Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg: Re-opening following complete renovation

09 Oct 2009



The Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg (Germany) shows-off its modern new look. The complete renovation of the largest and highest hotel in the Hanseatic city has now been completed – the hotel offers its guests 556 rooms as well as suites, featuring three different designs, and a 2,122m2 conference area with a ballroom and two additional event locations – one of which is located on the top floor of the hotel with a spectacular view over Hamburg. Two restaurants, two bars, a completely modernised lobby area with two lounges and a fitness and wellbeing zone are all part of the first class service on offer. The property owner, Azure Property Ltd, which has its head office in Luxembourg, has invested around 48 million Euros in the modernisation of the hotel. Swedish architect Christian Lundwall has been responsible for the interior design.

“As a result of the renovation we have been able to significantly increase our standards and can now offer our guests a completely new, first class experience,” explains hotel manager Wolfgang Wagner, who oversaw the entire renovation as chief project manager. “With the contemporary rooms, the modern conference facilities and our exceptional gastronomy, I am sure that we will achieve international renown.”

Standing at an impressive 120 metres and with direct access to the Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH), the building was constructed in 1973. In November 1994 it was opened as the first Radisson Hotel in Germany. Its unique façade, featuring three towers of different heights, is a landmark on the city’s skyline; this has now been refaced with 10,000 light-coloured granite slabs from Southern Germany and sound proofed, double-glazed windows.

Subtle materials and forms in the reception area

The hotel’s unique ambiance can be felt as soon as guests walk through the door. The design of the lobby adds to this ambiance; its white floor tiles perfectly complement the shiny black walls and the dynamic reception desks, with their dramatic underlighting, have been positioned under modern interpretations of chandelier lighting. Colourful, eye-catching patterned rugs and various design highlights, such as original Arne Jacobsen Egg-Chairs and cool gold coloured designer armchairs by the lifts, all help to define the hotel’s new style. A sophisticated arrangement of light sources also lends the area a more spacious feel. The “Library Lounge” at the rear of the lobby offers guests a quiet place to relax on the comfy furniture and there is also a second lounge in the front part of the lobby.

The most modern rooms and suites - in three designs
Inside the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, Christian Lundwall has re-designed all 556 rooms (which are about 30 m2 in size) and the 40, 60 and 110 m2 suites. He has used three different room styles: ‘Natural’ has light colour schemes and beech wood furniture, lots of glass and soft creamy tones; ‘Urban’ features simple modern metropolitan styles - elegant oak furniture, Amtico design flooring in warm brown tones and dark coloured curtains and fabrics create a timeless atmosphere. The Upper Class ‘New York Mansion’ rooms have a stylish lounge feel with a glamorous and unusual design featuring Turkish rugs combined with a black tiled floor. A silver coloured wardrobe and opulent rosewood furniture are highlights of these rooms.

Top choice for meetings and events in Hamburg
The Radisson Blu is one of the most popular congress hotels in the city and the renovation and expansion of the conference floor was therefore an extremely important part of the project. The first class facilities now include four new board rooms with exclusive furnishings. Christian Lundwall also chose the very best fittings for the existing rooms, including designer furniture by Corbusier, Arne Jacobsen, Walter Knoll and Designers Guild. Guests can now benefit from a 2,122 m2 conference floor containing 12 multifunctional rooms with the latest seminar equipment, most of which have natural light, as well as a 533 m2 divisible ballroom and a foyer area. The spectacular ‘High End’ event location on the 26th and 27th floors along with the elegant multifunctional ‘Paris’ area on the ground floor complete the portfolio of facilities on offer for conducting business.

Italian cuisine and exotic Polynesian specialities in the restaurants
The stylish ‘Filini’ Restaurant – a Rezidor restaurant concept that has already won a number of awards internationally – treats guests to modern interpretations of Italian dishes and wines. An exciting mix of colours and textures combined with fine furniture and attention to detail make for a unique ambiance and cosmopolitan flair.
A wide range of exotic Asian starters as well as delicious main courses prepared in the show kitchen and famous specialities from the Chinese wood oven and Wok await guests in ‘Trader Vic's & Mai Tai Bar.’ The décor features authentic Tiki figures, exotic collectors’ items and original hand made art, all of which makes guests feel like they are in the South Seas. The restaurant has an integrated ‘Mai Tai Bar’ in which guests can taste exotic drinks and delicious small appetisers.