This German maritime and economic hub has a long trading history, thanks to its position across the Weser River. Gothic, renaissance and medieval architecture is found in the Hanseatic city’s midst, along with a wealth of museums and galleries. But more recently Bremen has become a coffee capital, with beans arriving by boat and roasted locally — it’s certainly a great choice for coffeecionados wishing to sample some of the best brews in Europe. As Bremen is small and laid back, it makes for a relaxing and interesting short break. These are a selection of places you can stay while in town.
Park Hotel Bremen
Found at the south end of the Bürgerpark right beside Holler Lake, this hotel (part of the Hommage Luxury Hotels Collection) enjoys a gorgeously leafy outlook. Lie back on a padded sun lounger, drink in hand, as you listen to the sounds of the impressive fountain and gaze across the lake. A grand 19th-century facade gives way to equally impressive interiors (think marble columns, huge fireplaces, chesterfield sofas and ornate cornicing). Its spa has an ice grotto, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a pretty terrace for alfresco breakfasts and guests can spend evenings in the La Fumadora smoking lounge.
Steigenberger Hotel Bremen
Perched on the river bank in the new Weser district, the Steigenberger Hotel accommodates 137 bedrooms including two suites and two family rooms. A waterside terrace and the bistro are charming places to dine, although a short walk along the promenade will also give you an excellent choice of eateries. The hotel is close to the Coffee Quarter, the GOP Varieté-Theater and a 15-minute stroll to the Old Town. Its entire seventh floor is given over to the wellness centre, where you’ll find a steam bath, the bio sauna and a Finnish sauna with far-reaching views.
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Courtyard by Marriott Bremen
Right next to the Central Station and steps from the Messe Exhibition Centre, Courtyard by Marriott is especially convenient for those on business or travelling for an event. The property inhabits the Lloyd building and includes original artifacts of the North German Lloyd from 1913. However, it’s been a hotel for just over a decade now, lovingly resorted and rising five stories with 158 bedrooms (all of which have crisp linens, thick mattresses, custom comforters and fluffy pillows). Lloyds is the on-site restaurant, there’s a bar, a grab n’ go market and a fitness centre that’s open 24 hours a day.