Hamburg is a hotbed of hotel development in 2018, with 19 new openings scheduled this year, more than double the amount in 2017. Here’s our pick of three of the best to watch out for…
This much-anticipated architectural gem, resembling three intertwining circles and covered with thousands of white porcelain tiles that reflect the shimmering waters of Lake Alster, opened its doors last week (19 March).
Hamburg-based architect, Jan Störmer, who was inspired by the park landscape and the waterline of Lake Alster, designed the 130-room property. The entire hotel is bathed in light – 14,000 m² of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out, achieving the perfect balance between nature and urban living. The circular, flowing shape of the building’s architecture repeats itself throughout the hotel, meaning that, aside from the partitions dividing each guest room, there are no straight walls within The Fontenay and no wall is parallel to another.
The Fontenay has two restaurants including Lakeside, on the seventh floor, which offers a contemporary fine-dining experience in a light and airy atmosphere under the guidance of head chef Cornelius Speinle, an alumnus of The Fat Duck in Bray.
High above the rooftops of Hamburg is a 1,000m2 spa, where a 20m indoor/outdoor infinity pool is designed to give the illusion that you’re taking a dip in the famous lake. The Fontenay Bar on the sixth floor also offers impressive views of Hamburg and a 500 m² panoramic outdoor terrace.
This June sees the opening of a new Design Hotel in the centre of Hamburg – Tortue – which occupies the former Ministry for Urban Development building, with its stately historical façade and standout architectural features.
Taking its name from the French word for ‘turtle’, the stylish property is the first commercial project of interior designer Kate Hume, with 126 warm and intimate rooms and suites. Each corner of the landmarked early 20th century building presents a distinct mood, defined by bespoke wallpaper, exclusively produced by Amsterdam-based Little Owl Design, different design eras, and varying color schemes, masterminded by David Chipperfield.
There are five food and drink outlets, as well as a rooftop space with unrivalled views of Hamburg. Designed by Joyce Wang, pan Asian restaurant Jin Gui features a dark, seductive, and texture-filled interior, leading out to a sunroom and terrace.
Elsewhere, Kate Hume’s French-German Brasserie is characterised by black metro tiles, shadowy booths, and marble counters, while three drinking establishments—including the Stephen Williams-designed Bar Noir and Hume’s created lobby level Bar Bleu—complete Tortue’s new standing as a prime social hub for Hamburg’s emerging Stadthöfe-Quartier.
GINN Hotel Hamburg Elbspeicher
The GINN hotel brand is a new hotel concept being established by the Berlin-based GOLD INN hotel group, designed to combine homely cosiness, modern multimedia technology and sustainability.
Scheduled to open this Spring, the GINN Hotel Hamburg Elbspeicher is a four-star hotel located alongside the city’s famous River Elbe.
The hotel has 130 rooms and suites and employs state-of-the art technology – guests can check out on their smartphones and tablets for example. The Ginn Hotel will also have two meeting rooms on the eighth floor with a terrace and views of both the river and city.
The centre of the hotel is the open lounge with integrated reception on the top floor. Adjacent to the lounge is the hotel’s restaurant, where guests can feast with a good conscience, because the food is prepared from selected ingredients, fresh and healthy.
The bar, overlooking the Elbe River and the city, will serve exceptional GIN(N) cocktails and is tipped to become a popular night-time venue in Hamburg.