- Ricarda Reininger
Vienna is a city of history and culture, combining, amongst other things, contemporary style with ancient architecture. Whether you have a week to explore the area, or have booked in for a weekend city stay, The Culture Trip guide to the best hotels in Vienna will ensure you experience the best of the Austrian capital.
Hidden in a small alley in Vienna’s city center is Hotel Kärntnerhof. A stone’s throw from the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the location is surprisingly calm, while offering guests a plethora of nearby possibilities for shopping and a good connection to the metro. The hotel itself is situated in a 19th century building. Interiors are ‘a mixture of Viennese art nouveau, French Flair and Italian elegance’, perfect for cultural stays with a dash of style. Despite the international influences, the focus is on Viennese traditional with a delicious breakfast of local specialties.
Watch out for: Art collection in the lounge from Alexander von Humboldt
Grashofgasse 4, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 512 19 23
The Palais Coburg got its name from the Sachsen-Coburg duchy, when they acquired it through the 1816 marriage of Prince Ferdinand and Maria Antonia Gabriele Koháry, the daughter of the Earl of Koháry. Since 2003, Palais Coburg has been a luxury hotel residence with elegantly decorated suites, two excellent restaurants and a wonderful garden for calm moments in the middle of the city. Guests will also find several spa elements, like a sauna, a pool and cosmetics and massage treatments.
Watch out for: Restaurant of Silvio Nickol
Coburgbastei 4, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 1 518 18-0
The Guesthouse Vienna
Only a few steps from the Vienna State Opera and the Albertina Museum is The Guesthouse Vienna. The hotel has a modern interior while retaining Viennese traditional style. Courtesy of the location, the beautiful rooms have direct views onto some of the most stunning buildings in the city. The restaurant offer a classical relaxed ambience for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu of regional fish, meat and cheese. Afterwards, enjoy tasty homemade desserts from the bakery, best enjoyed with a Viennese coffee on the pretty terrace.
Watch out for: Picnic offer
Führichgasse 10, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 512 13 20
Das Opernring is located in a beautiful epoch Art Nouvea building from the early 1900s. Listed for preservation, it retains some impressive original features, such as the beautiful staircase. The classic interiors are very comfortable, but it’s really the food and beverage options that draw guests. The restaurant, aptly namded ‘said the butcher to the cow’, specializes in burgers made from regional beef which are best enjoyed with one of their delicious gin-based drinks. For party people, there is the Platzhirsch club directly in the hotel, which is visited by tourists and locals alike.
Watch out for: Platzhirsch – the club in the hotel
Opernring 11, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 587 55 18
Tucked into a former station on the stagecoach route between Vienna and Trieste is Das Triest. The hotel offers timeless design and elegance: all of the rooms are individually furnished and have terraces with beautiful views over Vienna or the garden – a private oasis in midst of the city and the ideal place for a relaxed break. The restaurant offers a generous breakfast buffet and a daily-changing dinner menu specializing in the northern Italian kitchen. And for night owls, the Silver Bar is the perfect place for a quick after dinner cocktail before bed
Watch out for: Gardens and terraces
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 589180
Hotel Topazz opened its door in 2012 and remains one of the city’s best addresses, located only moments away from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Stephansplatz and some of the best shopping spots. The façade is a homage to the Viennese artist Koloman Moser, and the interior is inspired by other members of the Viennese Workshops. Rooms have been constructed using ecologically friendly building materials, designed to have the lowest energy consumption possible. The rooms are very comfortable, with big bathrooms and direct views from windows or balcony to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Watch out for: Extraordinary facade of the building
Lichtensteg 3, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 532 22 50
Say Vienna and one name that springs to mind is ‘Sacher’. Franz Sacher invented the famous Sachertorte, and it was his father Eduard who established the grand Hotel Sacher in the late 19th century. Since 1934, the hotel has been run by the Gürtler family, and the Hotel still represents the typical Viennese Art Nouveau throughout its interiors.
Watch out for: Famous Sachertorte
Philharmoniker Strasse 4, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 514 560
Hotel König von Ungarn
Named Hotel King of Hungary, König von Ungarn pays homage to the Hungarian population of Vienna. It has stood on this spot since 1746 and is located in the former stable and guesthouse of ecclesiastical dignitaries of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is only a few steps away. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city and offers great connections to the public transport, important attractions and shopping. The ambience is a combination of traditional and modern style with a feel-good vibe.
Watch out for: Covered inner courtyard
Schulerstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 515 840
The Grand Hotel opened its doors in 1870 with 300 rooms, 200 bathrooms, a steam-driven elevator and a telegraph office, causing a sensation at the time. However, it was forced to close in 1945, after hosting Russian occupying troops for ten years. Later it became the head office of the International Atomic Energy Agency. However in 1994, it opened again as the Grand Hotel and is today famed for its classic decor, great service and full-scale amenities.
Watch out for: Unkei – Japanese restaurant
Kärntner Ring 9, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5158 00
Hotel Imperial is located at the Vienna Ringstrasse, directly beside the Musikverein, where the annual New Year’s Concert takes place. Originally, the building was a private residence, a palais, of Prince von Württemberg, but it was transformed into the Hotel Imperial in 1873. It was and still is a popular spot for national and international musicians, literates, artists and politicians and past visitors include Richard Wagner, Arthur Schnitzler, Yuri Gagarin and Queen Elizabeth II. The interior of the hotel is imperialist in style and atmosphere, with classic decor, white-glove service and a renowned restaurant.
Watch out for: Concerts and readings at the hotel
Kärntner Ring 16, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 501 100