One is immediately excited when the traditionally clad Porter opens the taxi doors and you proudly stride up the plush red-carpeted staircase, then taking a dizzying spin at the revolving doors only to arrive in a time-preserved Hamburg, a celebration of a grand pre-war Germany. The reception, deliciously old-fashioned in mahogany and with the once so common key boxes makes a lovely sight. A beautiful blue eyed blond checks us in with a perfect smile and hands over our keys, electronic versions of the real thing. They are bulky and heavy and they feel oh so precious in my hands.
Plastic chip entry cards have long been on my least liked list.
The elegant (wood - mirror - glass) elevator takes us up to our floor and while ogling some framed images of birds along the hallways we arrive at our charmingly old school room. The door system is rather confusing, as there are 2 doors and only the 2. needs to be unlocked. I guess this is some sort of noise insulating invention from the past. The electronic-yet almost real key needs a bit of fine tuning before one succeeds in opening, but after a few tries it becomes easy.
Our room is bathed in buttery cream , heavy curtains celebrate tropical flowers and parrots, classical furniture is made of wood and the big bed is very inviting, if it wasn't for that gap... (2 twins turned into a queen size, but one can always ask for the connecting piece, as not to get 'lost' at night) And of course, the typically German and very couple-hostile blankets. One small cover for each sleepy guest, I always wonder why Germans still have not turned to the cuddle friendly versions?
The bathroom is white and bright, the lighting perfect for ladies doing their makeup and the rain-shower big and strong. Amenities are from "LE LABO" and the rose scented body lotion is well worth a rub.
Since this is a very short stay and we are going to be out most of the time, we booked a less costly courtyard room. (courtyard really means cement hole here, this is one small fault of the hotel that could do with some perfecting. Maybe some greenery or a water feature could make the courtyard what it really should be)
It could be considered somewhat depressing, if judged by the grey outlook. So if you want to enjoy Hamburg's prime view and you will spend some time in your quarters, better to book a room on the lake side.
I love the little jbl speakers for my iphone and my husband is happy with the Nespresso machine, almost a hotel standard these days.
But my absolute favorite at the 4 Jahreszeiten is the 'Living room'. This is the grand wooden paneled lounge area, where a fire flickers through the day, tea is served from a beautiful giant samovar and people nip and sip while gossiping about. The piano player has his own take on some all-time favorites and I could spend hours in here, just being filled with that outer-world-beauty and an unmistakable feeling of a trouble free world. The prices, of course, are pretty inflated and my sandwich became somewhat of a luxury, but one pays for the ambiance I guess. The maitre d', a refined gentleman with that certain ease runs this place like a private club, so as soon you manage to secure a seat you feel very privileged, like beeing part of something special.
The bellini was perfect and the Alster Cocktail somewhat on the sweet side.
We took dinner at the in-house 'Doc Cheng's' a sensual restaurant in crimson colors and candle lit romance. Again, the staff was extremely handsome and very attentive, if somewhat just slightly on the cold side. Last order is 11, which is a bit too early for our liking. The food was yummy, but nothing outstanding. (Since it was 5 to 11 we only got to order 2 dishes, as the kitchen was closing, so no chance to try different tastes)
The Condi is the in-house coffee-shop, very cozy or as one would say in German : gemuetlich. The long pastry bar is offering all kind of delicious treats and is always bustling with sweet tooth loungers. (The walnut cake is divine)
The tiny JAHRESZEITEN BAR is an institution in town and after dinner we had to drop by for a night cap. The bartender makes half the charm with his dry humor,a pair of over-sized glasses and a formidable knowledge of cocktail mixing. Absolutely cool! And so were the drinks and the music.
Just be warned, Germany sleeps at night, so drinks finish here at 1am.
Sadly, no time to try the famous breakfast buffet this time, but always a reason to come back!
Which we surely will...
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