Sir Nikolai Hotel debuts boutique canalside spa

GERMANY: 4SeasonsSpa and interior designer FGStijl team up to create an intimate hotel spa experience in Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

By David Fagan

22 August 2020

Overlooking Nikolaifleet in one the most historic areas of Hamburg, a spa at the Sir Nikolai Hotel has been created as a comfortable space for social interaction and personal relaxation for just 15 guests.

With interior design by Colin Finnegan of Amsterdam-based FG stijl, the compact offering features an array of custom-made hydrothermal experiences, including a warm water hydrotherapy pool clad in natural stone, which offers iconic views of the city. Dutch spa consultancy 4SeasonsSpa was involved throughout the project’s design, engineering, production and installation – supplying the thermal experiences and contributing to the optimal and efficient use of space, functionality and ergonomics. Speaking about the company’s collaboration on the project, 4SeasonsSpa’s general manager, Willem-Jan Kuipers, said: “The cooperation with FG stijl was an inspiring process for us, whereby we worked to stay as close to their design language as possible through our bespoke approach.”

Lounge area

A lounge area adjacent to the pool allows guests to admire the views, while a hemlock-clad Finnish sauna also takes in the adjacent waterways. Completing the offering are a steam bath with dual-level benches in mosaic and natural stone, a single treatment room and a stylish relaxation area.


The spa concept creates an ambient experience through the use of lighting to contrast with external vistas of city life. Clean lines, calming colours, distinctive materials, soft finishes and lighting draw attention to handcrafted surfaces and upholstery. The use of space is maximised by the inclusion of corner lounges and split-level seating schemes, while key elements, such as the relaxation pool and saunas, are positioned next to windows to bring the outside in. Varying ceiling heights in the treatment rooms and lounge areas further create an uplifting spacial experience. |

Style suppliers

Seating: Roberti
Changing area furniture: Varaschin, Decor Walther
Locker room accesories: Fit Interiors, Dyson, MUUTO
Waterfall effect taps and shower accessories: Gessi, Grohe
Shower and cabinet handles: Custom-made by Quincalux
Lighting: LE KLINT, Delta Light
Soft furnishings: Kirkby design
Ceramic tiles: Ariostea.
Feature wall tiles: Unica
Treatment room ceiling panels: dukta
Sauna cladding: Bisazza Mosaic


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