Although the name of this German city bears the name of a very tasty meat sandwich, Hamburg is a lot more than just the city the burger was named after and is in fact a large port city on the Elbe River. Germany’s second largest city with about a population of close to 4 million people, Hamburg is a city state that enjoys a very international feel due to its autonomous standing as well as its important position in international trade as a major port city (Hamburg serves as one of the most important harbors in Europe). With a strong mercantile background and a population of close to 4 million people, it is no surprise that there is a hugely wide variety of cheap hotels in Hamburg to choose from.

Because Hamburg is a large city with a spread out metropolitan area, it may cost you less money to find a cheap hotel in Hamburg if it’s located outside of the city center. However, with all of the best attractions, restaurants and bar located in a concentrated center around the port. The harbor is the heart of the city, where travelers can visit important relics from Hamburg’s important traditional role as a center of trade and mercantilism and spending slightly more money to stay in a hotel close to the harbor is probably worth it.

Another area of Hamburg that is probably worth spending a few extra bucks on your hotel in Hamburg, is the Schanzenviertel neighborhood, which is a vivid part of town with students, immigrants, boutiques, bars, restaurants and plenty of urban flair. Although once a hang out to immigrant communities and poor students, this neighborhood has become increasingly trendy over recent years and is now home to upscale condos and apartments and plenty of high-edn shops.

Travelers looking for a cheap hotels in Hamburg will have a wide variety of choices all over the city. Those looking for something reliable, clean and affordable might not be so bad off staying in an American chain hotel like the Marriott Hamburg or the Holiday Inn Hamburg. If you want a hotel with clean (some would say sterile) lines and basic rooms, you should check out the NH Hamburg City Hotel, which is located within walking distance of the city center and harbor. Hotel Königshof is also located close to the water and offers big, clean rooms at a moderate price.

Map of Hamburg Hotels