Hamburg, Germany

Sir Nikolai

Rates from (ex tax)$169.71

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR154.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

New razzle dazzle

Setting

Spanning the City of Bridges

Pack accordingly for chic city-break spot, Hamburg hotel, Sir Nikolai. The hotel is decked out in dark-wood furnishings, polished marble and rich velvets, with a sprinkling of glittering gold accents, so you’ll want to match it, adornment for adornment. The city’s coolest bars and go-to galleries are on your doorstep, but the hotel’s confines are equally cultured. Walk your own kunstmeile (a well-trodden gallery walk) along art-lined hallways, head to the bar’s balcony to view the city’s (tall) monuments, such as the St Nikolai Memorial across the canal, and the restaurant has some of the finest Japanese fare in the city: that’ll do nicely, Sir…

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

94, including seven suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both flexible, on request, and subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $169.71 (€144), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR154.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude a buffet breakfast (€21 a person); take your pick of fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals, cured meats, smoked fish and eggs as you like them.

At the hotel

Seasonal outdoor terrace, private dining room and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, Bluetooth Marshall speakers, Dead Clean bath products, plug adaptors, minibar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Like little museums, the Sir Boutique and Sir Deluxe rooms are filled with curious artwork and books by authors from near and far. For space to spread out in, stay in the Sir Residence; at 57 square meters, it’s by far the largest room on offer.

Packing tips

Bring city-stalking shoes for daytime, brogues and stilettos for after dark.

Also

All public areas and most larger rooms are wheelchair-accessible;however, no rooms are specially adapted.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome, although the hotel’s best suited to older kids and teenagers. Baby cots (free) can be added to all rooms, but tots, juniors and teens will need a separate room. The restaurant has highchairs to borrow.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine under the stars – and a glass roof in winter– in the centre of the restaurant for a lively atmosphere. The communal table at the back of the restaurant promises stimulating conversation.

Dress Code

Take it up a notch with a pair of heels and a few luxury finds from the high-end labels on the Neuer Wall.

Hotel restaurant

Izakaya means pub in Japanese, but we’ve seen few pubs this stylish and sophisticated. At the end of a low-lit corridor – Sir Nikolai’s ultra-cool version of Wonderland’s rabbit-hole – lies hotel restaurant Izakaya. Taking centre stage is an enormous circular fireplace, above which is a retractable glass ceiling, for alfresco dining come summer. Take a seat in an elegant navy chair, or cosy up in an emerald-green velvet booth and treat your tastebuds to a selection of chef Hariprasad Shetty’s innovative dishes. For lunch, order a bento box with tuna, salmon and seabass sashimi, fresh, crunchy salads and a selection of donburi. You’ll pick up on some Peruvian influences at dinner: a couple of sakana (small sharing dishes) to kick off with (tuna on chips, or chimichurri beef skewers), then your pick of sushi and tempura; the pop-shrimp with curry sauce is a must. Save space for grills from the traditional Japanese robata; favourites include the wagyu beef and king-crab karashi-su miso (the Japanese take on mustard).

Hotel bar

One of the high stools next to the black-lit, glass-and-metal bar in the restaurant is a perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink in the evening. Like the food menu, the drinks list is inspired by Japanese flavours; try their range of sakes, or order a Lotus cocktail, made with shochu, plum sake and tonic. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am to 10.30am; lunch is from 12 noon to 2.30pm, and dinner starts at 6pm and ends at 11pm. The bar is open from 10am to 1am.

Room service

In-room dining is available when the restaurant is open (breakfast is from 7am to 10.30am, and lunch and dinner are from noon till 11pm); the menu includes sushi boxes, rice dishes and other Japanese-inspired snacks.

Location

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Address
Sir Nikolai
KATHARINENSTRASSE 2
Hamburg
20457
Hamburg
Germany

Planes

Hamburg International Airport is just over 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. You can fly direct from cities all over Europe; from London, it’s a swift 90-minute flight. Call our Smith24 team to arrange flights and transfers.

Trains

Trains come into Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (the city’s main station) from across Germany; Hanover is a 75-minute journey and the inter-city service to Berlin takes less than two hours. There’s also a 25-minute direct train to the airport. The station is a 20-minute walk from the hotel, or in half the time you can arrive by taxi for roughly €10.

Automobiles

You can walk to the city centre from the hotel in around 10 minutes, and buses and taxis are readily available, so you won’t need a car to get around. If you do decide to drive, there’s valet parking at the hotel (€26 for 24 hours) and the Smith24 team can help arrange car hire.

Other

Germans’ celebrated efficiency ensures Hamburg’s buses and trains (the public transport system known locally as the HVV) run with precision timing. You can use an HVV pass on ferries that sail the city’s canals.

