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The Fontenay

The Fontenay

Hamburg is a major port city in Germany. The naturally sheltered harbor connects to the North Sea and consists of hundreds of canals crisscrossing across vast parkland areas. Surrounded by numerous cafés, the charming and scenic Alster Lake sits on its core. Along its shoreline, you will find the first five-star hotel in Hamburg and its newest location to stay, the Fontenay. Combining lakeside luxury with unending ambiance, this luxury hotel is one of the iconic places in Germany. 


The hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World and is named after John Fontenay. He was a shipbroker who owned the large area of land on which the hotel and the Fontenay Street runs. The property originally housed the InterContinental hotel, but it had to close down because of bankruptcy in 2013.

In the same year, the builder Klaus-Michael Kühne purchased it and demolished it to build the modular structure known as the Fontenay, Hamburg. Originally slated to open in 2016, the hotel opened its doors to welcome guests in March 2018 after multiple delays. 


As the architect Jan Störmer visioned it as a ‘Hotel in the park,’ this leading hotel enjoys a premium location on the tranquil banks of the Alster. It sits in Rothenbaum, the well-heeled district of the city. The site is ideal not just because of the fantastic lake views, but also for being in the center of the town. 

Additionally, many noteworthy attractions like the City Hall, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Kunsthalle Museum, and the shopping street Neuer Wall are all a few minutes away on foot. Moreover, the property is easily accessible via the Dammtor Station and Stephansplatz U-Bahn. Besides, the Hamburg Airport is only 20 minutes drive away. 


Perhaps the most notable feature of this leading hotel is its sculptural design. Jan Störmer wanted to make it appear fascinating, so a modular structure evolved that looked like three intertwining circles. The curvy organic shape stands out amidst the neighboring buildings and the beautiful parkland around Alster Lake. Moreover, being some distance away from the main city center, it enjoys an exclusively natural atmosphere. 

The metal and glass structure features a high-ceiling enclosed atrium and a vast courtyard. There are also floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with natural light. Therefore, guests can enjoy aw-worthy views of the Alster from almost all the rooms. 

There is no reception desk. Instead, a series of smaller desks and chairs are available so the guests can sit as they check themselves in or out. Additionally, its interior is decorated with photos captured by Jaschi Klein and artworks by Peruvian artist Antonio Maró. 

Rooms and Suites

The hotel offers its guests a choice between 131 luxurious rooms and suites. The most notable perhaps is the Alster Suite and the Fontenay Suite. Sitting on the fourth floor, the Alster Suite comprises a large living room and a dining room complete with a dining table seating 10. It also has a fully equipped kitchen and two bedrooms with extra-long beds. The walls are also lined with huge windows offering panoramic views of the lake. 

The Fontenay Suite is on the fifth floor. It is the biggest suite of the hotel offering mouth-dropping views of both the city and the lake. Like the Alster Suite, it also has two bedrooms, a massive dining room, kitchen, office area, and a spacious dressing room. In addition, a private spa suite complete with a double lay bed, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and a television lounge is also present.

Exciting Room Features

The most exciting feature about the living accommodations is their trapezoid shape. Each of these contains a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views of the Rotherbaum district. The interior is splendid in warm hues of turquoise, royal blue, light blue, and beige colors schemes with gold accents. 

They also feature stylish furnishing with oak parquet flooring and decorative pieces from Georg Jensen, a Danish design brand. Moreover, they’ve thoughtfully added some practical elements like a touchpad to adjust lighting, air conditioning and open or close the blinds.

Furthermore, the bathrooms here are rain-shower only, except the Alster and Fontenay suites, whose bathrooms have bathtubs. They are made out of natural stone with heated floors and towel rails, and of course, fluffy bathrobes and slippers. 

Restaurant and Dining

There are three dining options to choose from; Parkview, Lakeside, and Atrium Lounge. Parkview is perfect for people looking to enjoy a relaxed garden dining experience. It offers a scrumptious menu with all-day dining.

Lakeside restaurant is a more contemporary space on the seventh-floor hotel. Under Chef Julian Stowasser, the Michelin Star awarded team serves bold yet enjoyable combinations. Along with upscale dishes and mesmerizing panoramic views, it also serves wine by the glass. It is a must-visit for people who want a unique fine dining restaurant experience. 

