Directly in front of the cathedral, this is undoubtedly the best view point from which to admire the fourth highest gothic steeple in the world. The underground station, Stephanplatz, is linked to the building by an outside elevator – a fool-proof way to find the hotel. This is the liveliest square in the city; if you don’t like crowds steer clear. The upstairs hotel lobby, next to the bar with the wonderful view over the square, can get crowded – this is a hot-spot.
Bird's eye street views through floor-to-ceiling windows are so spectacular and entertaining that it is sometimes hard to leave the hotel. Rooms are spacious with polished wooden floors, pale ocher and cream coloured interiors, leather padded walls, stone and teak features and flat screen TVs. Good sized beds with high mattresses guarantee a good night's sleep. The well-equipped bathrooms are spacious and immaculate. See-through showers are not my favourite though, yet I've been told others love em'. Rooms overlook either Graben, Stephansplatz or the quieter courtyard behind the building. Courtyard rooms have bathtubs. There are two sensational suites available, fitted with jacuzzi and private onyx bars. This is more to my liking, and I have to admit the first time I saw these suites I've wanted to splash out and soak in the tub ever since.
There is a small reception area on the 6th floor. Bars and lounges offer lots of seating on upper floors.
Eating and drinking
Open end breakfast and 24-hour room service are available. Do & Co restaurant on the 7th and Onyx Bar on the 6th floor are hugely popular with the locals – hotel guests are given preferential treatment though. Spectacular views of the area can be had from the lounge and bar on the top floor terrace. The ground floor lobby is staffed by security personnel day and night, mainly to help hotel guests find their way, as the highly popular Do & Co restaurant is serviced by the same elevators.
Here you will find a young, mainly female, team of efficient and well-trained staff.
Who stays there
Food and wine enthusiasts. Business travellers, singles, honeymooners, shoppers, leisure travellers and young travellers.
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Busy area