Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg)
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|Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten|
|Address||Neuer Jungfernstieg 9–14 |
20354 Hamburg, Germany
|Owner||Dohle GmbH & Co KG|
|Management||Fairmont Raffles Hotels|
|Number of rooms||156|
|Number of restaurants||7|
|Number of bars||2|
The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is a luxury hotel located on the Neuer Jungfernstieg in Hamburg, Germany. It is recognized as one of the top hotels in the world.[according to whom?] The hotel has received numerous national and international awards.
Friedrich Haerlin bought a small building with just 11 rooms and 3 bathrooms on the west side of the Inner Alster at an auction on February 24, 1897. Haerlin transformed the building into a luxury hotel, naming it the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. In 1905, he opened an extension to the hotel, increasing it to 57 rooms. In 1911, the hotel was expanded again, to a total of 140 bedrooms and 50 bathrooms.
In 1915, soon after the outbreak of World War I, the hotel was commandeered by the High Command of Coastal Defence. Haerlin’s three sons were drafted. Two, Otto and Wilhelm, died at the front in Flanders while his third son, Fritz, survived the war. During the German Revolution of 1918–1919, mutinous sailors shelled the hotel from the nearby Alsterpavillon. The revolutionary Supreme Marine Council took over the hotel from November 1918-March 1919. The looted and damaged hotel had to be completely renovated. In 1919 the hotel opened the Haerlin Restaurant, followed by the Art Deco styled Jahreszeiten Grill in 1925.
In 1928, all of the guest rooms were upgraded and a 5th floor balcony was constructed. In addition to this, the multiple structures were unified with the addition of the hotel's trademark green copper roof. In 1932, Fritz Haerlin took over the hotel from his father. During the 1930s, Fritz invested in distinctive restaurants and bars and opened the Biedermeier-style Café Condi and the Jahreszeiten Keller (since 1998 known as Doc Cheng's).
During World War II, the hotel was only slightly damaged by Allied air raids. After the end of the war, the hotel served as headquarters of the British 7th Armoured Division until 1952. On April 4, 1952, the hotel’s reopening took place. In 1966, the hotel became a member of The Leading Hotels of the World alliance. In 1973, Gert Pranter became hotel director.
In 1989, the Haerlin heirs sold the hotel for 215 million Deutsche Mark to the Japanese Aoki Corporation, which placed the property in their Westin Hotels division in 1991. Aoki resold the hotel to Raffles International Limited on July 31, 1997 and it was renamed Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten.
On October 1, 1997, Ingo C. Peters was appointed the new director of the hotel. In 2006, Raffles Hotels and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts were merged into Fairmont Raffles Hotels Intertaional, and the hotel was renamed Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten on April 30, 2007. During the period 2007-2010, the hotel was renovated for around 25 million euros.
In February 2013, the family-owned retail chain Dohle acquired the hotel for 35 million euros. Management remained with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Dohle renovated the 156 guest rooms, the restaurants, and spa facilities.
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