The Vibe: Seductive.
The Area: Located right in the heart of the city, between Stadthausbrücke, Große Bleichen and Neuer Wall. There are shops, cafés and restaurants all around, and key landmarks such as the Jungfernstieg and Rathaus are just a 10-minute walk away.
The DNA: TORTUE HAMBURG is an ode to time, life and new perspectives. Tortue is the French word for “turtle”, the hotel expends the joy of taking one’s time and proffers a certain Gallic savoir-vivre; a stylish translation of the French occupation of this city between 1806 and 1814, when none other than Napoleon lived on the same street. Each corner of the early 20th century building presents a distinct mood, defined by bespoke wallpaper, exclusively produced by Amsterdam-based Little Owl Design, different design eras, and varying color schemes, masterminded by David Chipperfield Architects and Hamburg-based Stephen Williams Associates. The result is a network of spaces that offers a classic and sophisticated atmosphere, framed by high ceilings and bisected by historical courtyards. Binding Tortue’s sense of theatre are five f&b outlets, as well as a rooftop space with unrivalled views of Hamburg. Designed by Joyce Wang, pan Asian restaurant Jin Gui features a dark, seductive, and texture-filled interior, leading out to a sunroom and terrace. Elsewhere, Kate Hume’s French-German Brasserie is characterized by black metro tiles, shadowy booths, and marble counters, while three drinking establishments—including the Stephen Williams-designed Bar Noir and Hume’s created lobby level Bar Bleu – complete Tortue’s new standing as a prime social hub for Hamburg’s Stadthöfe-Quartier.
Suite-Me-Up: Rooms range from reasonably sized to the pleasantly spacious Apartment Suites. The best of them have high ceilings, balconies and comfortable box-spring beds. They all come with space to work, a free minibar of soft drinks, coffee machines and quality teas. Slicker mod cons include the touch sensor busy/clean room control, a SuitePad for calling and exploring the hotel, and a Dynalite lighting system. The bathrooms are good, with white tiled floors, rectangular sink units and an especially spacious glass-doored shower; for a tub you’ll need to book a Large or Apartment Suite – the latter have separate living and bedroom areas, as well as well-equipped kitchens.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 126 rooms, including 8 suites (21-60m2) (226-646 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture: David Chipperfield Architects, Stephen Williams Associates • interior design: Joyce Wang, Kate Hume • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible