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Empire Riverside Hotel

5,054 reviews
+49 40 311190

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Pets Allowed
Child Care

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 metro service" "Superb location"
Not enough parking facilities, according to 53%.
96% enjoyed the restaurants & bars nearby.
Bar and Beverages
"Tasty coctails" "Rooftop bar is open"
Delicious alcoholic drinks, according to 95%.
Bar service was average, according to 67%.
"Excellent sound proofing" "Wonderful views from room"
98% thought the view was good.
70% said the beds were comfortable.
"Friendly staff" "Staff couldnt do enough"
92% found the staff to be very friendly.
77% said the reception staff was great.
"Nice facilities" "Good facilities"
75% thought the building was wonderful.
68% complained about the elevator.
"Excellent breakfast" "Awesome breakfast"
89% said the breakfast was too expensive.
"Wifi doesn't work" "Non existent wifi"
68% said the wifi quality was bad.
100% thought it was a great value.
Value for money
"Mini bar expensive" "Breakfast expensive"
89% said the breakfast was too expensive.
The price was too high for 100%.

Good to know...

Great view
Nice building
Clean rooms
Spacious 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 Care
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
  • Breakfast Fee: EUR 23 per person (approximately)
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible