On Day 4 at Hamburg, we migrated to the Raphael Hotel Walderhaus, an environmental-friendly hotel that saves energy and has a unique timber construction. While my experience at staying at the Renaissance Hotel would be described as very decadent, I had a different, yet still very pleasant experience at the Walderhaus Hotel.
The Walderhaus Hotel is like a forest house containing earthy, wooden decor that really gives this place a cabin-feel. Untreated European larch was used for the facade of the hotel as well as for the roof and exteriors, offering a habitat for plants. This weatherboarding is a feeding and nesting space for small animals and certain design details used on the facade enables a minimization of fire spread.
Thousands of plants were planted on the roof of the building as well and this dense roof planting acts as additional insulation and protects the building from summer heat and winter cold. The thick insulation from the green roof surface and the triple solar glazing on the windows work together towards reduced energy consumption for sustainable energy supply.
The Walderhaus Hotel focuses on nature and sustainability and shows it in every little design detail. The wooden rooms are well insulated and warm and the toiletries are made from sustainable and regrowing resources, making the experience of staying at this hotel very cozy and intimate.