The Le Royal Meridien Hotel was other choice for the remaining two days in Hamburg. This 5 star Hotel with lake view is located a bit more distant from the city center but has a view that will make your chin go down.
Once again we chose a lake view room and it was worth the extra price. Located in the 7th floor (out of nine) we had the most amazing view of the Alster lake.
The room, per si, was big with a nice TV screen and a large bathroom. The room design wasn’t all that special and we’ve seen better. The negative part was mostly the carpet – we don’t understand the need of having carpet since it can be very dirty and smelly, and it gives an obsolete aspect to the room.
Like the Sofitel, there was both a bathtub and shower but the shower was much better than the one from the Sofitel, with massage “showers” that could be activated.
There was this small balcony but you could appreciate the view from the big windows that the room offered. The best of the room was, without a doubt, the view which was simple astonishing throughout all day: in the morning with a calm mirror water, during the day with all the boats giving a new color and movement to the lake and finally, at night, with the sunset where you could see on the horizon all the possible tonalities of red and orange giving a perfect set for a painting.
But not everything is beautiful, and for this hotel we have a few negative things.
The first is the internet: it is just ridiculous that when paying more than 240e per night in a 5 star hotel you have to pay 6e/ hour to have internet – nowadays it makes no sense.
On the other hand, the spa/wellness area, in general, was nice. At the entrance you can prepare a cup of hot tea and enjoy while relaxing near the pool. In this area you can also find two locker rooms (man and woman),a sauna, a pool (kind of small) and, finally, a Jacuzzi. But how annoying is that we need to go to reception floor in our robes just to get to the spa area?
Lastly, this 5 start hotel has bikes for the costumers to use but 1) they cost 15e per bike per day (really in a 240e per night hotel?) 2) A total of 6 bikes for an entire 9 floor hotel? How ridiculous it is that we have to wake up really early just to call the concierge (although he was a very nice guy) to have two bikes reserved?
We also tried the breakfast in this hotel and, again, it was around 30e per person. So, 60e again but this time the breakfast room was in the last floor. The view was terrific with the breakfast being identical to the one in most of the hotel we visited. If your room does not have a lake view than it is worth to take the breakfast there, just for the view. A good option for the breakfast (and for lunch also, since we had a very good dorade) is the a.mora restaurant where you can have their breakfast for just 11.80 euros. This restaurant is located in the lake, 100meters away from the hotel, and the view is just breathtaking. Also from the a.mora restaurant platform departs a boat that goes around the lake and the hotel offers a trip in it.
To sum up, the hotel is worthy for the view, where you can see one of the best parts of Hamburg, and for the staff (once again, the concierge was really thoughtful!). The commodities were nice but needs improvement in other things (internet situation is urgent).