Worth getting out of bed for

Walk the Kunstmeile, an art marathon through five museums; view contemporary works and photography at Deichtorhallen; admire antique sculptures, Chinese porcelain and 20th-century fashion at MKG; and explore 700 years of German art in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Architecture enthusiasts could spend the entire trip wandering the streets and ogling buildings old and new. The St. Nikolai Memorial is just across the canal from the hotel; at 76 meters high you won’t miss it. For some 19th-century opulence, head to the Rathausplatz, home to the ornately-sculpted, Neo-Gothic city hall, the Rathaus. Then, head south, first to the famous 1920s red-brick Chilehaus (another of the city's stylish office blocks) and then onto the HafenCity, which is so new, it’s not finished. Catch a show at the impressive Elbphilharmonie, or refuel in their eighth-floor deli with harbour views. Hamburg’s a great city to shop in, no matter your budget or what you’re looking for. You’ll find far more than fresh fish at the Fischmarkt, although that’s available too if you happen to want some; haggle for fruits and flowers, clothing and souvenirs every Sunday morning. Alternatively, loosen your purse strings at Alsterarkaden. Enjoy a coffee on the Venetian-inspired arcade overlooking the canal, before hitting the big name brands on Neuer Wall; home to Gucci, Patek Philippe, Bulgari, Hermés and many more leading fashion houses. 

Local restaurants

Book ahead to ensure a seat at the Table. Set in an industrial-style building with exposed concrete walls and metal accents, dinner here is a memorable experience – and not just because of the food. All guests sit around a curved cherry-wood bar facing the open kitchen, where chef Kevin Fehling’s team create dishes from his innovative tasting menus, which include some unusual dishes: flamed goose liver and Norwegian lobster, or aromatic smoked eel with a macaron-like side of steamed rice. The owners of Brooklyn Burger Bar believe a burger can be much more than a slab of meat covered in ketchup, and they’ve created more than 10 to prove it. There’s the pulled-pork version with braised pork, red-onion marmalade, provolone, and the house barbecue sauce and coleslaw; the ‘backyard barbecue’ comes with bacon, Appenzeller cheese and a generous helping of bourbon-infused barbecue sauce. After a night out, stop in for their hangover burger, a curative with fried egg, tomato and bacon. Vlet an der Alster serves traditional Hamburger fare in a contemporary canalside setting. Try the veal meatballs, preserved perch, or the ever-present schnitzel. If you can’t choose, order the Hamburg Experience tasting menu. 

Local cafés

Stop at Schönes Leben in Speicherstadt for Kaiserschmarrn (a dessert of shredded pancakes) or waffles; their take on currywurst is a popular choice. Fill up on classic French fare in Café Paris near the Rathaus. The menu includes croque-monsieur, Niçoise salad and steak tartare. Call in at teatime for a cup of coffee or brew with a few macarons on the side. 

Local bars

Dress up for cocktails in the Clouds bar. Up on the 23rd and 24th floors of the Dancing Towers, this is the highest bar in Hamburg. As well as lots of creative cocktails, wines, whiskeys and even grappa, the bar offers tastings; check their events calendar to see what’s on. Not enough of a high? Take the lift to rooftop bar Heaven’s Nest. The Campari Lounge roof terrace at the George hotel also boasts sweeping views of the river and city skyline. Any Brits feeling a little homesick should head to Bar DaCaio for high tea followed by Scottish whisky sampling. For a more relaxed environment, seek out Altes Mädchen. A cool, modern take on a beer hall; this is the place to try local craft beer in Hamburg; they serve all types: lagers, pale ales,wheat beers, sour beers and stout. Try their tray of vodka-shot-style row mini beers is an excellent choice for the indecisive.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this style-centric hotel in Hamburg and unpacked their stilettos and pressed their suits, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sir Nikolai in Germany…

The trendy boutique hotel, Sir Nikolai occupies a former office block on the south bank of Hamburg’s Nikolaifleet canal. The nine-to-five was clearly not the way to make a living (sorry Dolly), and in 2017, the building shed it’s workwear for a far more sophisticated ensemble. Much like its fraternal ‘Sir’ properties, this city bolthole is filled with vintage rugs, decadent velvet armchairs, glistening gold accents and an array of artwork to rival the contemporary collection at the Deichtorhallen gallery close by. The city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep, but before venturing out, be sure to sample the Japanese fare at the hotel’s Izakaya restaurant and bar. After a couple of shochu-laced Katsumoto cocktails, take a seat at the chef’s table and watch maestro Hariprasad Shetty prepare a rack of roast lamb glazed with gochujang chilli paste on a traditional robata grill or yuzu-spiked jumbo Jurassic prawns. Please Sir, can we have some more?

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