The Telegraph’s destination expert, Paul Sullivan, describes the Fontenay Hotel in Hamburg, Germany, as an “architecturally flamboyant hotel is also elegant and historical. Its lakeside location is a major part of its charm, but there are also decadent rooms, excellent dining and a fabulous spa with an infinity pool.”
From that description, it’s pretty clear that the hotel lives up to its claim of being “a hotel experience that is nothing short of unique.”
The hotel is located on the edge of Hamburg’s Alster Lake in the Rothenbaum district of the city. Being in the city centre, there are plenty of shops, especially along Neuer Wall. You’re also within walking distance of the Kuntshalle and the Bucerius Kunstforum museums.
The hotel is surrounded by trees and even has an enclosed atrium. The shape of the hotel, with its flowing curves, makes it feel like a natural addition to the scenery. Being mostly glass, the hotel provides plenty of views of the surrounding neighbourhood.
When it comes to amenities, there are plenty of reasons to just stay in. There is, of course, the infinity pool with its sun terrace as well as several relaxation areas. You won’t want to miss out on the Prestige Vichy Bed or the Finnish sauna. The steam room is done in aroma-quartzite, as is the ice fountain.
If you’re looking to stay fit, a jog around Alster Lake is a pleasant five-mile run, and you can even get a personal trainer with the hotel’s help. The rooms are lavishly equipped to make your stay as comfortable and unforgettable as possible.
When it’s time to grab something to eat, you can head down to the Parkview, which offers all-day dining and a two- or three-course lunch menu on weekdays. You can also head over to the Lakeside restaurant, located on the hotel’s seventh floor. Or head down to the atrium lounge for tea, coffee, and snacks.
At the Fontenay, you can enjoy all that Hamburg has to offer, or just stay in and relax in sheer luxury.