The Fontenay Hamburg
What We Love
- The inside-outside infinity pool that practically merges with Alster Lake
- The dazzling light sculpture in the atrium, made of 140 LEDs fitted to curved steel branches
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms
- Innovative cocktails concocted from local fruit brandy by resident mixologist Sebastian Schneider
What To Know
- There’s not a straight wall to be found anywhere, thanks to the hotel’s flowing architecture
- The beer in your mini-bar is complimentary
- Look forward to a personal check-in experience: staff and guests sit together in one of three cushy lobby lounge areas
- Each of the 17 suites here is furnished with a spacious walk-in wardrobe
- Parking On Site
Architectural marvel by local icon Jan Störmer on the banks of Lake Alster, with a La Mer spa and a destination restaurant
It’s been nearly two decades since Hamburg welcomed a five-star sleep, so it’s only appropriate that the German port city’s newest resort, affectionately dubbed ‘hotel in the park,’ comes in the form of a lavish lakeside expanse standing among a thicket of oaks and sycamores. The curvy white-tiled façade—a set of three intertwining circular structures purposely designed to reflect the lake waters—even evokes the surrounding treetops (despite its leafy setting, rest assured you’re just a ten-minute walk from the city center); the woods also take center stage in all 130 guest rooms, painted in arboreal greens and beiges. Even the parquet flooring was sourced from the forest of the Abbey of Fontenay, in Burgundy, France. The hotel’s unique wave-like exterior means nearly all the furniture here is bespoke, from supersize beds by local outfit, Schramm Werkstätten, to carpets for the unusually shaped corridors, which were woven-to-order in Hong Kong. The pomp is also on full display at Lakeside, the hotel’s sun-drenched rooftop restaurant, which marries contemporary Nordic-influenced plates by 31-year-old whiz kid Cornelius Speinle, with enchanting 320-degree Hamburg vistas.
In the Area
Once upon a time, Lake Alster, Hamburg’s heart, was a medieval reservoir, built to power the many mills on its banks. Today, it’s the ultimate picnic backdrop, dotted with canoes and kayaks in the summer months; when the lake freezes over, it’s an ice-kiting arena. But the watery playground truly shines in August, when Alstervergnügen, a four-day festival brings nightly fireworks and acrobatic performances. Though you’re already staying in an architectural masterpiece, for a look at another creative—and recently unveiled—area icon, visit the Elbphilharmonie, a former brick warehouse turned concert hall bordering Hamburg’s bustling harbor, with hopes to revitalize the city’s classical music scene.
How to Get There
Amazing design hotel with tremendous customer service, spacious design room, excellent food and a beautiful location. We’ve seen many gorgeous hotels across the globe, but this is definitely a standout.
New and modern luxury hotel located next to the Alster lake (Aussen Alster). Wonderful location in an affluent area which is also popular with the locals for lake-side walking or jogging. City-center is a ca 10-15 minute pleasant lake-side walk from the hotel. Friendly and professional service throughout the hotel, from doormen, to check-in and at restaurants and bars. You get the feeling that the staff enjoy working there. Fantastic views over the lake and sorrounding area from a large rooftop bar and the pool area. Nice park and lake view from the ground level Parkview restaurant where a high-standard breakfast is served. Spacious and light rooms with floor to ceiling windows and balconies. We had a deluxe room (lowest category for two), which is still >40 square meters, with floor to ceiling windows and a large balcony. Only reason to pay-up for a higher class is to be sure to get a lake view (though, you get lots of that from the bar as well as the restaurants). This was our second stay at the Fontenay and we will without doubt come back.
The Fontenay has only been open little more than a year, and it is surprising how they have already managed to get everything so finely tuned already. From the Doorman to the Reception to the Breakfast, everything was seamless and staff were so friendly and efficient and very well trained. The location is fantastic with only a short walk to the center and have great views from the room. The manicured park and access directly to the water increased the feeling of a city resort hotel. Breakfast choices were outstanding and delicious. The spa with rooftop infinity pool is wonderful. We can recommend this hotel completely and will be back ourselves very soon!