Earlier this month upscale boutique hoteliers, 25hours Hotels opened a stunning new hotel in Hamburg, the Altes Hafenamt on the harbor. I had the opportunity to talk with the new hotel’s director, Nina Quitmann about the impact, and the potential of this new property. I think you will find her in depth and detailed responses to be telling of how excellent hotels come into being.
Nina Quitmann: The Altes Hafenamt is a listed building with a living history. But it is not only a historical witness in the Ueberseequartier, it is also one of the lowest-lying buildings. The former Hafenamt lies more-or-less in a hollow within the HafenCity. This explains why we have to deal with several levels and very individual floor plans.
This biography, as well as the sensitive handling of the old building, were the guiding principles for the interior design. The Augsburg design team DREIMETA led by Armin Fischer is responsible for this and creates the new hotel in the cosy style of a captain’s home: The venerable figure of the old harbour master acts as godfather, providing inspiration to the guests as they move through the house. As much historical detail as possible, was preserved and integrated as a creative interpretation.
Phil Butler: The historic Überseequartier is a fabulous location for a hotel business, but can you tell us about the challenges to creating a memorable stay for guests there?
Nina Quitmann: None of the 49 guestrooms are alike. 49 rooms mean 49 different floor plans between 20 – 50 square meters. Some sections literally scream for some creative solutions like the one in the south wing with an oriel is perfect for a free-standing bathtub. Diversity is the key: Some quarters on the ground floor have a terrace, roof rooms on the 3rd floor delight with open beams, others impress with a ceiling height of up to 3 meters or a view of the Magdeburg Harbour. A playful option for families or small groups of friends are rooms that can be combined or expanded. For those who like something special, they can book the spacious harbour master’s room on the 1st floor: with stuccoed ceilings and a small Juliet balcony.