In June of 2017, SIR hotels announced the opening of its second hotel in Germany and its fourth hotel as a brand, the Sir Nikolai, located directly at the historic Nikolaifleet canal in the heart of Hamburg, between the famous red brick warehouses of the Speicherstadt and the city’s Old Town.
[via the official press release]
As all Sir Hotels, Sir Nikolai offers interconnected public spaces, and an outstanding restaurant and bar experience. The seven-storey Kontorhaus, originally used as a warehouse for seeds, encompasses 94 rooms and suites with views of the canal and the Old Town, the Speicherstadt and HafenCity or the hotel’s inner courtyard. The open and inviting public spaces on the ground floor stretch from The Study, a cosy lounge where guests check-in, over The Patio, the hotel’s glass-roofed courtyard where IZAKAYA Asian kitchen & bar begins, to the restaurant’s open kitchen and 360-bar with two balconies, floating over the canal.
The hotel also features a private dining area and a 300 sqm spa, including a gym, an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms on the lower level with views of the canal. All 94 rooms and suites as well as the public spaces including The Entourage Group’s restaurant IZAKAYA Asian kitchen & bar was designed by the Dutch design studio FG Stijl.
ROOMS AND SUITES
A mix of custom-made design furniture in a jewel-toned colour palette, decorative details, reflecting the building’s history and the city of Hamburg, subtle and elegant lighting: Dutch design duo FG Stijl created a contemporary, yet elegant look for the 94 rooms and suites at Sir Nikolai. Each one, ranging in size form 21 sqm to 31 sqm feature open, off-white marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers or bathtubs, Queen or King Size beds, velvet upholstery, elegant wooden working desks. Curated artwork and vintage maps tie in the building’s history, and a mix of hand-selected books from international classics to local emerging writers, reflect Hamburg’s culture.
The Study is furnished with dark wooden floor-to-ceiling shelfs, curated with an eclectic range of books and memorabilia. Handpicked, the selection reflects the international background of Sir Hotels, while giving a sense of what the city is all about. Smart, urban, yet traditional and elegant, like a living room of a local creative. Here, guests and locals have space to work and meet, read or relax, having the ability to sit socially and be involved with other people, but not be engaged.
IZAKAYA ASIAN KITCHEN AND BAR
Connected to The Study, behind large glass doors, is The Patio, where the restaurant IZAKAYA Asian kitchen & bar begins. The Patio is located in the inner courtyard of the hotel protected by a retractable glass-roof, which can be opened on warm summer nights. The airy space features an over-dimensional open fireplace set in grey marble and flanked by wooden built-in shelfs. Up to 120 guests can be seated in private velvet sofa corners or at lively tables in the centre under the Hamburg sky. Adjacent to The Patio, at the rear end of the building with views of the canal, guests can sit in front of the open kitchen, at a big communal table, a 360 bar or on two balconies, floating above the canal.
LOUNGE AREA AND OTHER INTERIORS
In collaboration with Circle Culture – an independent platform featuring international art, activism and culture projects with galleries in Berlin and Hamburg – paintings, photographs, and prints were chosen for the public areas of Sir Nikolai. Works include those made by international names like Aaron Rose and Katrin Szekessy, as well as local artists such as Henning Kles and Irmgard Nolte.
“Each Sir Hotel has an independent spirit that connects to its location in a meaningful way. It’s crucial for us to be a valuable participant in the city. We want to bring something really fresh to Hamburg with the design and the food and beverage experience, while also paying homage to the incredible culture with our handpicked library and art that celebrate local talent”
-Liran Wizman, owner and founder of Sir Hotels.