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
The professionalism and friendly service of staff at this hotel was very impressive. Reception staff were very welcoming and engaging on arrival and departure. Concierge and porters were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing seemed to difficult. The breakfast staff were also engaging, prompt with coffee and juice and breakfast food a high standard. As this is a new hotel everything is modern, clean and spick. Rooms are very comfortable, light and bright with long walls of floor to ceiling windows. The location of hotel has the advantage on being on the lake and in a green area. The hotel is very quiet such that you could leave the doors open at night for fresh air and no noise. But it is a short walk to Hamburg sights such as Rathaus. It is a short walk to a shopping strip that has a mix of shops and restaurants where you can eat. We stayed 5 nights here and could have stayed longer. The staff made you feel like you are a special guest which is often missing at other hotels of this quality. All pluses for us. We hope to return.
If you can afford some 400 Euro per night this is the place to stay. But look out for special offers. We were invited to a concert at the new Elbphilharmonie and the invitation included a night at The Fontenay. It was a very pleasant experience. A new five star plus hotel with a great location. Pity, our stay was too short to enjoy all the amenities the hotel offers. Highly recommended for the young, rich and beautiful.
The Fontenay Bar is remarkable both in terms of drinks, service and design.
Offering classic drinks as well as new creations - both of outstanding taste. The service by the bar tenders is one of its kind: Super friendly (but discrete), highly knowledgeable, full of great recommendations (but by no means in a snobby way like one too often sees in high end bars), and with a personal note. Oh - and did I mention the taste of the drinks is absolutely fantastic?
The fantastic views across the Alster are astonishing - both during day and night. And on top of all, one actually feels cozy and comfortable, which is a rare thing for an upper scale bar.
Currently maybe the best bar in Hamburg.
We stayed twice in The Fontenay and booked a family room (two connecting rooms) and a separate twin room as we travel with 4 children. It turned out to be an excellent choice. From the first contact on the phone while reserving the rooms until the moment we left the property. Everything is simply perfect. Very friendly staff, beautiful design, the rooms are spacious and equipped with the latest design furniture and colour combinations. We had dinner at the Parkside restaurant as the Lakeside (Michelin*) was closed. The spa offers a rooftop in/outdoor pool, spacious sauna and steam room, and sun deck. Last but not least, the building is designed by Hamburg architect Jan Störmer and is a piece of art by itself. So if you are travelling with or without children and consider a stop-over in Hamburg (simply because it is a great city), do not look any further: The Fontenay is a must!
From reception to service quality and friendliness, from location to atmosphere, from cuisine to wine list, a perfect (fair price value) restaurant. The room : Quiet but not sterile .Despite 80% ocupation and several families with kids everything seemed stressfree. Like an elegant family home.
Definitly a new haunt for me and my adult family members and friends.