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Perched on the Nikolaifleet waterfront, Sir Nikolai is sandwiched between the center of Hamburg’s Altstadt and the super-modern HafenCity district to the south. The 94-room property is characterized by twinkling chandeliers, polished marble, and rough wood and brick. Sir Nikolai is also home to Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar—from the Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant team in London— which serves up Japanese cuisine. After a great meal, guests can retire to the grand Library, replete with terrazzo flooring and an open fireplace.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
For Sir Nikolai, adopted Amsterdammers Liran Wizman and Bram Van Der Hoek developed a unique concept in terms of storytelling, authenticity, and design. The duo, from Israel and the south of Holland respectively, believe guests want more than just a souvenir, but seek emotional memories and authentic experiences. Having worked together after Wizman bought Park Hotel Amsterdam, which Van der Hoek was managing, they realized they had the same attitude, style ideas, and work ethic. The pair is currently expanding the SIR luxury boutique hotel brand to other European destinations.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Sir Nikolai is set in the revived 19th-century Kontorhaus on Hamburg’s Nikolaifleet waterfront, which was brought into the 21st century by Dutch firm FG Stijl. This mansion-warehouse hybrid features a grand Library that adjoins the building’s old courtyard and is complete with terrazzo flooring and a glass conservatory with an open fireplace and a roof that slides open to create an al fresco lounging space. Raw wood, brick, and polished marble characterize the interiors, as do worldly treasures such as curated art, vintage rugs, and an inherited Bohemian chandelier in the Library.