How exactly the hotel merges those four palaces you can see in miniature form in a glass-enclosed model, to the right as you enter the strikingly modern lobby.
Directly behind is this fiery painting of galloping horses, bringing a splash of color against the white wall and the pale marble flooring.
Continuing straight ahead as you walk in, reception is to your left, with an interesting structure of lattice wood overhead, as the ceiling opens up to the floor above. To your right and down a few steps is a lounge with various seating areas. On the ground floor you will also find the casual restaurant Dstrikt (no formal “Dining Room” here), and the clubby D-Bar. Further below is a Guerlain Spa, with treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and fitness center.
Rooms continue the thoroughly modern look, with even entry-level Deluxe Rooms coming in at over 400 square feet. Soaring ceilings in most add to the sense of space and bold colors and patterns mix with neutrals, like the off-white walls and white sheets against the lavender carpet and red throw above.
Bathrooms contrast dark and light marble and have separate bathtubs and showers. Amenities are by Asprey.
Bold coloring really stepped it up with the dominant red in a carpet pattern that bordered on busy for our personal tastes, but the walls were an interesting shade of green/grey played up by the lighting.
The Ritz-Carlton sits on the city’s Schubertring, and puts you pretty much where you want to be to explore Vienna. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel without going for the classic Viennese look décor-wise, and with a happening rooftop scene if the weather permits, the Ritz should be on your list; one where it will go head to head with the upcoming Park Hyatt we expect.
A Deluxe Room at the Ritz-Carlton Vienna goes for €295 ($400) on a weekend mid-February, with a €40 ($54) hotel credit thrown in if you stay two nights. That rate goes up to €335 ($455) mid-April, when the weather will hopefully have warmed up a bit.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]