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Hamburg hotels? Did the search, but still.....

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I am working on the last hotel for my trip planning - yeah! Only with the help of Fodorites, we have determined our itinerary, booked 4 airlines, outlined 2 train trips, booked 4 hotels, reserved 1 car rental, arranged 3 transfers, and some great siteseeing possibilities! I swear, we could not manage independent travel without this site & all of the wonderful folks who provide their help!

So, now we 'are' in Hamburg, Germany. We wil arrive on May 12, 2010 & sail on the QM2 on the following day. We plan to arrive via train around 9am from Berlin. I would very much appreciate some hotel suggestions. We are trying to stay $225 & under, in the city center (walk to dining/food area), an elevator for hauling luggage to our room, a no fee cancellation policy if cancelled 30 days or so before arrival, & with good reviews from fellow travelers. I've checked other travel sites, but so far I have not been able to find a hotel with the above criteria. Does it exist? Or do we need to go out of the city center? We do not like to use the hotel discounter sites because we like the flexibility of being able to cancel if we find something better and/or prices go down, and we like to deal directly with the hotel staff & not have to go thru a middle person. (We don't mind accepting a no cancel policy from about 30 days before arrival, but not this far in advance.)

Will also appreciate suggestions for transferring from such hotels from the train station & to the cruise terminal. We will have one wheelie bag & one backpack each, so we can walk on level ground for 15-20 minutes, but then it could be bad weather, so we would need a backup plan. We also would not want to take the walking option if the path is not clearly marked - don't want to wander around with luggage. We can't take transportation that requires a lot of lifting of the bags up & down stairs (hubby broke his back last summer, so I am the sole 'lifter'!). We usually prefer to/from our door transport, such as, hiring a private car transport company. But if taxis are reliable, not fraudulant (like in some countries), & don't cost as much or more as private transport, we do use them also.

Thanks in advance, Julie

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