The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg, Germany)

The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg, Germany)
This was our first stay at a Fairmont property.  We chose this hotel primarily because of its ideal location on Lake Alster (close to the port where we would be boarding to join a short cruise, but a picturesque and lively area).

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The interior of the Fairmont is a truly a feast for the eyes. The attention to detail here is really top notch.
The public areas are all richly and beautifully decorated, and each public room is unique. The hallways are lined with ornate mirrors and paintings, and the rooms are lit with sparkling chandeliers.

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the beautiful traditional lifts

The Grill Restaurant (below) is a beautiful traditional restaurant and it was elegantly set up for dinner when we had a wander around the hotel.

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The Grill

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The Doc Cheng bar (located just off the main hotel reception) is a dim cool den for a pre-dinner drink, with small table seating areas upstairs and downstairs and seating around the bar.

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Accommodation 

We stayed in a deluxe courtyard view room (a lake view room being more expensive, which would be nice but not really worth it for us given that we were only having a one night stay).

Each door key is ornate and heavy, and (after some struggling to get into our room) we were very impressed with the decor. In the centre of the bedroom (449) is a large and comfortable bed with a lovely mauve velvet headboard. Above this hangs a large chandelier and next to it a small seating area. The room also boasts a balcony with a lounger and two chairs overlooking the courtyard (note that this is just some gravel with some pot plants).
The bathroom was classic; decorated in black and white with silver accessories throughout. If this had a big jacuzzi bath in it, it would be my ideal bathroom.
As with the rest of the hotel there was real attention to detail throughout the room, from the lovely silver bathroom accessories through to the astrology globe on the desk.
One thing we did miss was a proper pack of information for the hotel; we looked everywhere and could not find information such as check out times, an overview of the hotel’s facilities or a mini bar price list (which meant we steered clear, notwithstanding it bring an impressive minibar offering).

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Dining at Doc Cheng’s 
We decided to dine in Doc Cheng’s as we would be having traditional dining options on our mini cruise back to the UK with cunard.
Doc Cheng’s serves fusion Asian food and is located in the basement of the Fairmont property, the pathway to it being lined with red rose petals and lit by lanterns. Once though the threshold guests are greeted by a small bar area to the right and the dining area ahead. The restaurant and bar is softly illuminated with red uplighters and downlighters. We were lucky enough to be guided to a table decorated prettily in roses enclosed by soft sofa seating (great to sink into  between courses).
The cocktail menu is quite extensive, as is the wine menu. We decided to try cocktails, and followed this with the waitress’ recommendation of sake.
We decided to try a 5 course tasting menu, the highlight of which was, for me, a iberico-steak, closely followed by a stir fried beef dish. My least favourite course was an odd pastry and chicken mini pizza style dish; I found the BBQ chicken overbearing and the dish too heavy as part of a 5 course tasting menu.
The service from all of the waiters and waitresses we encountered here was excellent and we certainly did not feel rushed to place orders, enjoy our food or end our evening. We were offered breaks between courses and did so before our desert by 15 minutes to give ourselves a fighting chance of eating it!

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Breakfast in the Condi Restaurant

We booked a bed and breakfast rate on this trip, and my gosh am I glad that we did! I was SO impressed by breakfast here. The Condi restaurant, which serves as the breakfast room, is stunning; decorated in greys and white hues it is incredibly light and pretty.

Not only is the room stunning, but the continental breakfast and cooked breakfast offerings are immense. The pastry and bread buffet is like a small beautiful bakery in itself, and, as a lover of cold meats, they had a really good selection.

We were lucky enough to get a window table with a beautiful view of the Alster lake, with the sun dancing off the water in the morning.

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Overview 

We will definitely stay at the Fairmont the next time we are in Hamburg, this is now a firm favourite of ours.

What sets this hotel apart is the beautiful decor, choice of dining venues, and excellent service.  Next time I visit, I would be interested to dine at the Hearlin and sample the afternoon tea, both things we did not have time to do this time round.

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