Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 118
A rendering of The Fontenay
Hamburg's sculptural exterior.
Real Hotels Have Curves
It's been an exciting year for Hamburg: The January opening of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie
concert hall drew the world's attention to the German port city's latest design renaissance, a maritime-meets-modern
juxtaposition of centuries-old warehouses and sleek steel and glass. Hamburg's latest visually appealing addition doubles as the city's first luxury hotel in decades. The Fontenay Hamburg, set to open in December, is the realized vision of
renowned local architect Jan Störmer, who created the sinuous building's rippling facade by covering it in white porcelain tiles that echo the surface of adjacent Lake Alster.
The wow factor continues inside, where guests enter a spacious glass atrium before retreating to one of 131 curvedwalled guest rooms; the quirky dimensions and near absence of straight lines mean each piece of furniture had to be custom made. The ambitious space also features a 10,000-square-foot spa, a sixth-floor bar with 320-degree lake views, and
a rooftop restaurant - all evidence that Germany is poised to welcome one of its most sophisticated hotels yet. Doubles
from $420, including breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
"Don't miss the Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg's answer to the Sydney Opera House - but also check out the
surrounding HafenCity, a modern district full of bars and restaurants."
- Rob Clabbers, Virtuoso agency executive, Chicago
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