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Empire Riverside Hotel

5,869 reviews
+49 40 311190

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Pets Allowed
Fitness Center

Hotel with the Best Vantage Point

Hotel Tower on the River

The Empire Riverside Hotel provides guests an amazing view of the surrounding area, simply by being a beacon 20 stories tall and one of the tallest buildings on the riverfront. It acts as an elegant lighthouse, a bronze-clad tower modeled after large ocean liners of the 1930’s. Built in 2007, the hotel has become synonymous with modern elegance. Located in the St. Pauli quarter, it provides a great starting point for an adult evening of fun.

Rooms Aplenty

With over 300 rooms in this towering beauty, you would be hard pressed not to find a room you like or the view you want. City views overlook the St. Pauli quarter; the red light district; downtown vistas of church spires; and river views on the infamous Elbe. The ultra modern and minimalist style of the rooms may not be for everyone, but they are amazingly clean, bright, and inviting. What truly sets the hotel’s 327 rooms apart from any other hotel in the region is the floor to ceiling panoramic windows stretching over your entire exterior wall. Views from inside are simply amazing.


On the south side of the St. Pauli quarter, there is a feeling more like the river towns of old. However, walk a few blocks, and you will know why it is called the Red Light district. The location is a great base before you jump into some of the best clubs, bars, lounges, music venues and other adult playgrounds in all of Hamburg. Couples, singles, and business travelers can enjoy late nights and still make it back to their hotel quickly when they are ready. Tourists looking for a hotel in the historic district of downtown should move further east.

20 Floors of Amenities

With such a large structure, there are many things to do. Keep fit in a modern work out center and relax your muscles in the sauna or steam baths on site. Of course, the professional spa masseuses can help work out the knots as well.

The Bottom Line

The Empire Riverside Hotel 20Up restaurant and bar on the 20th floor of the hotel provides one amazing spot to party and view the medieval city of Hamburg.  You will enjoy the stunning views during celebratory fireworks over the river. Spacious rooms are a bit bare, but the minimalist style is trendy at the moment.

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Bernhard Nocht Strasse 97
Hamburg, 20359
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User Highlights
"Close to red light district" "Close to metro service"
Parking was ok, according to 53%.
98% enjoyed the restaurants & bars nearby.
"Breathtaking view of the river" "Room was fantastic"
98% thought the view was good.
78% said the beds were comfortable.
Bar and Beverages
"Sophisticated cocktails" "Nice Bar staff"
Delicious alcoholic drinks, according to 91%.
69% said beverages were too expensive.
"Well run establishment" "Wonderful staff"
92% found the staff to be very friendly.
71% said the reception staff was great.
"Buffet breakfast delicious" "Lots of choice for breakfast"
89% said the breakfast was too expensive.
"Non existent wifi" "Wifi Good"
68% said the wifi quality was bad.
Value for money
"Too high prices" "Breakfast expensive"
89% said the breakfast was too expensive.
69% said beverages were too expensive.

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Great view
Nice building
Impressive bathroom
Clean rooms
Expert Reviews
The location near the Reeperbahn and the harbor, the clever use of space and light, and a cool bar that attracts thousands every weekend make the Empire a favorite.
Rough Guide
A spectacular copperclad towerblock that rose over a former brewery (much to locals’ chagrin) in 2008, this is all about the astonishing views over the port available from its rooms.
The Telegraph
Towering above the Elbe, this 20-storey hotel — designed by David Chipperfield — offers a great location between the HafenCity and downtown Hamburg, an elegant restaurant and lounge, plus...
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Child Activities
Child Care
Fitness Center
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Pets Allowed
Spa or Sauna
From 3:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 11:00am
# of Rooms
  • Parking Fee: EUR 20.00 per night
  • Pet Fee: EUR 25 per pet, per day
  • Late Check-out Fee: EUR 60 (subject to availability)
  • Breakfast Fee: EUR 23 per person (approximately)
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible