Ah Vienna the epicentre of Christmas! The cities Baroque Streets and Imperial Palaces fill up with festive cheer each year winter as the city blossoms with Christmas markets selling festive nik-naks and gluhwein, even an old Grinch like me can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.
TLE were kindly asked by Le Méridien Vienna to experience a long weekend in November in what has to be one of the Europes most magnificent and magical cities and here is our review of the hotel.
Background and Concept
Located right in the heart of the city on the Ringstraße (the main road around the Old Town) Le Méridien oozes style and cutting edge design. The hotel has had a multimillion pound refurbishment and the large lobby now connects the hotel’s restaurant You and it’s uber chic Moet Champagne bar with the rest of the hotel space. Le Méridien Vienna is five-star all the way with service slick and on point without being too fussy. The basement houses a pool, spa and gym and each of the 295 rooms are contemporary in design and fitted with some cool tech, like Dyson hair dryers rooms also come with a free minibar which are refilled daily, making Le Méridien the ideal base for a weekend break!
So when I say you are right in the heart of the city, I really meant it! The hotel is only a short stroll away from the Vienna State Opera and the Imperial Hofburg Palace. All historical attractions and the main shopping district are within easy walking distance and the property is well-connected with the cities public transport network – Karlsplatz Underground Station is a 5 minute walk
Vienna International Airport is 30 minutes by taxi and if you want a door to door experience the hotel will organise a luxury transfer to meet you at the arrival hall and take you directly to the hotel.
The hotel was originally four palaces which were combined into one property making it a large hotel with 295 bedrooms and suites. Le Méridien positions itself as being a design hotel and this concept flows through the lobby and restaurant areas and into each of the hotel bedrooms.
Rooms are finished with blond wood furniture, aquamarine glass and turquoise walls. Beds are designed by Ligne Roset and 39 cm mattresses from Seal mean you are guaranteed a good nights sleep! The free mini bar in rooms is a great idea and stocked with a selection of soft drinks and beer too!
Rooms come in different room types as you would expect from, Classic to Signature and Suite. In Suite class I would recommend you go for a Terrace Suite, which we had and it most definitely has the WOW factor.
The suite is split across two rooms and at 75m² space is large with plenty of space. You walk in through the lounge and the floor to ceiling windows let light flood into the space.
The suite has a balcony which is gigantic and runs the full length of the lounge and bedroom and offers an incredible view out across Vienna.
Walk though the lounge into the bedroom and be greeted by the kingsize bed with glass etched headboard.
Bathrooms are one of my favourite spaces in a hotel bedroom and, the bathrooms Le Méridien Vienna are fabulous. The big retro claw-foot tubs which is lite from underneath with fluorescent green lighting is fun a fab! The hotel also use my most favourite of products Malin and Goetz which I first tried in the Lone Hotel and been an advocate ever since.
Le Méridien Vienna are one of the first hotels I have seen to include Dyson hairdryers in the bedrooms and these hairdryers are a dream to use!
Food And Drink
Breakfast is served each day in You and includes a large selection of cold meats, cheeses, pastries, yogurt and cereals. There is also a hot buffet with all the regular hot items you would expect. Eggs can be cooked to order at the egg station too.
You is open each day for lunch and dinner serving a selection of well priced Asian fusion options.
Kick the night off with a glass of Champagne in Le Moet which serve a carefully curated selection of champagnes by the glass as well as bottle.
Spa And Pool
The basement houses the John Harris fitness centre, spa area and pool. The pool is petit in size, but I was more interested in the Jacuzzi! There is also a large sauna and spa, which is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring Vienna.
The Hotel is fabulous and ideal for a weekend break in Vienna. The central location means you can walk pretty much everywhere, the service is faultless and the communal areas of the hotel have a good buzz to them at all times of the day. If you go definitely opt for a Terrace Suite, you won’t be disappointed.
Address: Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria