Manchester, United Kingdom
May 9, 2005
Book via the Marriott website, and they guarantee that you will get their cheapest rates (the best rate is usually from 110 euros per night) for a twin/double room.
The hotel is very well located in a quiet area of the city and is attached to the internationally renowned shopping arcade Hanse Viertel. Transfer time is 20 minutes from the airport, and you are within 5/10 minutes' walk of ALL the city centre attractions, including Jungfernstieg, MoncheberStrasse, Rathaus, etc.
The rooms at the Renaissance Hotel are decorated in rich red and cream colours, and all rooms feature either one king or two double beds. Rooms are on five floors. Several suites are also available. If you want more space, then book a junior suite, which offers a separate seating area (the rooms are spacious, however). The rooms also feature international TV, including pay-for films in German and English, minibar, large wardrobe and storage areas, working desk with light, and a comfy chair. The bathrooms are bright, clean, and modern and feature a bath with overhead shower and good toiletries, as well as a hair dryer. The rooms are spacious and offer air-conditioning, which is adequate--expect it when the temperature boils in Hamburg!
The hotel offers Restaurant Esprit, which features a good range of local and international dishes (goose is their specialty), although you can find more authentic, better and cheaper restaurants nearby! The Hotel Esprit bar serves a good range of snacks that offer good value for money with very attentive staff. The Marriott hotel also offers a lively bar with live music that can be more fun than the reserved Renaissance if there are a group of you. Breakfast may be included in your room rate and if not you can purchase breakfast for 17Euro and this includes a very wide selection of breads, cheeses, hams, cooked items (cooked just for you by your own chef), drinks including sparkling wine, and much more! Room service breakfast is also a great option, and the early-bird special offering pastries, bread, and coffee for under 7 euros is a great value!
The hotel also offers secretarial services and has good conferencing facilities. There is an adequate gym on the fifth floor, and guests can also use the pool facilities at the nearby sister hotel; Marriott.
The staff are extremely polite, courteous, and efficient and all speak very good English. The concierge are able to advise on local attractions, as well as booking tickets, taxis, and theatre for you. Anything you need, just ask! The lobby is large and spacious and offers comfortable relaxation space, including complimentary coffee and pastries in the morning, and you can also take afternoon tea and sample specialty cakes in the afternoons before moving to the hotel bar for cocktail hour!
From journal Historic Hamburg!