Carpe Diem: Loft with unique charm

Loft - Entire home/apt · Admiralitätstraße, Hamburg, Hamburg 20459, Germany

The Space

The loft

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An attractive, spacious loft (120 sq.m.) with very individual character on the 3rd floor of a historic former commercial building in an artistic neighbourhood called the “Fleetinsel” (canal island) just 5 minutes from Hamburg harbour. The massive oak beams and time-worn wooden flooring on two tiers give the loft an individual, warm and personal character. The two large glass door-windows at the front offer a view of the canal below and, to the left, of the harbour, to which this building once belonged as a warehouse in the 18th and 19th centuries. The only closed-off room in the loft is a quiet, spacious bedroom with a large and old wrought-iron bed. The bedroom an oasis of peace. The rest of the flat has an open L-shaped layout with various living areas - a large, well-equipped kitchen area, room for sitting, eating, relaxing with friends, working, watching TV or listening to music. A large dining table to seat ten, if you have guests. For the people who really chill there is also a hammock. There is also a pull-out sofa in the main room which makes a bed if you have a visitor. The resident is an artist and translator, a mixed way of life that is reflected in the unique flair of the loft’s decoration and furnishings. Matthew only rents out his apartment when he is away on travels. So it can only be booked on special occasions.

The third floor used to be a vast storage space in the warehouse that the building once was. The floor has been converted into this loft and a separate one directly adjacent – with a very nice neighbour! Each loft has its own entrance leading off a shared vestibule that opens out onto the stairs. The bathroom, which was once the industrial elevator that ran all the way up the building and has been refunctionalized, has a cast-iron bathtub, washbasin, a shower and a washing machine. The bathroom and the separate WC are entered from the entrance vestibule and shared by both lofts. Here neighbourliness and mutual respect are the order of the day!

The building is part (email hidden)ly gallery quarter on the “Fleetinsel”, the island between two canals, in Hamburg’s central Neustadt quarter. Besides the alternative art & performance space (Westwerk) on the ground floor of this building there are various other galleries for contemporary art in the street, as well as an art book shop, a store selling antiquarian books, various cafés and a bistro, and a popular restaurant, “Rialto”, on the corner by the canal. You cannot go hungry in this corner of town, there’s everything from small snacks to full meals available. Or just a cool beer outside the corner bar “Marinehof”. And not far from the Fleetinsel are a variety of other restaurants to cater for all tastes. However cosmopolitan the neighbourhood feels, bustling with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, here for a look at art or a quiet drink or browsing in the bookshops or out for dinner, there is also something of a quiet secluded village to this quarter.

It’s easy to get around the city from here. Just over the canal is the Stadthausbrücke station of the S-Bahn which takes you to the main station and the airport or in the other direction, to the harbour, the Reeperbahn. Altona and the leafy west end of Hamburg. Take a right at the end of street and you’re walking towards the Rödingsmarkt station of the U-Bahn metro line U3, which curves around the harbour in the direction of the trendy Schanzenviertel quarter. Or you could hire a rental bike just opposite the Fleetmarkt square and cycle to all the places around town you want to visit – clubs on the Reeperbahn, museums like the Kunsthalle and the Deichtorhallen, the cuty’s two main theatres, concert house, the opera, cinemas galore – or simply to find a quiet spot to hang out on the banks of the city’s landmark lake, the Alster.

Cooking at home? Shopping for everyday stuff is easy, with a wide range of bakeries, grocers, delis, a wine shop, drugstores and small supermarkets within a short walk distance, or you visit the twice-weekly farmers’ market on the nearby ‘Grossneumarkt’ square for fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat, eggs and flowers.

But if your tastes are more up-market and you can check out the nearby jungle of fashion stores and luxury commodities. Starting right opposite the Admiralitätstrasse is the stylish street Neuer Wall, which leads towards Jungfernstieg and Mönckebergstrasse near the Rathausmarkt in the very centre of the city, a Mastercard consumerist’s garden of delights.

Just walking or biking around Hamburg from here is really easy and a pleasure. You can explore the harbour with the new cutting-edge architecture of the HafenCity, including the still developing, much-debated landmark concert hall, the “Elbphilharmonie”. Or just cycle along the Elbe promenades, passing the Portuguese quarter, the legendary ever-hip bar called the “Golden Pudel Club”, the old fish market and along to the beaches of the Elbe for chilling out in the evening with an Astra beer and a view of the docks and ships passing this way and that. They don’t Hamburg the gateway to the world for nothing!

