Very central: around the corner is the Herrengasse tube station for the U3 tube line. Just right of the hotel, Vienna's fabulously famous Café Central welcomes visitors to experience the former glory of imperial yesteryear, to see where Austria's illustrious literati gathered to sip “Melange” and exchange the latest political tittle-tattle. Even if pushed for time, I would urge you to at least take a peek inside this sumptuous marble pillared hall, still serving as a home-from-home for many locals.
Just down the road the former Habsburg's winter palace, the “Hofburg”, reigns supreme and Kohlmarkt, the most upscale shopping street in town, offers retail fashion ranging from Armani, to Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and many more. Apart from shopping, there are a couple of unusual museums right on the doorstep - eg the world's best Globe Museum and one documenting the history of Esperanto.
The contemporary, subtle-coloured décor in these high-ceilinged rooms has a luxurious flair. Rooms come in three different categories - standard, business class and suite - and are furnished with desks, floor-length curtains and stylish modern art features, tone-in-tone with the rest. All have complimentary minibars (not much in the way of alcohol), free internet, flat-screen TVs and very comfortable beds with mattresses that may be a little on the hard side for some. Most of the fully-equipped and tiled bathrooms are fitted with showers - if you really want a tub be sure to ask for one. Standard rooms are the smaller ones with no breakfast included (28 euros extra). All the rooms are air conditioned.
Right of the entrance there's a comfortable and inviting light leather seating area next to huge glass windows that let in plenty of daylight – either for just hanging around or reading newspapers. Further on, around the corner, the H12 – Wine & Bar sets the scene for pampering you; check out the huge open fire, dark leather sofas and the long dark wood, yellow and gold coloured onyx bar.
Eating and drinking
The popular bar serves lunch from 12 – 2pm, has a choice selection of brandies, cocktails and an international collection of wines and is open every day till 2am. Among the guests you'll find civil servants from the nearby Home Office and businessmen and women enjoying a wind-down after a busy working day. I've sometimes witnessed fashion shootings in the bar – no surprise in those sleek, stylish surroundings.
The Sapori, a modern, hip Italian gourmet restaurant, offers an excellent choice of fish and meat dishes, prices are moderate and service is skillful and professional.
Breakfast is very good but not included in all the room-rates. Personally, rather than pay nearly 30 euros extra just for breakfast, I would go next door for a typical Viennese breakfast in the Café Central for less than half the price.
Fancy a work-out? Downstairs from the lobby a fully equipped indoor fitness room awaits you - with a treadmill, cross-trainers, weights, sauna and relaxation area. Massages can be arranged, contact the desk for help.
There's a young, attractive group of accommodating and friendly staff. I have noticed every time I'm here that they are all eager to help if they can.
Who stays there
Mainly business travellers stay through the week but it tends to calm down at weekends, particularly as the offices in the vicinity are closed.
If you pay in advance, at least three weeks prior to arrival, you can save up to 25% on the standard double room rate – without breakfast.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Public transport close by
- Very quiet area
- Reception area is somewhat restricted