Once in a while, you arrive at a hotel, and although sparkly new in feel, you immediately get a sense of its significant heritage. It's all in the details: the original light fixtures, door handles, marble columns, furniture and signage. You can't fake any of it.
The Reichshof was, when it first opened in 1910, one of the leading grand hotels of its era. Shockingly, it had amenities such as running water, electricity, telephones, and–oh my–'private bathrooms' in its rooms, apparently setting a tough new standard for the hotel industry at that time.
The carefully restored dining room was built to resemble the interior of an early 20th century luxury ocean liner. The cosy bar next to the dining room was 'the place to be seen' in the roaring twenties. As a nod to those bygone years, the bar tenders still wear old fashioned, crisp white jackets. No worries, they serve up pleasant martinis and other cocktails with a bold contemporary twist. It's one of those magical places that lets you lose track of time and perhaps centuries...
The Reichshof is located uber-central, pretty much across from Hamburg's main train station, the perfect location for exploring, with lots of fun destinations in walking distance.
>>>A big thank you to Curio, A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) for flights and one of its remarkable hotels, Reichshof Hamburg http://www.reichshof-hotel-hamburg.de/en/), for accommodations.