When I think of Germany, I think of Bach’s piano music, the sorrowful books of Goethe, and the epochs of Mann. When I think of a traveller’s Germany, I do not think of the Untergrundbahns, nor the divided Berlin or the destructions of the WWII: I think of the long journeys through country meadows, wandering salesmen with their neat suitcases, the medieval villages stopped in time.
This is why I was particularly charmed when I stepped into my suite in Palais Esplanade, where a charmingly old-fashioned atmosphere greets us modern travellers.
The Esplanade was built between 1825 and 1828. The new handsome building was located in an area, where the city wall of Hamburg used to stand. In the same address, there has been anything from living quarters to religious organisations and a bank. A Water Treatment and Healing Centre used to be located in the nowadays’ Art Niuvauea salon.
Today, Palais Esplanade is part of the 4-Star Baseler Hof, which is one of the last, big family-owned hotels in Hamburg. Checking in is done in the lobby of Baseler Hof. Here, you will also find a lounge with big and brown leather sofas and a magnificent fireplace next to a bar. The entrance to Baseler Hof is located just next door from Palais Esplanade. Check-in is smooth and friendly and I am handed a key card to enter my room and also a three day ticket for public transport for both myself and my travelling companion.
My top floor suite is named after Carl Ludwig Wimmel, and the rooms are heart-warmingly quaint. Wimmel was the architect who was responsible for the Esplanade’s classic changes between 1827 and 1830.
Bright sunlight sieves through my windows to the bedroom and the roofs are supported by strong, exposed beams. I find a platter of fruits on the living room’s coffee table and on the counter, there is a mini bar and a carafe of some strong smelling alcoholic beverage.
The loveliest features in my room were a little corner with a tall writing desk – exactly the type I used to dream of as a child! – and the stylishly renovated bathroom. Later on, as I walk down the carpeted corridors of the hotel, I also see other rooms, each decorated with different colour palettes.
After typing a few hours in my private palais, I get a surprise as I descend to the ground floor and find out that there is a big party going on: piano music tinkles from the ballroom where ladies dressed in short evening gowns hurry from the opened front door.
I leave the festive atmosphere of Palais Esplanade behind, and step onto the streets of Hamburg: one more traveller ready to explore the darkening city.
P.S. I wish to thank Palais Esplanade for the opportunity to stay in this charming historic hotel. Palais Esplanade is part of my series exploring Europe’s historic hotels. The collaboration does not affect the content of my writing, as I choose only culturally and/or historically significant hotels for the series. By this, I wish to ensure inspiring and atmospheric moments for my readers on their travels. I hope you enjoy your stay in Hamburg and Palais Esplanade!
Rooms starting from c. 75 €