Vienna's New Hotel Sans Souci Isn't Sans Charm
If you've been to Vienna you already know it’s a fascinating city that upholds its formality and grand architecture as a point of pride, but you don’t need to dig very deep to also find its modern charms--hip museums, neighborhoods, and cafes. This is the city that bred Falco, after all.
The new 63-room Hotel Sans Souci, a member of the Preferred Boutique Hotel Group, had its soft opening on December 20, but it rocked Amadeus (check the Falco reference!) yesterday during its grand opening event.
Designed by yoo, Philippe Starck’s design company, the hotel has La Véranda restaurant, Le Bar and a spa. Interiors are modern and refined in shades of grey (heh!), gold and white with opulent little touches, such as chandeliers overhanging the pool, Arne Jacobsen egg chairs, and the Roy Lichtenstein paintings found in the suites and public areas.
Also worth noting, just in case you’re a Johann Strauß groupie, Hotel Sans Souci is actually the former inn where the composer performed his “Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka“ for the first time in 1858. Just sayin’.
Rooms range from the 269 sq ft Superior room to the 753 sq ft Master suites which are filled with a mixture of antiques, designer furniture, and a marble bathroom with a circular bathtub, and the deluxed bed brand, Vi-Spring.
And talk about location! The hotel is located at Museumstraße 1, spitting distance from Spittelberg – formally a down-and-out area that’s now full of cool cafes and chic boutiques--and the happening Museumsquartier. Mariahilferstraße, Vienna’s largest shopping mile, is also close by.
We found rates for a petit Superior room in February for EUR 199 ($270) that includes an organic breakfast buffet and WiFi. The hotel also invites you to “Pimp Your Stay” should you want to up the romance factor. Rose petals can be scattered over your bed, sweet treats can await in your room, you can have a choice of spa treatment upon your arrival or a champagne tasting at Le Bar.
[Photo: Hotel Sans Souci]