Sir Nikolai — Hamburg, Germany

Hotel room with double bed, side tables, wall paintings and wall lamps.
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Located on Hamburg’s Nikolaifleet waterfront, Sir Nikolai is sandwiched between the Altstadt (Old Town) and the up-and-coming HafenCity district to the south.

Designers FG Stijl’s interpretation for the 94-room property – in an old kontorhaus in the Old Town along the edge of the historic Nikolaifleet canal – is accented with plush fabric, terrazzo floors, Bohemian chandeliers and millennial furnishings by Minotti, Casali and Cassina.

Probably the hotel’s grandest statement is the library – really, a light airy conservatory in the courtyard with a retractable roof. Meanwhile, the house restaurant Izakaya is perfect for the lovely water views of downtown Hamburg, while admiring chef Hariprasad Shetty’s mod Japanese menu of oyster filo with oscietra caviar, and pan-fried sole with a piquant red chilli shiso salsa.

A white sitting room with a black leather chair, a couch, a desk, wall paintings and a standing lamp next to a window.

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A sitting area with two armchairs, two round tables and a drinks trolley next to a window.

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A restaurant with rows of decorated dining tables, a patterned rug, a wall mirror, wall shelving under a large skylight.

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A restaurant with decorated dining tables, a patterned rug, a round wall mirror and wall shelving.

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A sitting area with two rocking chairs, a wing back chair, a round coffee table and a patterned rug next to two large windows.

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.