German version)
Die Wohnung:
Attraktives, geräumiges Loft über 120 qm. im dritten Stock eines (historischen) Altbaus in zentraler Lage, in einer künstlerisch-individuellen Nachbarschaft. Mit den schweren Eichenbalken, Dielen und verschiedenen Bodenebenen besitzt diese Wohnung viel Charakter und Charme. Das Schlafzimmer, der einzige abgetrennte Raum des Lofts, hat ein altes schmiedeeisenes Doppelbett und ist eine kleine Oase der Ruhe. Die gut ausgerüstete Küche ist ein geräumiger offener Bereich mit Tresen: hier kann man wunderbar kochen oder einfach Kaffee trinken und Zeitung lesen. In der Wohnung kann man sich wunderbar entspannen, Freunde zum Essen einladen, arbeiten oder einfach vergessen, dass man sich gerade mitten in einer Millionenstadt befindet. Es gibt eine schöne Hängematte vor dem Fenster für ruhige Stunden und für Gäste befindet sich auch ein ausziehbares Sofa im großen Raum.

Im diesem ehemaligen Hafen-Speicherhaus sind die geräumigen Lagerräume aufgeteilt und modernisiert worden. Die Etage im 3. Stock besteht aus 2 großen getrennten Lofts mit separaten Eingängen und einem gemeinsamen Flur zum Treppenhaus. Bad (mit alter Eisenbadewanne, Dusche und Waschmaschine) und das separate WC gehen vom Vorraum zu den beiden Lofts ab und werden gemeinsam von beiden Mietparteien benutzt.

Die Wohnung ist 5 Minuten zu Fuß von der Alster, 5 Minuten vom Hafen entfernt. U-Bahn Rödingsmarkt und S-Bahn Stadthausbrücke gleich um die Ecke. Blick aus dem Fenster auf das Fleet, das Fleetinsel-Quartier in der Hamburger „Neustadt“ hat eine intime und freundliche Atmosphäre, gleichzeitig aber einen kosmopolitisch belebten Flair. In der Strasse findet man verschiedene kleine Cafés, Restaurants, zwei Buchhandlungen und mehrere zeitgenössische Galerien. Hamburgs Museen, Theater, Kino oder Oper, HafenCity, St. Pauli, Jungfernstieg oder „Schanze“ sind von hier zu Fuß, mit Leih-Rad oder mit der Bahn leicht erreichbar.
Die Ecke ist auch reich an Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, mit vielen kleinen Läden in der nahen Umgebung, und unweit findet 2mal die Woche ein kleiner Wochenmarkt statt.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $584 /week
Monthly Price: $2164 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We stayed ad Matthew's place for 8 days and it was amazing! Matthew was very kind to us, he explained everything we must know and his beautiful loft was perfect, very big, clean and cozy, in a perfect area near everything!!

    March 2014
  • It was all very good. We were happy! Certainly will come back sometime...

    January 2014
  • Matthew's spacious loft is absolutely the best location in Hamburg for seeing sights. It is literally picture perfect as it is shown in photos in my tour guide as well as on postcards. The art space Westwerk is on the first level, and many galleries and shops are in walking distance. Excellent cafes and restaurants are on the square below. The apartment has views onto the canal and is in walking distance of many interesting sights such as the 17th century St. Michael's. Best of all were the exceptionally helpful and interesting neighbors - I felt so welcome! As a former resident of New York City, it reminded me a of a loft in TriBeCa but with lots more interesting local attractions and much better transportation options.

    September 2013
  • Matthew was very friendly and helpfull. The Loft is great and in a super location to have a nice time in Hamburg.
    I can highly recommend staying with Matthew.

    August 2013
  • Fantastic apartment, very close to the center of town, as well as Minatur Wunderland! Had a great stay here, subway station and taxis nearby, friendly neighbors, also a very useful shopping mall is quite close by.
    Matthew was fantastic - provided me with a wealth of information, emergency contacts etc, which was very reassuring.
    I hope to stay again if I'm in the area!

    March 2013
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