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Whether you are planning a romantic weekend in Hamburg, a sightseeing holiday or a business trip, the   “Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt” is the perfect accommodation. HHLA had the former office building converted into a four-star hotel.

 

Factual, rational, functional: This is how “Block O”, located at Sandtorkai street in Hamburg’s unique historic warehouse district “Speicherstadt”, presents itself to the world. Behind the uniformly structured facade with its long rows of windows there were once offices, plain and functional rooms with rubber stamp carousels on desks and clerks hand-sharpening pencils or writing up carbon-copy orders. For decades, Hamburg’s merchants ran their international coffee trading businesses from this site.
Today the building, a listed historic monument, has found a new purpose, as the fine golden letters above the entrance reveal: As the first house of its kind, the “Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt” has been welcoming its guests to this fascinating area since the autumn of

 

Unconventional interior

Today the former commercial building receives its guests with state-of-the-art comfort and hotel culture. Nevertheless, thanks to careful restoration true to its origins and an intriguing interior design concept, this four-plus star hotel takes tourists and business travellers on a journey back into the past.
The Hamburg Coffee Exchange, established in 1887 at the Sandtorkai wharf, was in its day and age one of the world’s leading coffee trading places, second only to New York City and Le Havre. The original “Block O” building was destroyed in WW II and subsequently rebuilt by the well-known Hamburg architect Werner Kallmorgen (1902-1979) as an office complex for traders in aromatic coffee beans.
Kallmorgen also designed the new Coffee Exchange building across the Brooksfleet canal, in the immediate vicinity of the office building which now houses the hotel’s 192 rooms and suites. While the coffee exchange ceased operations after just a few years in 1958, many authentic details from the legendary 1950’s have been preserved, such as chandeliers, vaulted ceilings or blackboards for market prices. Now they give the restaurant and event sections of the Speicherstadt hotel their unique flair, even though coffee is no longer traded here – just enjoyed by the guests.
A glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge across the canal, likewise designed by Kallmorgen, connects the hotel building with the former Coffee Exchange. “This ensemble of buildings lends a very special appeal to our hotel concept,” says General Manager Michael Lutz. “When guests coming down for breakfast in the morning can see the launches passing on the canal, this highlights the maritime character of our location near the port in the most charming way.”

New perspectives

But what ultimately gives the hotel its unique atmosphere is its high-quality, individualist interior styling and its multifaceted, carefully crafted artistic concept. With a well-balanced combination of furniture in the style of the 1950 and 60s, unusual lamp designs and eccentric accessories, the guest rooms as well as the lobby, lounge and restaurant invite you to stay. In spite of the dark wood panelling and luscious suede cushions the style never appears antiquated, thanks to the hotel’s voluminous and inspiring collection of contemporary paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures displayed throughout the house.
When Hamburg’s city parliament released the Speicherstadt district from its obligation to serve the port in 2012, it took a first step which ultimately enabled the establishment of the hotel on the Brooksfleet canal. Until then, any uses not strictly related to port operations were prohibited, with very few exceptions.
The new legal status of the area allows today’s hotel and restaurant guests to enjoy fine arts and comfort in the former “Kontor”, or trade office. New perspectives have emerged for the Speicherstadt historic district, officially a registered historic site since 1991. “We are especially delighted to operate our new house in such a unique environment,” says Thomas H. Althoff who runs nine hotels in Germany and Switzerland. “It fills us with pride that the Ameron Hotel can contribute to the development of the Speicherstadt district and be part of the overall concept. We are certain that guests from all around the world will appreciate the unique situation of our house as well as its design concept which reflects this environment.”

 

UNESCO World Heritage

The successful revitalisation of “Block O” and the former Coffee Exchange is an excellent example for an approach to the protection of historic monuments that has been applied to the entire Speicherstadt ensemble of buildings: Giving these structures a long-term purpose in keeping with our time means preserving them sustainably. A concept reflected by the Speicherstadt district’s 2014 application for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

 

World of art

The artistic concept for the Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt was developed jointly by the two highly acclaimed interior design firms FINE ROOMS and GEPLAN DESIGN. The designers turned the entire building into an art exhibition with numerous sculptures, paintings, prints and photos, giving it a distinctive appeal. Harbour motifs and views of Hamburg draw a portrait of the vibrant city, while a series of historic photographs from the archives of the Speicherstadt Museum retrace life in the old Coffee Exchange. In the hotel entrance, a monkey sculpture by an unknown artist greets guests. It dates back to the days of the old “Block O” office building. The most popular photo motif among hotel guests is the “Sailor’s Kiss” above the stairs in the foyer.