Le Mèridien

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Address: Opernring 13, Vienna, 1010, Austria

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

The trendiest hotspot on the Ring.

Vienna’s greatest collections of classic art treasures are literally on the doorstep of this hotel. On the same square is the Academy of Fine Art (Hieronymus Bosch) and across the street my all time favourite: The Museum of Fine Arts (Bruegel, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt and more). In stark contrast this hotel oozes wow-factor, modern, minimalist styling. I was amazed at the cutting-edge design features on show in the lobby's fluorescent-lit, glass showcases. Sit in the cool, cream-coloured leather Mies van der Rohe styled furniture and watch beautiful people saunter past. This 21st-century hotel is special, artsy and accommodating, but it won’t quite fit the bill if it’s the historic ambience of the Ringstrasse you’re looking for. There is little to no local flavour - apart from the original wrought iron spiral staircase still visible across from the lobby.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.7
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Very central: this enormous edifice stretches over an area previously occupied by three former Ringstrasse palaces and is just across from my favourite park, the Burggarten – a lovely place for a picnic on the lawn. The huge MuseumsQuartier is nearby and the State Opera just down the road.

Bedrooms

Ultra-modern, artsy interiors are coloured in shades of grey, blue, beige and white, enhanced with light wood and steel elements. Big beds have phosphorescent, etched matt glass headboards, cloud-like mattresses and furnishings that include chaise longue and leather chairs. Bathrooms are fitted with large tubs, free-standing power showers and floors are heated. As well as huge flat-screen plasma TVs, free internet, coffee and tea making facilities there are complimentary refreshments - I ask you, is there anything missing?

Public areas

The sprawling lobby is spacious and offers lots of leather seating options.

Eating and drinking

Enjoy Continental or a la carte breakfast served from 6.30am till 6pm in the bistro-style Café Boulevard, or go for the huge buffet spread, with lots of freshly cooked dishes, in the chic Shambala Restaurant from 6.30 till 10am. The restaurant and bar have hue-changing mood lighting – notice the green halogen lights above the bar – and a bar-keeper who loves to impress with his cocktail creations.

Leisure facilities

This is one of the few hotels I have found in Vienna with a pool - albeit a bit on the small side. There's also a Jacuzzi, sauna and a fitness club that are free of charge for hotel guests.

Service

Efficient and helpful, sometimes beyond what one would expect. Excellent English spoken.

Who stays there

Celebrities, fashionistas, trendsetters, business travellers, leisure travellers and younger travellers. Honeymooners wanting high-tech rather than romantic charm, I think, would want to stay here and, of course, culture vultures because of all the museums close by. 

Price advice

Breakfast is not included in the room rate. Choose between full breakfast in the restaurant or continental in the Cafè Boulevard for 29 or 17 euros respectively.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Well run hotel
  • Perfect location for museum visits
  • Chain hotel that lacks Viennese charm
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