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This Hotel Serves the 'Best Burgers in Austria' and It's Now Open 18 Hours a Day

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  Site Where: Grieskai 4-8, Graz, Austria, A-8020
November 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comment (1)

Happy post-Thanksgiving! How’s your stomach feeling? Hopefully not too sensitive to hear about the Speisesaal: the restaurant at the Hotel Wiesler in Graz, Austria, the sister hotel to the Daniel Vienna which has just fully opened to non-guests.

The Wiesler is an interesting place – built in 1909, and formerly a four star hotel, it relinquished its star rating four years ago in order to be able to try more off-piste things. It’s now a banging boutique hotel, “somewhere between soul and art nouveau”, as it describes itself, and the main reason we want to visit Graz.

The magnificent Speisesaal (“Dining Room”) - combining the original, classical building with a striking modern mural – is now open from 6.30am right through to 1am. At breakfast (6.30am-11am, or 2pm on weekends and holidays) there’s a buffet spread as well as a la carte items like buttermilk waffles with fruit and maple syrup (extra points for coffee brewed in a cafetiere at the table, rather than press-a-button machines, like elsewhere in Austria). Extra extra points for the 1930s musical accompaniment at weekends.

For lunch (11am-3pm), there will be a choice of two daily dishes (one meat, one vegetarian). That then fades into tea (homemade gateaux FTW), but the Speisesaal comes into its own in the evening, with steaks, fish and veg flamed over a charcoal grill – as well as what one newspaper critic called "the best burgers in Austria". Said burgers come with a background soundtrack of soul music – very un-Teutonic.

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Channel Cleopatra With Organic Mare's Milk Treatments At The Grüner Baum, Austria

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  Site Where: Kötschachtal 25, Bad Gastein, Salzburg, Austria, A-5640
August 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Wild roses outside the Grüner Baum: probably thrown into the treatments too

Ah, Austria, country of mountains, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and holistic healthcare. Eco spa treatments here are nothing new, of course – this is the country of salt caves and hay wraps and oil baths – but an organic spa in a soon-to-be organic hotel doing treatments involving mare’s milk? Why, colour us Cleopatra. Yes please!

The Grüner Baum is a family-run, 100-year-old, 80-room, four-star hotel in Bad Gastein (Salzburg province), which is currently transforming into an entirely organic hotel, from the food to the cleaning products. The conversion will finish next year, but they’ve just completed the most important part: the spa.

Forget Clarins or even Amala; at the Grüner Baum, you’ll now be treated with products from Marías Organic Care – not just organic, but local, too, as they’re based in Salzburg. And not just organic and local – organic, local mare’s milk. Yum.

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It’s 9,633 Kilometres to San Francisco from this Ritz-Carlton Rooftop

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  Site Where: Schubertring 5-7, Vienna, Austria, 1010
January 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

That would be the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton Vienna, more specifically Atmosphere Rooftop Bar & Lounge, where it was frightfully cold when we took advantage of being in the Austrian capital to peruse the most recent European addition to the group.

We were outside just long enough to see how during the summer it must be a lovely spot, with views over the city’s rooftops, and as the plaques on the edge indicate, various Ritz-Carlton hotels far off in the distance. Downstairs, we toured the public spaces inside the combined four historic palaces and a few of the 202 rooms & suites – read on for more.

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The New Austrian Idol Kempinski Vienna Opens Today

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  Site Where: Vienna, Austria
March 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We were lucky enough to be in Vienna last month and get first looks at the new Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which officially opened today with a 700-strong party attendance. At the time, the place was a huge construction site and we were doubtful that the company would be able to pull off their anticipated opening date. Looks like we were wrong!

As we donned surgical coverings over our shoes and made our way through the historical Renaissance Revival-style building that was built in 1873, in Vienna's first district, we knew this place would be something special. From the cafe wall made of real plants to the intricate details of each space, it seemed that Viennese architect Boris Podrecca and designer Jean-Claude Laville had serious visions for this hotel. And it would be necessary to stand out in a city that's been seeing a host of new hotels lately including the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna and has competition to come in the form of the ME Vienna and the Park Hyatt Vienna. So yes, they had to bring the bling to the 152 room, suites, and common areas, and it took almost three years to get it done, but they still managed to keep much of the heritage intact--from the chandeliers, wrought iron staircases, and ceiling windows that bring in natural light.

First and foremost, the building is huge--well of course it is--it's a former palace. Still, it seems like the areas are never ending, especially when spread across seven floors. It'll take more than one night to absorb its splendor. In fact, our site-inspection was nearly two hours long and this was pre-opening. Here's what's in store for lucky guests.

