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5 Hotels in Vienna Where It's OK to Lose Your Suitcase

Where: Vienna, Austria
April 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

A typical Moiree offering

You know the feeling. You travel to a place and realize you forgot your nice clothes. Or you want to go to a posher restaurant than you realized. Or, heaven forbid, your airline loses your suitcase and you have no clothes. What to do? You run out and buy a new outfit.

Not if you’re in Vienna, where you call Moiree and order some clothes. And not just any clothes – clothes designed by Austrians.

Moiree, which launched late last year, is a bit like Rent the Runway – you can rent clothes for 15% of their retail value – except unlike Rent the Runway, it works exclusively with hotels, and it delivers in three hours. Yes, three hours max.

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Vienna's Planning a Hotel in the World's Tallest Wooden Building

Where: Vienna, Austria
March 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are many things you could call Vienna. Beautiful is one. Traditional is another. An orgy for the eyes wouldn’t be pushing it too far. But forward-thinking? That doesn’t come so easily.

So imagine the surprise on learning that an innovative new wooden skyscraper – including a hotel as part of it – is going to be built in… Vienna!

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The Rooftop Of The Hotel Daniel Vienna Is Sweet Like Honey

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  Site Where: Landstraßer Gürtel 5, Vienna, Austria, 1030
October 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you like the idea of hotel honey, know that the Lancaster London isn’t as good as it gets.

Welcome to Hotel Daniel Vienna, whose roof (on the seventh floor) is entirely given over to bees and their keeper, Dietmar Niessner. Theirs is a room with a view – the Daniel is right next to the Belvedere Palace. No wonder they’ve stayed there for three years.

There are 30 bee colonies in Vienna, five of which are at the Daniel – which means 10,000-20,000 bee guests at the hotel. Right now, they’re still collecting pollen (and will do so until the end of the month), but when we visited in January they were asleep – or “sitting close together to keep warm”, as Mr Niessner told us. Throughout the winter, he comes to give them extra sugar (organic, of course – only the best for the bees of the Daniel). The main harvest is in June-July, and each harvest produces honey with a different taste!

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Funky Friday: The 3D Art Ceiling At Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

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  Site Where: Praterstrabe 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria
August 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Consider a neck massage after an evening stroll or during a stay at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, whose ceilings come alive like we've never seen before but would like to

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We’ve been looking for— and think we have found—a worthy Funky Friday subject that is especially eye catching from the outside. It would be almost impossible not to be drawn to this extravaganza of color, light, and imagery that is free to guests and passersby of Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Things are definitely looking up at this hotel, as these expressive ceilings clearly dominate the lobby lounge, Le Loft Restaurant on the 18th floor, even the drive-up entrance court.

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One Month In, And Everyone Loves Park Hyatt Vienna

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  Site Where: Am Hof 2, Vienna, Austria, 1010
July 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought it looked fabulous from the renderings and pre-opening video, and now the crowd-sourced verdict on the Park Hyatt Vienna is in….

And it is, apparently, indeed fabulous.

A friend who visited (not stayed) last week tells us that the rooms are lovely and the public areas are stunning. A review in Forbes mentions real gold tiles in the swimming pool and the winning fact that all standard rooms have sitting areas, effectively turning them into junior suites. The Telegraph calls the service “polished”, the bathrooms “lavish” and the beds “heavenly”. Vivienne Westwood has already had a fashion show there (pics on the hotel’s Facebook); she brought along Poppy Delevingne (sister of Cara), who made local headlines by showing off the window seats to full effect (above).

Over on TripAdvisor, the 21 reviews all mark it as “excellent”, and though we’re not convinced by all of them (Vienna is known for having “dull” hotels? Really?), the photos are pretty phenomenal – remember that giant wall of onyx in the bar? The spa treatment rooms get that too.

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Love Chocolate? Try A Full Body Rubdown, Says The Hotel Sacher

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  Site Where: Philharmonikerstraße 4 , Vienna, Austria, 1010
June 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you thought life couldn’t get sweeter than yesterday's chocolate tastings at Jade Mountain, think again. Specifically, think of Vienna’s legendary Hotel Sacher.

The hotel is, as the name suggests, where the Sacher Torte cake was invented, and as such there’s a subtle-yet-classy chocolate theme in the hotel, from the inroom toiletries to the spa and its signature Time to Chocolate treatments, using the Sacher’s own line of chocolate beauty products, made from the same cocoa beans as the chocolate icing for their Sacher Torte. And yes, they smell divine.

