to try one, two, three highballs...

After a very restful night in our parlour, we head down the big stairs to Neni the following day. In the morning hours, the restaurant is reserved exclusively for hotel guests, who can help themselves to the generous breakfast buffet. Besides classics like cheese and cold cuts, there are oriental specialities like hummus and baba ganoush. For those who prefer sweet treats, the Brandgut brand spreads are a must. I recommend Peacetazie!

The choice of breakfast is too great to list everything. In short: take your time so you can comfortably try everything. It's worth it. After breakfast, we grab our bags and move on. In Hamburg, you say "Tschüss!", which in our case definitely means "Until next time!".

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