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It seems that just about every major international chain on earth has an outpost in Hamburg, so if familiar surroundings are what you want, you won’t have any trouble finding them. But Hamburg also has some truly distinctive lodgings, from legendary landmarks to hip hostels. Some are in your face with over-the-top design, others stress low-key comfort. You’ll probably want to stay near the center of this far-flung metropolis—choice locales are the cental city in the Altstadt and around the Alster, and near the waterfront, around the port and St. Pauli. A hotel in any of these spots will put you within easy reach of sights, restaurants, and nightlife. If you need a room last minute, stop by Hamburg’s Tourismus Centrale (Tourist Information Office) in the Hauptbahnhof (tel. 040/30051300; www.hamburg-tourism.de), where a counter can book accommodations. Rooms in more than 200 hotels in all price categories are available. There’s a fee of 5€ per reservation. You can use this agency on a last-minute basis, but no more than 7 days in advance of the time you’ll need the room. Hotel-booking desks can also be found at the airport in Arrival Hall A.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.