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
2 course lunch for € 27,.
starter: bread with some dips and fresh olive oil
-> quite nice but not special
1st course: Chicken Bouillon
-> way too salty..simply not edible.
2nd course: Chicken with vegetable
-> too dry and hardly any sauce on the plate
Service overall friendly.
I was impressed with the bathroom and general design. Something not the cookie cutter hotel. Since it is brand new, operations still a bit uneven. Staff tries and are very nice and friendly. The restaurant is quite pleasant for a quick bite. The pool is very nice being an indoor/outdoor pool.
I read a review that it lacks a bit of personality. The person was right. It seems a bit cold and although it’s new, the decor is very 90’s. We had a junior suite which was lovely and spacious but we missed out in a meal at the Lakeside restaurant as they got our booking wrong. The location next to the lake was great but we could not even have a light snack in the lounge as too packed.
The hotel would suit business type conferences but it has no charm or warmth. Yes the shower is amazing but the housekeeping is very average. Having come from the Lutetia in Paris we noticed a massive difference in everything.
Absolutely LOVE the Fontenay! My in-laws live around the corner. Not only do we look forward to spending time with them and in the beautiful city of Hamburg, but we can't wait to check into the Fontenay. Tofhten at the concierge desk did an excellent job of getting perfect tickets for the Elb on short notice. We enjoyed a great upgrade through the GEM travel group and love the size of the rooms & the very modern features and bathroom. Everyone raves about the showers, but the modern toilets deserve a serious shout out as well. The pool on the roof deck -- half indoor and half outdoor with an amazing motion controlled glass door opening to allow swimmers to pass through -- is stupendous with a beautiful view of the city. I had an excellent deep tissue massage and love the steam,sauna and fitness room. Food at all venues is excellent. We had a lovely Easter lunch in the private room upstairs upon our first stay and countless delicious breakfasts downstairs. All the staff is very professional and personal. All the modern features of the hotel are a serious addition to the comfort level. Would be great it the hotel provided bikes for a spin around the Alster which can be seen from almost every window of the hotel. We'll be back!
We are often on vacation in Hamburg and have stayed on almost all 5 star hotels in Hamburg the last 10 years. The Fontenay is from 2017 and definitely the best. Large rooms in every category (we stayed in the smallest- superior) with a small “living room”. Modern technology and equipment - not seen better anywhere - including optional bidet function :). Very friendly and helpful staff. Quite neighborhood. Free “small” minibar. Small but modern fitness. Nice food, pool and modern architecture all around. Close to the city center - 15 minutes walk along the Alster.
We will definitely come back!