The CheckOut: Le Royal Meridien Hamburg

By @ 05/27/14 in CheckOut, Europe, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel


Le Royal Meridien Hamburg is a gay-perfect location with sophisticated modern style, professional friendly service and a lake-front view make Le Méridien Hamburg an ideal choice for visiting this dynamic city.

Rates: We found rates starting as low as €119 per night during periods of low demand, and starting as high as €372 for peak demand. Free nights for Starwood Preferred Guest members start at 10,000 points.

Location: On An der Alster, the broad lake-front promenade on the east side of the lake, Le Méridien is in St. Georg, the city’s gay neighborhood. It’s within easy walking distance to the city’s most popular gay nightlife, restaurants and cafés, and also convenient to the train station, museums, the central shopping district and Hafen City. St. Pauli, the red light district that is home to the other concentration of gay nightlife, is a 10 minutes away by taxi, or 20 to 25 minutes by public transportation.

Room: With their enduring timeless style, you would never guess that these contemporary rooms were designed ten years ago. Thoughtful and well maintained, the Ligne Roset furniture, backlit headboards, and bold yet soothing colors elevate the character of these rooms above the generic luxury standard that is so common in Germany. Technology has been kept up-to-date, with wall-mounted flat screen TVs, tea and coffee makers, large in-room safe and easily accessed power outlets. Executive Rooms and above have iPod docking stations and Bose sound systems. All rooms (including the bathroom) are quite spacious — starting at over 400 square feet — and comfortably furnished for work, play or lounging. Upgrade at least one category to the Deluxe rooms for a stunning view of the lake.

Bathroom: Quite spacious, with free-standing bathtubs, ladder towel racks and walk-in showers. The top-mount glass bowl wash basins don’t leave a lot of dry counter space for toiletries in the smaller rooms, and water from the walk-in shower tended to run out on to the bathroom floor. Is it just us? This seems to be a problem that follows us around the world!

Amenities: Like most deluxe hotels in Germany, WiFi is not free (although it is free in the lobby.) But the hotel does include two unique and appealing amenities: Your room key offers free admission to the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, one of Europe’s largest centers for contemporary art and photography — and a highlight of our visit. Guests are also offered complimentary transportation on the Alster Cruise, a scenic boat ride offering hop-on/hop-off service to nine stops on the beautiful lake. The workout room is small (a few cardio machines and a multi-function resistance training tower), but open 24/7. Access to the spa’s small pool, Jacuzzi, steamroom and sauna is complimentary for guests, and a range of massages, facial treatments and manicure/pedicure services are available on site.

Gay Factor: There’s nothing explicitly gay here. Although the hotel has done some marketing outreach to the LGBT market, gays are just one part of the diverse clientele, and the staff are courteous and respectful to all. That said, the location is homoperfect, and the hotel’s sophisticated style and design will appeal to gay travelers of the modern urban luxury bent.



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