The Fontenay takes five-star luxury to new heights by culminating the perfect balance between nature and urban living. Inspired by circles, this sculpture-like architecture mirrors the fluidity of the Alster Lake and its surrounding parkland. Comfort and peace are paramount at this lakeside luxury retreat. The amenities are top notch; however, it is the soft values such as exceptional hospitality and unprecedented attention to detail, which create an unforgettable experience for its guests.

Location

What makes The Fontenay a great choice for my visit to Hamburg?

“The green city in the woods”, is a phrase coined by the Japanese due to 27% of Hamburg being comprised of natural areas. The Fontenay is nestled in such natural area on the southwestern shore of the Alster Lake, right in the heart of the city. This urban resort pays homage to the Hanseatic city, and is tailor-made for visitors who come to discover and rediscover the beauty of Hamburg. Whether you are exploring the Speicherstadt, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or visiting iconic landmarks such as the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, The Fontenay is the optimal base for exploring this magical city.

Key Facts

  • the area around the property features expansive parks; including a green area comprised of 130-year old plane trees
  • outside the hotel lies a 7.5 km jogging route around the Alster Lake
  • the hotel is a 30-minute drive from Hamburg Airport (HAM)

What is special?

  • take an afternoon stroll along the Alster to Hamburg’s most fashionable districts where art galleries, luxury boutiques and cafés await
  • rest on the Alster meadows and take in the emblematic views of the water and palatial homes dotting its edges
  • hire a boat or row your way around the crystal-blue waters, while admiring the sublime beauty of the cityscapes

What do the guests say?

  • guests feel like The Fontenay is an oasis in Germany’s most magnificent city, making it a destination in itself
  • guests recommend this hotel for the most discerning traveler whether on business or leisure
  • travelers love being within walking distance to the city and lots of attractions

Accommodation

What type of room options are available? What type of views can I expect?

Inspired by the park landscape and the waterline of lake Alster, nature inherently becomes part of the hotel experience. The glass atrium is a visual masterpiece, towering six stories high with six meters of elegant chandelier dangling as a centerpiece. Light floods every crevice and curvature of this sophisticated city oasis, adding an extra touch of warmth to each of the luxurious contemporary rooms, while hues of soft blues and beiges reflect the spectacular setting on the shores of Alster Lake, in the midst of the park; truly bringing architect Jan Störmer’s “Hotel in the Park” vision to life.

Key Facts

  • the hotel is comprised of 130 rooms, including 17 suites, featuring parquet flooring, walk-in closets and balconies
  • each of the luxurious rooms faces outwards, primarily with idyllic lake views
  • all rooms feature a trapezoid layout with curved walls, opening up to expansive windows

What is special?

  • barely lift a finger with a high-tech touchpad that opens and closes the blinds, and allows you besides choosing between different lighting settings, to also adjust the room temperature
  • indulge in an ultra-luxe stay in the Alster Suite, which offers gorgeous views across the lake and a concert piano right in your very own living room
  • enjoy a sensational spa-like experience with a fully touch-operated shower that features mood lighting and music

What do the guests say?

  • guests can’t stop raving about the shower, claiming it to be the best they have ever used
  • the sublime interiors and unique sculptural architecture far exceed guests’ expectations
  • the “home away from home” ambiance makes it hard for guests to leave

Pools & Spa

What type of spa services are available at The Fontenay?

Immerse yourself in your own little private sanctuary of relaxation and discover the true essence of luxury at the Fontenay Spa, which is located on the hotel’s 6th floor. This light-filled wellness area offers a wide range of facilities and signature treatments that energize and revitalize the body. Indulge in a salt and precious stone-powder peel, a purifying facial, or perhaps simply relaxing in one of the beautiful lounges overlooking the city is just what the doctor ordered. Whatever the “diagnosis”, the Fontenay Spa has just the right remedy.

Key Facts

  • the spa features four treatment rooms, including a private spa suite
  • the wellness area includes a state-of-the-art gym with cardiovascular and weight training equipment
  • a 20-meter (66 ft) indoor pool connects to a rooftop pool on the hotel’s sun terrace

What is special?

  • relaxation doesn’t have to end with your treatment – make your way to one of the relaxation lounges and kick back on a lounger with a refreshing drink and light bites
  • let your cares drift away as you take a cool dip in the infinity pool where its boundaries seamlessly merge with the lake
  • sweat out the toxins and soak in the views from the steamy Finnish panoramic sauna with a wall of glass windows, enabling spellbounding views of the city skyline

What do the guests say?

  • the views from the spa leave guests in awe
  • visitors can’t speak highly enough about the spa and the services they received by the incredible staff
  • guests find the spa to be serene, peaceful and luxurious and insist it is not to be missed

Culinary

What type of cuisine is served at the Fontenay? Do I have more than one restaurant to choose from?

A delicious gastronomic experience awaits you at the Fontenay. Using the finest craftsmanship, Chef Stefan Wilke combines regional flavors with international influences creating scrumptious culinary works of art. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on the beautiful summer terrace of the Parkview Restaurant, where traditional dishes such as “Königsberger Klopse” (meatballs in a white sauce) with mashed potato and beetroot are served up. For gourmet evening delights, head high above Hamburg’s rooftops to Lakeside, the hotel’s contemporary fine dining restaurant.

Key Facts

  • the hotel features two dining venues and two lounge areas
  • the à la carte breakfast menu is complemented by a buffet with a variety of offerings
  • the Lakeside Restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in February 2019

What is special?

  • start your day with a scrumptious breakfast in a laid-back atmosphere, while admiring the views across the park and Alster Lake
  • wind down your evening with a sumptuous nightcap and spectacular 320-degree views across Hamburg at the Fontenay Bar
  • enjoy an exquisite 7-course meal, creatively curated to perfection and paired with some of the finest and rarest wines

What do the guests say?

  • guests love how courteous, knowledgeable and full of recommendations the staff is
  • the cozy and comfortable vibes of the Fontenay Bar make it a great hangout spot for guests to enjoy drinks, both day and night
  • guests can’t get over the awe-inspiring views from each of the dining venues

Activities

What kind of activities can I expect? How can I spend a day experiencing Hamburg?

Hamburg is a diverse cosmopolitan city teeming with things to see and do, and the Fontenay lies in the thick of it all. Here you will find an array of theaters, galleries and museums; as well as a vibrant nightlife, making this city a cultural delight. Wander into the restaurants and cafés that invite you to stay a while, stroll along the Alster taking in the sublime scenery or simply relax in the rooftop spa or in the comfort of your lavish room. No matter your choice, your Fontenay experience will be one not soon to be forgotten.

Key Facts

  • Hamburg is pulsating with a creative scene, perfect for the explorations of creatives and art aficionados
  • a host of water sports activities is available, including paddle boarding, sailing and rowing
  • the library is stocked with more than 1,000 books for guests’ enjoyment

What is special?

  • keep up your momentum and motivation while on vacation with a personal trainer, yoga teacher or running coach available on-site
  • spend a leisurely afternoon in the Atrium Lounge, sipping sensational tea with friends, cozying up with a good book or simply watching the world pass by
  • grab a board and explore the city’s waters on an exciting paddle board excursion

What do the guests say?

  • travelers love the range of activities available for both adults and kids, making The Fontenay the perfect destination for a family holiday
  • the staff goes above and beyond to help guests find the best spots to explore
  • guests love lazily lounging poolside and in the Atrium Lounge