More reasonably-priced accommodations on the outer Alster can be found at the Bellevue. Its 93 rooms are divided between two adjacent buildings.
Room Number 14 in the original building is a spacious room with a high ceiling and features a spectacular view of the lake. Furnishings are a blend of Scandinavian and Asian designs.
In the neighboring, newer building, Room Number 341 features arched windows and a quieter atmosphere than the older building.
Daily Rates: Singles €90, doubles €129. Parking available.
Contact: An der Alster 14, D-20099 Hamburg, tel. +49/040/284-44-0, fax 284-44-222
Rating: Quality 15/20, Value 16/20
Hotel St. Raphael
Despite its affiliation with the American Best Western chain, the Raphael has managed to create a distinctive atmosphere. Among its 128 rooms are more than 25 "designer" rooms, which have been individually decorated by contemporary German artists.
Another 20 "Raphael Royal" rooms are junior suites that come with extras like wine and sandwiches in the evening, the morning paper, and a shoe shining service. Nonsmoking rooms are available. The top floor fitness center and proximity to the train station are two additional perks.
Daily Rates: Singles €91, doubles €107. Breakfast parking, and fitness center cost extra
Rating: Quality 13/20, Value 17/20