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Unique modern boutique hotels, a romantic castle, luxury restaurants with award-winning gourmet cuisine and exquisite wine lists: Foodies and design fans heading to Austria’s capital, Vienna, are in good hands – and up for a memorable stay.
As part of the Austria Hotel Collection, we have hand-picked six hotels perfect for food lovers and art fans, both in Vienna and on the capital’s gates.
Newly opened The Amauris on Vienna’s famous Ring boulevard, right between the State Opera and the Musikverein concert hall, is a luxury boutique hotel perfect for exploring everything Austria’s capital has to offer. The high-ceilinged rooms and apartments, from classic to spacious opera suite, mirror both the glamour of the 19th century and contemporary elegance. And there’s more: The Glasswing Restaurant inside the palais – dating back to 1861 – has already turned into one of Vienna’s hottest foodie hotspots, popular with travellers and locals alike. Guests can enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine with a modern twist.
Insider tip: Make the most of the warmer months and book a table at Glasswing Restaurant’s sun terrace – enjoy excellent food and stunning views.
Opened in 1892, Hotel Bristol in Vienna is so iconic it almost counts as a landmark itself. The five-star-hotel sits right next to the Viennese State Opera (and most major sights, too), making it the perfect base for fans of classical music. The rooms boast opulent décor and amazing views of the Opera and the Ringstraße’s grand buildings, plus there’s the Bristol Lounge which has been dubbed “the most elegant dining room in town”. Kings, presidents, artists, and celebrities have all stayed at the sophisticated hotel. Guests can enjoy all-day dining and exquisite cocktails and cognacs at the in-house restaurant, bars, and salons.
Insider tip: From April to June and in September, guests staying in an opera-facing room can watch live broadcasts on a large video screen from their balconies.
Vienna’s Hotel Altstadt, a carefully restored 19th-century patrician house in the 7th district, is a piece of art in itself: All 62 rooms and suites have been individually designed by the likes of Lena Hoschek and Matteo Thun, and over 350 pieces of art are displayed throughout the hotel. Altstadt’s artsy concept is no coincidence: The hotel sits right in the heart of Vienna’s artist district Spittelberg. Hotel Altstadt is also Vienna’s first hotel certified with the Austrian Eco-label for environmental and social sustainability. The hotel runs on 100% renewable energy sources, the ingredients used by the restaurant are organic and there are planet-friendly vegan options, too.
Insider tip: The hotel is surrounded by independent Austrian boutiques and restaurants. Take a stroll and stock up on unique souvenirs, have lunch, and mingle with the locals.
Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere
Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere is a contemporary upscale, yet relaxed design hotel inspired by the city’s spectacular art and architecture. Fully in line with its name – Andaz is Hindi for “personal style” – the hotel celebrates each guest’s individuality and represents the uniqueness throughout the building. Design fans will surely be delighted by the artsy décor. The rooftop bar Aurora on the 16th floor boasts the newly opened Veuve Clique Chandelier Bar, stunning city views, a firepit and regular DJs. Hungry? Try the finest roast pork in town at their Eugen21 restaurant. Andaz Vienna even have their very own beer brewed just for them in Vienna.
Insider tip: Take advantage of the hotel’s incredible location across from the Belvedere 21 museum of contemporary art – entry is free with your Andaz Vienna room key card.
Hotel Sans Souci
Hotel Sans Souci is Vienna’s best-rated hotel on TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why: A luxury around the corner from trendy Museums Quarter, it offers a prime location for sightseeing, complimentary champagne breakfast at the hotel’s Veranda Restaurant and the largest hotel pool in town in the exclusive Sans Souci Spa (under a glittering chandelier!). Champagne lovers can look forward to over 60 different types to choose from as well as tastings every first Thursday of the month. All rooms and suites were individually designed by Philippe Starck’s studio YOO with unique character, personal service, and maximum comfort in mind.
Insider tip: Explore Vienna’s hip 7th district and the charming pedestrian area, “Spittelberg“, just a two-minute walk from the hotel. You’ll find up-and-coming design shops, cosy cafés, and unusual restaurants.
Hotel Schloss Dürnstein
Want to feel like a royal? Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, a castle built in 1622, is located on the shores of the Danube, in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site Wachau, just an hour from Vienna. It features vaulted ceilings, fine parquet floors, antique furniture in all its rooms as well as views of the river and the surrounding vineyards. Thanks to the latter, Upper Austria’s only 5-star-hotel is a top spot for wine lovers, with an extensive wine list and its own wine cellar with a focus on local products. Guests can relax at the luxury spa with indoor and outdoor pools, Thai yoga, and massages and later dine in style on the hotel’s terrace during the warmer months.
Insider tip: A boat trip along the Danube shows off the highlights of the Wachau region from the water. Starting in Dürnstein, guests can choose between a private romantic tour for two or a group tour for up to 13 people.
Austria Hotel Collection 2023 at a Glance
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