Meliá Vienna To Make a Big Design Statement in Austria’s Biggest Skyscraper
If you build it--a really tall building--there's a good chance a hotel will come. We’ve seen it before and we’re seeing it again. Meliá Vienna will be the latest to follow this trend when it opens its doors on February 17th in the tallest skyscraper in Austria. And this building is a keeper.
The 58-story Danube City Tower, or DC Tower 1, clocks in at 220 meters or 722 feet which is a record for an Austrian skyscraper. You can expect spectacular city views including Vienna’s long-time resident, the Danube River.
Majorca-based Meliá Hotels International takes architecture and design seriously. They hired architect Sir Norman Foster to design the standout ME London which opened last year. Meliá’s newest European address at DC Tower 1, is one of two mixed-use buildings designed by award-winning French architect Dominique Perrault, along with local firm Hoffman-Janz.
Perrault is no stranger to hospitality, having also designed the super-sleek ME Barcelona. His firm’s design for the DC Towers is bold and memorable, the most notable feature being the frozen waterfall appearance of one façade. This is achieved by metal wall panels projecting in alternating angles. Perhaps this is an abstract reference to the waters of the Danube? All of the walls of this hotel come alive at night in a way that Vienna has not experienced. Nor us for that matter.
Meliá Vienna offers 253 rooms including 14 “design suites.” The hotel’s web site at present is primarily computer-generated images with limited detail. That's OK, we can still get excited about some unique design features such as the sexy spiral staircase in the lobby and the fluffy chairs in the guest rooms. Amenities include a John Harris Fitness Center and Spa, restaurants on both the ground floor and 57th floor, and oh yes , a rooftop bar with a DJ on weekends. Now you’re talking.
[Renderings: Meliá Vienna]