JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten
Neuer Jungfernstieg 9, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
26th September 2015

Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten is the German offering from the group behind the Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and London’s Savoy. But does it live up to the swankiness of its stylish siblings?

Location
Hamburg’s city centre. Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten can be found on Neuer Jungfernstieg, approximately 1.5 km from the Hauptbahnhof. Travel like a local on the U-Bahn, alighting either at Gänsemarkt or Jungfernstieg, or jump in a taxi from Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel Airport, a mere 10 km away. It is very close to all the best shopping Hamburg has to offer.
Who stays?
A Hamburg institution; it’s a place for the affluent and cultured set, not so easily swayed by “all that’s new” – and this hotel is all the better for it. Fabulous people-watching.
Style and Character
The overall décor of the hotel is a beautiful mix of the old and the new - a feast for the tired eyes of any traveller. Fireplaces roar, while grand chandeliers create an air of indulgence and old school glamour.
This is “grande hotellerie” exudes an air of luxury and homeliness – a difficult balance to pull off. The hotel manages to feel “Hamburg” and provides a true sense of place.
Service
We do like a good welcome committee (doesn’t everyone?) but on this occasion we had to settle for bringing our bags into the lobby ourselves. Other than this minor blip we had no complaints with the service. From the courteous butler to the friendly receptionist, all were warm and welcoming, and an asset to the Fairmont brand.
Rooms and Suites
Our Junior Suite on the second floor echoed the same sumptuous surroundings. The spacious layout accommodated a large work desk and chair plus the essential fully-stocked Nespresso machine. I absolutely adored the bathroom, which seemed huge!
Choose an Alster-view room for a soothing view of the lake.
Food and Drink
The rich and the refined dine in the Haerlin restaurant, sampling some of Hamburg’s most celebrated cuisine. Awarded two Michelin stars, it’s a world-class restaurant fit for a world-class hotel. For a (very slightly) more relaxed dinner, nibble on tapas in the retro Condi Lounge. Breakfast at the Jahreszeiten Grill makes for an elegant start to the day. The pancakes were as grand as the room itself - big, fluffy and fruity.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
Relax with a soothing spa treatment – take your pick from a treatment rooms each named after other luxury hotels, such as the “Rafflesiana” (after Raffles, Singapore). No pool or gym – so a great excuse to ease up on the exercise - although a dip in the pool would have been lovely.
Perceived Value
Surprisingly well-priced for a hotel which really has no competition in Hamburg.
Verdict
A hotel Fairmont can be proud of. The hotel absolutely lives up to its reputation as the only true grande dame of Hamburg; fabulous décor, welcoming staff, and quite simply an unforgettable luxury experience