There are four treatments to choose from, starting from A Symphony in Chocolate, which lays on a steam bath, cacao bean peeling massage, chocolate body mask and a final chocolate massage over a 110-minute period. The other three - A Dream of Chocolate, A Taste of Chocolate, and A Sensation of Chocolate - are 60-minute combinations of two of the Symphony’s elements: so scrub and body mask, scrub and a chocolate rub down, and body mask, scrub and chocolate body care.

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Park Hyatt Vienna Has Opened, Complete With Cigar Lounge

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  Site Where: Am Hof 2, Vienna, Austria, 1010
June 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (3)

Vienna is already a city of top tier hotels, but, as of this week, it has one more: wilkommen, Park Hyatt Vienna!

Park Hyatt’s first incursion into Austria, the hotel opened June 2, just a day late (unless you count the original plan to open in 2013). It’s in a nice, slightly different position from most of the other lux hotels: on the slightly less touristy northwestern side of the Innere Stadt.

There are 143 rooms, and a restaurant, bar, and cigar and whisky lounge (possibly copying the nearby Kempinski’s). The spa boasts a pool in the old bank vault, and uses Sodashi products for its treatments.

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Meliá Vienna To Make a Big Design Statement in Austria’s Biggest Skyscraper

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  Site Where: Donau-Strabe 7, 1220 Vienna, Austria
February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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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First Look At Park Hyatt Vienna, Opening Next Summer

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  Site Where: Vienna, Austria
November 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The Park Hyatt Vienna will open on June 1st.

Hyatt Hotels has a huge list of openings prepped under its luxury Park Hyatt brand: from Bangkok to St. Kitts and Siem Reap to Marrakech. On that list is the very first Hyatt for Austria altogether, in the form of Park Hyatt Vienna, in a century-old former bank headquarters in the city’s central First District.

We seem to be writing it a lot these days, but here we go again: a promised 2013 opening did not quite work out, with the hotel now scheduled for June next year. We’ll have to make do with these renderings for now, showing off what we can expect inside the public spaces and 143 rooms.

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Hooray! Hotel Rooftop Season Has Officially Begun

May 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Graham's new rooftop is guaranteed to be Georgetown's summer hotspot

Mother Nature has played serious havoc with the weather. Suffice to say, those of us located in climates where partying on rooftops is limited to a few months of the year? We are giving M.N. serious sideeye. It's May. It's time for us to sip dranks on the rooftop of a cool hotel that has glorious views of the place we happen to live in or visiting at the moment. Don't hate us for being selfish and not being more concerned about global warming. We have priorities!

So we declare that Rooftop Season Has Officially Begun. Weather gods need to get on board (or the hotels will just put out heat lamps, whatevah, it takes).

The places listed have recently opened, want to let the sunshine in, and help you let your hair down. And you don't even have to be a guest to partake in the fun!

Here's where we want to tipple at some top rooftop bars around the world.

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3 Affordable European Hotels From $17 a Night

May 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's the same song every spring and summer--people begin to make their travel plans to Europe, but international airfares can sometimes kill a budget. However, if there's any consolation, you can make up for that top-dollar ticket by staying at these new and affordable hotels.

Generator Hostel, Barcelona
Imagine bedding down in one of Spain's most intoxicating city's for less than the average dinner tab? That's what's up at the new Generator Hotel, which opened mid-March.

Part of a popular, trendy chain, the rooms are located on the top floor of a building. Each unit has its own balcony with views of the city, as well as private bathrooms--a rarity. Fiesta Gracia, the restaurant, is a great meeting place to bond with other hostelers and is open until 2 a.m. There's a surprisingly long, world-wide list of beer, wine & cocktails and even local DJs come to entertain the crowd while they chow on tapas and Instagram using the free WiFi. Continental breakfast is served at La Plaça café. Anwar Mekhayech (of Soho House fame) is the design master behind this hostel's boutique look.

And since you're in Barcelona, more art is minutes away as the hostel is only five-minutes from both Diagonal and Verdaguer metro stations en route to local museums (and even the beach!).
A range of rooms and layouts are available, with rates for dorm rooms (6-8 beds) starting at €13($17) per night and go up to €41 ($53) for more private single/double occupancy rooms.

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