Doused with old world charm and modern contemporary amenities Hamburg is a popular travel destination for both the leisure and business traveller. Home to fine architecture, churches and museums, Hamburg is uniquely set in the middle of a labyrinth of rivers and lakes as well as being a busy harbour. The city boasts a good number of luxury hotels to stay and here is a selection of the best Hamburgh has to offer.
Boasting a stunning lakeside location, the Fontenay is likely to appeal to people who have a flair for the flamboyant. This elegant and uber luxurious hotel showcases plenty of dramatic features that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Guests will want to ensure that they choose one of the suites that looks out over Lake Alster and the spacious balconies that adjoin these suites are the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city. The Fonteray Spa is the ideal place to relax in style and guests will be able to make full use of the infinity pool, while this leading hotel is also famous for its excellent dining opportunities.
Set right in the heart of Hamburg, this hotel is perfect for business travellers who like to surround themselves with luxury. In addition to just under two hundred spacious and very comfortable guest-rooms, there are six function rooms to make use of, each of which features a wide range of modern communications equipment. The picturesque Binnenalster Lake can be found just a hundred metres from Barceló Hamburg and guests who secure one of the lake facing rooms on the upper floors will be treated to stunning views of the city. However, it is worth venturing out to enjoy a meal in the hotel’s celebrated 1700 restaurant.
The somewhat stark contemporary exterior of this luxurious hotel is enlivened by splashes of bright and bold colour throughout. Many of Hamburg’s top attractions can be reached on foot within ten minutes or less from the SIDE, while guests can unwind after seeing the sites in the colourful and chic colourful SPA inSIDE. While each of the guest rooms is very comfortable, the best rooms can be found on the tenth and eleventh floors. These ‘flying’ suites are set with impressive limed oak floors and the views of the city are superb. Guests will want to allow time to gather at the hotel’s sky lounge at the end of the day so that they can sit and sip a cool cocktail or two while watching the sun slowly set over the city.
Louis C. Jacob
People who value style are sure to have a memorable stay at Louis C. Jacob. This elegant hotel can be found just four miles from the city centre and is nestled right on the edge of the Elbe. Food lovers will not want to miss the chance to dine in style in one of the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurants. This is a great place to enjoy velvet lobster soup seasoned with champagne while taking in unforgettable views across the Elbe from the decadent Lime Tree Terrace. Even breakfast is a lavish affair here and guests are treated to a rich and extensive buffet each morning.
Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Gracing the western side of the Inner Alster Lake, the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten provides guests with a historical and romantic atmosphere. This renowned establishment originally opened its doors in 1897 and guests are greeted warmly as they pass through the dramatic and spacious lobby with its colourful skylight. The entire hotel has been built on a grand scale with marble columns and antique furnishings throughout. By far the best option for luxury lovers is the Penthouse Suite, which comes complete with a private hot tub as well as a spacious balcony and a kitchenette. There are several onsite dining options for guests to choose from, although the double-Michelin-starred Haerlin, with its gourmet cuisine and lakeside views, should not be missed.
Boasting a convenient location in the heart of the city, the Reichshof Hamburg treats guests to plenty of luxury and lavishness. Showcasing plenty of Art Deco nostalgia, the dark woods and cream furnishings are liberated by splashes of colour such as period lamps and silk throws. Guests who are seeking plenty of space will love the extra-large suites. There are also two on site saunas for guests to pick from and a special quiet zone that has been designed for pure relaxation. Whisky lovers will be in their element in the classy Bar 1910, which also features a pool table and an extensive cocktail list, while the business areas is available to use to catch up on a little work.
Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall
This elegant eight-storey hotel makes takes full advantage of its lakeside setting with large picture windows throughout. The glass and steel design draws in plenty of light and creates the illusion of extra space. Guests are treated to huge marble bathrooms and Hermès bathroom products as well as a wide range of other modern conveniences. The Ticino Restaurant serves a large selection of tasty Mediterranean dishes, which can be enjoyed on the spacious canal side terrace. The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall also comes complete with a traditional hammam and a fully loaded spa that offers a good range of luxurious treatments.