The Fontenay Hamburg
What it is
A curvaceous 130-room modernist hideaway designed by local starchitect Jan Störmer.
What it isn't
Cold. The place may very well be streamlined, but it’s also cozy as an oma, with plush velvet headboards and blonde parquet flooring that was culled from the thick oak forests of Burgundy, France’s Fontenay Abbey.
What we think
Art-obsessives flock to The Fontenay Hamburg for its collection, which contains pieces by regional legends Antonio Máro and Jaschi Klein, but they’re not the only ones. Tech whizzes find latter day comforts galore in the rooms, which are tricked out with touchpads that control the lights, AC and draperies that hang from the towering 9-foot-high ceilings. All types find blissful thrills in the spa, where a 20 meter glimmering rooftop infinity pool seems to splay directly into adjacent Alster Lake. Inside, you’ll find pampering galore in the form of a Prestige Vichy bed, 90-degree Finnish sauna, quartzite steam room and ice fountain. Heaven.
You're here because
You love nothing more than a room with a view, and unlike most urban hotels, this one peeps out on a vast expanse of natural beauty: lush parks and mirror-like lake water.
Chef Cornelius Speinle earned serious chops cooking in Switzerland—including a Michelin star. Here, at the top floor Lakeside restaurant that seems to hover above the landscape like so many errant seagulls, his latest venture earned the very same accolade in February 2019. As the sun sets languidly over the cityscape beyond the floor to ceiling glass windows, you bite into your red mullet with saffron, fennel and tomato, you let out a contented sigh.
Adjacent to Lake Alster and edging downtown Hamburg, within an easy walk of Instagrammable sights galore, like the Old Botanical Garden, home to tropical greenhouses galore since 1821.
Restaraunts & Bars
John's - Flooded with summer terrace and fantastic view of Alster.
Lakeside - We do know what will enchant you more - the view or the food.
Atrium Lounge - With the finest coffee and tea directly from the Speicherstadt in the port of Hamburg.
Fontenay Bar - View of Alster and city and the hamburgers at the next table.