This restored Patrician house now operates as a 45-room retreat, designed by Italy-born architect Matteo Thun. The property doubles as a museum: Works by famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Christian Attersee hang throughout the individually styled guest rooms and elegant, chandeliered communal spaces. The Altstadt embraces the idea of Gemütlichkeit (genuine friendliness) through subtle amenities, including complimentary afternoon tea paired with housemade cakes in the Red Parlor.
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Located in the heart of Vienna, this intimate property is part of the “BoBoville” neighborhood, which gets its name from the bobos (a.k.a. “Highly educated hipsters”) who occupy the district. Check out the nearby Museumsquartier—one of the world’s largest cultural complexes filled with museums, exhibition halls, and creative spaces. Other nearby attractions include the Vienna State Opera, the baroque Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the Kunsthistorisches fine arts museum.
Need to Know
Rooms:45 rooms and suites, plus several apartments. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Breakfast is served in the red-and-white striped salon, which includes freshly baked pastries and sweet jams made by the Vienna-based artisanal company Staud’s. Don’t miss the organic Austrian teas and slices of cake in the afternoons. Spa and gym: None.
Who’s it for: Art lovers who want to be near the city’s best museums and cultural happenings. Our favorite rooms: The Altsadt Reloaded rooms have postcard-perfect city views, and are designed by notable Austrian architects, such as Dietrich Untertrifaller and Gabriel Kacerovsky. "The City of Music": Ask the receptionists about purchasing tickets to an opera, ballet, or concert in Vienna.