Hamburg's Louis C. Jacob Hotel

A brief snapshot of an iconic Hamburg hotel By: Janice Mucalov
A warm welcome awaits guests // (c) 2010 Louis C. Jacob Hotel
A warm welcome awaits guests // (c) 2010 Louis C. Jacob Hotel

The Details

Louis C. Jacob
This tranquil deluxe property in Hamburg, Germany, bills itself as a "hotel for people who don't really like hotels." Indeed, tucked away in an exclusive residential neighborhood on Hamburg's Elbe River, the Louis C. Jacob feels more like a gracious mansion.

The main building, which was built in 1791 and has now been lovingly restored, overlooks a fabulous terrace. In warm weather, clients can sit out under the centuries-old lime trees and look out at ships passing by on the wide Elbe. Across the street, connected by an underground tunnel, there's a modern light-filled addition with glass elevators.

All of the hotel's 85 rooms and suites have oak floors, hand-woven carpets and state-of-the-art stone bathrooms, and the corridors are decorated with more than 500 original paintings. There are 64 deluxe rooms and 21 suites and junior suites from which to choose.

Foodies are fond of the hotel's Michelin-starred Jacobs Restaurant and its haute cuisine from acclaimed executive chef Thomas Martin. We loved the cozy Little Jacob's wine bar where a sample meal consists of flammkuchen (a German take on pizza, similar to a wood-oven-fired pizza) and a wood platter of truffle salami and olives.

Service throughout the property is exemplary at this member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World.