In the 19th century, John Fontenay chose the lakeside metropolis Hamburg to establish his shipping business. He fell in love with the most picturesque waterfront location on the southwestern shore of the Alster lake. In 1816, Fontenay acquired this most distinguished plot in the heart of the city - the location of today's The Fontenay hotel. This quiet, sophisticated address, located at 10 Fontenay, is directly on the Alster Wanderweg, a dedicated hiking trail circling the city, and is within walking distance to Hamburg's most fashionable neighborhoods, main shopping areas, and the new Hafen City - Harbour City.
Located in Hamburg's heart, Alster Lake's shore, Fontenay is a real city resort. Only a few other destinations in Germany offer such an ideal location for a visionary hotel project like this one. In his designs for the hotel, Hamburg-born architect Jan Störmer was inspired by the park landscape and lake Alster's waterline. The building's organic shape consists of three intertwining circles, designed to make you think of large treetops, blending seamlessly with their surroundings, creating a balance between nature and the urban sphere. The three circles intertwine and narrow in the center where the elevators and the glassed-in courtyard, featuring trees, as well as the 27 meter high enclosed atrium, can be found.
Hotel in the Park is how architect Jan Störmer entitled his vision when he began his first drawings. The amorphous shape, with its sculpted roofscape, means the hotel has no backside. It’s surrounded by trees and flooded with light - 14,000 m² of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out, achieving the perfect balance between nature and urban living. The circular theme continues throughout the building; the facade's shape is either concave or convex; no wall is parallel to the other, straight walls separate only the guest rooms. The hotel was conceived with all rooms facing outwards.
"The Rooms" - Inspired by circles, the building's sculptural architecture is mirrored in the interior room concept. The trapezoid layout with its curved walls, impressive panoramic facade, and floor-to-ceiling windows creates liberating spaces flooded with light. Opening up to these expansive views, nature becomes part of the hotel experience. There is ample head space too, courtesy of the 2.85m/9ft ceiling height, and starting from the Deluxe room category, a 5m2/54ft² private balcony adds to this sense of generosity. Warm, bright hues of soft turquoise, light blue and beige, or Royal Blue with gold accents blend with the beautiful materials and designer furniture. They reflect the unique setting on the shores of Lake Alster in the midst of the park. The oak wood gracing the parquet flooring originates from the Fontenay Abbey forest in Burgundy, France. With decorative objects by Danish design brand Georg Jensen and original artwork by the Peruvian painter Antonio Máro, they create a complete harmonious canvas. A touchpad allows guests to conveniently open and close the blinds without a sound, choose between different lighting scenarios, or adjust the room's air conditioning. A tablet or a laptop can be connected to the TV via HDMI. In this peaceful setting, The Fontenay masters the balance between nature and urban living in the midst of Hamburg’s core - it is a city resort in the town's heart. All guest rooms offer beautiful views across the Rotherbaum district, the park, or Lake Alster.
"The Suites" - Inspired by circles, the sculptural architecture of the building is mirrored in the interior room concept: the curved walls, 2.85m high ceilings, and the large panoramic front facade with floor-to-ceiling windows create liberating spaces flooded with light. Opening up to these expansive views, nature becomes part of the hotel experience. A private balcony adds to this sense of generosity. Warm, bright hues of soft turquoise, light blue and beige, or royal blue with gold accents blend with the beautiful materials and designer furniture. They reflect the unique lakeside location in the middle of the park. The oak wood gracing the parquet flooring originates from the Fontenay Abbey forest in Burgundy, France. Together with the decorative objects by Danish designer Georg Jensen and the original artwork by the Peruvian painter Antonio Máro, they create a complete harmonious picture. A touchpad allows guests to conveniently open and close the curtains without sound, create different lighting scenarios, or adjust the room's air conditioning. A tablet or a laptop can be connected to the TV via HDMI. The Fontenay masters the balance between nature and urban living, set in Hamburg's heart's most peaceful surroundings. Apart from a separate bedroom and living room, all 14 suites feature a guest WC and beautiful views across the Rotherbaum district, the park, or the lake.
