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With its traces of imperial history, progressive art and culinary treasures, Vienna offers plenty to the discerning visitor, including a wonderful selection of luxury hotels. Culture Trip rounds up the best hotels to choose for a special stay in Vienna.
In both 2018 and 2019, Vienna was crowned the most liveable city in the world by the Mercer study and the Economist Intelligence Unit, and it’s easy to see why. The Austrian capital mesmerises not only with its food scene with delicious apple strudels and melange coffees, but also through its impressive musical and cultural offerings. The trendy bars and modern infrastructure attract people from all over the world. For a truly indulgent stay, pick one of Vienna’s luxury hotels, which feature everything from stunning design to well-endowed wine cellars and exquisite art.
Previously the Sofitel Vienna, this five-star hotel on the banks of the river Danube was rebranded as the SO/ Vienna, and now boasts 182 rooms and suites, a sleek spa and stylish gym. The building was originally designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, who created a striking, glass-fronted building with a large freestanding vertical garden in the interior courtyard featuring 20,000 different plants. For the best views of the city, head to the Loft restaurant with 360° panoramic vistas. At the end of the day, make your way to the spa with its hot tub, steam room and alluring treatment menu.
The Hotel Sans Souci is the ideal place for art lovers to stay in Vienna. World-renowned designer Philippe Starck’s creative team designed each of the hotel’s rooms individually, and the result is truly stunning, with a range of rooms in different styles. Inside, you’ll also find an impressive collection of modern art, with original paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Allen Jones and Steve Kaufman. For the ultimate relaxation, there’s also a spa with a sauna and pool, as well as a fitness centre. The 65 rooms and suites are located in the Bohemian quarter of Spittelberg, in Vienna’s seventh district. To learn more about Vienna’s art scene, the 45-minute Vienna Street Art Tour starts just a few minutes on foot from the Hotel Sans Souci and takes attendees to some of the most impressive creations of the Viennese street-art scene.
With a decadent palette of dark green, greys and blues, and eye-catching accessories from famous Viennese glassware company J & L Lobmeyr, the Grand Ferdinand’s signature style is creative, yet utterly slick. Situated in downtown Vienna, the hotel is near to must-visit attractions such as the Vienna State Opera and the MuseumsQuartier. The Grande Suite takes the hotel’s extraordinary design to the next level, with its exotic palm trees, glamorous round sofa banquette and freestanding bathtub, as well as private access to a rooftop pool overlooking Vienna.
This 30-room, four-star boutique hotel is located on one of the most popular shopping streets in Vienna, Mariahilfer Straße, and close to Kärntner Straße, Vienna’s luxury shopping area. After a long day exploring Vienna’s best boutiques and international fashion stores, relax in the exquisite wellness area of Hotel Das Tyrol, which has a sauna and steam bath. Decorated with gold Bisazza tiles, the spa features two huge saltwater aquariums full of dazzlingly coloured fish. You can rest on comfortable loungers and marvel at this calming sight before heading to the light therapy shower, Finnish sauna or steam room. The rooms themselves are equally relaxing, with soft lighting and furnishings in muted colours.
A restored 19th-century townhouse, the House of Time has been sumptuously designed. Situated in multicultural Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s 2nd district, it’s close to the open-air market Karmelitermarkt and within walking distance of the Inner City. The hotel’s suites are individually designed with different themes. For example, the Love Boat in Saigon suite has a private cinema and a roof terrace, as well as fittings from across Asia including a Japanese dining table. The House of Music suite features artwork by renowned artists, a cello and a Philippe Starck-designed bathtub. Extra-large beds with a three-degree slant and red underfloor lighting are among the special features intended to guarantee a good night’s sleep.
Emi Eleode contributed additional reporting to this article.