A Hamburg hotel with rooftop spa, bar and pool

The Fontenay also boasts a restaurant run by a former Fat Duck chef

The Fontenay hotel in Hamburg, whose visionary design was overseen by local architect Jan Störmer
The Fontenay hotel in Hamburg, whose visionary design was overseen by local architect Jan Störmer

Affluent, clean, with a network of charming canals and an abundance of green spaces, Hamburg is a city that has aged well, with modernity and gemütlichkeit striking a happy marriage. Surrounded by parkland on the banks of the Alster is The Fontenay (thefontenay.de; from €335), whose 131 rooms and suites are enclosed in a sinuous, visionary building designed by local architect Jan Störmer.

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On the roof is the attraction that gives the hotel real cachet: a full-service spa complete with 20m infinity pool. There is also, if your tastes run to more hedonistic pursuits, a slick bar up here, with exceptional city views. Downstairs, a Fat Duck alumnus oversees the gourmet restaurant.

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