The George, Hamburg
Tel: 49 40 2800 300
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:It's not easy to impress the old monied and well-traveled set of Hamburg, but the city's younger generation is clearly pleased by this energetic new design hotel in the neighborhood of St. George, a ten-minute walk from the city center and the main train station. You'll find this sophisticated set lounging in the hotel's fashionable bar and upscale Italian restaurant or clutching cocktails on the dramatic rooftop terrace. The friendly staff are as attractive as the clientele. The hotel's interiors are more trendy than boho-chic, with shaggy wall-to-wall carpeting and brightly printed wallpaper in the bedrooms and colored crystal chandeliers in the elevator. Although the Size S rooms are too small (just big enough to fit the large bed), the next-step-up Size M rooms are almost 300 square feet, supremely comfortable, and an excellent deal at $235.2009 Hot List
When to go: There's always something worthwhile going on in Hamburg, but early summer and fall are idealperfect for strolling through the city and exploring its enormous developing harbor area.
Which room to book: Ask for a Size M room on the fifth or sixth floor, with views of Aussenalster Lake.