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We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Vienna is an artsy city -- and, above all, a city of music -- so we figure a hotel that can offer this view over the beautiful Vienna State Opera House is right on the money.
The view is actually from the balcony of a penthouse suite at Westin's Bristol Hotel. Obviously the location is central, on the ring roads that circle central Vienna, and perfect if you pop out for a night at the opera. The rooms also seem to fit the mood, and the penthouse suites have special star-shaped ceilings which definitely intrigue us.
As you'd expect, it's not exactly cheap to sleep right next door to the opera house. They offer a "Taste of Luxury" deal with a 3-night minimum, and a fourth night free, for 308 (US$450) a night, including a good Austrian buffet breakfast. The penthouse view over the opera house is, of course, a few euro more.
Any idea what a "casual luxury" hotel is? We're not sure either, but apparently Vienna's new The Ring Hotel is a shining example of one. We have a feeling it doesn't mean that you can run around in your oldest shorts and flip-flops, but instead it sounds like they're trying to saying The Ring is a place where you can get everything you want but without any snootiness. Sound okay?
It's called The Ring--not the name we'd choose thanks to the scary movie franchise, but there is a reason--because it's located on Kaerntner Ring, one of the streets that forms a loop around the center of Vienna. Actually it's in a great spot, almost opposite the Opera House and that means you can walk to many places around town, and also have easy access to public transport. And it's still a relatively small hotel with 68 rooms and suites.
Their current seasonal special has a catchy name: "Enjoy Spring at The Ring!" and rates start from 199 (US$310) per night (not including breakfast), which is a lot cheaper than their rack rates. They also have a "Luxury Before Birth" package which is a BabyMoon for couples about to expect their first child--for 549 (US$860) you get 2 nights' accommodation, energy wellness breakfast, a pre-natal massage for Mom and a beauty treatment for Dad, a limo tour through Vienna and a few free gifts.
In the interests of single parents-to-be they even offer the same if you pay a single supplement. Figure that one out.
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, editor Juliana fantasizes about the perfect place for a drink. Enjoy.
Lately, I haven't had time for much Cubicle Dreamin' but today it's finally Friday and I've had a few moments to spare. So I hit the internet at first looking for shoes. Don't know why. I don't need 'em but I always like to see what's out there. It's sort of a compulsion I guess.
Anyways, when I got bored (translation: upset that the shoes I really want are priced at $760!!), I decided to get back to work. Tired of the mainstream hotel news, I headed over to the Cool Hunter, a site I really enjoy mainly because they have the greatest photographs. Although, the high-res makes it a pain to load up on your browser.
Still, when I saw this photo of the ONYX bar inside the Do and Co Hotel in Vienna, I wanted to go there now. Like NOW. Like beam me up and over what have you. I don't even have to stay over night, I just want to get in there. And I haven't got this way about a hotel in a loooong time.
I definitely need a vacation and although I can't get to Europe just yet, I'm considering stopping here next Fall.
What you see from the Haus is a straight-on, full-size, real-life panorama of St. Stephen's Cathedral - Stephansdom -- that has defined Vienna since 1147 AD. It is the sound of this Cathedral's massive Pummerin (big bell) that announces the official arrival of the New Year in Austria.
And that's a way more fulfilling experience than designer shoes, right? Right??? (Note: I grabbed this shot from the hotel website but go to Cool Hunter for high-res glory.)