Additionally, guests can enjoy their afternoon tea or coffee at the cozy Atrium lounge. They also serve small snacks to go with it. 


The only drinking option on the property is the Fontenay bar. It is on the 6th floor. Moreover, visitors can enjoy a 320° panoramic view of Hamburg on the terrace. They serve a variety of drinks along with hearty snacks and their special cakes and coffee. 

Spa and Wellness

The cherry on top is its spa, the Fontenay Spa. The vast space includes an indoor-outdoor infinity pool, relaxation areas, and a Finish sauna. There is also an ice fountain and an aroma-quartzite steam room. 

They use personalized face and body treatments such as La Mer products in separate treatment rooms. These treatments are from cultures around the globe, and the staff knows how to administer them expertly.


The Fontenay is a five-star hotel in Hamburg with a premium appeal, offering a luxurious living experience. It does not fail to impress with its sculptural architecture and modern amenities. It combines lakeside luxury with a cosmopolitan way of life to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. So, if you are planning to visit Hamburg, don’t hesitate to check in here!

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Why we love this hotel

  • The Fontenay in a prime location on the shores of Lake Alster, combines urbanity, nature and modernity in an individual and extraordinary style.

  • The sculptural architecture of the hotel enables wonderful views of the Alster and the Elbphilharmonie.

  • Features a roof top fine dining restaurant with chef Cornelius Speinle, and a Bar located on the 6th floor overlooking the city and Lake Alster.

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Rooms and Suites at The Fontenay

Classic Room

Classic Room ( 301ft2 )

Fontenay Classic Lake view, 28m²/301ft², 1 Queen bed. The room features stunning views over Alster Lake, floor to ceiling windows and parquet flooring...

Premier Suite

Premier Suite ( 807ft2 )

All four Premier Suites feature a separate bedroom and living room. They offer fine parquet flooring, a dining table for four, a walk-in wardrobe with...

Europa Suite

Europa Suite ( 775ft2 )

The design of this unique Suite, the only one in this style on dry land – is inspired by the Hapag-Lloyd luxury cruise-ship EUROPA 2. Bright, earthy c...

Panorama Suite

Panorama Suite ( 1023ft2 )

Situated on the 4th and 5th floor, both Panorama Suites offer spectacular views across the lake. The suites feature a separate living room and bedroom...

Park Suite

Park Suite ( 1292ft2 )

Both Park Suites offer generous space, comprising of a living room, two bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Situated on the 2nd and 3rd floor, they...

2 Bedroom Fontenay Suite

2 Bedroom Fontenay Suite ( 2153ft2 )

The Fontenay Suite, situated on the 5th floor, is the largest suite in the hotel. It offers spectacular and unforgettable panoramic views across the l...

2 Bedroom Alster Suite

2 Bedroom Alster Suite ( 1938ft2 )

Situated on the 4th floor, the luxurious two-bedroom Alster Suite offers magnificent views across the lake. It comprises of a large living room with a...

Executive Suite

Executive Suite ( 700ft2 )

The four Executive Suites all feature a separate bedroom and living room and are fitted with fine parquet flooring, a dining table for four, a walk-in...

Senator Suite

Senator Suite ( 915ft2 )

Situated on the 4th floor, the Senator Suite provides fantastic views across the lake. It features a generous living room and separate bedroom decorat...

Fontenay Premier Room

Fontenay Premier Room ( 463ft2 )

The Fontenay Premier rooms are located on the top floors 4th and 5th and offer views over the Rotherbaum district and the park. A 5m²(54ft²) private b...

Fontenay Deluxe Alster Lake View Room

Fontenay Deluxe Alster Lake View Room ( 463ft2 )

These Deluxe Rooms offer magnificent views over Alster Lake. A 5m²(54ft²) private balcony adds to the sense of generosity. Warm, bright hues of soft t...

Fontenay Deluxe Room

Fontenay Deluxe Room ( 463ft2 )

The Fontenay Deluxe rooms open up to views over the Rotherbaum district and the park. A 5m²(54ft²) private balcony adds to this sense of generosity. W...

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