Hamburg is to gain a new five-star luxury hotel next autumn, when The Fontenay opens on the banks of Lake Alster.

The property’s 133 rooms and suites will start at 43 sqm, and will all offer floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and views of the lake.

The building has been designed by Hamburg architect Jan Stormer, and will feature a “sculpture-like architecture that mirrors the fluid lines of the lake and surrounding parkland”, with a white ceramic tiled facade, and a 27-metre high atrium.


There will be two restaurants – an all-day dining option and a gourmet reataurant headed up by an as-yet-unnamed Michelin-starred chef.

The rooftop of the hotel will feature a bar, and spa facilities with a 20-metre “indoor/outdoor pool”, and there will be four meeting rooms ranging from 65 sqm to 220 sqm.

The Fontenay – named after 19th century American shipbroker John Fontenay who owned real Hamburg real estate on which the property will be located – is the second hotel development by Christine and Kalus-Michael Klune, following the 38-room Castel Son Claret, a restored 18th century Mallorcan castle.

Earlier this year Hilton announced it would bring its new Curio hotel to Europe, with the addition of the Reichshof Hamburg, located opposite Hamburg Central Station (see news March 3).

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