Last winter we visited Vienna for the winter markets (you can read more here). Vienna is a city of baroque streetscapes and seriously impressive imperial palaces, if you are looking for culture it oozes it from its Opera house to endless art galleries to get lost in. The city also has some incredibly impressive luxury hotels! Here is the TLE pic of the best luxury hotels in the city.
Palais Hansen Kempinski
A listed heritage site, this stunning hotel provides luxury in the grand tradition. Its facilities range from modern conference rooms to palatial apartments, reminiscent of old Vienna. There’s a ballroom, a flower shop, a spa and even a cigar lounge – if you travel with your own cigars, you can take advantage of the hotel’s humidor to store them. The hotel is located near the Danube, in the historic heart of Vienna. There are a number of suites – the Presidential is the largest suite in Vienna. Enjoy a great selection of bars and restaurants too.
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The Guesthouse Vienna
If a boutique hotel is more your kind of thing, the Guesthouse is a member of the Design Hotels group, with Conran-designed interiors. The design ethos is manifest in a relaxed, calm but luxurious hotel that is modern and uncluttered, yet superbly comfortable. The location is right in the middle of the city, behind the Opera. Dogs are welcome, with a free bed and dog cookies provided, and every room has its own espresso machine.
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Irresistibly Viennese and very grand, this hotel has hosted everyone from the Queen to Mahatma Gandhi. The rooms have been designed by a French interior designer, preserving the historic features but giving a light and elegant finish. There’s a lovely, sunny terrace on the top floor, overlooking the city, an impeccable concierge service and elegant private rooms for dining and entertaining. There are two restaurants, the famous Blue Bar and a typically Viennese coffee room where you can enjoy the original sacher torte, a hotel speciality.
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Do and Co Hotel
Do and Co is located right in front of St. Stephen’s cathedral, a stone’s throw from the Opera and Vienna’s best shopping streets – a really superb location. One of the smaller luxury hotels in Vienna, Do and Co has a restaurant on the top floor of the hotel with stunning views. The Onyx bar is very popular, and it too has amazing views of the cathedral. The restaurant covers traditional Viennese dishes but it also specialises in sushi, sashimi and fresh fish.
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The Bristol opened in 1892 and is now a Luxury Collection hotel. US Presidents, crowned heads and eminent musicians have all stayed here. Located next to the Opera, the hotel is famous for its personalised concierge service. Some of the suites have art deco styling, and one is situated in a tower, with its own terrace. The Prince of Wales suite offers a library, sauna, living room and study. There’s a contemporary fine dining restaurant, as well as the Bristol lounge and a winter garden restaurant.
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The Ritz Carlton
The facade of the Ritz Carlton is one of the most elegant in Vienna, showing its origin as four linked palaces built between 1865 and 1871. The hotel is situated on the prestigious Schubertring. It has a farm-to-table steakhouse along with a lobby lounge for light meals. The D-bar features professional “mixologists” and more than 40 different rums, while the rooftop bar is ideal for taking in Vienna’s skyline. For relaxation, the hotel has a spa, fitness centre and swimming pool. The spa suites can be booked by couples, and feature a private whirlpool bath and luxury amenities.
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Le Méridien Vienna
Situated in the city centre between two parks, Le Meridien Vienna is a luxury hotel with an emphasis on combining modern design with ultimate comfort. The rooms are chic, calm and welcoming. There’s a superbly designed fitness centre and spa with its own swimming pool, and you can also book a massage, wellness treatment or session with a personal trainer. There are two lounges – one with a DJ or live music in the evenings, while the other is a little more relaxed and has a champagne bar.
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