This summer sees the opening of an exciting new property in the center of Hamburg –Tortue, 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.
The hotel will offer 126 rooms, including 8 suites and 4 long stay apartments – alongside a spectrum of gastronomy, event spaces, and nightlife spots. 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. As the first commercial project of interior designer Kate Hume, guestrooms are warm and intimate, and feature comfortable Hypnos beds.
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.