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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Celebrity spotting
- Live entertainment
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Well run hotel
- Perfect location for museum visits
- Chain hotel that lacks Viennese charm