Formerly the site of the city's gasworks, this hotel imbues an industrial shell with a warm contemporary aesthetic. Far from haughty and unwelcoming, as is the ambience in many ultra-hip hotels, the Gastwerk hotel in the west of Hamburg is comfortable, inviting and, most surprisingly, reasonable of room rate. It's located a 15-minute train ride out of town and benefits from quiet residential surrounds and has an authentic Italian restaurant onsite that abolishes the need to leave the hotel for dinner. All rooms offer ample light and space with sleek designer bathrooms, free wifi and oversized beds. Wellness programs provide a counterbalance to the hotel's conference rooms and a dimly-lit cocktail lounge provides the venue for potential romance.