Restaurants - "The Parkview Restaurant" - Is a relaxed garden restaurant with a smart-casual atmosphere; it combines captivating architecture with Hamburg’s elegance and cosmopolitan lifestyle. With its high ceilings and large window fronts, a delightful summer terrace, and views across the lake, this unique space merges the outside with the inside in the midst of beautiful parkland. Executive Chef Stefan Wilke creates his culinary magic with seasonal specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Restaurant Parkview and the private dining salon for up to ten guests.
"The Lakeside Restaurant" - Bathed in light, high above the Alster, Lakeside welcomes you with spectacular panoramic views overlooking Hamburg. With its warm shades of white, the restaurant's clarity reflects the lightness of the surrounding nature. It’s the perfect backdrop for the cuisine created by the young and ambitious team around Executive Chef Cornelius Speinle. The 32-year old Swiss quickly cooked his way to a first Michelin star at his own “dreizehn sinne im huuswurz” restaurant in Switzerland. In October 2018, Cornelius Speinle was awarded by Swiss Gault & Millau for being a "Swiss Star abroad." Gault & Millau Germany 2019 acknowledges Lakeside restaurant with 17 of 20 points. Stefanie Hehn was recognized as “Sommelier of the Year.” In February 2019, the Guide Michelin awarded the accomplishment of the Lakeside team with one star.
The Fontenay Spa - Located high above Hamburg's rooftops - offering unlimited uniquely tranquil panoramic views of Alster Lake, the Fontenay Spa unites all aspects of beauty, health, fitness, and well-being on an area of 1.000m². The urban roofscape with its 20m indoor/outdoor pool and sun terrace is a magical place - nature and the outdoors at their most beautiful. The waterline of the infinity pool seems to merge with the Alster Lake. The spa features several relaxation areas, a Prestige Vichy Bed, a Finnish sauna (90°) with stunning views above the city, an aroma-quartzite steam room, and an ice fountain. A private spa suite is available, fully equipped with its own sauna, steam room, whirlpool, double day bed, and TV lounge.
Fitness & Cycling - Right outside the hotel stretches the stunning 7.5 km jogging route around the Alster lake. If you would rather exercise inside, the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment is available 24 hours a day. A personal trainer can also be arranged for you if you wish. Taking inspiration from nature and science, this award-winning line is made using refined materials and top-level craftsmanship in collaboration with world-renowned furniture designer and architect Antonio Citterio.
ART - The artist Antonio Máro was born in Perú in 1928 and lived in Germany and Belgium since 1950. His mythical sources are found in his homeland, whose pre-Columbian heritage inspires his work's spiritual origin. As a student of Willi Baumeister, Maró’s most impressive and important teacher, he succeeded in creating a symbiosis with Western cultural traditions. From this, he developed his unmistakable signature style with very idiosyncratic techniques, which secured him international recognition. Stages of his successful artistic career include numerous solo exhibitions in museums and cultural institutions (including New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Vienna, Brussels, Venice, Madrid, Bangkok, Beijing, and most capital cities of Central and South America) as well as participating at international art fairs (including Art Basel, Expo New York, Art Cologne) and international biennials for contemporary art (including Venice, São Paulo, Habana, Cuenca).
His works are the result of a fusion between two cultural traditions. Yet, above all, the subtle touch of his deep-rooted experiences floats with the monumental color spaces and atmospheric shades of his homeland. There is a desert in northern Peru, where the air liquefies at more than fifty degrees centigrade - everything visible dissolves in metallic vibrations and ribbons of heat, held only by wedged shadow - where legends and myths emerge as living truths from the primal memory in the shape of a bird’s head, torsos, totems, or to manifest human-like profiles. Antonio Máro's art knows no boundaries. He also experiments with sculpture in various materials such as wood, stainless steel, bronze, and ceramics.