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Sir Nikolai

Sir Nikolai

Hamburg, Germany

Located on a quiet, secluded street on the Nikolaifleet canal, Sir Nikolai offers a sophisticated, artisanal retreat a short walk from Hamburg’s main sights. As a guest, you can also enjoy complimentary treatments at the hotel’s spa, which offers a sauna, whirlpool and massage and therapy rooms.

The hotel has a chic feel, with curved, dark suede chairs, large circular mirrors and soft lighting. The stylish decor offers personal touches through details like its custom-made furniture and books from local authors. There’s also an atrium with a glass ceiling that opens up to the sky, letting in bright, natural light.

There are 94 rooms and suites at Sir Nikolai, all with bright-white walls, black-and-white minimalist artwork and vintage rugs, and some with views out over the canal. Much of the decor and furniture plays off the hotel’s history as a former seed warehouse.


We like this hotel for its style and location. It offers a secluded escape of comfort and sophistication within walking distance of the main shopping area and port of Hamburg.

OUR RATING: First Class

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The 94 rooms are bright, with white walls and linen, accented with rich hues like red, purple and deep yellow. Vintage woven rugs sprawl across the dark wooden floors, and each room boasts custom-made furniture and artwork that reflects the history of Hamburg and the building, a former seed warehouse.

There are five categories of rooms and suites, Boutique rooms, Deluxe rooms, Supreme rooms, Sir Suite and Sir Residence, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All categories feature a mix of views across the courtyard, street, canal and atrium. En suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and coffee machines come standard in all rooms.


Sir Nikolai is on a secluded and quiet street in Hamburg’s old town, right on the Nikolaifleet canal. It’s within walking distance of Hamburg’s port, shopping and downtown area, and is also a short walk from the Elbphilharmonie building. 

Food and drink

  • Breakfast buffet with à la carte options served daily.
  • Izakaya Asian Restaurant and Bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu blends traditional Japanese cuisine with a South American twist.
  • You can enjoy Izakaya’s food in the atrium, the inner courtyard under the retractable glass roof, a communal table in the open kitchen, at the 360˚ Bar, or on two balconies looking over the canal.
  • The 360˚ Bar offers drinks and smaller bites with signature cocktails.

Facilities and activities

  • Laundry service.
  • Terrace.
  • Spa with complimentary treatments for guests.

Tour ideas in Hamburg

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Sir Nikolai as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

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      Along the River Frische Grube in Wismar

      Day trip to Lubeck and Wismar

      Day trip to Lubeck and Wismar

      Pass gabled houses, walk along snaking canals and meander through hidden cobblestone corridors. Get to know the Hanseatic League cities of Lübeck and Wismar on this full-day trip from Hamburg, which includes two-hour walking tours in both cities.

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