Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12, Vienna, Austria, 1040
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- Business travellers, Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Shopping, Trendiness
Expert review of Das Triest
Fifteen years ago interior designer Sir Terence Conran and Austrian architect Peter Lorenz turned this 300 year-old coach station into an ultra chic, ocean liner kind of hotel. Major historic features that survived the revamping, like the cross vaulting in the lounge and in some of the suites, add an aura of antiquity, though otherwise interiors carry the signature of Conran’s characteristic deliberate understatement. Walking in from the busy street, across from the marble topped reception, is a lovely, quiet inner courtyard, around which the house was built. This serves as an oasis of peace and tranquillity. A huge, extravagant fresh-flower arrangement greets guests upon entering the lobby where some fine contemporary art work can be seen too and, personally, I find the display of huge photos, showing staff members fast asleep on pillows covered in pure white linen, really superb.
Fairly central: it’s only a few minutes' walk to the opera from here and nearby Karlsplatz is one of the main public transport terminals. Wieden, Vienna’s 4th district, is home to young artists, actors, gallery owners and the trendy scene is palpable night and day. The vibrant, colourful victual market “Naschmarkt”, located at the end of Schleifmühlgasse with its mix of shops and eateries, galleries and boutiques, is a destination no visitor to Vienna should miss! I am a regular shopper at Bobby's, the British mini-market - that's where I go for my regular Crunchie fix.
Look for all the portholes – they remind me of journeys in tight cabins. They are a symbol of the historic connection between the seaport of Trieste and Imperial Vienna. Here, though, rooms are anything but small. On the contrary, individually designed and spacious, Conran worked with an eye to aesthetic purity leaving rooms bare of any unnecessary knick-knack. Sleek designer pieces caught my eye: well-known Wittmann furniture manufacturers recreated unique pieces from the days of Josef Hoffmann and the “Wiener Werkstätte”, using only the finest textiles in bold reds, blacks and white. Bathrooms are clean-lined and well stocked with Molton Brown toiletries. Air conditioning and WiFi is available throughout all accommodation. The hotel's popularity for business meetings during the week means that weekends are usually quieter. If available, try to get a room facing the quiet courtyard and not the busy road.
The lobby has a laptop for guest use and in the lounge area, high-backed sofas offer a comfortable seating and reading space facing the inner courtyard.
An excellent breakfast with a good, varied selection is included in the room-rate. The award-winning restaurant “Collio” serves both lunch and dinner, in keeping with the name: Italian cuisine. The Silver Bar – well-known for Keita, the legendary barman who mixes the best cocktails – is a great place for a night-cap: try the non-alcoholic Ginger thirst-quencher. The garden courtyard, full of blossoms, is a wonderful place to chill out.
A small gym equipped with a few machines, a sauna and solarium is on site.
The staff are friendly and most helpful.
Business travellers during the week, leisure travellers, trend-setters and singles. I have actually seen a few pop stars staying too.
Special offers are available at short notice.
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- Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12, Vienna, Austria, 1040
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Pets Allowed
- 4th District