Austria Hotel Collection: The Best Hotels for City Breaks in Style

A snapshot of where to stay in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck

Superior Room, Stadthotel Henriette, Vienna
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From history-filled luxury hotels to artsy hideaways – here are Austria’s best city hotels.

Sightseeing during the day, relaxing in style at night: Just think

of the many historic sights, the buzzing culture and art scene, and the many top-notch restaurants welcoming guests with all the world-famous delights.

But where to stay? The Austrian National Tourist Office has curated a list of the best city hotels in Austria, all of them in prime locations and with unique features, ensuring a memorable stay.

City Hotels in Vienna

Organic, fair-trade and sustainable: Family-run 4-star Henriette Stadthotel Vienna in the hip 2nd district, the former home of Johann Strauß, is a small luxury home away from home where holidaymakers can enjoy a well-deserved break with a good conscious – the hotel has earned both the Austrian and EU Ecolabel. Family-run Henriette Stadthotel heats its rooms with an in-house air-to-air heat pump system and most of the food ingredients at the restaurant are seasonal and regional. The natural organic bedding ensures sweet dreams after a long sightseeing day.

Insider tip: Your Vienna experience starts right at Henriette’s doorstep: Dive into Vienna’s 2nd district with its authentic handicraft shops, markets, then take a 10-minute walk to the Prater and hop on the Giant Ferris Wheel for one of the best views of Vienna.

Hotel Harmonie in trendy quarter Servitenviertel, surrounded by cafes and some of Vienna’s most popular restaurants, owes its name to the former Harmonie Theatre, just a stone’s throw away. Unsurprisingly, owner Sonja Wimmer chose an artistic concept for her hotel, taking inspiration from Vienna’s rich history as well as its dance tradition – members of the State Opera’s ballet were involved in the design process. Expect stylish and colourful rooms and pieces of art throughout the building. Hotel Harmonie was also one of the first in Vienna to receive certificates for sustainability, allergy-friendliness, and organic products. Most recently, the hotel introduced a fully vegan breakfast option.

Insider tip: Explore Vienna’s nearby Jewish quarter including the Jewish Museum and the Sigmund Freud Museum.

Charming Hollmann Beletage is a 4-star boutique hotel just around the corner from St Stephen’s Cathedral. Founder Robert Hollman says he can’t stand hotels and therefore has created an alternative home away from home for travellers, businesspeople, and guests treasuring both individuality and the special things in life. In other words, people exactly like himself. Surprises await at every corner at this unique and colourful place, like a hidden garden, a stylish private cinema, or a room solely dedicated to board games. The 28 rooms boast unique design features such as (half) open bathrooms or a fireplace.

Insider tip: Hungry? Grab a free “Leberkäsesemmel” (bread roll with traditional meatloaf) and beer from the tap at the hotel every afternoon.

Opened in 1898, Hotel Ambassador is just as elegant as both its name and its surroundings suggest – it is located right in the heart of Vienna’s historic centre, close to St Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera. The hotel combines traditional ambience with modern spirit and ranks among Vienna’s most tradition-filled buildings. Many well-known figures in music, art, and culture have popped in here over the years. Travelling for a special occasion? The spacious top floor apartments come with private terraces and picture-perfect city views.

Insider tip: Make the most of the Ambassador’s prime location right on shopping street Kärntner Straße and in walking distance to the main sights. Explore the first district with its grand buildings and narrow streets, then take a break in a traditional coffee house.

City Hotels in Salzburg and Innsbruck

Stylish Arthotel Blaue Gans is the place to be when on a city break in Salzburg. Located right in the heart of town across from Festspielhaus (Festival Hall) and close to Mozart’s birthplace, it houses Salzburg’s oldest inn (dating back to 1350), where guests can enjoy Austrian cuisine with a Mediterranean touch amidst vaulted ceilings and dark wooden beams. Art lovers will be delighted by the more than 120 original works in the building. And then there’s Campari. Celebrating the centuries-old trade routes between Salzburg and Venice, it is served all day long at the hotel bars.

Insider tip: Salzburg is ideal to be explored by bike. Rent one of the hotel’s bikes and head on an exciting city tour or idyllic ride into the countryside – the staff is happy to point out routes and highlights.

Tirol’s capital Innsbruck has no shortage of accommodation options but trendy NALA Individuell Hotel stands out from the crowd. An enchanting hotel in den 1950s, it has been turned into a modern city escape with colourful rooms and apartments all individually designed in line with their names. There’s a beautiful rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy a drink after checking out Innsbruck’s sights. NALA is dedicated to sustainability, running on 90% green energy, and using eco-friendly cosmetics, mattresses, and pillows, as well as organic and regional ingredients for the breakfast buffet.

Insider tip: No central hotel in Innsbruck has a quieter neighbourhood. NALA sits in the cosy Wilten district where you only hear the fountain in the park, birds chirping, and your own thoughts. Take time to enjoy this picturesque setting.

AUSTRIA
DESTINATION OF THE MONTH – 2023
WEEK 2 OF 4

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