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Vienna's New Hotel Sans Souci Isn't Sans Charm

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  Site Where: Museumstrasse 1, VIenna, Austria, 1070
January 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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’.

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Woosh, Woosh! Get Your (Apres) Ski On at These Three Euro Resorts

December 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

While it's possible to find passable skiing conditions any time of year, depending on location, it's winter time that ski aficionados spend the year anticipating with zeal. Europe, with its bounty of snowy climes, is home to some of the world's best and most exclusive ski chalets—locations that provide near perfect powdery conditions for "woosh-wooshing" downhill.

We've sussed out some of the continent's most luxurious ski hotels for this feature; they're places you can kick back with spiked hot cocoa if you so choose, yet still get you up close and personal with slopeside action. Take note, Jonny Moseley-types.

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How Much Would You Pay To Sleep In This Drain Pipe?

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  Site Where: Ebelstraße 25 , Bottrop, Germany, 46242
August 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Look familiar? Yep. The concrete tube hotel phenomenon strikes yet again, this time in Germany and Austria.

Though there are lots of small details that are making us fall deeply in love with this "hotel" and its amenities, we feel this tagline on the website sums things up pretty well:

"dasparkhotel would like to offer a temporary comfortable uncomplicated home for a certain time."

Gee, thanks, dasparkhotel. Read on below to see inside one of the pimped-out drain pipes!

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Channeling Julie Andrews in Austria

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  Site Where: Schloss Strasse 19, HOF BEI SALZBURG, Austria, 5322
March 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Katie K visits Austria...in her mind. Enjoy.

The recent teases of springy weather have me in a Julie Andrews sort of mood. (I’ll tell you one thing: If my neighborhood had more — er, any — grassy hills, I would spend a lot less time blogging, and a lot more time running around singing about how, you know, alive it all is.) But rather than fantasizing about my frolics on faux hills, I’d rather let my mind drift straight to the source — specifically, the Hotel Schloss Fuschl in Austria.

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Try The Cryotherapy Chamber at The AlpenMedHotel Lamm

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  Site Where: Dorfplatz 28, Seefeld in Tirol, Austria, 6100
March 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

It’s easy to find a hotel in Seefeld, one of the greatest destinations for cross-country skiing in the Austria. The town has one of the highest concentrations of five star hotels in Austria.

While the four star AlpenMedHotel Lamm doesn’t rank among the town’s most luxurious, it has something that few hotels in the word have: a cryotherapy chamber.

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Pamper Yourself at The Die Krone Von Lech

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  Site Where: 6764 Lech am Arlberg, Lech am Arlberg, Austria, 6764
March 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Lech and Zürs, two neighboring towns in Austria’s Vorarlberg region, are among the country’s most fashionable ski resorts. Skiers love the ski pass system here, in which passes are valid on a huge network of lifts spanning several towns.

Zürs is solely a ski town, with no actual residents just a row of hotels, which is why the more year-round Lech attracted me more. Lech, too, has tons of hotels, and the central Die Krone Von Lech is one of its stand-outs.

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Kick It Austrian-Style at The Hotel Schwarzer Adler's Rooftop Pool

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  Site Where: Florianigasse 15, Kitzbühel, Austria, 6370
March 4, 2009 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Despite its location smack in the center of Kitzbühel, rooms at the Hotel Schwarzer Adler have gorgeous mountain views,some with floor-to-ceiling windows. From the outside, the place might look like your typical Tyrolean ski chalet, but the hotel has done so much updating in recent years that it feels more like a super-stylish boutique property.

The spacious rooms feature either a cozy country-style decor or a sleek and minimalist one, all with high-tech amenities like iPod docking stations, stereo systems, and flat-screen TVs.

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You Might Just Want to Relax at The Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

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  Site Where: Dr. Hans-Liebherr-Alpenstrasse 1, Telfs-Buchen, Austria, 6410
March 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

The financial crisis rocking the world certainly wasn’t visibly affecting Austria’s ritzy Alpine ski resorts last month, where the snow is deep, the après ski scene is just as vital as the skiing itself, and the luxury hotels seem to be doing brisk business.

Austrians start learning to ski almost as soon as they can walk, which can make skiing in the Alps intimidating for the less-proficient. While each town/resort has a different feel and attracts a different sort of visitor, even non-skiers will love the Alps, especially if they’re holed-up in one of the area’s slew of gorgeous hotels.

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