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The Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten hotel review: a luxury stay in the centre of Hamburg, Germany

Imposing and seriously grand, Hamburg’s Fairmont hotel sits right in the town centre with views looking out across Inner Alster Lake. With 156 rooms, it’s not a cozy boutique hotel, but what it lacks in intimacy, it more than makes up for with style and elegance. The building itself has been transformed and extended over the years to the colossal form it is today. Neatly topped with green copper tiles, the illuminated white façade is hard to miss, especially at night when reflections spread out dreamily across the lake. 

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Stained glass inside the hotel

What’s the vibe at The Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten?

Decorated in a similar way to the Fairmont Jaipur hotel with with draped curtains, vintage oriental rugs and huge chandeliers the vibe is traditional throughout but definitely not stuffy. The immense reception area, full of sumptuous armchairs and impressive floral displays can at first seem showy but once checked in the place simply becomes homely. Staff at The Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten are professional and attentive, plus the a selection of restaurants are hard to beat. 

How are the rooms at The Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten?

I stayed in an immaculate deluxe double room with lake view. The king-size bed, covered in a yellow and beige duvet was huge and very comfortable and although not my personal taste (I really love a more simplistic style and decor), the room felt very luxurious. Two windows overlooked the lake, but let in no noise from the street below, there was a seating area, walk-in closet and nice touch of complementary fruit and chocolates. But it was the bathroom, decorated in black and white that I really loved. Immaculately sparkling with a big rainfall shower, monochrome photography prints depicting street scenes from around Hamburg and Le Labo Rose 31 beauty products. Each room comes with mini bar and complementary water and I had breakfast included with my stay.

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My bedroom

What is there to eat and drink?

There’s an amazing array of breakfast options at the hotels legendary buffet in Café Condi, including salmon and smoked fish from northern Germany, freshly baked bread and croissants, fruit and more. I tried Café Condi’s breakfast buffet one morning and ordered to my room the next. Room service was a real treat, one evening I had a small cheese plate and amazing steak tartare after arriving at the hotel super late and for breakfast one morning I ordered bacon, eggs and speciality sausages with a fruit plate and coffee. Nikkei Nine, the Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant right next to the hotel is out-of-this world good and rivals that of the Nobu Shoreditch hotel who are known for top-class Japanese food, but you’ll need to book in advance as it’s extremely popular. There are six other restaurants in the hotel and a very cozy two-story bar.

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Breakfast delivered to my room

Any highlights?

As mentioned above, the Japanese restaurant Nikkei Nine was particularly good. The scallop tiradito was on par with dishes I'd tried at the best restaurants in Lima, while the tempura prawns, gyoza, sushi rolls and roast pork dish were all incredible. The drinks at Nikkei Nine are great too, I’d recommend the Pisco Sour, as it’s one of my favourite cocktails but they also do a wide-ranging selection of Sake and Japanese Whiskey. The spa back at the hotel deserves a mention and is worth checking out for a massage and a little chill time.

Anything they could improve on?

Nothing comes to mind.

Rooms at the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten start at $374 (£314) a night.

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