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Park Hyatt Hamburg hotel to become Conrad Hamburg in 2024

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Park Hyatt Hamburg, as regular readers may remember, is closing for good this week.

Very regular readers may also remember that this is my wife’s favourite hotel in the world – indeed, we were back there last weekend for a night. There was no clue then as to what would happen to it.

Now we know. The hotel will reopen in 2024, after a full renovation, as Conrad Hamburg.

Conrad Hamburg hotel

This is a good result, to the extent that it remains a hotel that can be redeemed on points and where you are likely to have status. It is in a lovely building, literally seconds from the main railway station, and has a great pool.

Branding it as a high-end Conrad, however, risks the same issues that hit Park Hyatt. Hotel rates in Hamburg are low. The Park Hyatt was so cheap that the benefits you could get via Emyr or Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts ($100 food and drink credit, free breakfast) were often close to the cost of the entire room if you only stayed one night.

You can read more on the Hilton website here.


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Comments (16)

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  • Nick says:

    I can beat the Hilton deal, just got the CP Yas for the same 5 nights at 87000 total whilst the cash rate would have been 1K a night. 5.7p per point value!

    • Magarathea says:

      I stayed at the Staybridge Suites beside the CP over the GP weekend last month on a similarly well priced deal. Amazingly the stays were /are fully cancellable. The ability to walk to and from the GP from the hotel in 10 mins was fab. Staybridge Suites guests can also use CP facilities including their lovely pool. Spotted Charles Leclerc at this pool the day after the GP.

    • Ryan says:

      After seeing your comment I managed to book 24th-29th for the same. So thanks for the tip! I wonder how easy it would be to get gp tickets…

      • Nick says:

        Book them direct with the Yas Circuit as you get seat selection too, I did it a couple of times 2016-2019 before the wonders of covid hit.

      • Magarathea says:

        Clearly if you want to see and experience the whole of the GP weekend then buying a GP ticket is the way to go. I did that last month and really enjoyed it. If you don’t want to splash out on a ticket however, there are lots of places around the W hotel (entrance bridge, hotel front entrance, under the hotel bridge and the marina) which are all free to access and you will see and hear something of the GP spectacle.

        • Olivia says:

          We stayed at the Crown Plaza on IHG points in 2021 for “that” race.. absolutely brilliant plaza of hotels there on Yas Island. W Hotel obviously has the incredible view from certain windows, but all in all if you manage to get into one of those Yas Plaza hotels on race weekends, you can’t go wrong. Bottled a picture with Fernando Alonso, and the GP itself never sells out so good chances of getting a ticket.

    • FFoxSake says:

      Great find Nick!

      There is also a 100% bonus points purchase offer for IHG currently (min 30k+30k bonus for $300, then 1k increments up to 250k after that) so you are effectively only paying 0.5 cents per point to get access to this deal.

    • iEimis says:

      Went to the GP this year (stayed in Abu Dhabi itself) but loved every minute of it. Wasn’t sure how long points transfer from Amex takes to IHG so bought some points instead and booked Crowne Plaza for next year (23rd – 27th for 71k points which seems like fantastic value, cost me $200 when I would have instead paid £4.6k and it’s a 10 min walk to the track!) will likely go to Dubai afterwards and spend 5-6 days there just like I did this year. I am a little torn though as to whether Staybridges Suites have nicer rooms, curious what others think? The cash rate for Staybridges has increased significantly overnight but points rate is still identical.

      • Magarathea says:

        I have not stayed in the CP but have stayed at the Staybridge Suites 3 times. Staybridge guests can use all of the CP facilities and we use the CP pool when we go. The Staybridge rooms are much larger then a typical CP room with living area, full kitchen, bed area and bathroom in a studio suite. If you have IHG status they will endeavour to upgrade you to one of the 1 bedroom suites which are huge. They did this for us over the GP weekend. The suites are a little dated but we like them and are going back twice next year. The free breakfasts are good and on 4 evenings (Monday to Thursday) they provide free 3 course meals of a so so quality. The main problem being they struggle to keep the food hot. Free soft drinks are provided on these evenings and on my last visit 2 free alcoholic drinks per person were provided in the form of beer, white or red wine. There is a beach with good facilities a 7 minutes walk from the CP pool. There is also a small Carrefour supermarket about the size of a Tesco Express just 5 minutes walk from the Staybridge. Hope that helps.

  • Peter K says:

    Small typo:

    “This compares very badly with our valuation of Hilton Honors points of 0.33p per point (0.41p). “

  • N says:

    Booked two nights at the Doubletree in 2021 during the F1 because our room at the W was too loud overnight. There was on-the-day availability.

  • Lady London says:

    For the Park Hyatt Hamburg soon to be a Conrad, I think the 32 residential suites will definitely find their market there. 238 rooms 25 regular suites, then the residential suites, I love Hamburg and suspect these are suitable. They may even increase in value in the course of time if the quality is high enough. It would be interesting to know how they will package them up and what facilities such as security and ongoing charges they will be on offer.

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