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Empire Riverside Hotel

4,631 reviews
+49 40 311190

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Pets Allowed
Fitness Center
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
Overall Guest Score
"Excellent position of hotel" "Close to red light district"
Not enough parking facilities, according to 59%.
City centre within easy reach, said 91%.
"Brilliant staff" "Check-in was very efficient and quick"
92% found the staff to be very friendly.
79% said the reception staff was great.
"Tasty coctails" "Huge Cocktail selection"
Delicious alcoholic drinks, according to 82%.
Bar service was unacceptable, according to 56%.
"Excellent sound proofing" "Fantastic shower"
98% thought the view was good.
77% thought rooms were spacious.
"Super restaurant" "Stunning food"
Only 67% were satisfied with the menu.
100% loved the sushi selection.
"No room-service breakfast" "Excelent breakfast"
96% said the breakfast was too expensive.
"There was no internet access" "Slow wifi connection"
69% said the wifi quality was bad.
76% thought it was a great value.
"Expensive cocktails" "Mini bar expensive"
96% said the breakfast was too expensive.
76% thought it was a great value.

Good to know...

Great view
High priced breakfast
Impressive bathroom
Clean rooms
Expert Reviews
Michelin Guide
Famous architect David Ch ipperfield designed this contemporary hotel close to the St Pauli pontoon bridges.
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.
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
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
  • Breakfast Fee: EUR 23 per person (approximately)
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible